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According to UN news, there are over two billion people around the world doing yoga. The statistic was collected in 2016, and I can only imagine the number has increased tremendously since then. For many people, yoga is a hobby for relaxation and body conditioning; for others, yoga is a way of life. Perhaps right now, you are considering turning your yoga hobby into something more serious. Maybe you’re thinking of quitting your 9 to 5 job and becoming a yoga teacher. Does the thought of ditching your pantsuit and heels, fly away to a secluded island doing yoga and drinking matcha excite you? If so, I think you’re ready to execute your dream plan.

Personally having taught and assisted over twenty yoga teacher trainings around the world (and attended well over ten teaching programs), I am here to offer some tips on how to choose the right yoga teacher training for YOU. Keep in mind that these are just opinions I’ve gathered from years of experiences. I am now dispensing them in hopes that you will not spend your money in vain and best yet to sign up for the program you’d hope for.

So here they are, 8 tips on how to choose the best yoga teacher training for you:

1. Identify your objective

This may sound like a no-brainer. But trust me, identifying why you’re attending a yoga teacher training in the first place will help you, in the long run, to stay on task and keep your eye on the prize when things get hard or foggy. Ask yourself whether you want to become a yoga teacher or simply to advance your yoga knowledge but not necessarily go on teaching afterward. Once you’ve identified your objective, it will make your search for the perfect yoga teacher training a lot smoother.

2. Style of Yoga

Nowadays, there are many forms of yoga ranging from Hot yoga to Acro yoga (not to mention Beer Yoga and Goat Yoga, seriously people). Obviously, not all styles of yoga are suitable for you. For the physically-inclined bunch, Ashtanga, Power, and Vinyasa yoga are great choices; for the less physical individuals, Yin and Restorative might be a better fit. There are also yoga styles that focus more physically like Acro and less energetically like Kundalini. So if you’re at the beginning of your practice, go and explore many styles of yoga and see what works for you.

3. Finding Your Teacher

So now you have decided on which style of Yoga to train in, the next question is who are you going to train with? Who your teacher trainer is will have a huge impact on your teaching skills, attitude, ethics, and spiritual outlook. The first place I’d suggest looking in is your local yoga studio. Talk to the teacher whom you regularly take classes with, ask them where did they take their courses or if they are running one themselves. If you don’t go to a local studio, there are many prominent yoga teachers on social media whom you can connect with. As of the past decade, Instagram is the no.1 hub where many authentic yoga teachers post their schedules, pictures, and videos. You can send them a direct message and strike a conversation. Ask them their training/teaching history, what areas of teaching they feel most confident in, why do they teach yoga for a living, and other insightful questions you might have. This is where technology has helped to close the gap of geographic distance. If you feel connected to this teacher, it might be worthwhile to keep them in mind for your teacher training certification.

4. Budget

This is a big one. Yoga teacher training is a heavy investment ranging from USD 2000-5000 depending on the location and school. Remember that amount is just tuition exclusive of accommodation, travel cost, and food. In the past, I have paid up to USD 10,000 for a teacher training in New York City (it was worth every dollar, but again- it’s a matter of perspective). Here’s the thing, not all low tuition schools are subpar compared to their expensive counterparts. Schools price their tuition based on various factors such as geography (India vs. London), business structure, taxes, so on and so forth. The bottom line is, finding the school that fits your budget will help you down the road financially. Freshly graduated yoga teachers do not make a lot of income. Many teachers struggle to find a steady paid job, and a lot of them succumb to living off their savings or taking on another part-time job. Thus, it’s not recommended to take out a loan or borrow from friends/family to pay for your tuition knowing that it is unlikely you will return that money anytime soon. Solutions? Look for schools that offer scholarship programs, early bird discounts, and payments by installment.

