Heading to Bali soon? You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to yoga studios and health food cafes!
On any given day, there are literally hundreds of yoga classes on offer in Bali. Most hotels and resorts offers free classes while specialised yoga studios seem to be sprouting up on every street corner. Accompanying these studios are a slew of health food cafes serving the very best turmeric smoothies, green veg dishes and buddha bowls. If a healthy getaway is what you’re after, Bali is the place to go.
High in the hills and made internationally famous thanks to Eat, Pray, Love, Ubud is a mecca for yogis. Yoga Barn, established in 2007, is the most famous of yoga studios in Ubud and is the first stop for international yoga teachers, soulful musicians and aspiring practitioners. The authentic Balinese buildings are rustic, relaxed and unpretentious and the timetable will have you overwhelmed with choice. There’s so many options!
Yoga Barn also owns The Garden Kafe (located on the grounds of Yoga Barn) and Kafe, a health food cafe/restaurant a short walk from the studios. Located on one of the main roads of Ubud, it is the first stop for those craving the best of whole foods. Comfortable lounge chairs, wooden tables and a upstairs area that is very well hidden, makes it the perfect place to eat, drink, socialise, read or work.
Radiantly Alive is located at the opposite end of town and offers a beautiful, contemporary space to practice all lineages of yoga. There are 40 classes on offer every week as well as a highly regarded teacher training program. Dance and movement classes are also included in the timetable and if you’re after a little holistic therapy, the studio offers massage, astrology, breath-work and craniosacral therapy.
After your class you can easily cross the road and venture up to Bali Buda (soon to be renamed Bali Bunda) for a post-practice feast. Bali Buda has been established for close to twenty years and is one of the greenest businesses in Bali. They are passionate about mother earth and are doing their best to spread the word about an eco-friendly Bali (which is currently being overrun by plastic!). They say no to plastic straws (you’ll get served a glass straw with your smoothie) and they encourage you to do the same. In their menu (which is actually a small newspaper) they discuss the current water issues in Bali (due to over-development) as well as the onslaught of international companies who are buying the rice paddies, developing hotels and leaving the farmers bereft. It’s not exactly holiday reading but it’s an important education!
Once you’ve finished your meal, head around the corner to the Bali Buda grocery store and stock up on nuts, GF pastries, kefir, kombucha, natural remedies and health snacks.
Sanur was once a sleepy Balinese town but in the past few years it has grown to become a fabulous destination for those seeking a clean beach, great restaurants and a long footpath/bike path along the foreshore.
Thankfully The Power of Now Oasis is mere metres from the sand yet set in a lush and quiet garden. The beautiful bamboo building is the perfect place to practice, with the teachers specialising in hatha and vinyasa flow classes. A small cafe and yoga apparel store offers just the right post-practice atmosphere while the hammocks are perfect for reading and snoozing.
Desa Seni is a village resort boasting a beautiful bohemian vibe. It’s a haven for yogis!
Offering daily yoga classes, personal yoga retreats and wellness packages, a holistic spa, an organic restaurant serving farm to table goodness and an artistic gift shop, it really is a must-visit if you’re traveling to Canguu or nearby Seminyak.
The original Indonesian antique homes offer the perfect place to rest your head. Expertly styled with artifacts, four-posted beds, mosquito nets and ikat daybeds, they are both picturesque and comfortable.
The studio offers an array of classes as well as group retreats.