Every Breath You Take


Volunteers from the Anand Ashram Foundation are providing yoga therapy sessions to some of the more than 95,000 people who have evacuated their homes surrounding volcanic Mt. Agung following a “Level IV – Awas” alert.


The chairman of the Foundation, Dr. Sayoga, told the State News Agency Antara that training and exercises focused on breathing techniques as a means of facing challenges and eliminating stress.

The Foundation, founded by spiritual leader Anand Krishnan, has sent 30 volunteers to lead yoga breathing sessions for the evacuees who have been displaced by the volcano alert.

Separate sessions were organized separately for both children and adults in order to learn exercises that are designed to make their lives less stressful.


Dr. Sayoga said the team of volunteers would continue to conduct training and therapy sessions to all the evacuees of Mt. Agung who are now spread across temporary camps in all regencies of Bali.

“I also provided yoga training when Mt. Merapi exploded in Yogyakarta,” explained Dr. Sayoga.

One of the displaced villagers, Ketut Kayun, said he enjoyed receiving the yoga training provided by the foundation, while expressing the hope to follow more sessions so he could fully appreciate its beneficial effects.

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Nusa Penida Still Festive, Only Later

Nusa Penida Festival-IV Postponed Due to Mt. Agung Emergency


The Nusa Penida Festival-IV (NPF) scheduled to commence on October 5, 2017, on Bali’s offshore island of Nusa Penida that forms a part of the Klungkung Regency, has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing preparations for an eruption of Mount Agung.

NusaBali reports that the event originally set to commence on the coming full moon must be postponed until further notice. Nyoman Suwirta, the Regent of Klungkung, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, said: “We have postponed NPF IV until a future date yet to be determined. We hope God will provide the best course of action and that this condition (a volcanic disaster) will soon end. When this ends, then we will hold the NPF-IV.”

The decision to postpone the event, seen as a major tourism event for the Regency of Klungkung, was made after careful consultation with the various agencies of the regional government. The people of Nusa Penida have been advised of the postponement of a celebration that would be inappropriate when a large number of Balinese are experiencing a natural upheaval and displacement from their homes.

The Regent of Klungkung underlined that in postponing the NPF IV the Regency was not abandoning tourism promotion, but only shifting its attention to the more pressing urgent humanitarian demands. Tour activities and other tourism activities in Klungkung are continuing to operate on a normal basis.

The regency has allocated Rp. 1.7 billion for the NPF IV and a number of performances have been rehearsed and prepared, including a colossal Rejeng Dewa dance involving 1,000 performers drawn from students and housewives living on Nusa Penida. The postponed festival was scheduled to present wide range of cultural dances, local games, cooking demonstrations, surfing events, and traditional sailing boat races.

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A Warning in Waiting

5 Warning Sirens Installed in Villages at the Base of Volcanic Mt. Agung. Planes Ordered Not to Fly Over Mountain at Highest Threat Level.


The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has installed warning sirens on the slopes of volcanic Mt. Agung to be sounded when the mountain actually starts to erupt.

The first siren was installed at the religious temple of Pura Bale Agung in the village of Selat on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 located in front of the Selat police station.

Plans are to install a total of 5 warning sirens in various locations surrounding the mountain that is now under a “Level IV – Awas” alert signifying an eruption is imminent. The remaining four siren locations are in the Village of Kubu, the Tianyar Police Station and the Police Station in Rendang.

The Chief of BPBD in Karangasem, Ida Bagus Ketut Arimbawa, told Nusa Bali that the Early Warning System (EWS) are intended to warn surrounding areas that an eruption has commenced. Once the warning is sounded the sirens will continue to sound for a full two hours in order that anyone hearing them will immediately evacuate to a safe distance from Mt. Agung.

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Bali toll road no longer takes cash, chaos ensues with apocalyptic-long lines (PHOTOS)

Shock to the system: The line at the Bali Mandara Toll on the first day of no-cash payments, Oct. 1, 2017. Photo via Info Badung

The Bali Mandara Toll Road stopped accepting cash payments on Oct. 1 and looking at the photos of the lines to get onto the road in the first few days, you would think it’s the coming of the apocalypse.

Photos taken of the toll road under the new exclusively-electronic system have gone viral, showing super long queues of motorists packed together, waiting to get on the road.

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Bali volcano evacuees outside red zone fearful to return home

Villagers rest after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Thousands of residents who fled a rumbling volcano on the island of Bali are refusing to leave evacuation centers after being told to return to their homes outside of the immediate danger zone.

