Yoga in Bali
“The word “yoga” essentially means, “that which brings you to reality”. Literally, it means “union. Union means it brings you to the ultimate reality, where individual manifestations of life are surface bubbles in the process of creation.” – Sadhguru
Yoga in the modern world has become a popular practice to reduce stress, increase health in general and loose those extra unwanted pounds, and many different styles have evolved catering to the growing number of Yogis and Yoginis.
Over the years, Bali has become a preferred destination in the region if not in the world for Yoga lovers who come here to either enjoy the incredible variety of classes during their holidays or even sign up for one of the many Yoga Retreats or Teacher’s Trainings. It’s the texture of spirituality, as much as the physical beauty of the island, that makes Bali an ideal sanctuary for learning and practicing yoga and to meet likeminded people from all over the world.
Good to know when coming to Bali to do Yoga
After your professionally taught yoga class we would highly recommended to catch eye contact with your fellow yogis and stay open to continue this experience further. It is common to hang our in one of the dozen stylish, tasty vegetarian, vegan or raw food restaurants after class.
To deepen your yoga practice and take it to the next level one could consider a body treatment after class. Massages are available with unlimited options. You could connect with nature while being massaged in the middle of the rice fields or dive into the magic of the ocean during a relaxing session on a cliff with a breath-taking view. The traditional Balinese Massage is recommended just as much as a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage.
Bali has the most tasty yoga buffet one could possibly wish for. From Acro yoga to Areal, Ashtanga, Bikram, Flow, Hatha, Iyengar, SUP Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Sumits and many more, you will definitely be spoiled for choice! Whether you are still shopping around for your favorite style of yoga or you know your preferred taste, you will definitely not be limited in the choices and the level of experienced classes. Bali has it all!
If you need a more peaceful and withdrawn yoga experience, there are yoga opportunities where you are surrounded by silence and your focus is completely on feeling your inner being and a sense of deep peace. You can leave your class and not have to interact with anyone. Sidemen and Batukaru are areas in Bai, where life is slow and nature is abundant.
For the Surfer visiting Bali, you will be supported by a Yoga Surf community and yoga can become part of the journey too. Start your day with Sun Salutations at Sunrise at the beach and end the day with a Yin Yoga practice in the evening. Everything is possible.
Many of the Yoga schools provide retreats for several days offering 1-2 yoga classes daily. If you want to deepen your yoga practice or are inspired to teach yoga you can find many top quality Teacher Trainings which are recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
There are many yoga retreats on offer in Bali. One is spoilt for taste which one to choose. Almost all offer days away from your daily routine; 2 yoga classes a day, some tourist attractions, healthy vibrant meals and meditation. The highlight is usually the location; your entire being will get energized as your eyes take in the pure lush green living nature. The more magical and breath-taking retreats take place in Ubud or further up north, like Pemutaran.
Ubud – new age pilgrims, from diverse backgrounds, come seeking asylum from a hasty fast track life, to retreat within the verdant landscape of Bali, to connect with a greater power.
If you are staying in the cultural heart of Bali, with its tranquil and magniﬁcent vistas, you really want to stop by one of the main Yoga Centers. All offer classes for any level, from complete baby beginner to acrobatic advanced.
Lately Canggu and Uluwatu have made it on the list of “Bali Yoga Destinations”. Several beautiful and professionally managed yoga centers with qualiﬁed teachers have opened, offering a large variety of classes and styles.