10 Best Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Bali
The beautiful, tropical island of Bali is also known as ‘the Island of the Gods’, and is one of the most popular places on earth to learn yoga, especially for those that want to immerse themselves in the culture, heritage and spirituality that the island is so famous for. 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. But Ubud isn’t the only place to do 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 and yoga teacher training courses in Bali and why people come here for yoga from all over the world.
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. Either way, taking a yoga teacher training course is something that could really change your life and Bali is one of the best places to do it!
I actually think that Bali is the best place in the world to do yoga teacher training!
Why Bali and not India!? Well, even though India is the birthplace of yoga and meditation and I love living in India it can be a challenging place, especially for solo female travellers so I frequently come to Bali when I need to relax and take a break from the craziness of India!
Bali is a Hindu island, so it follows a similar ancient Hindu culture, spirituality and philosophy. There’s also fantastic scenery, gorgeous nature, great weather, fresh and healthy food, 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.
Yoga teacher training can be a challenging and transformative journey so it’s important that you can properly relax into 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.
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 in Bali that it’s really hard just to choose which one to go for!
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Bali is a larger island than most think so think about where you want to do your yoga teacher training. Ubud is the yoga center of Bali. 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, on tropical islands or hidden away in the jungle.
There are so many yoga retreats and yoga centres that offer yoga teacher training courses in Bali (also known as YTTC) ; so much so that it can be hard to decide which one is best for you.
Yoga teacher training is life changing and very rewarding but it’s also challenging and expensive so before you clear your schedule for a month, spend thousands on a course and a flight ticket to this magical island, take time to do your research, practice different yoga styles and find the best YTTC for you and the style that you wish to teach.
There are so many different style of yoga from full power work out yoga styles, to calming, relaxing and therapeutic styles. Here’s more on the different styles of yoga and how to find the right yoga style for your personality. 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 the yoga teacher training. It’s your body and you only get one so you need to make sure that your’re ready – but don’t worry you don’t need to be able to do every pose perfectly to join a yoga teacher training.
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.
One thing that is really important is to get real reviews from previous students (#MeToo in yoga is a thing and yoga is big business now so you can never be too careful) You want your yoga teacher training course to be an amazing experience and great investment for all the right reasons! 🙂 I’ve also 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 best yoga classes 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! To help you with your research here are my top 6 recommendations for the best yoga teacher training courses in Bali.
10 Best Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Bali
All Yoga Training have been running excellent and comprehensive Ashtanga Vinyasa 200 hour 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.
Read a full review of My Experience doing Yoga Teacher Training with All Yoga in Nusa Lembongan here and check out more about the Yoga courses in Bali here. All Yoga are also offering Global Gallivanting readers a generous $150 off the course fee! Just mention ‘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 you can also get an extra $100 discount by mentioning Global Gallivanting!
This 21-day yoga teacher training in Bali takes place at the 4-star Bloo Lagoon Village Resort in the less travelled port town of Padang Bai, making it an ideal quiet spot to learn how to teach yoga away from the hustle and bustle of South Bali and the yoga scene of Ubud. But you won’t miss out on the Ubud scene as there is an excursion there on the day off.
The resort itself is quite incredible, being eco-friendly and sitting on a cliff overlooking the bay. It makes for the perfect setting for any yoga teacher training, especially if you want to learn how to teach different styles of yoga and experience a yogic energy evolution. You’ll get to try many different styles of yoga with the twice daily yoga classes, there’s also in-depth Indian philosophy discussions and yogic lifestyle. You’ll analyse the anatomy of the asanas as well as the energetic alignment by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Atman Yoga also teach various styles of meditation, chanting mantras and pranayama daily as well as Thai yoga massage classes and Reiki sessions. There’s also evening activities including yoga Nidra and spiritual movies.You’ll build your teaching skills, learn how to run a successful business and enjoy sequencing workshops.
