With an abundance of all-inclusive beach resort chains and world-famous hot spots, the island of Bali can have a reputation in backpacker circles for being laden with tourists and hard on the wallet. And it certainly CAN be. But despite the [easily escaped] crowds, Bali remains an island of variety and offers a plethora of budget-friendly activities to keep even the most frugal of travelers endlessly entertained. Trust me, I’m poor. Continue reading
Originally published on TotallyBali, August 15, 2015 as “Bali- A Place for Soulful Guidance & Bendy Glutes”
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Outside of India, Bali is the reigning world champion of all things yoga.
A land rich in spiritual history and mysticism with beautiful studios set amid lush jungle forests or overlooking the stunning blue ocean waters, Bali has drawn nirvana seekers from across the globe for decades. In recent years, due to the popularity of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, Love, single gals and aspiring yogis alike have flocked to the Island of the God’s seeking soulful guidance and bendy glutes.
Studios pepper the beaches and jungles throughout the island, and without checking up on any facts, I’d hazard to guess Bali probably certifies more Western yoga teachers than anywhere else in the world. Every place I went I met people who were either about to start a training, had just finished a training, or were currently IN a training & maybe would I like to join a Teacher Training? If only money grew on trees…
Here are some of my recommendations, personally chosen from the many many many others based on such rigid and exacting standards as
“Is it pretty?”
“Can I walk there? Just kidding, I have a scooter.”
“Are they nice, like do they have puppies?”
“Will there be food?”
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The Yoga Barn
+62 361 971236
The Yoga Barn, located in Ubud, is Bali’s most well-known and popular yoga studio. They offer a wide range of classes, retreats, and teacher trainings and they also partner with Bali Spirit to sponsor the Bali Spirit Festival, an immersive five day yoga, music, and arts event that draws thousands of attendees each year.
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The Chillhouse Bali is a surf, cycling & and yoga retreat center located steps from Badung beach in Canggu, an up and coming area of Bali fast rivaling Ubud as a haven for creatives and pursuers of a healthy, active but eco-friendly lifestyle. I’m kind of at a loss for words regarding this place because it’s basically what I’m pretty sure Heaven would be if there was a Heaven and only really nice, really good-looking people went there.
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Actually, I take it all back. Don’t go here. It’s too awesome & you’ll just move in and never leave and you’ll surf and swim and do yoga every day. Horrible place. Buncha goddamn hippies.
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Serenity Eco Guesthouse
Originally opened as a family home stay in 2009, Serenity has grown from quiet beginnings into a bustling hub of holistic healing. Now a fully fledged guesthouse with private bungalows and budget-friendly dorms, a kick-ass pool, and an organic cafe, the Guesthouse houses three yoga studios and meditation spaces. Daily classes are offered, as well as retreats and teacher trainings – including an SUP Paddleboard Yoga course. *swoon*
And also the food is good. (Obviously, or they would be dead to me.)
(That’s a pie. Because yoga and pie, f*** you.)
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From traditional to modern and hippie to hip, with immersion workshops and festivals, month-long teacher courses and daily classes, and retreats to suit every level and style of student, there really a studio for everyone.
Do you have a favorite yoga studio in Bali? Post in the comments, I am dying to know all about it- like do they have puppies & will there be food?