October 25, 2017

Time to Say Hello to Your Toes!

Let’s face it. Many of us spend hours in the gym or pounding the pavement to build our muscles, improve cardio fitness and generally keep the bulge at bay. But if you are anything like me and tend to forget about stretching and flexibility and focus more on torturous toning, the thought of touching our toes or participating in that occasional game of tipsy Twister (stop smirking, we’ve all been there!) can be cause for concern and more than a few cackles.

It’s one thing to build muscles but maintaining flexibility is also important and a balance between the two is vital. Yoga is an ideal way to develop strength as well as gaining flexibility along with a more holistic approach to a healthy body. Finns Recreation Club offers three different yoga classes as part of its weekly fitness schedule: held 10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for ninety minutes. It’s perfect timing really as you can still fit in an earlier Pump, TRX class or gym session and head straight into yoga to stretch and loosen those tortured limbs.

Classes take place in the spacious air conditioned fitness studio. With the onset of wet season there is no need to worry about weather conditions and new yogi’s can ease into their practice in air conditioned comfort.

One of these sessions is led by local yoga guru, I Wayan Wistika or better known to many as Marcus. To those of us who have ever attended one of his classes, Marcus needs little introduction. With a friendly manner and easygoing style, he encourages a relaxed and calming ambience in his classes and any beginners’ concerns are immediately allayed as he emphasizes participants listen to their bodies and only do as much as they comfortably can. As only experienced instructors do, he suggests different options for each pose, allowing for every level of expertise within each class.

Marcus pays attention to form and style, ensuring an injury free experience and one that will leave you amazed at how you just managed to “kiss your knees” when only ninety minutes earlier you arrived, convinced that even your fingertips would struggle to greet your toes.

Balinese born and bred in Tabanan, Marcus’s yogic journey began during a period of employment at a local village yoga retreat as head of guest services. Participating in the yoga classes, he was introduced to a number of inspirational instructors who inspired him to pursue this journey towards health and wellbeing.

He went on to teach yoga at this retreat, has taken part in numerous international seminars, local courses, the annual Bali Spirit festival and has spent a number of years enhancing the health and wellbeing of hotel guests with yoga classes at the prestigious Comoshambala Hotel, The Chedi Clubs in Ubud and Jimbaran, as well as The Legian in Seminyak. Along with classes at Finns Rec Club, he also teaches privately throughout Southern Bali and continues to hone his craft, broadening his teaching styles to include Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and of course, yoga for beginners.

With more than 17 years of yoga experience, Marcus has somewhat of a devoted following. “Yoga is my lifestyle – As you practise it more, it changes your life, from what you eat to how you live. And if you keep practising, it changes your soul.”

Pop into Finns Rec Club to experience yoga for yourself on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday @ 10am. I promise your hamstrings will thank you! Platinum and Gold Finns Bali members enjoy the benefit of free classes, including Marcus’s yoga. Social Memberships are also available starting from only Rp 400,000 for a weekly membership.

Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu


A Natural Alternative to Safe Sun Protection

Bali’s sun can be punishing. It doesn’t take much time on the beach to feel the effects of its rays and the resulting sunburn can quickly play havoc with holiday plans. With plenty of sunscreens available on the market it can be difficult to decide on the right one for your skin type and chemical free products can be hard to find.

THANK ME LATER is a naturally based, broad spectrum SPF 30 sun lotion made with love in Bali – Island of the Gods. Launched in early 2016, this product is sold locally on the island and is available for online orders with worldwide shipping. THANK ME LATER offers you a 2 in 1 product, moisturising your skin while providing SPF protection and has been created for every day face and body use. The formula is extremely light and non-greasy – making it the perfect alternative to your daily moisturiser, leaving you feeling and smelling fab and fresh. The travel-sized 70ml tubes stand out in the crowd, with funky sketches characterising the three available scents. Pick you favourite in their current range, from fresh Aloe Vera & Cucumber, sweet Pear & Green Tea or delicious Coconut & Lavender.

