Bali is preparing for a happy accident of nature on 9 March when a total solar eclipse will coincide with Balinese Hindu New Year, locally known as Nyepi.
A total eclipse itself is not uncommon, averaging once every 18 months; the sun’s diameter is 400 times greater than the moon’s, yet the moon is 400 times closer to the earth, according to astrologers. But it is not often that a total eclipse occurs on Nyepi, the new moon signifying the new year in Bali.
To mark this coincidence and to harness the heightened energy for introspection, Four Seasons will host Nyepi Eclipse Yoga at its two Bali resorts, the riverside mountain retreat of Sayan and the all-villa beach resort of Jimbaran Bay.
This soulful and meditation-inspired yoga will embrace Bali’s natural beauty, taking place on the edge of the ocean at the new Nirvana Shanti Yoga Bale at Jimbaran Bay, or on the edge of the forest at Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale at Sayan. Guests will be guided through gentle and mindful yoga asanas, pranayama breathing, nidra relaxation practice, and chants of peace and light to the soothing sound of a singing bowl.
The 90-minute complimentary class will begin at 8am on 9 March to follow the eclipse, which in Bali will be observed as a partial solar eclipse starting at 7.22am local time. The maximum eclipse will be at 8.27am, and it will end at 9.42am.
“Nyepi is a special time of purification and renewal supported by silence and inactivity, as nature turns within and encourages us to do the same. To have this combined with a total solar eclipse makes it even more unique,” said Luisa Anderson, Regional Spa Director for Four Seasons Resorts Bali.