5. Duration

Normally a 200hr yoga teacher training ranges from 24-28 weeks. However, I have seen many yoga studios packing these hours into different formats. Some studios divide the training over six months to a year, and students come only on the weekends. Other studios would shorten the training into two weeks top, but you’ll be in the studio 12-15 hours straight. None of these program styles are more superior than the other. You have to find a schedule that works for you. For people who can only take two weeks off work, the intense 15-hour day program sounds like a match made in heaven. For others who are taking a year off traveling around the world, spending 24 days in Thailand doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

6. Training Credentials

So far, Yoga Alliance (YA) is one of the most recognized yoga institutions around the world. Many great yoga schools are Yoga Alliance accredited, but likewise, many great yoga schools aren’t. Whether or not you should pick a registered school goes back to point number one (identifying your objective). If your goal is to become a yoga teacher, I suggest you go with a school that is accredited. Many yoga studios request their teachers to be Yoga Alliance certified, mainly for credential and insurance purposes. Being a certified yoga teacher will help your job hunting a lot easier down the road.

7. A Well-Rounded Training Curriculum

Although Yoga Alliance sets a standard for what should be included in a training curriculum, some schools emphasize certain areas over another. For example, when I did my first 200hr training, I did not have any anatomy lectures and very minimal philosophy lectures. That training focused a lot on practice teaching and techniques. My biceps definitely gotten a lot more defined, but I’d appreciate the missing knowledge. So when you’re searching for a school, ask for their curriculum, see the daily sample schedule, and read the testimonials online.

Attending a yoga teacher training can lead you to meet like-minded people, expanding your current beliefs, and kickstarting a new lifestyle/career. So take your time and use the points above to find your perfect yoga teacher training.

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An international hotspot for yoga trainings and retreat centres, is the Indonesian island paradise of Bali. Picture abundant jungles, rolling turquoise waves, staggered rice-paddies, and a culture steeped in spirituality. It’s no wonder Bali is becoming one of the top destinations worldwide to embark on a voyage of self-discovery, through a Yoga Teacher Training.

Find a multitude of unique courses dotted across the island so you can discover a program to suit you. Choose from an array of comprehensive and accredited courses by passionate teachers from across the globe. Enrich your training experience by soaking up all the magical island has to offer and get ready to align with your path by becoming a yoga teacher.

Here are our top picks for a Yoga Teacher Training in Bali.

NAME LOCATION DROP IN FEE
1. All Yoga Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Nusa Lembongan $2950 USD
2. Peaceful Warriors Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Canguu $2500 USD
3. Samasti Transformational Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Canggu $2748 USD
4. Power of Now Oasis Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Sanur $3100 USD
5. School Yoga Institute 200 hour Surf Mixed Yoga Teacher Training Balian Beach $2450 USD
6. Peak Beings Travelling Yin Yoga Teacher Training Keramas $4695 USD
7. Inner Yoga Vinyasa Yin Teacher Training Ubud $3200 USD
8. School of Sacred Arts Multi-style Yoga Teacher Training Ubud $3650 USD
9. Sannyas Yoga Academy Holistic Foundational Yoga Teacher Training Uluwatu $2700 USD
10. Sadhana Yoga School Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Amed $3700 USD
11. Forrest Yoga Foundational Yoga Teacher Training Ubud $4875 USD
12. Exhale Yoga Retreats Awakening Yoga Teacher Training Balian Beach $5016 USD

1. All Yoga Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

All Yoga Teacher Training has been established since 2009, having trained more than 2000 graduates worldwide, through a comprehensive and an authentic yoga educational program. Their stunning shala lets the sun’s rays filter through jungle flora on the tropical island of Nusa Lembongan; situated south-east of Bali.

Learn the foundational tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa and explore in depth other modern yoga styles such as Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Rocket Yoga aimed at giving students a vast wealth of knowledge to bring to their classes. Each day consists of physical practice sessions and lectures covering important topics such as understandable functional anatomy, the origins of yoga, yoga philosophy, subtle energies, chakras, meditation, pranayama techniques, and much more. Practice and train with high-skilled teachers in blissful paradise.

Find out how to build your online presence, hone your marketing skills, and understand how to approach the business of yoga in an ethical way. Discover how to safely teach, offer hand-on adjustments, tailor suitable modifications to students, and learn how to create inspiring classes for all. As this course is accredited by Yoga Alliance, graduates can use their qualification to teach in their home country or across the globe, so it’s up to you to decide where your career as a yoga teacher will take you!

