The demands of modern life can be a challenge and maintaining an ideal balance between work and play often seems like an impossible task. For this reason it's crucial that we all take some regular time out from our busy schedules to nurture and rejuvenate ourselves. Of course, this is often easier said than done and therefore it's sometimes necessary to take a temporary retreat in order to recharge our depleted 'batteries'.
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If you're feeling tired, stressed out and run-down, there's undoubtedly no better place to escape to than Bali. Popularly known as 'the island of the gods', this beautiful tropical isle offers an incredible array of treatments and tuition which will strengthen your body and uplift your spirit. Yoga is an especially popular way to rejuvenate in Bali and classes in various disciplines are offered all around the island for a very reasonable price. Regardless whether you're an absolute beginner or something of a pro, there's sure to be a class for you, quite probably surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty that the island is so famous for.
For those seeking to take their Bali getaway to a much deeper level, a yoga retreat may be preferable to few scattered classes here and there. Immersing yourself in a yoga retreat is the ultimate way to nurture yourself, reflect upon your life and rejuvenate. They're also ideal since, once you commit, you're less likely to get distracted by the various allurements that are present in this tropical paradise.
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Following is a list of some of Bali's best yoga retreats. Whether you simply want to incorporate a few casual classes into a laid-back beach-side holiday, learn a new skill that you can take home with you, or immerse yourself fully into the mysteries of yoga, one of these venues will be sure to suit your requirements. By no means is this a complete list, but it's a starting point from which you can embark upon your own yoga journey.
The Yoga Barn Situated in Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali, the Yoga Barn is an awesome complex that encompasses yoga studios, holistic healing centre, vegan restaurant and guest house. A beautiful spiritual space surrounded by lush vegetation and with buildings inspired by traditional Balinese architecture, every day there are numerous classes and workshops in various styles of yoga as well as in healing modalities such as sound medicine, meditation and kirtan. The nine guest rooms situated in the complex are perfect for people who want to immerse themselves in the yoga classes and other programs offered at the Yoga Barn, and are also sometimes used for in-house yoga retreats.
Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio Also in Ubud, Radiantly Alive is another wonderful yoga centre that offers a variety of classes including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Gentle Flow, Restorative, Community, Kids' and Even Yoga Dance. If all this sounds like fun and you want to learn more, check out the Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio website.
Power of Now Oasis - Yoga by the Beach Located at tranquil Sanur, near one of Bali's best beaches, The Power of Now Oasis is a magical purpose-built sanctuary that's totally dedicated to yoga, meditation and other holistic services, including Ayurvedic treatments, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. The multipurpose centre is an eco-friendly structure which is built from local bamboo, and blends beautifully into the tranquil tropical gardens that surround it - the perfect spot to unwind and rejuvenate.
Yoga classes offered at the Power of Now Oasis include those in traditional Indian yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, Bali Yoga, Yin-yoga, kids' yoga and restorative yoga. If you're looking for more than just a class here and there, perhaps you'd be interested in one of the retreats that they regularly offer. Take a look at the The Power of Now website for more information.
Manik Organik Yoga Studio Manik Organic, also in Sanur, is all about educating people to make healthy life choices and is a dynamic space featuring an organic cafe, healing centre, yoga studio, meeting rooms, creative workshop and gift-shop. It offers a wide variety of classes and workshops, including yoga classes for both adults and children. For more information, take a peek at the Manik Organik website.
Taksu Yoga and Movement Arts Taksu Yoga and Movement Arts in Ubud offers a mixture of traditional and more contemporary yoga classes in a lovely studio that makes the most of the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding it. The studio's name is a Balinese word meaning 'the indescribable essence of spirit', and the centre's teachers present yoga not simply as a physical exercise, but as a complete way of being. While there are regular classes in both hatha and therapeutic yoga, it's also possible to take a private class.
Villa Prana Spa Located in laid-back Seminyak, but close to all the action, Villa Prana Spa has a dedicated yoga room where you can take classes in various styles of yoga, suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Creative Power Flow is a great way to kick start your day, while for a slower, more meditative yoga experience, perhaps try Vinyasa Slow. To learn more and to see the schedule for yoga classes, take a look at this website.
Serenity Yogashala Situated at lovely Canggu, the Serenity Eco Guesthouse and Yoga Centre has something for everyone. As well as accommodation (a choice of either guesthouse or backpacker lodge) and food (Warung Dolphin is onsite), the centre's Yoga Hall features wonderful views and is the venue for a couple of classes each day. Private classes are also available, as well as yoga teacher training courses, if you want to make yoga your career. Have a look at their website for more information.
Jiwa Bikram Yoga Studio Also called Hot Yoga, Bikram Yoga is performed in a heated room, as a rapid sequence of 26 specific movements and two breathing exercises, and has been formulated to energise and detoxify the body. Situated at studios in both Seminyak and Canggu, Jiwa Bikram Yoga holds regular classes and retreats for practitioners of all levels. As well as offering single classes, they also offer 10 packs, 20 packs and unlimited passes of various lengths: great if you're staying in Bali for an extended period and want to take your practice to a whole different level.
H2O Yoga and Meditation Centre Strictly speaking, H2O Yoga and Meditation Centre isn't located in Bali, but since it's on the nearby Gilli Islands I thought I'd add it anyway, as part of this article. The centre is a magical place, offering a range of activities, including two daily yoga classes. Relaxed and unspoilt, it's the ultimate destination for a laid-back, nurturing and affordable island getaway. For more information about this special place, go to the H20 Yoga and Meditation Centre website.
Apneista Freediving and Yoga Centre Another place to discover traditional Balinese culture and learn yoga, far away from the tourist trail, is the Apneista Freediving and Yoga Centre in the small village of Jemeluk, on the east coast of the island. Along with the opportunity to do some diving and exploring of the local area, there are several yoga and meditation classes held daily, all taught by qualified instructors. Periodically, Oceanic Yoga Retreats are also held, great for anyone who feels a strong spiritual affinity with the sea. Check out the Apneista Freediving and Yoga Centre website to learn more.
Bliss Sanctuary for Women Sorry guys, but this one is just for the ladies. Bliss Sanctuary for Women aims to create a welcoming, nurturing haven for women travelling alone, and their network of villas are situated throughout Bali, although mainly in the Seminyak area. With no couples and no children, each villa houses just a few women at any one time so solo female travellers can feel safe, knowing that while they've got plenty of wonderful privacy, there are also some friendly faces around if they want to be a bit social. With a focus on friendship and healing, various holistic modalities are offered including yoga classes with Desa Seni, Bliss Sanctuary's specialist yoga partner.
Conclusion In a nutshell, Bali, the Island of the Gods, is the perfect place to learn more about the ancient practice of yoga, and to nourish your body, mind, and spirit with its healing potencies. Hopefully the above suggestions will help you embark on your own yoga journey. Finally, one last website to take a look at, for those who want to enhance their health and wellbeing in Bali, is Bali Spirt. This fabulous site is a goldmine of invaluable information for anyone with an interest in yoga, meditation, spirituality, holistic healing and anything else related to the creation of a cleaner, greener and more harmonious life and world.The famous Bali Spirit Festival, held each March-April in Ubud, is somewhere you may also want to visit.