EXHALE: The Epic Yoga Guide to Bali

Bali is an incredible yoga destination. Where else on earth can you find such a plethora of incredible yoga spaces, shalas, and retreats in such a short distance from one other? What’s inspiring is the creative design of these yoga destinations. From the rustic to the luxe and eco- sustainable, here are some of Bali's most epic yoga sanctuaries...

Fiveelements Bali

Bali’s most iconic yoga venue has to be the circular Mandala Agung space at Fivelements Puri Ahisma. This amazing yoga space holds up to sixty guests at a time for retreats, events, workshops, yoga, dance and even Tedatlks.  Constructed from sustainable bamboo, the standout is the soaring spiral center and bamboo channel of light that is said to resemble oneness and connection - OM! www.fivelements.org

Bambuindah

Minang House is the name of the beautiful space used for morning yoga at Bambu Indah, a sustainable boutique resort located in jungly Ubud. Inspired by the houses of Sumatra, this structure is created from sustainable black bamboo collected from the forests of Java. Minang House was actually built in thirty days while the roof took another sixty. It’s the centerpiece of the resort and the place to be for events and celebrations. www.bambuindah.com

Como Shambali

At COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud, the yoga space is located on the upper floor of their holistic spa and is the place to be in-between your Shirodhara and GLOW raw juices.  With views over breathtaking greenery, we recommend you join in on the complimentary group yoga, pranayama, and meditation sessions scheduled throughout the day (treat yourself to a COMO signature massage afterwards)! www.comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate

Uma Ubud

Also part of the COMO group is Uma Ubud, a boutique yoga  resort situated in the heart of the Ubud town. Their open-air yoga studio offers calming views over the Tjampuhan Valley. Stay in small luxury villas and dine on healthy cuisine. Daily yoga is complimentary for in-house guests. Breathe fully and reap the benefits in these serene surrounds. www.comohotels.com/umaubud

Four Seasons Bali

Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale is the name of this 'wow' lotus petal shaped AntiGravity®Yoga Space the Four Seasons Resort Sayan. Co-designed with Elora Hardy, the structure is made entirely from locally grown sustainable bamboo. Experience Anti-gravity ‘flying’ and hatha yoga as well as the unique Sacred Nap treatment with Life Talks delivered by their resident Buddhist Monk.  www.fourseasons.com/sayan

May Ubud

We love Maya Ubud Resort & Spa or their stunning riverside spa, luxury villas and cafe and now – a yoga space!  Designed by award winning architect, Budiman Hendropurnomo, the no-walls concept creates a spacious and suspended sensation between sky and valley. Complimentary yoga classes are offered every day for in-house guests - see you on the mat!. www.mayaubud.com

Intuitive Flow

Intuitive Flows studio is a hidden rustic gem situated in Penestanan Village that attracts a high-calibre International yoga tribe. The space feels light and airy with natural timber floors and high-ceilings.  It overlooks the Champuan valley and offers breezy views towards the sacred mountain Gunung Agung. Intuitive Flow offers up to five classes a day as well as teacher training and retreats. www.intuitiveflow.com

Radiantly Alive

Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio in Ubud is where you'll find hard-core Ashtangi’s congregating on the mat for their morning Mysore practice. Built from bamboo and recycled wood, Radiantly Alive is more contemporary in design than other yoga spaces. Over fifty classes are offered here each week as well as yoga teacher trainings, raw food workshops, and salsa! www.radiantlyalive.com

Morning-Light

A sun salutation at the Morning Light Yoga Studio at Uluwatu Surf Villas is such an uplifting way to start your day (followed by a swim or surf of course)! This open-air yoga space is made from reclaimed teak, antique ironwood beams and features a traditional thatched grass roof. Explore their menu of classes, retreats and workshops. Breathe deeply and feel the gratitude flowing through your heart. www.uluwatusurfvillas.com

Mu Bali

We absolutely love Mu's, a white-washed boutique resort situated on the clifftop at Bingin. Their yoga room is a tropical open-air circular space with a traditional thatched grass roof.  With its phenomenal views to the sea, who wouldn't be inspired to move their body against the cool ocean breeze and sounds of crashing waves. www.mu-bali.com

Temple Lodge

Another hidden gem is Temple Lodge, a boutique resort carved into the white Bukit cliffs with views over the Indian ocean. The yoga space is simple yet sweet, and offers a variety of classes inclusive of vinyasa flow, core, flexibility and hatha. Outside guests are welcomed – but get there early to get your place on the mat. This place is thriving!  www.thetemplelodge.com

The Shala Bali

The Shala Bali in Ubud is a gorgeous teacher training and retreat venue founded by a group of Australian yogi’s. Their wooden floored shala offers 360-degree views over rice terraces and holds up to fifty bodies at a time!  The Shala Bali offers beautiful boutique villa accommodation, a vegetarian cafe and small Ayurvedic spa.  Next door is their Darshana bale that caters to smaller groups, retreats and private classes. www.theshalabali.com

The Yoga Barn Bali

Shake your buddha at Yoga Barn, Bali’s most well-known yoga hub. This place offers five diverse rustic spaces catering to small and large groups, retreats, workshops and scheduled classes. It houses an excellent vegetarian cafe (with Ayurvedic and macrobiotic organic meals), affordable accommodation and Ayurvedic Spa but the centerpiece is this large rambling circular shala overlooking wild Balinese gardens. Yoga Barn attracts an eclectic community for their free-flow and alcohol-free Friday-night ecstatic and Sunday Dance - be ready to play! www.theyogabarn.com

Desa Seni Bai

You can stay here or simply drop in for classes at Desa Seni in Canggu, another one of Bali's much-loved yoga destinations. Made from recycled Ulin wood collected from old bridges, boats and telephone poles, co-founder Tom Talucci says he designed the yoga shala using the principles of ancient Sacred Geometry in mind. Classes here include yoga, meditation and dance with the open-air space holding up to 36 yogis at a time. www.desaseni.com 

Samadhi

It’s also all happening at Samadi Bali located nearby the surf-village of Echo Beach. This yoga space attracts the Ashtanga-tribe for their morning Mysore practice.  On the menu is also Vinyasa, yoga nirdra and even classes tailored to surfers!  Samadhi Bali houses villa-style accommodation, a Kitchen Lab organic café, Sunday organic markets, and film nights. www.samadibali.com



We can't think of a more gorgeous location to awaken and stretch your body than at this new seaside Yoga Bale at Karma Spa at the luxury cliff Karma Kandara resort - it's epic! Situated at Karma Beach Club, classes vary from yoga to meditation, Tai Chi and sound therapy.  It goes without saying that yoga is complimentary for in-house guests but the good news is outside guests can also join - bookings essential (+61 0361 8482200) https://karmagroup.com/find-destination/karma-resorts/karma-kandara

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