Imagine being surrounded by green rice fields and lush rainforest, listening to sounds of birds, bikes, and temple music. If you’re looking for yoga, healing, healthy food, nature and meeting like-minded people, then Bali has it all.
But Bali has another side, which you might be surprised about when you first come here…
The ‘Bali Vibe’: Yoga, Surf, healthy Food and tropical Rainforests
Bali is home of a lot of yoga schools and destination for spiritual seekers, healers, and creative heads. Bali is unique in its own way, and there must be a reason why the ‘island of gods’ attracts so many people. If you wonder if Bali is the right place for you, here is everything you need to know…
First Things first: The unexpected Side of Bali
First, let me tell you one thing. Bali is not always what it looks like on all the pretty Instagram pictures. It is not all about rice fields, beautiful beaches and living in harmony with nature.
On first sight, Bali is pretty much the opposite Many parts are full of tourists, trash and traffic. I met quite a lot of people who came to Bali for their first time and immediately wanted to leave again. Those people mostly stayed in the bustling beach town of Kuta or at one of the resort-shaped areas of Nusa Dua or Sanur. The people were often disappointed for above reasons.
But beyond the fact that many tourist parts in Bali are full and noisy, once you know what to expect and you can go along with that, then you’re ready for Bali. Because once you exit those touristy parts and keep an open mind for the island, Bali will feel like heaven.
Let me explain you why…
1. Balinese Culture: Spirits, Incense Sticks and Ceremonies
Balinese religion is strongly influenced by Indian Hinduism, but Balinese people developed their own particular form of hinduism over years. About 83% of residents in Bali are practicing and living this form of Hinduism.
And Bali is the only island in Indonesia which predominantly remained Hindu while muslim population is the majority in the rest of the country.
The influence that Balinese religion brings to this little islands’ life is truly noticeable with all your senses: The Balinese air is thick of cloudy incense stick scent, the sounds around you made of temple music, birds, motorbikes and crowing cocks and you can see temples, ceremonies and little offerings everywhere you go in Bali.
Like a balinese man once said to me: “When you understand the flow of energy, and the role of nature, then you can stay in Bali”.
2. Yoga Studios and Yoga Retreats in Bali
Once in Bali you don’t have to put effort in looking for a good yoga studio or retreat. Yoga and Bali just goes together like Chocolate and Cookies and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded with many other like-minded people. Especially in the hip towns of Ubud and Canggu, the choice of yoga studios is just huge. Try these if you are around:
The Yoga Barn in Ubud is the biggest and most famous yoga studio and they really have a lot of program and workshops there. The quality of the classes and workshops are excellent, and you can often see long queues waiting in front of the entrance for joining their famous ecstatic dance classes.
The Yoga Barn
Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
Intuitive Flow is a nice and good Yoga Studio further out of Ubud centre with an amazing view over the palm trees. It is slightly smaller yoga community with wonderful vibes and teachers.
Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud
When in Canggu, look no further than for Desa Seni if you’re advanced and like high class teachers. Desa Seni is my absolute favorite place to practice and I know their classes are mainly filled by experienced yogis – daily headstand practices included. If you want to have fun, challenge yourself and take part in a top yoga class, don’t miss out this studio.
Desa Seni, A Village Resort
Jl. Subak Sari No. 13, Canggu
The Practice is a hip yoga studio located in Canggu. They know what they’re doing and they do it really well – from furnishing, in-house shop, free talks and tea, workshops and gatherings to the quality of their yoga classes. The yoga shala is just amazing and I love their afternoon Yin Yoga classes. Definitely check them out.
Jl. Batu Bolong No. 94, Canggu
3. Bali is a healthy Food Heaven
I was traveling the world before I came to Bali. I promise, I have never seen a place where there is such a high range of healthy food spots. If you’re a foodie, then Bali is the place to be. And if you’re like me and addicted to that healthy, tasty, plant-based stuff, you will be thrilled. Fresh fruits, vegan and vegetarian food and green juice choices are just endless.
Just get on your bike or bicycle, drive down the main roads of Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud, and try all those awesome cafes. I’m sure you will truly fall in love. Despite all the healthy food cafes, don’t forget to try the street food in a local warung. A warung is a small restaurant or cafe where you’ll get local food. Get some vegetarian nasi campur with tempeh here and enjoy this spicy local dish. A warung is also the place to experience real Balinese life and getting to know the locals.
If you’re up to a healthy local drink, then I can recommend you getting some Jamu. Jamu is a traditional Indonesian herbal drink made of turmeric and ginger and is valued by locals for its health benefits. You will get really good home-made Jamu at Oma Jamu in Canggu.
4. Balinese Locals: warm-hearted and welcoming
When thinking about locals in Bali, one thing immediately comes to my mind: A warm big smile. Balinese people are always smiling, polite, helpful, incredibly sweet and tolerant. Every day, Balinese people are busy with preparing offerings, praying and holding ceremonies. Although the men and women work very hard and long hours, those traditions also take up a considerable part in their daily life.
Balinese’ daily habits and ceremonies is the one thing that determines that special feeling you get when arriving in Bali: You soon catch up to the vibrance and energy of this place. Bali is never still.
Our trainings are based in Bali. Surrounded by tropical jungles, rice-fields, rolling hills and temples, our venue was chosen for its tranquil atmosphere and rich culture. Our open-air yoga shala gives you the freedom to immerse in the beauty of Bali. Set at the bottom of the retreat nestled above the banks of the river you will enjoy beautiful rice-field and jungle views as you practice.
See how Bali really feels like and choose Bali as home for your yoga teacher training. We offer 200hr Yin Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings in a beautiful resort-style retreat in Ubud, Bali. Click here for our dates and rates for our upcoming teacher trainings in 2020.