Located less than an hour from north Bangli, Lake Batur is Bali’s largest lake, formed by the active volcano caldera of the same name, Mount Batur. The crater’s sheer size conjures up images of the massive eruption of Mount Batur thousands of years ago.
Balinese folklore tells the story of how the lake was made by Kebo Iwa, a mythical giant, described as gentle, yet destructive when angry. As he turned angry, rampaging through the village during a long drought, villagers fooled him by asking him to dig a water well. In return, they promised him a lifetime’s supply of food. He is buried in that well, now known as Lake Batur, where he was covered in limestone and thrown by the scared villagers into the water.
Sitting on the edge of Lake Batur is the Pura Segara Ulun Danu Batur, or the Water Temple on Batur Lake. One of the most important temples in Bali, it maintains the harmony and stability of the entire island. Pura Ulun Danu Batur represents the direction of North and is dedicated to the god Vishnu and the goddess of Lake Batur Dewi Danu.
With this majestic view for a backdrop, Komang Desiani is leading an hour-long Gentle Flow Yoga session. This type of yoga is known for its slow pace of flow, incorporating gentle stretching and strengthening movements—perfect for beginners or those in search of a meditative state of mind.