The Best Yoga Teacher Training in Bali 2023 with Tips and Exclusive Discounts!
The beautiful, tropical island of Bali is also known as ‘the Island of the Gods’ Bali is one of the most popular places on earth to learn yoga and I believe it’s the best place in the world to train to be a yoga teacher. There are so many excellent yoga retreats and yoga schools with the best teachers from India and the West offering yoga teacher training in Bali so it can be daunting picking the best one for you.
I’ve been lucky enough to complete a couple of YTT’s in Bali and check out many schools so hopefully this post will help you pick what could be one of the most incredible and transformative experiences of your life – your yoga teacher training in Bali!
This post was updated in March 2022 following the good news that Bali is reopening to tourism without quarantine and reintroducing visa on arrival! Check out the latest Indonesia government regulations here. So if you’ve been waiting throughout the pandemic to do your Bali yoga teacher training then now is finally the time!
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Reasons to do yoga teacher training in Bali
I live in India, the birthplace of yoga and meditation, but I actually think Bali is the best place in the world to do yoga teacher training!
Why Bali and not India!?
Well, even though I love living in India it can be a challenging place, especially for solo female travellers, facilities can be basic and first time visitors often get sick in India. Doing a yoga teacher training in Bali is more comfortable allowing you to focus more on enjoying your course.
Plus, some of the best yoga teachers from both India and the West come to Bali and there is such a huge choice of amazing yoga teacher training courses here.
Bali is a Hindu island, so it follows a similar ancient Hindu culture, spirituality and philosophy to that of India. There’s also fantastic scenery, gorgeous nature, great weather, fresh and healthy food (the raw vegan restaurants in Ubud are amazing!)
There’s also alot of like minded people and other yogis to met and the Balinese people are some of the most genuine, happy and friendly people in the world.
That’s why I frequently come to Bali when I need to relax and take a break from the craziness of India!
It’s important that you can properly relax into and enjoy the experience. Bali is more modern, cleaner, quieter, and more relaxed and safer for female travellers than India whilst still being mesmerizingly beautiful and deeply spiritual.
So that’s why I think Bali is really the perfect place to do yoga teacher training as you can really relax, concentrate on your yoga practice, immerse yourself in Hindu spirituality and leave feeling rejuvenated ( and inspired to visit Rishikesh next maybe!? :)) without having to deal with the stresses of India.
You might also want to consider Thailand – here’s my recommendations for YTT’s in Thailand.
The best places for yoga in Bali
Bali is a larger island than most think so think about where you want to do your yoga teacher training. The best places for yoga in Bali are Ubud, Canguu and Ulu Watu.
The spiritual, cultural and artistic heart of Bali is Ubud which is known as a healing place and has become one of the world’s meccas for yoga. Many of the best yoga teacher training courses in the world are located in Ubud!
But Ubud isn’t the only place to practice yoga in Bali, the whole of this magical island is a one of the best places in the world to relax, rejuvenate and connect with nature, yourself and your yoga practice – that’s why you’ll find some of the world’s best yoga retreats here and why yoga teacher training in Bali is so popular that it attracts people from all the world.
The yoga scene has Ubud has grown in popularity after the popular book and film ‘Eat Pray Love.‘ But did you know that the book was actually based on a true story and that the word Ubud comes from the Balinese ‘Ubad‘ which means medicine!?
Ubud has long been known as a mystical place with healing powers and there are still medicine men and traditional healers here. There’s a real magical energy in Bali that is not possible to describe in words which can only be experienced so I guess it’s not surprising that people flock here from all over the world to find spirituality, inner peace, healing and to learn to live a healthier way of life.
Even though Ubud is Bali’s yoga mecca there are also many great yoga teacher training courses all over Bali, some are nearer the beach if that’s more your thing, Canggu is really hip and popular or escape from it all on a tropical island or hidden away in the jungle.
How to choose the best yoga teacher training in Bali
Maybe you want change your whole career and become a yoga teacher, or maybe you just want to take some time out to learn more about yogic philosophy, focus on deepening your practice, get fitter and healthier, or simply finding out more about yourself.
There are many reasons to do yoga teacher training – not just getting a yoga teacher certification. Either way, yoga teacher training could really change your life and be the start to a whole new path!