THANK ME LATER SPF 30 contains no paraffin or parabens, no mineral oil or colorants, and delivers safe and effective broad-spectrum protection. The lotion’s base is a coconut and almond oil, aloe vera extract and vitamin E mixture, and is capped with UVA and UVB filters to provide sufficient protection from the sun.

With natural healing properties, the lotion feeds your skin the goodness it needs during sun exposure. High in anti-oxidants, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E ensure your skin is protected from oxidative stress and UV radiation damage, keeping it soft and supple. Coconut Oil hydrates and soothes inflamed skin with its high anti-inflammatory properties. Finally, cool Aloe Vera extract acts as a protective barrier on the skin, replenishing moisture and helps heal damaged skin quicker.

THANK ME LATER is 100% cruelty-free and provides the best possible choice for sun lovers looking for a more natural alternative to sun protection. Excessive sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer dramatically but fortunately we can reduce this risk by 80% simply by regularly applying sun care products. A daily moisturiser with SPF is a year-round beauty bag essential, preventing wrinkles and premature ageing as the suns rays can be damaging on even the cloudiest of days. Its light and fragrant solution will keep your skin hydrated and protected from the moment you step out the door! Duck into Finns Beach Club Boutique and grab a tube today…….. You’re welcome!

Pantai Berawa, Canggu


Off and Racing & Ready to Rock

Melbourne Cup is but a couple of weeks away so that means it’s time to get back in the saddle to book  Bali’s biggest event on the annual social calendar! As always, it’s sure to be a stellar line up of entertainment as Finns are sticking with their successful recipe featuring Australian home grown talent. Cup day guests are in for even more than a triple treat this year with not one, not two, but FOUR well known Aussie vocalists. Household names in Oz throughout the eighties, nineties and noughties; Paul Gray (of Wa Wa Nee), Mark Gable (Choirboys), Jason Singh (Taxiride) and Reece Maston ( X-Factor winner 2011) will grace the stage as ‘The Voices’ in a celebration of Australian music, ensuring an unforgettable afternoon of awesome tunes, great food, and fabulous fun. Relive some of those fantastic hits that became our unofficial Aus rock anthems like Run to Paradise, Everywhere You Go and Stimulation and get ready to rock and roll.

That’s right party people! Tuesday November 7th sees the Moet Marquee back on club grounds.

Purchase places for a table of ten or simply one for yourself and wait and see who will be your ‘cup crowd’ for the day! Tickets for non members and purchases for members are available from RP1.9 mill (RP1.8mill pp/table of ten).

Marquee tickets include three hours of free flow French champagne, quality wines and beers along with tasty canapés and a gourmet lunch. Gates open at 10am with a welcome drink and a chance to secure your winning tickets! Champagne and canapes are to be served from 11am with seating from 11.45 and the race of the day at 12 noon. Help yourself to gourmet lunch from 12.30pm and the free flow continues until 2pm.  Raffles and auctions are planned throughout the day and of course all proceeds go toward respected Bali charity, Solemen Indonesia. 100% of the monies from this year’s event will be used by Solemen to fund urgent supplies required by the vast number of volcano evacuees.  Once the race and fashions on the field formalities are done and dusted, it’ll be time to get the real party rolling with music and DJs from 2pm and the main event from 4pm as The Voices take to the stage to entertain you.

Don’t delay, giddy up, grab your tickets and shout it out to your friends now for a chance to be a part of one hot day of entertainment. Renowned as one of Bali’s best events on the entertainment calendar, Melbourne Cup at ‘The Club’ attracts a large number of international visitors who come specifically for Cup Day and return the following year for more! Tickets are available from Finns Beach Club and Finns Recreation Club receptions. For further details regarding the program on the day, go to the website: finnsrecclub.com and click on the pink Melbourne Cup tab in the top right corner.

Finns Recreation Club
Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu