5 Best Bali Yoga Retreats
Bali is a place that is filled with culture, heritage and spirituality. It is an island that is packed with stunning, luscious landscapes, magnificent architecture, captivating culture and amazing art. Bali is also known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, and its directional temples are a must for anyone visiting the island. The spiritual, cultural and artistic heart of Bali is Ubud. Ubud is one of the best places in the world to practice yoga and do yoga teacher training and there are so many amazing Bali yoga retreats that it can be hard to choose!
Bali is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a yoga retreat, as it has an ancient Hindu culture, spirituality and philosophy, fantastic scenery, gorgeous nature, great weather, fresh and healthy food and also there are many other yogis and like minded people to meet and the Balinese people are some of the most genuine, happy and friendly people in the world.
Did you know that the name Ubud comes from the Balinese ‘Ubad‘ which means medicine. Ubud has long been known as a mystical place, rich in healing powers so it’s not surprising that people flock here to find healing, inner peace, to learn to live a healthier way of life and find their own sense of spirituality.
Ubud has grown in popularity, especially after the popular book ‘Eat Pray Love.‘ Did you know that the book was actually based on a true story? There are still medicine men and traditional healers in Bali and a real magical energy that is not possible to describe in words which can only be experienced.
Even though India is the birthplace of yoga and meditation, in many ways Bali is a better place to practice yoga, especially for solo female travelers. I love India but it can be a challenging place to visit. Bali is a Hindu island, so the religion is very similar to India’s, but Bali is so much more relaxed, modern, cleaner and safer for female travelers than India whilst still being deeply spiritual and mesmerisingly beautiful.
So Ubud is really the perfect place to relax, concentrate on your yoga practice, immerse yourself in Hindu spirituality and leave feeling rejuvenated without having to deal with the stresses of India. I love living in India but frequently come to Bali when I need to relax and take a break from the craziness of India!
Bali is now home to some of the world’s very best yoga retreats. There are so many fantastic Bali yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses in Bali, some of which often bring in famous teachers from India and from the West, so it can be hard to choose. You need to be careful when following the spiritual path as yoga has become big business nowadays and sadly not all ‘gurus’ are the real deal. It’s best to try and get recommendations from friends or people who’ve been there already before choosing a Bali yoga retreat but if that’s not possible then I great site I’ve found is – www.bookyogaretreats.com. On this site you can find all kinds of yoga retreats for all different styles and levels, learn more about the instructors and daily schedule and, most importantly, check real reviews, testimonials and book your place.
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I’ve been to Bali 3 times now and been lucky enough to try many yoga classes, retreats and teacher trainings on this beautiful, healing and magical ‘Island of the Gods’. There are so many Bali yoga retreats that it can be hard to choose so to help you I wanted to put together a quick post to share my pick of the best Bali yoga retreats based on personal experience, recommendations from friends and research.
So, here are my recommendations of the best Bali yoga retreats…. By the way, there are affiliate links in this post. So if you find my recommendations for Bali yoga retreats useful and decide to book then I can earn a small commission at no extra cost for you which helps to keep me traveling, learning more about yoga and keeping this site running so thanks so much for your support! 🙂
Here’s my pick of the 5 Best Bali Yoga Retreats
If you came to Ubud looking for an authentic, traditional Balinese healing and yoga experience then Om Ham Retreat and Resort is one of the best Bali yoga retreats. Just a short 12-minute drive outside the main town of Ubud is a unique holistic retreat, infused with love, good intention and tangible energy. Om Ham is the perfect place to recharge positive energy in an awe-inspiring and natural environment.
The authentic Balinese Master Guru Ketut Asana is from a a family of traditional Balinese shamanic healers and founded this center in 2014 based on Ashram Munivara’s mission to help people find their true selves through holy knowledge, puja, yoga, meditation, holy song etc. The yoga classes here are unique, based on the traditional Kundalini Tantra yoga style inspired by Balinese Master Guru Ketut Asana are a specialty of this place and are truly a unique experience.
On arrival at Om Ham you will soon realise why there is no better place to deepen your yoga and meditation practices. The resort is overflowing with a beautifully tranquil, magical, spiritual and positive vibe. All rooms face outward to the picturesque rice fields and a beautiful swimming pool area. What a refreshing view to wake up to every morning! The staff are Om Ham are lovely and the organic and healthy food is prepared and served with lots of love. I especially liked the included afternoon tea and the blissful spa on site.