There’s quite a few options for yoga teacher training courses and many yoga studios offer online yoga teacher training courses nowadays.
200 hour YTTs
The 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in Bali are the most popular programs and most take 20 – 30 days but I’d recommend taking the most time you can for the best experience. A 200 hr YTTC will give you the qualification you need to register with Yoga Alliance, become a certified yoga teacher and start teaching yoga.
100 hour YTTs
If you don’t have that much time and are looking for short yoga courses you can also do a 100 hour yoga teacher training in Bali and come back later to do another 100 hours to complete your training. There’s also a few 50 hour options in Yin Yoga for example which are normally extras to add onto to a 200 hour certification.
300 or 500 hour YTTs
For those who want to go deeper there’s also the option of a 300 hour or 500 hour Bali yoga teacher training. The 300 hour is a more advanced course taken after the completion of the initial 200 hour yoga course. If you choose a 500 hour YTTC this is a combination of the 200 hour and 300 hour yoga program in succession and takes about 60 days.
Things to look for when choosing a YTT
Yoga teacher training in Bali is a life changing, transformative and very rewarding journey but it can also be challenging and expensive so it’s important that you do your research, prepare and practice different yoga styles and find the best YTTC for you and the style that you wish to teach. If you’re not sure which style of yoga to focus on I’d recommend doing a multi style or Hatha yoga teacher training.
There are so many different style of yoga from full power work out yoga styles like Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, to calming, relaxing and therapeutic styles like Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Once you find a style that you like and a teacher that you like in your home town commit to going at least 2 or 3 times a week for at least 6 months to prepare for Bali yoga teacher training.
It’s your body and you only get one so you need to make sure that you’re ready for yoga teacher training. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be able to do every pose perfectly to join a yoga teacher training in Bali, it’s the journey that matters.
Also check whether you prefer a YTT that is all inclusive and includes accommodation and food in a resort/ retreat style or if you prefer to be more independent and just book the training and then find your own hotel and restaurants nearby and budget accordingly.
Whatever you decide, always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved. See here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.
Yoga Teacher Training Bali Cost
Bali yoga teacher training is an important investment in both your physical, mental and spiritual health and also your future career if you are planning to teach yoga. Bali is a more affordable place to do your yoga training than the West.
Most 200 hour Bali yoga teacher training courses cost between $1000 and $2000. Most courses include training, accommodation and meals in this price, some also include excursions to explore the island and airport transfers making it really quite a good deal.
If cost is an issue you may be able to find Bali yoga teacher training scholarships where you volunteer to help out at the yoga school as well to earn your place on the training.
To find the best deals of flights to Bali check Skyscanner. You should be able to get a return air ticket from UK or Europe to Bali for about £500 or around $750 from East Coast US. Bali is very affordable to travel around so I’d recommend allowing extra time either after your yoga course or before it begins to explore beautiful Bali.
Bali Yoga Teacher Training Reviews
With so many Bali yoga teacher training courses to choose from one thing that is really important to check is reviews. You want to see real reviews from previous students (#MeToo in yoga is a thing and yoga teacher training is big business now so you can never be too careful) You want your YTT to be an amazing experience and great investment for all the right reasons! 🙂
I’ve found sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really helpful. You can search through all the yoga teacher training courses in Bali (and across the world) learn more about the program, style of yoga, instructors, accommodation, food etc and most importantly read real reviews written by people that have already taken these courses.
I’ve been to Bali 3 times now and been lucky enough to do my yoga teacher training there and also check out many of the other trainings and retreats for myself. I’ve also asked friends for their recommendations and did some research to put this post together to help you find the best yoga teacher training course in Bali for you!
I’ve even been able to negotiate exclusive discounts for you guys to save money! So make sure you quote the code when booking!
The Best Yoga Teacher Training in Bali 2023
All Yoga Training have been running excellent and comprehensive Ashtanga Vinyasa 200 hour yoga teacher training courses since 2009 in both Bali and magical Koh Phangan, Thailand. The Bali courses are located on the quaint, stunning island of Nusa Lembongan, 30 mins from Bali. The beachfront shala is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever practiced in!