On your days off, go on an adventure by taking a kayak tour through the peaceful mangroves or unwind on the soft sands after surfing, snorkelling or diving. From the site you can also take a day trip to other nearby islands, such as Nusa Penida and check out its secluded white sands and turquoise waters. Each program fills up quickly so enroll with the All Yoga Family today!

Location: Nusa Lembongan
Price: $2950 USD
Website: www.allyogatraining.com/yoga-teacher-training-bali.html

2. Peaceful Warriors Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Become a certified yoga teacher in the picturesque beach town of Canguu on the southwest coast of Bali. Their motto for trainees is to ‘practice, explore, learn, grow, connect, and smile’ so you can find your unique voice as a new teacher. Their shala is located just minutes away from the beach so you’ll even have the opportunity to learn how to surf in between study breaks.

Combine traditional Hatha Yoga with modern Vinyasa Yoga whilst learning how to create dynamic and intelligent sequences for future students. Discover timeless wisdom, and yogic philosophy bringing together Eastern and Western knowledge seamlessly, to help you deepen your own understanding of yoga. Other different yoga styles such as Acro Yoga, FlyHigh, Yoga for Surfers, Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra are also explored. Learn how to adapt classes to teach different populations, find out how to observe and understand bodies, and delve into the art of skillful adjustments. Step into exploring Thai massage techniques, as well as other approaches. Join Peaceful Warriors Yoga Teacher Training for a course that their teachers have poured their hearts into, to help you get the best start in your career.

Location: Canguu
Price: $2950 USD
Website: www.thepeacefulwarriorsyoga.com

3. Samasti Transformational Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

An intricate ‘retreat-style’ course taught by high-trained experts in Physiotherapy and Psychology. Each training focuses on blending ancient philosophy from the East with the latest, up to date findings from the West. Uncover and expand on the deeper elements of a yoga practice whilst being closely guided by experienced teachers. The intensives offered are open to all students, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.

Traditional types of yoga such as Hatha and Ashtanga are explored primarily and other styles are incorporated, including Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar Yoga, Power Yoga, Sivanada Yoga, Acro Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Partner Yoga. During the training delve into yoga ethics and morality, teaching methodology, and Ayurveda. Study applied anatomy by exploring the effects of physical postures, breathing techniques; and what happens to the systems in the body as a result.

Accredited by Yoga Alliance Samasti Yoga have mental wellbeing and physiotherapy at the heart of all they do, whilst tailoring every program to each individual student so they can get the most out of their experience.

Location: Canggu
Price: $2748 USD
Website: www.samasti-yoga.com

4. Power of Now Oasis Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Practice, study and learn in an eco-friendly bamboo yoga shala right on the beach in the pristine oasis of Sanur, Bali. By learning a strong foundation in Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga what you’ll be able to teach once you’ve graduated will range from a dynamic flow to a grounding and gentle class suitable for all. 75 yoga postures are covered in the Asana section of the course, allowing students to practice and teach the safest and most effective modifications and variations. Gain in depth knowledge from passionate and international teachers as they guide you through everything that you will need to have under your belt, to step into the world and give the gift of yoga.

As qualified experts in yoga the program’s teachers have developed the course over six years to cover asana, pranayama, meditation, the art of sequencing, subtle body anatomy, kriyas, yoga history, and philosophy. Over the month-long training you’ll have lectures on numerous yoga aspects from Pre/post natal yoga, Acro Yoga, Ariel Yoga, Sound Healing, and Ayurveda.

Karma Yoga is another important aspect of the course as it is in association with the local Jodie O’Shea Orphanage and activities are involved with the children. Enjoy other unique experiences such as SUP yoga, a Balinese Ceremony, or a sunset sailing meditation.

Location: Sanur
Price: $3100 USD
Website: www.powerofnowoasis.com

5. School Yoga Institute 200 hour Surf Mixed Yoga Teacher Training

Find a deep spiritual sense of connection within yourself by delving into a course with the School Yoga Institute. Fundamental parts of the course include, in depth alignment and adjustment workshops, meditation, advanced personal pranayama practices, anatomy study, physiology, business skills, and the roots of yoga through philosophy.

