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Over the last decade, Ubud has become the Southeast Asian Mecca for yogis and yoginis from all over the world. The lush nature and the deep spirituality intrinsic of the Balinese culture make the little town a perfect location to embrace mindful practice, both for the body and the mind. The yoga studios are called shala, a Sanskrit word meaning home or house. Here are the best yoga houses in Ubud.
Located on the Penestanan Kaja hill, Intuitive Flow is an intimate and airy shala overlooking the lush Balinese jungle and the volcanic peaks. The quality of the teachers is remarkable and the view is unique. Here you can try Yoga Pranala, a unique and special blend of traditional yoga and ancient Balinese teachings. Can you imagine practicing morning yoga with the sun rising and bathing your skin? An absolute hidden little gem.
An oasis of peace in the heart of the island, The Yoga Barn is more than a simple studio: it’s a well-rounded experience of healing, wellness and community. Located in central Ubud, hidden off a little alley, the barn has seven yoga studios and 100 yoga, meditation and dance classes per week, together with healing and Ayurvedic treatments. And more: astrology sessions, acro yoga jams, ecstatic dance, kirtan concerts, Monday movies, topped up with the delicious vegan, raw and ayurvedic food of the Garden Kafe. Paradise on earth.
Overlooking an emerald green rice field, Chakra Yoga Shala opened in summer 2017 and is run by local Balinese with local Balinese teachers. The classes are intimate and they support the local yoga community. Plus the cafe downstairs, Oasis Yoga & Cafe, has delicious fresh food. What’s better than a mouth-watering, healthy meal after an uplifting yoga practice?
For those who would like to experience yoga practice in a shala off the beaten track in a quieter area of Ubud in the Abangan area, Ubud Yoga House is the perfect location. Can you imagine embracing your yoga flow while mesmerized by the surrounding lush nature? Their vision is to support “yoga for everybody” and the ambiance is welcoming and serene.
Also located in central Ubud, Radiantly Alive opened its doors in 2012, with the mission of creating an inspiring community, supporting vibrant and radiant living. They have three studios with a variety of different practices and workshops, including Sky Yoga Flow, where people can experience yoga poses while suspended on straps hanging from the roof. How delightful.
Ubud Yoga Centre is located in a modern building, designed by a world-famous architect, in the southern end of Ubud. They offer a vast variety of yoga, dance and pilates classes. They are famous for their hot pilates sessions: perfect to detox the body from toxins and stress. Also, try their flamenco classes for beginners.
In Balinese, taksu means “indescribable essence of spirit”. Yoga is not a practice that needs to be “done”, it needs to be “lived”, and that is what yogis and yoginis have the chance to experience at Taksu Yoga.
Taman Hati means garden of the heart. The ashram is run by the teacher I Ketut Bandiastra. He created a special yoga practice called Pranawayu, similar to Vinyasa flow that focuses on awareness and energy circulating inside the body.
Centrally located, Yoga Saraswati offers a serene ambiance to practice yoga. The classes are open-level and affordable. Perfect to embrace a conscious yoga practice.