Through the twice daily Ashtanga yoga practices you’ll master both the full primary series and modified primary series as well as trying out rocket, vinyasa flow, yin yoga and fun workshops. You’ll also purify your body, mind and soul with daily kriya, pranayama and meditation practices and get plenty of teaching practice throughout the course.
The course is run by a super knowledgeable, friendly, fun and approachable international team with experts visiting to teach authentic yoga philosophy, yogic lifestyle and anatomy. This is one of the best Ashtanga yoga teacher training courses in Bali where you can gain the skills to become a knowledgeable and confident yoga teacher in just 23 days.
Food and accommodation are not included but there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels and healthy restaurants nearby on this beautiful island. Free dormitory accommodation, just steps from the beachfront shala, is also included for the first 10 students to sign up.
Get $150 off by mentioning ‘Global Gallivanting’ when enquiring!
If you want to immerse yourself in authentic, traditional Hatha yoga with the best master teachers from India combined with luxurious accommodation and delicious, organic, healthy vegetarian food then look no further than East + West Yoga Training for the best of both worlds.
The 21 day Yoga Alliance certificated Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher training courses at East + West are expertly structured to include plenty of asana practice, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy and physiology without overloading or overexerting the students. There’s also a lot of music, dancing, laughter and love shared.
East + West hand pick the best teachers from around the world and locate their trainings in some of Bali’s most beautiful, atmospheric, spiritually inspiring and luxurious resorts like Om Ham Retreat and Ananada Cottages.
The course is deeply spiritual, but non dogmatic and non religious, and the 100% organic, vegetarian food was a real highlight for me. The course fees are all inclusive – considering the luxurious resorts and amazing food I think it’s great value for money and you can get discounts the further in advance you book.
At East + West you’ll learn so much more than just yoga poses – by applying the ancient traditions of yoga from master teachers from India and adapting them to the 21st century you’ll be learning a holistic way of life to improve your happiness and well being. They also offer 300 hr YTTs, shorter 100 hour modules and an online masterclass course on building a successful yoga career
Check out their website for more info, dates, prices and to book! And get $100 discount by mentioning Global Gallivanting!
Canggu has become one of the hippest and most popular places in Bali in recent years and Loka Yoga School offers some of the best yoga teacher training courses in Canggu. This internationally certified 27 day 200 hour hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga teacher training in Bali is located in a stunning yoga space by the famous surf beach in Canggu and taught by expert teachers with over 30 years experience.
Loka Yoga School’s YTT covers advanced yoga, breathwork, meditation, anatomy & physiology, yoga philosophy, yoga biomechanics, mantra chanting, puja ceremonies, teaching kids yoga, the art of sequencing, adjustments & corrections and the business of yoga. They are passionate about setting students up for success and also offer after course trainings and many online courses to enhance your skills. You can also access online YTT content after your course if you ever need a refresher.
Another thing I love about Loka Yoga School is the smaller class sizes – with a maximum of 16 students to 3 teachers you’ll get more personalised training and support here compared to some other YTTs. They also combine the ancient knowledge of the East with the latest understandings and research coming out of the West to give you the correct understanding, traditions, context and meaning of yogic science, asana and philosophy.
The teacher trainings at Loka Yoga School are designed to be a completely interactive experience, giving students the opportunity to not only study the ‘map’ of yogic teachings, but also explore the ‘territory’ internally through deep practices that will be closely facilitated. The course has been created in this way to ensure the graduates will be teaching from a place of true experiential wisdom, rather than borrowed knowledge from books.
You can choose from a course only deal or go for the complete yoga package with onsite accommodation in their luxurious yoga retreat. Students also receive a discount on other Loka Yoga School courses and online trainings – they have a wide variety to choose from including yoga philosophy, breathwork, mediation and yin yoga teacher training. No wonder this school has been rated as one of the most transformational and affordable yoga teacher training in Bali!
Check out their website for more info, dates, prices and to book! Get $200 discount by quoting ‘Global Gallivanting‘ when you apply.
Yoga Union has been running some of the most popular yoga teacher training courses in Bali for over 10 years now. Their 23 day 200 hour self development Ubud yoga teacher training course not only offers personal growth but also prepares you to become a yoga teacher specialised in Vinyasa Flow.
