Indonesia's "Island of the Gods," endowed with a rugged coastline, varied hills and mountain-scape, is a venue of healing and space. While being surrounded by the verdant rice terraces and lush tropical backdrop, allow the beauty of this sanctuary to flood your soul as you find your centre.
Located at the island of Java, Bali is a paradise to 4 million people – with recurring guests that come every now and then to soak in its natural grace. Who would not fall in love with this place? Gorgeous beaches offer picturesque sunrise and sunsets; a break in the horizon that will renew the hearts of those who seek rest. In this thriving rural gem, yoga communities burgeoned over the past two decades, plateauing what should have been a short sensation into a rich culture for new and old enthusiasts.
If you are heading this way, why not bring your favourite yoga mat, and enter a sanctuary as you retreat in silence?
The Yoga Barn
Locals consider this as a mecca for the spiritual seekers. Perched in Ubud, a thriving region by the foothills, The Yoga Barn offers classes that run throughout the day, held in large, airy studios. It's the perfect place for vegans; the Garden Kafe, located just beside the studio, offers organic foods that will suit your palette. After the intense practice, you can dip into a relaxing flower bath in KUSH, an on-site spa.
The Power of Now Oasis
Inviting you to live in the present, this yoga studio is nestled nearby the sea; the sound of the waves lapping by the shore sounds delicious as you break into those movements. Built entirely out of bamboo, this unique studio is shaped like a turtle's back and comes with a nautical theme. Experience yoga outdoors and feel one with nature as you soak the warm tropical sun in the morning.
An "eco-hip" facility in Padangtegal, the monkey forest village in Ubud, this two-yoga-shala has established a community of various yoga styles. Choose your schedule; there's Vinyasa, Ashtanga, dance and their self-derived acro-yoga. If you're aiming to be certified, the Yoga Alliance USA has accredited trainings and workshops in this studio. When hungry, grab a bite at the on-site cafe.
This quiet, 10-room eco-luxury retreat is set in a quiet village. Villas are constructed with a circular design and pools are embellished with water hammocks and lotus platforms. Inside, there's a yoga sanctuary that offers views of the sacred Mount Agung. After your session, you can head straight to the Healing Pool or arrange a session with Balinese healers to cleanse your mind and heal your body.
The famous resort in Seminyak also holds its own yoga classes at the top of the deck, where yoga practitioners can stretch their muscles at the sound of the sea. Overlooking the ocean, find peace during its weekend sunrise and sunset practices that ends with Savasana.
Surrounded with extravagant views, a sun-kissed weather and hospitable people, it is easy to enjoy yoga in Bali. Go on, indulge yourself in a restful getaway where you can heal you mind, body and spirit.