Stretch into a sun salutation in Indonesia

Stretch into a sun salutation in Indonesia

I committed to at least one yoga sesh or run each week in my 2012 resolutions; I fully believe that yoga helps make me a better traveler (and person). The humidity, smog and uneven surface areas quickly ruled out any running in Bali, but thankfully the yoga offerings went above and beyond.

Freedive yoga center, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

I managed to squeeze 20 yoga classes into 26 days in Bali: the vast majority were vinyasa flows, although I did relax with a restoration class and step it up with a power yoga class. You’ll save money at each spot if you buy a multi-class card, and it also creates some added motivation to go to a few extra classes! So if you’re in Seminyak, Gili Trawangan or Ubud: here are my yoga picks:

Prana Yoga, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

Prana Yoga: I’m a big fan of yoga in circular rooms: when everyone faces forward, the energy just seems to flow. Everyone can see the teacher and you’re not struggling to set yourself up in awkward rows. Prana has an awesome, organic vibe with a balance of Indonesian and Western teachers, each with a very different class style.

Freedive yoga center, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Freedive Yoga: You’ll have to truly focus to pay attention to the teacher’s instructions above the call to prayer from the nearby mosque, the jangling of horse carts and the thumping of the bass from the beachfront bars. But it’s easy to be inspired in the beautiful outdoor surroundings, and Nicole keeps it interesting with a mix of traditional and modern playlists (my favorite was one that included lots of Adele and Florence). The only downside is that the evening class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., meaning you’ll miss the absolutely incredible Gili Trawangan sunsets.

Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Yoga Barn:An incredibly popular spot with expats, the Yoga Barn is a mainstay in Ubud cultural life. There is crazy variety of classes offered at all hours of the day, from sunrise to after dark. The on-site organic café is an added plus: easy to sip an antioxidant smoothie before or after a class with newfound friends or grab dinner before the movies shown every other Monday. The space is wide open, letting your focus point extend to the clouds and rice paddies. Afternoon classes often get a background of thunder or windstorms—but a few classes also have live music, with incredibly talented keyboard or flute players letting you plug right into the harmony.

What’s your favorite yoga spot in Indonesia? 

  • That looks absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait for my yoga practices to look like that, rather than a packed studio with a bunch of sweaty women. 🙂 That’s what yoga is really about!

  • I loved the Yoga Barn and immediately felt at home there. I’ll definitely have to check out the other two places when I go back though, always keen to try new styles and different places! Thanks. 🙂

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  • camorose

    Such better energy than yoga classes in a gym–it was a really nice change!

  • camorose

    Absolutely loved Yoga Barn–but these other two aren’t bad either! Let me know how you like them if you get to check them out 🙂

  • I’m dying to do a solo yoga/surf trip to Bali.

  • Hilary

    Wow! How amazing that you were able to get in so many days of yoga! I think yoga is a travel necessity.

    So glad I found your blog. Can’t wait to follow your travels!


  • camorose

    ME TOO! Would be such an incredible way to recharge!

  • camorose

    Bali is definitely the right spot for a yoga-focused vacay! And glad you found the blog–hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Nicky Bella

    Hi christine, I am due to go to seminyak next week and will be exploring the yoga, thanks for info, nicola, tenerife, canary isles ( originally wales) ..

  • camorose

    Awesome! You’ll have to let me know how you like Prana 🙂

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  • Selmo

    have you done it? i am planning on flying with my wife in which i want to surf and she wants to continue her Yoga classes of many years. any reccomendations ? can be also in a secluded island or area outside bali /kuta. appreciate your recomendations to lemperts@yahoo.com

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  • Karen

    Hello, does anyone know of yoga near the Blue Karma hotel in Seminyak? My map reading isn’t great but Yoga Barn and Prana looked pretty far away. Any advice gratefully received.

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