This comprehensive course is run by a highly experienced and passionate international team. Whilst specialising in Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin and Ashtanga Yoga are also taught. You’ll also gain a comprehensive knowledge in meditation and breathing techniques, yoga philosophy and yogic lifestyle, anatomy & physiology and the application to yoga practice, detailed alignment and adjustment theory of 80 different yoga postures and indepth teaching methodology, techniques, and Vinyasa sequence structure. You’ll start teaching your peers from day 1 so you’ll get plenty of teaching practice and feedback.
The course is held in a beautiful, open-air yoga shala in a serene location on the outskirts of Ubud which overlooks the luscious, green rice paddies and jungle and includes 3 healthy, vegetarian meals each day as well as a comprehensive manual and textbooks. Click here to see more details and photos, read the reviews and to book your place!
House of Om is based at the luxurious Yoga Amertham Retreat and Resort in the rice fields close to Ubud and offers the most comfortable setting to immerse yourself in a 20-day, 200 hour yoga teacher training.
Enjoy your journey to becoming a yoga teacher with spiritual development from a a heart-centred approach. This multi style yoga teacher training includes exploration of Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga and Yin styles as well as Yoga Nidra and Kriya alongside an introduction to alignment, anatomy, philosophy, and different teaching methods.
The wood and bamboo yoga shala is surrounded by jungle and verdant rice fields, a serene and beautiful place where your experienced teachers will prepare you to share your passion for yoga with others. Following nearly three weeks of thorough and rich teachings, you’ll be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a qualified yoga teacher.
Your accommodation includes a meditation garden, swimming pool and waterfall, to unwind and reflect on your journey, as well as three buffet-style, vegan meals per day. You’ll also have free time to explore the local area, which is surrounded by rivers and jungle. This program also gives you two days off, to relax and explore the beautiful local area which is a real bonus as most Bali YTTs only give you one day off per week. Check out reviews, dates and prices here
House of Om also offer an advanced 300 hour yoga multi style teacher training course in Ubud spread across 30 days for those who have already completed a 200 hour YTT. This course not only builds on the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching yoga but is also intended to set students on a path to higher awareness and self-discovery. With an emphasis on heart-centred approaches, your teachers value your spiritual development, as much as the process of becoming a yoga teacher. You’ll also get lifetime access to the online yoga course which is really useful if you ever need to refresh your knowledge in the future. Find out more about the 300 hour yoga course here.
Those who have less time should check out Bali Yoga School’s shorter programs. Set across 12 days, Bali Yoga School offers a 100 hour yoga teacher training certificate which is designed for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of yoga or split their full 200 hour yoga teacher training program across two visits.
The teachings include multi-style approaches, combining Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa styles. You’ll also explore varied meditation techniques, ancient yogic philosophy, pranayama, bandhas, and mudras.
Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Ubud, there are markets, cafes and temples to discover in your free time. There’s also an ayurvedic massage and weekly kirtan to enjoy, as well as tours to nearby waterfalls. Click here for availability, prices and reviews.
Doing a 21 day 200 hour yoga teacher training course with Sacred Paths is an immersive and transformational experience. This multi style course includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Sivanada, Ashtanga, Restorative and Yin styles of yoga and is designed to give students a true break away from all distractions and habits to completely focus on and deepen their yoga practice, transform themselves and become competent yoga teachers.
The Sacred Paths YTT is held at the delightful Dragonfly Village Resort. This is one of my favourite resorts in Bali which is nestled in the paddy fields away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud but within 10 minutes walk to the town. The accommodation is in cute antique wooden bungalows that are surrounded by nature. There is a natural swimming pool onsite and 3 delicious, exotic, vegetarian meals are provided each day.
The supportive, inclusive and highly experienced community at Sacred Paths Yoga helps to create a safe space to dive into the depths of your soul and really focus on your own journey – expect plenty of self-growth, personal development and transformation. You’ll also learn all about yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, alignment, yogic diet, Ayurveda, the healing arts and more. If you are looking for a bit more than your average yoga teacher training course, I can highly recommend Sacred Paths Yoga as one of the best yoga teacher training courses in Bali. Click here for more details, read their positive and touching reviews and book yourself in for one of their courses!