The instructors at Atman Yoga each have at least 10 years of teaching experience, so they offer a broad scope of knowledge. Plus, it’s ideal for nature lovers, as there are plenty of birds, geckos, frogs and plants around the resort, you may even get the chance to meet a few monkeys. The resort is really close to some beautiful beaches and you can enjoy views over the stunning turquoise ocean while you practice.
The course is all inclusive, healthy, nutritious meals and luxurious accommodations are included, as well as manuals and materials. In the end, you will leave knowing about anatomy, philosophy, meditation and chanting, as well as the knowledge to teach different styles of yoga. Click here to see more info and read the reviews.
Although only open since 2016, Yoga Bliss has fast become one of the best places to do a yoga teacher training course in Bali. The shala is located on the stunning, serene island of Nusa Lembongan amongst stunning tropical gardens just 5 minutes walk from beautiful beaches.
Yoga Bliss offer a 22 day 200 hour Yin and Yang yoga teacher training course which means you’ll get the best of both worlds by learning both Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Power yoga as well as the slower, restorative Yin yoga. As well as daily yoga classes, meditation and pranayama you’ll also learn yoga philosophy, anatomy, and physiology. By the end of this intensive course, you will be able to confidently teach a 90 minutes class.
A great thing about this place is that it is 100 % locally owned and the family is devoted to giving back to the community but they employ internationally recognized yoga teachers who have many years of experience under their belts. They also only take on small teacher training groups. With a maximum 16 students per training you’ll get heaps of personal attention.
Yoga Bliss is an all inclusive course which includes accommodation in their deluxe bungalows on their tropical retreat campus as well as healthy meals at their onsite Green Garden cafe, a Balinese massage and a snorkeling excursion Click here to see more info and read reviews.
If you want to get experience in all the different styles of yoga then the 21 day 200 hour multi style YTT at Ulu Yoga is one of the best yoga teacher training courses in Bali for you. This exciting course held in a beautiful shala surrounded by tropical nature focuses on a dynamic mix of traditional Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. You’ll also learn about meditation and yoga philosophy as well as physical and energetic anatomy and detailed analytics and alignment. By practicing teaching every day you’ll gain all the tools needed to become a confident instructor.
You’ll also get to try Yin yoga as well as fun new styles of yoga including Aerial, Acro and SUP yoga. You’ll also experience beach yoga, ecstatic dance and kirtan on the island of the gods with your new loving yoga family and make life long friends.
This yoga teacher training course is held at Ubud Yoga Centre’s new Retreat House, which has a swimming pool, communal kitchen, lush gardens and stylish loft apartments with all mod cons. 3 healthy meals per day are included as well as a jungle gorge trek including an exciting Ariel flying experience. The international instructors are super friendly and knowledgeable. Click here for more details, photos, reviews and to book!
Yoga teacher training can be intense physically, emotionally and mentally and I prefer the courses that don’t try to cram everything in so I liked Akasha’s 30 day 200 hour YTT as it takes a slower approach meaning you get more time for a much needed rest. Akasha’s comprehensive YTT focuses on classical Hatha yoga and connects the physical, philosophical & spiritual aspects of yoga whilst also exploring transformational techniques including energy-based asana practice, breath-work & meditation.
This course delves deep into Hatha Yoga and spiritual heart meditations with the aim to synchronize mind & heart. You’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of asana, sun salutations, pranayama, meditation, practical Yogic philosophy, alignment and anatomy. You’ll also get plenty of teaching experience with the 5 teaching assignments.
The course is held at the beautiful PraShanti resort, a tropical haven with gorgeous wooden cottages and shalas, a swimming pool and stunning rice terrace views just 7 minutes walk from main Ubud. An amazing breakfast buffet is included in the price and a buffet lunch can also be added for a small additional cost. For dinner you’ll get to explore the amazing, health food restaurant scene in Ubud. The international team of instructors are all highly experienced, heart centered and passionate and trained in India. Click here for more details, photos, reviews and to book!
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!
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 YTT 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!
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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