If you want to downward dog to your heart’s content, with a tropical backdrop to boot, few places offer yogis the type of haven that Bali does. Indonesia’s most famous island, Bali is the ultimate destination for yogis. Whether beginner, advanced or something in between, of all the Bali yoga studios, you will find one that feels like home. The Island of the Gods also hosts teacher trainings aplenty, as well as an abundance of yoga retreats that encompass everything from hot yoga to silent meditation. From sunrise sessions overlooking the Ubud jungle, to beach front yoga as the Balinese sun sets, we’ve downward dogged our way around the island to bring you the very best spots to get your Om on.
Lucy Pearson | Cover Image © Yoga Barn
Bali Yoga Studios
Yoga Barn | Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali
One of Bali’s most famous institutes is Ubud’s Yoga Barn. With a jam-packed schedule offering everything from community classes, to Sunday morning ecstatic dance (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it), to Tibetan Bowl healing and yoga with weights, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing which class to take. As well as a diverse yoga offering, the Yoga Barn also boasts The Garden Café – an organic café offering fresh coconuts, juices, smoothies, vegetarian bowls and an impressive buffet every Sunday.
W Bali | Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali
Fancy getting stretchy to the sound of lapping waves? Head to the impressive W Hotel in Seminyak. With a stunning location overlooking the ocean, few places will have you feeling quite so at one with the earth as here. Offering Saturday sunrise and Sunday sunset practices, prepare for a serene yet challenging experience that ends with a world-class savasana listening to the surrounding sounds of the sea and is followed by a healthy juice shot before you go on your merry way.
Yoga Searcher | Jl. Labuan Sait Suluban, Uluwatu, Bali
Nestled near a cliff’s edge in Bali’s southern-most part, Uluwatu’s Yoga Searcher is a beautiful eco yoga retreat, complete with eco lodges made of recycled wood, a swimming pool and a stunning yoga shambala. Offering everything from private yoga classes to detox nights on Tuesdays and Fridays, and with an on site organic spa, it’s a one stop shop for all your holistic needs. Here’s where we stayed in Sanur.
Desa Seni | Jl. Subak Sari No.13, Canggu, Bali
In the heart of this surfer town you’ll find a hippy retreat and one of the most iconic Bali yoga studios, Desa Seni; a space that brilliantly fuses sustainable living, wellness and yoga. With a wealth of classes on offer, from Hatha to meditation to restorative yoga, there’s something for everyone; whatever your style. Home to beautiful Indonesian artefacts and antiques, Desa Seni is the very best of Balinese culture in one serene and tranquil place. Read more on our stay at Desa Seni here.
Power of Now Oasis | Jl. Merta Sari, Sanur, Bali
A beautiful beach shack on the shores of Sanur’s stunning beach, The Power of Now Oasis offers yoga by the sea on this serene stretch of sand. A two-story bamboo building with an on site sacred cow called Angelique (yes, really) The Power of Now offers yoga teacher training, daily meditation and holistic retreats, as well as a lovely collection of yoga wear; perfect for looking the part during child’s pose. And with a free class every Sunday morning there’s a lovely homely and community vibe that’s pretty hard to beat.
Lucy Pearson is a certified bookworm, wanderluster and a qualified yoga teacher with a thirst for adventure and love for life.
Lucy has her own blog, The Unlikely Bookworm and also contributes to Stylist Magazine and Hip and Healthy.