Master two sequences based on a gentle Sivanada practice and an energetic breath-led Mystical Vinyasa Flow. Enrich your understanding with the Art of Teaching interactive classes so that you can create your own intelligent and safe sequences. This intensive training also focuses on elements from both Balinese devotion and the Peruvian Medicine Wheel to help you encourage your transformation and growth. Gather with fellow students every evening to explore a group meditation, kirtan chanting, and unique sacred ceremonies.

Discover a like-minded community as you learn, surf, dance, chant, and sing in the ultimate tropical paradise.

Location: Balian Beach
Price: $2450 USD
Website: www.schoolyogainstitute.com

6. Peak Beings Travelling Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Go on a fascinating journey during a Yin Yoga Teacher Training by spending your time with a passionate facilitator across two enchanting destinations in Bali. Have the unique experience of exploring not only the cultural hub of Ubud, but also at the blissful Kermas Beach, in a top-rated resort. During your adventure in these incredible locations you’ll experience how to bring together the spiritual elements of yoga and Bali into your practice and your teaching.

As a program recognised by the Yoga Alliance, you’ll be able to expand on your knowledge of yoga poses, anatomy, alignment, philosophy, meditation, and you’ll be able to enrich your own self-development through other yogic techniques. Learn how to structure a 1.5 hour class, as well as gaining insight into how to step into marketing yourself as a yoga teacher. Take your communication skills up a level to inspire meaningful relationships with future students and within your personal relationships with others.

All materials, accommodation, and meals are included in the price, leaving you able to focus on your course. After the training you’ll be given post-training support and contacts to help you find teaching jobs, giving you the confidence to live your dream.

Location: Keramas
Price: $4695 USD
Website: www.peakbeingsyoga.com

7. Inner Yoga Vinyasa Yin Teacher Training

Join Inner Yoga for a fusion training course, compiled of studying and learning two different styles of yoga that celebrate the Yin and Yang aspects that we have within us. The course is split in two with one part exploring fluid Vinyasa Yoga, whilst the other focuses on meditation and traditional Chinese Medicine through Yin Yoga. Each day consists of two physical yoga practices, inspiring lectures, helpful workshops, and regular teaching sessions. With one day off each week, you can choose to adventure into stunning Ubud, take a dip in the infinity pool, or restore at the spa at the on-site Azadi Retreat Centre.

The curriculum covered during the training will delve into key yoga postures, in-depth Anatomy and Physiology, Pranayama (breathing techniques), Meditation practices, Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Art of Sequencing, the origins of Yoga, and more. Discover how to market yourself effectively as a teacher and what to watch out for whilst exploring the Business of Yoga.

Every course has between 10-20 spaces available to give each student a personal experience with the courses teachers. Receive an Inner Yoga gift bag on arrival, complimentary airport transfers at scheduled times, and unlimited access to yoga facilities on site as part of the training package.

Bring balance into your body, yoga practice, and life with a Yoga Alliance accredited intensive with Inner Yoga.

Location: Ubud
Price: $3200 USD
Website: www.inneryogatraining.com

8. School of Sacred Arts Multi-style Yoga Teacher Training

Self-realisation, love, and freedom are at the core of this unique journey, and students are invited to step into a transformative and immersive experience. Uncover the deeper spiritual elements of yoga with experienced and supportive teachers. Find your own voice as a teacher as you learn how to practice teaching straight away, letting you enhance and expand on your natural gifts.

Practice Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin Yoga styles to give you a well-rounded and comprehensive yoga education, whilst delving into dimensions of other traditions. Explore Shamanisim and yoga at its origin, and look into traditional yogic practices, including cleansing Kriya rituals, breathing techniques, as well as a multitude of different meditation tools. Energetic and physical anatomy will be taught along with alignment tips, modifications, and sequencing to help students emerge ready to teach at a professional level. Additional topics covered include: Pre-Natal, Yoga Activism, Ayurveda, Nutrition, and The Energetics of Yoga.

The training is based at the world-renowned yoga studio and retreat centre, The Yoga Barn. As a hub for many international teachers the course draws upon guest teachers at the centre to come and share their experience and knowledge. Embrace your full potential and feel inspired by the natural surrounding beauty of Bali.