Retreats can be customised depending on your needs – check out the different retreat packages here to find the one perfect for you. Taking a retreat at Om Ham also offers the best of both worlds because if you want to explore more of Ubud there is a free shuttle service into town and the staff can also organise sightseeing tours of Bali, one of the highlights is the traditional water purification ceremonies held at an ancient Balinese temple. This is definitely one of the best authentic Bali yoga retreats. Click here for more infomation, photos, reviews, prices and to book!
Tis eco-friendly place is one of the top Bali yoga retreats set right on quiet Sanur beach. The turtle shaped, 100% bamboo made centre has an open-air yoga studio upstairs and a chill space downstairs for relaxing and meeting fellow yogis. Power of Now Oasis was built as a space where people could share yoga, meditation and holistic treatments.
Plus, it’s partially a not-for-profit space, with part of the income going to the kids at Jodie O’Shea Orphanage.They have actually set it up so that one day the kids from the orphanage will actually own 50% of it. If that’s not reason enough to choose this amongst all other Bali yoga retreats, then the excellent yoga teachers should, most of which hail from India.
Power of Now Oasis offer a huge range of drop in classes, special weekly retreats and yoga teacher trainings 6 times a year. Their yoga retreats include 7 day yoga, health and meditation retreats which include healthy food and juices as well as Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Western Medicine and Naturopathy. There are also super fun 7 day yoga, surf and SUP retreats. Both retreats are inclusive and cover accommodation, meals, daily yoga and meditation classes, airport transfers and spa treatments – no surprise they are consistently voted as some of the best Bali yoga retreats! Click here for more info, to read the reviews and to book!
This award-winning eco-conscious centre is one of the very best Bali yoga retreats which is both deeply luxurious and also still deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali. It’s set in the jungle right alongside the sacred Ayung River, offering the perfect environment for healing, relaxation, rejuvenation and getting back in touch with your true self and with nature.
Five Elements is a healing and wellness centre that specialises in offering a large range of personalised retreats to suit your exact needs. Five Elements boasts holistic Balinese-inspired therapies that are administered by traditional Balinese healers by using ancient wisdom passed down to them. They offer retreats that last anywhere from 4 to 22 days and are suitable for beginners. Retreats include daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, massages, energy and water healing sessions, 3 healthy gourmet meals a day and special healing consultation and Balinese blessing ceremonies. Even beauty treatments and airport transfers are included.
Not surprisingly, Five Elements is not a cheap Bali yoga retreat but you get what you pay off. This retreat is pure bliss, from the luxurious riverside suites, right down to its heated ‘Watsu’ therapy pool and healing ceremonies. Click here to read reviews and to book!
Balitrees is a traditional Balinese yoga retreat and healing sanctuary that offers a real escape from modern life and a unique Balinese spiritual and yoga retreat experience. Balitrees is located in the spiritual village of Sesandan in the Tabanan area which is a quiet part of the island, surrounded by rice paddies and swaying palm trees for a truly authentic Balinese experience.
The instructors are local Balinese traditional yoga and meditation instructors that studied under famous local master Perguruan Seruling Dewata and they teach a unique form of yoga and mediation called traditional Balinese Watukaru Yoga. There are many different retreats to choose from, most include Balinese Watukaru yoga sessions, Balinese culture, massage, waterfall trips and yoga on the beach at sunset, chakra meditation, Tali Rasa (Balinese Thai Chi) and Pencak Silat (a form of Martial Arts).
Yoga retreats here last anywhere from 3 to 8 days and include accommodations, 3 healthy meals a day and a daily cultural activity in the nearby village. They also offer an 8 day teacher training course. Check out this unique Bali yoga retreat if you want the authentic Balinese experience! There’s too many activities to list here so Click here for more info, to read reviews and to book!
Although Bali Firefly has been around for many years, it was transformed into the bliss that it is today by Penny Adams and Wayne Furlong and is now one of the most popular Bali yoga retreats. It’s a magical place nestled in the rice paddies with great views of the sacred Gunung Agung in the distance and within easy walking distance to Ubud.
It is one of the best choices for anyone looking for an affordable Bali yoga retreat that it is also great value for money. They offer an 8-day retreat that includes daily yoga classes, organic vegetarian meals and a few excursions, as well as accommodations in a villa, in which there are 3 options to choose from. They offer a variety of different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin, all of which are great for any level. Click here to read reviews and to book!
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Read More: Ultimate Guide to Yoga in Ubud
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