As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
As I said yesterday, today we head early to Bali. Why? So we can interview Charley Patton, co-founder of the Yoga Barn, SE Asia’s full service yoga studio, holistic healing retreat center.
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Charley Patton & The Yoga Barn
About Charley Patton
A native Californian, Charley escaped the corporate world after 16 years in 2004 by embarking on a year-long solo bicycle journey through Southeast Asia. En route to Cambodia via Australia, he stopped in Bali for what was supposed to have been just two weeks…Almost ten years later, Charley is still in Bali.
A founding partner in all things Yoga Barn, Charley is passionate about shifting people’s life experience for the better much like his was shifted in 2004.
He is also the music maestro / djay behind Yoga Barn’s popular Sunday Dance! Info Source
As it turns out, Charley is currently in San Francisco. He and his wife just had a baby girl. Congratulations to you and your wife, Charley! But not to worry, our interview with Charley is still possible. We live in a virtual world. We can meet with anyone, anywhere…so here are Charley’s responses from The City by the Bay.
DDoA: When did you start practicing yoga?
DDoA: What sparked your interest in the practice?
CP: I found it an excellent way to mitigate the stress of a busy corporate job … I was 16 years @ Getty Images, with 30 people reporting to me, and two offices: one in Los Angeles & one in San Francisco.
But what it led me to was to have to courage to quit my job, and take a solo bicycle tour for one year through SE Asia. It was during this trip in 2004, that I discovered Bali.
DDoA: What was your profession before teaching yoga?
CP: Director of Film Sales @ Getty Images.
DDoA: From where/whom did you get your yoga training/certification?
CP: I do not actually teach yoga, but I am a certified teacher through The Hatha Yoga Center, Bob Smith & Ki McGraw, who hold yearly teacher training at their small shala in Bali … just outside of Ubud.
DDoA: What dictum/philosophy do you live by now that you are a yoga professional?
CP: Follow your passion … the rest comes naturally.
DDoA: Tell us an inspiring story…perhaps a story of transformation of one of your guests/clients…or perhaps what you experienced as a yoga teacher/ yoga center owner that has inspired you to keep on with what you are doing at the Yoga Barn.
CP: There are many … but to keep it short, I would say I’m most inspired by those who come to Yoga Barn unsuspecting, who find me to say their lives have changed for the better, and that they plan to take home with them what they have learned… to follow their own passion, and to inspire others to do the same.
Watch this video:
WE’AR interview with Yoga Barn Co-founder Charley Patton
About the Yoga Barn
“The Yoga Barn is a gem in a sacred paradise. Love and inspiration have been built into the artistically crafted studio and retreat center. Bali is irresistible and the Yoga Barn captures the essence of the island.” – Desiree Rumbaugh
The Yoga Barn was created by its founders for the sole purpose of bringing together community and giving back to the island of Bali. Located in the heart of Ubud*, Bali’s cultural hub, The Yoga Barn is SE Asia’s full service yoga studio, holistic healing retreat center. Launched in 2007, The Yoga Barn’s buildings have an indigenous Balinese feel to them. Coupled with a spiritual vibe, The Yoga Barn is at once earthy and rustic, relaxing, friendly and unpretentious.
As a center dedicated to healing and renewal, The Yoga Barn provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul.
*‘Ubud’ actually derives from the word ‘Obat’ (medicine). Ubud has always been a place of retreat, health & healing.
Yoga Barn cofounder Charley Patton tells us more …
DDoA: Tell us a little bit about the history of the Yoga Barn.
CP: It actually goes all the way back to 2002, and the Bali bombing. I was not yet on island, but my future business partners Meghan Pappenheim & Made Gunarta, had the idea to create ‘Balispirit.com’ … a hub for all things Holistic. The concept was to attract the type of tourist back to the island that respects & values Bali for its natural and intrinsic beauty: the depth of its spirituality, its culture, its peaceful Hindu religion, its beautiful heritage, its fascinating history. The spiritually inclined tourist has been coming to Bali for decades for exactly these reasons.
In 2004, Meg & Dek opened ‘KAFE’ on Jalan Hanoman, and created a small yoga shala on the third floor above the restaurant. Initially, classes were one per day, by donation, and a class was considered ‘large’ if it had eight students!
In 2005, I met Meg & Dek, we became quick friends, and we started discussing the possibility of creating a dedicated community center. Long story short, we found our current piece of land, took the leap of faith, started construction, and opened for business in December 2007.
DDoA: How did you come up with the name Yoga Barn?
CP: We intentionally named our establishment “The Yoga Barn” … A “Barn” is a rustic, un-pretentious, come-dressed-as-you-are kind of place. People of all shapes & sizes, countries & cultures are most welcome … Every ONE who has a BODY (EVERYBODY) can do YOGA!
You will note our buildings are all traditional, craftsman-style, created with reclaimed structures & recycled wood, all within the cultural and local aesthetic of Bali. Hence, we truly resemble an Indonesian version of a “Barn”.
DDoA: What are the core principles of your existence as a business? as a community center?
CP: We are first & foremost a Community Center … a hub or gathering place for people of like mind to connect, and we are the kind of people that we attract; down to earth, humble, authentic, truthful, transparent, and passionate about the health of ourselves and of our planet.
Our vision is to provide an inspiring and beautiful environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul. We could not do this without our teachers, who have very large hearts, and are incredibly passionate about what they do.
DDoA: On your website you say, “The Yoga Barn’s “Yogic Buffet” provides an opportunity for all people to experience Yoga.” Tell us more about this “YOGIC BUFFET” you offer…
CP: We offer the ultimate “Yogic Buffet” for the spiritually inclined tourist. Whether a complete beginner, an experienced practitioner, or somewhere in between, we have something on offer for everyone.
DDoA: Tell us about the significance of the practice of yoga in our times, in our world.
CP: The earth is faced with a myriad of global challenges, and we are ALL interconnected. With population growth and the rapidity with which we are depleting our resources, we are not on a sustainable course. So how does this tie to yoga, health consciousness a small community center in Ubud?
None of us lives in a vacuum, and by first taking care of ourselves, we naturally have a more positive effect on those we come into contact with … Are we in “right relationship” with our significant others, our family, our friends, our community, our society, mother earth?
Yoga allows us an opportunity to redefine what is true wealth (those items listed above) and not the material items we possess or the balance of our bank account.
With The Yoga Barn, we have created “An Oasis of Calm in the Center of Ubud” … a place for people to gather and experience all of the above. To take something back from a vacation in Bali that will have lasting repercussions on each of us individuals, and the planet at large. One person at a time …
DDoA: And finally, Charley, how do you see the future unfolding for the Yoga Barn?
CP: Consumption of mass media takes away our power … and leaves us feeling empty and helpless, convincing us that we can’t change the world. I believe we can, and that we will.
Mother Teresa was once asked the same question, “How do you change the world?” … Her answer: “One person at a time.”
This is the challenge of our age. We each have the power to change, but this power will not be given to us from some external source. That change must first come from within.
I see The Yoga Barn, in its own small way, as a leader in this global wave of change.
So do… remember what Charley Patton says (& practices), ” none of us lives in a vacuum, and by first taking care of ourselves, we naturally have a more positive effect on those we come into contact with.”