Location: Ubud
Price: $3650 USD
Website: www.schoolofsacredarts.com

9. Sannyas Yoga Academy Holistic Foundational Yoga Teacher Training

Discover how to authentically guide yourself and others by deepening your inner connection as you join a program with Sannyas Yoga Academy. Find out the essential elements of yoga to give you a clear direction and purpose in your teaching. The main focus of this training is to enhance and guide your own personal and spiritual transformation. Sannyas Yoga Academy take a creative approach to traditional Yoga and Meditation practices to help you find empowerment, meaning, happiness, freedom, and fulfillment.

This training is open to anyone who is ready to explore a deeper understanding of yoga and existence. The tools you’ll discover will help you apply them to your personal and professional relationships as well as enriching important aspects of your health and spirituality.

Study Creative Sequencing, Neuroscience, Universal Connection, Intentional Living, and Heart-Centered Teaching. Other topics such as yoga philosophy, ancient texts, concepts of Dharma and Karma, and how to live a yogic lifestyle are explored. Discover unique rituals, healing circles, creative movement, and so much more. Truly learn how valuable teaching yoga is and how your teaching can be of service to others. A multitude of Yoga practices are covered during this training including various techniques from Hatha, Vinyasa, Tantra, and Shamanic traditions.

Wake up in beautiful accommodation by the beach and explore the pristine area of Uluwatu. In your free time adventure out into the waves, learn how to surf, go snorkelling, try SUP Yoga, or take it all in with stunning ocean views from the cliffs above.

Take the lessons you’ll learn off your mat and out into the world. Awaken your potential and share your love of yoga with others.

Location: Uluwatu
Price: $2700 USD
Website: www.sannyasyogaacademy.com

10. Sadhana Yoga School Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Reconnect by finding your true self, deepen your relationships with others, and look at the world around you with brand new eyes. Learn how to balance the outer and inner worlds, physically and energetically in a tropical and peaceful haven during this course.

This training immerses students in a yogic lifestyle with daily group meditations, physical practices, and in-depth philosophical discussions allowing a deep exploration of body, mind, and spirit. Study physical postures, meditation, breath-work, chanting, yoga philosophy, the yogic diet, anatomy, and Ayurveda. Delve into the art of sequencing and assisting and how to enter into the yoga marketplace. The traditional practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa is explored through the Sadhana Vinyasa Flow as well as with the Sadhana Hatha Flow coming from the Sivananda tradition.

On your days off slip into the slow pace of surrounding Bali by relaxing on the beach just a few steps away from your accommodation, or take a dip into the glittering Indian Ocean. If you are feeling more adventurous connect to the island’s culture with day trips out to discover local temples, arts, and monuments.

Give yourself a strong foundation to start teaching in a calming paradise and get ready to share your passion for yoga with the world.

Location: Amed
Price: $3700 USD
Website: www.sadhanayoga.com

11. Forrest Yoga Foundational Yoga Teacher Training

As one of the world’s most recognised and leading yoga teachers, Ana Forrest has over 44 years of experience teaching and guiding students and teachers across the globe. Train with Ana and her co-teacher Jose Calarco at the international yoga and retreat centre, The Yoga Barn.

Gain personal and professional growth as you explore going within to find your true self as you start the exciting journey of becoming a yoga teacher. Aspects covered on the course include, dynamic yoga practices, working with injuries, learning the principles of class sequencing for advanced poses, pranayama, chanting, and addressing needs of your future students.

As a key foundation in Forrest Yoga this training will also help you uncover ways to mentor your own practice as well as your own needs. A 3-day Anatomy course and a 1-day Business course is also included. Find freedom in your own body, mind, and spirit as you heal and transform with Forrest Yoga.

Location: Ubud
Price: $4875 USD
Website: www.forrestyoga.com

12. Exhale Yoga Retreats Awakening Yoga Teacher Training

Leave behind your fears and find the courage to live your life to its fullest potential by taking a training program with Exhale Retreats. Designed to help you discover your own individual voice as a teacher, you’ll learn how to awaken the power within so that you can lead inspiring and informative yoga classes.

