One of my favorite things about Ubud is definitely the abundance of inspiring yoga studios. It’s almost like Ubud was built for the yoga community! Many also come to Ubud for weekly or monthly Yoga retreats from all around the world.
From an all-in-one yoga and healing center to one with 360° forest views, here are my top 3 yoga picks:
1. Yoga Barn
One of Ubud’s more cult Yoga establishments, Yoga Barn, is a holistic all-in-one experience. There’s a myriad of yoga classes with an eclectic mix of instructors, an in-house massage and rejuvenation center focusing on Ayurvedic principals, and KAFE, a remarkably tasty and healthy organic cafe in Yoga Barn’s compound. Yoga goers range from casual Yogis (a.k.a me) to I-can-sometimes-levitate serious Yogis. Even though it isn’t far from the center of town, there’s a tranquil community vibe. The only downside I can think of is that the yoga mats and blocks are very worn out from overuse. My recommendation is to bring your own yoga necessities if you’re a stickler for fresh mats and blankets.
Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali 80571
I recommend: Attending an Iyengar Yoga class, getting a Balancing Ayuryoga Massage (90 mins), and the Macrobiotic Bowl at KAFE (it’s delicious. Don’t be fooled by its sciency name).
(Photo credit to PrasanaYoga.com)
2. Intuitive Flow
Somewhat of a hidden gem, this yoga studio was a delightful find for me. Nestled amid rice fields, the studio has floor to ceiling windows which overlook lush greenery and Mount Batur in the distance. Expect butterflies to flutter in and out around you as you’re doing your adho mukha shvanasana. Intuitive Flow studio is small and cozy, making it feel more like a community studio. Many of the regular goers seem to know each other. My favorite instructor is Robyn, a sparkling character with an amicable personality, so look out for her classes!
Location: Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Penestanan Kaja, Ubud, Bali 80571. This place will be slightly tricky to find, so look out for signage and don’t hesitate to ask the locals for directions.
I recommend: A Vinyasa flow class in the morning. It’s got the right balance of working your core muscles, stretching, and focus on breathing.
3. Radiantly Alive
This studio is the newest and most modern of all. Set amid lush greens, the studio is full of light wood and communal open areas. It gives the impression of being in a chic architect’s holiday home. This studio also seems to be attracting a younger crowd. What I especially like about it is everything feels clean and well maintained – the mats seem new, the blankets are fresh, the bolsters and blocks look like it was just purchased yesterday. In the evenings, it has the most brilliant breeze – but be sure to apply a liberal amount of insect repellant beforehand if you don’t want to be a giant blood bank for those pesky mozzies.
Location: Jalan Jembawan. Easy to spot, theres a massive sign saying “YOGA” just off the main road.
I recommend: Yin Yoga in the evening. There’s nothing like unravelling after a long day with a slow-paced, all-stretch yoga session. I guarantee you come out of Yin Yoga feeling all warm and fuzzy 😉
I am sure there are other beautiful Yoga spaces in Ubud. If you know of any others, please feel free to comment!