Officials announced the highest possible alert level for Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, on September 22, telling people not to venture within nine to 12 kilometers of the summit.

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Bali volcano evacuees outside danger zone told to go home

Fishing boats are seen at night in the foreground as Mount Agung volcano looms in the background at Amed beach in Karangasem, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on September 30, 2017. Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP

More than 144,000 people have fled from a rumbling volcano on popular tourist island Bali, but officials Saturday urged evacuees who live outside the immediate danger zone to return home.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, causing fears it could erupt for the first time since 1963 and triggering the highest possible alert level eight days ago.

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Sample the curry coco and don’t forget dessert at this new chic French cafe near Jimbaran Beach

A new French-styled cafe has made its way to Jimbaran Beach. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali

COCONUTS HOT SPOT —  La Brasserie, a new chic, French-fusion cafe has opened its bright, white doors on the road leading right to Jimbaran Beach.

On a stretch of the road where cafes are few and far between, you can’t miss the whitewashed antique-mod look of La Brasserie.

You can hardly recognize the space, which was previously one of our favorite (but often empty) hidden gems, Saigon in Jimbaran. Working with a tight area on the side of the little road, a couple of walls seem to have been knocked down to open things up, while sliding doors opening out to the road have given the resto a less claustrophobic feel than its predecessor. Twinkle lights, outdoor wicker furniture, and white stone walls give the place an elegant and island chic vibe. 

A street view of La Brasserie. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali

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3.9 Magnitude Earthquake re-Shook the Post Monitor Agung Volcano


TRIBUN-BALI.COM, DENPASAR- Tanah Rendang, Karangasem again vibrate, Thursday (28/09/2017) at around 20:31 pm. This magnitude 3.9 earthquake is very clear from the Observation Post of the Great Api Mountain in Rendang Village, Karangasem, Bali.

From the data from BMKG received by the Tribun Bali, the quake was centered in the northwest of Karangasem, Bali with a depth of 10 km. Earthquake until today is still routinely felt from Post Monitor in Rendang Karanvasem, even perceived also by people outside Karangasem.
Currently, the status of Mount Agung is still alert and critical.

The eruption still has the potential to happen anytime not knowing day and night. The community was asked to remain vigilant and not approach the red zone set by the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG).

“Although today the number of earthquakes is declining, but the magnitude of earthquakes is very high, an earthquake with high magnitude equals tens or even hundreds of small earthquakes,” said the Head of Volcano Mitigation, Ministry of ESDM, Devi Kamil to the Bali Tribune.

Sources: http://bali.tribunnews.com/2017/09/28/terkini-gempa-berkekuatan-39-sr-kembali-getarkan-pos-pantau-gunung-api-agung
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Bali governor tells tourists it’s still safe to travel to island

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika says tourists shouldn’t cancel trips to Bali. Photo via Facebook

Governor Made Mangku Pastika has been hard at work, trying to quell fears of tourists with plans to holiday in Bali amid a possible eruption from Mount Agung.

The governor stated on Wednesday that the island is still safe for tourists, both domestic and foreign.

That said, he did rebuke tour operators who are supposedly still offering outings to Mt. Agung, trying to “cash in” on the crisis.

Since Friday, Mt. Agung has been at the highest alert status for an eruption. Tremors have been frequent—amounting to hundreds daily—and a 4.2 and 4.3 earthquake were recorded near the volcano this week. Estimates put the amount of people who have evacuated from the danger zone and the surrounding area at around 120,000.

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Bali hit by 4.3 earthquake near Mt. Agung volcano

A photo of Mt. Agung, uploaded by BPBD, taken on Sept. 26, 2017.

A 4.3 earthquake was recorded in Bali on Wednesday afternoon.

Striking around 1:12pm, the quake’s epicenter was northwest of Karangasem, at a depth of eight kilometers, according to the regional disaster mitigation agency, BPBD Denpasar.

This is the largest earthquake on record so far in the area since the volcano’s alert status was upgraded to a level IV on Friday.

Mt. Agung, which is located in Karangasem, has been rumbling for the past month and an eruption is feared to happen shortly. The volcano is currently on the highest alert level and an exclusion zone of nine kilometers as been set from the crater.

A 4.2 earthquake hit around the same area yesterday afternoon, which could be (though we don’t yet know for sure) connected with the magma that is pushing its way up within Mt. Agung, said Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) director, Kasbani.

Over 75,000 people have evacuated from their homes in anticipation of a possible eruption.

Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/bali-hit-4-3-earthquake-near-mt-agung-volcano/