As a comprehensive and a progressive course, you’ll expand on your yoga knowledge whilst creating a strong foundation to become a confident yoga teacher. Study in depth topics including; Asana and Sequencing, Anatomy and Physiology, Pranayama and Meditation, Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics, Sanskrit and Mantras, as well as the Business of Yoga.

At the heart of this training is understanding the bio-mechanics of yoga postures as well as how to create skillful, effective, and safe sequences. With Asana Labs and daily teaching practice, you’ll be able to give your students the very best experience as soon as you start teaching. Learn how to assist your students with modifications, the use of props, verbal cues, and caring hands-on adjustments.

Challenge yourself to go deeper into your own practice as you discover who you truly are and make your teaching dreams a reality. Desire to evolve and help others do the same by sharing how to open up to more love, confidence, courage, clarity, and happiness.

Location: Balian Beach
Price: $5016 USD
Website: www.exhaleyogaretreats.com

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Need to get away and reset? Imagine a mystical island with glittering waves, sugar-like sands, lively jungles, and majestic waterfalls. Where better to connect with your body and soul than a place like that? Thailand provides all that magic and more. With many of the world’s top yoga retreats, it’s no wonder Thailand comes to mind when you want a rejuvenating yoga experience. Retreats provide an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, as well as to connect with other like-minded people. You also get to deepen your yoga practice, expanding your knowledge in an all-around amazing environment.

What’s your vibe? Maybe you want a more serious retreat- where you dive deeper into yourself and your understanding of the world than ever before. Your focus could be on cleansing the spirit and opening your heart up to letting new emotions flow freely through your soul. Could be that you just want to relax and have the option of doing yoga after you’re done sun-bathing on the sand. Some retreats even offer detoxes, providing the food and means necessary to reset your health. Or do you simply want to get prepared for your upcoming yoga teacher training with for example All Yoga Training? Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in this absolute paradise! Here are our choices for the Top 9 Yoga Retreats in Thailand.

NAME LOCATION DROP IN FEE
1. Vikasa Yoga Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat
2. The Sanctuary Thailand Koh Phangan, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat
3. Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat
4. Ananda Pure Yoga Retreat Koh Phangan, Thailand Starting at $229 USD
5. Pure Flow Yoga Koh Phangan, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat
6. Embrace Energy Yoga Bangkok, Thailand Starting at $299 USD
7. Samma Karuna Koh Phangan, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat
8. Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort Phuket, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat
9. Samahita Resort Koh Samui, Thailand Varies Upon Retreat

1. Vikasa Yoga Retreat

Vikasa means spiritual growth and evolution; two things you will go through while staying at this spectacular retreat located in Koh Samui. This yoga retreat focuses on nourishing the body with fresh, organic foods, and evolving the soul with daily Hatha practice and mediation. Enjoy a luxurious Thai massage atop the cliffside overlooking the peaceful sea. Stay in one of their bright, airy beach bungalows, an ocean room, or in one of their “yoga caves”. Practice meditation in the morning, yoga in the afternoon and evening, and then wind down with a refreshing dip in their infinity pool. They also have a Sky Gym if you need to get your heart rate up.

Vikasa Yoga Retreat offers some of the best spaces to practice yoga in Thailand. They offer three different yoga shalas, all with amazing ocean views. The general idea behind this retreat, is that every person is individual, working on personal growth while simultaneously being part of a like-minded group that should contribute to the betterment of the world while being part a of it, not going against it. Vikasa Yoga Retreat offers several different types of retreats throughout the year, head to their website to find out which one works for you.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.vikasayoga.com

2. The Sanctuary Thailand

The Sanctuary is located on one of the best beaches Thailand has to offer (in my opinion). After traveling around to several locations, I found Haad Tien to be just the right balance of secluded, and social. The water was calm, the view stunning. The Sanctuary alone can take your breath away. Hammocks hang around the restaurant that’s right on the beach that serves a variety of different healthy eating options. Their desserts are to die for, and they even have a fresh juice bar — definitely one of my favorite places to sit on a pouf and enjoy great food with a view.