For a truly immersive spiritual experience, head to Himalayan Yoga Association for two months of yoga teacher training. This multi-style 500 hour yoga teacher training in Ubud combines both the 200 hour and 300 hour yoga courses into one in-depth experience to include the study of asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantras, philosophy, anatomy, therapy, and more. Through these practices you’ll be invited to meet your inner self, and learn how to help others to do the same.
While your weeks will be filled with workshops, courses, and time on the mat, you’ll also have the opportunity to take weekend excursions, take part in cooking classes and attend kirtan evenings. Your private en-suite room with jungle views. You can also take full advantage of the outdoor swimming pool. For more information, reviews, availability and prices, click here.
If you don’t have time for the full 500 hour yoga course, the Himalayan Yoga Association also offer 200 hour courses. Click here for more details.
At Yogmantra Bali, this four-week experience draws upon Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, and Nidra yoga – to form an excellent 200-hour yoga teacher training.
Located in a modern building between Ubud and the coast, each private bedroom has huge windows to make the most of your stunning surroundings with views out to the sea. In addition to instruction in yoga, you will have the opportunity to join Ayurveda cooking and healing courses, as well as receiving two relaxing massages.
You will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the 25-day training. You’re also invited to stay for three nights following completion of your training at no additional charge, to rest and reflect upon and absorb the magic of your transformative experience. This highly rated program is one of the most affordable yoga teacher trainings in Bali. Click here for reviews, dates and prices.
No mention of oga in Bali or list of yoga teacher training courses in Bali would be complete without Ubud’s famous Yoga Barn. It’s the most well-known yoga centre on the entire island since it was started in 2007. The Yoga Barn has become known as Southeast Asia’s biggest full service yoga studio and holistic healing retreat center thanks to the huge array of yoga classes and styles offered every day. There’s over 15 classes & workshops each day to choose from!
The Yoga Barn is a beautiful oasis tucked away behind a main street in Ubud – the luscious cultural and spiritual heart of Bali. It’s nestled in tropical gardens and has 6 seperate yoga spaces, cafes, a spa and wellness centre and a guest house all with a beautiful spiritual and Balinese ambiance.
The Yoga Barn also brings in famous teachers from all over the world and some of these also lead yoga teacher training courses in Bali here that attract yogis from all over the world. Every kind of yoga class, yoga teacher training and holistic therapy you can think of is on offer at the Yoga Barn so it’s a great place to try out loads of different yoga styles and therapies. The ecstatic dance is also super popular.
The Yoga Barn offers a wide range of yoga teacher trainings, including Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Power Yoga and Kundalini. They also have advanced teacher trainings for those that are already certified yoga teachers. The Yoga Barn isn’t the cheapest place to do a yoga teacher training and normally accommodation and food are not included so it’s a pricey option but the Yoga Barn name is so well known world-wide and the teachers are top class so it will look impressive on your certificate which is a plus. Check out their website for more infomation on upcoming yoga teacher trainings
I feel that the Yoga Barn does deserves the hype, there are so many amazing classes although for me I felt a bit lost, the campus is beautiful but it was a bit too big and there were too many people in the classes for me – I prefer something a little more personal and intimate.
I also loved Radiantly Alive. Which is also situated in Ubud town center but just off the main busy streets on the quaint Jalan Jembawan No. 3. It’s close to everything but doens’t feel too noisy and some of the shalas has lovely open views out into the green, luscious jungle.
Radiantly Alive also has a big variety of drop in yoga classes, meditations, workshops, masterclasses, retreats, yoga teacher trainings, healings and holistic therapies. Radinatly Alive has over 60 inspiring yoga and movement classes per week. There’s also a cafe which serves super delicious and healthy food and the vibe here is really friendly and class sizes are alot smaller.
Their motto even says “Come for the yoga, stay for family!” I felt right at home in this place and particularly enjoyed the Sky/Ariel Yoga. They also attract world class famous yoga teachers who run workshops, intensives and teacher trainings and put some of their profits into helping the nearby local Sari Hati School.
Check out their teacher training courses here but be aware that there is no accommodation on site but there’s plenty of accommodation for all budgets within close walking distance.
Woman doing yoga in Ubud by Zjuzjaka and Shutterstock
Tellalang rice terraces by Maks Ershov and Shutterstock
Have you done a yoga teacher training course in Bali? I’d love to hear about your experience and recommendations?
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