One reason they offer such deliciously healthy foods is that The Sanctuary offers Yoga Detox retreats. Detoxers are welcome to stay in their clean, air-conditioned villas (the suites are insane!) or opt for a traditional Thai-styled bungalow. A specific menu is then provided as you undergo an intense, and effective cleanse. The Sanctuary offers various Yoga Retreats, hosted by an array of teachers from around the world. The retreats differ in length, style, and purpose. It’s never too hard to find one that will suit your needs. If you are staying at the resort, they offer three yoga classes a day- Vinyasa, Slow Flow, and Yin. They also provide Cacao Ceremonies, tarot card readings, and movies every now and then. The Sanctuary is by far one of the most cleansing, relaxing, and entertaining places you can visit for your yoga retreat.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.thesanctuarythailand.com

3. Absolute Sanctuary

Absolute. Paradise. Sitting grandly atop a hill overlooking the sea, Absolute Sanctuary is an award-winning retreat that offers some of the most excellent amenities you can find. There are two yoga studios, five hydrotherapy tanks, steam room, infrared sauna, fitness studio, library, indoor/outdoor massages, and an infinity pool you can swim up to a floating juice bar in. Need I say more? This is the type of place you go to treat yourself, to completely relax and allow yourself to appreciate life. Along with juice, Absolute Sanctuary has an incredible restaurant featuring healthy cuisine that looks like it should be served in a fine-dining establishment.

Absolute Sanctuary offers unlimited yoga classes, for beginners to advanced. They also hold several different retreats and challenges that you can choose from, varying in length and price. The rooms they offer are bright but calm, clean and air-conditioned, each one with a terrace and a world-class view. Absolute Sanctuary is indeed a magnificent place to unwind.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.absolutesanctuary.com

4. Ananda Pure Yoga Retreat

Another stunning retreat located on the crystal clear shores of Koh Phangan. Ananda Pure Yoga Retreat offers all-inclusive retreats for those looking to unplug and unwind in paradise. The package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a delicious vegetarian menu you choose from every day. It also includes Thai massages, WiFi, a saltwater pool, and an herbal steam sauna!

Ananda Pure takes a very practical approach to yoga, recognizing that your body can become stale and uncomfortable which affects your mood and ability to breathe. You will have morning yoga, afternoon meditation, and evening yoga including themes such as- alignment, chakras, heart openers, detox twists, and backbends. You’re sure to breathe easier after a week at Ananda Pure yoga retreat!

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Starting at $229 USD
Website: www.anandayogadetox.com

5. Pure Flow Yoga

Pure Flow Yoga offers up to two weeks of relaxation and rejuvenation, meant to heal the body and mind. Connect with your breath in the morning, and wind down in the afternoon with some Hatha, Yin, or Restorative yoga. Koh Phangan offers some of Thailand’s best cuisines, so the retreat encourages you to go out and try what the island has to offer instead of providing their own restaurant. Located between two of my absolute favorite beaches, Haad Yuan and Haad Tien, this uniquely placed, jungle immersive retreat can truly provide the best of both ocean and jungle.

This retreat focuses on YOU- your personal practice, your mental health, your spiritual journey. They want you to leave with the tools to build your own practice and find a yogic flow in your every day life. Pure Flow Yoga offers many workshops focused on meditation, yogic philosophy, pranayama, and special events. To relax, enjoy their steam bath, or a Thai massage paid for by Pure Flow Yoga. The schedule for this retreat allows you to lose yourself in yoga, but also have fun exploring the stunning island.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.pureflow.yoga

6. Embrace Energy Yoga

Need a quick retreat? Maybe you’re in Thailand for a holiday and want to explore the country without staying in one place for too long. This retreat, located conveniently in the center of Bangkok, is only three days long. This is perfect if you are just flying in and want to start your trip off with a revitalizing yoga retreat. At Embrace Energy Yoga, it’s all about health and happiness. You are invited to stay on-site in one of their air-conditioned rooms with Free Wifi or choose to stay at the nearby hostel.

This retreat has a very straight-forward curriculum. You will begin with an introduction to yoga, its history and basic yogic etiquette. Next, flow through the asana lessons, learning the benefits and purpose of each type of yoga posture. Most importantly, learn all about the different pranayamas. Breathing is one of the most essential parts of yoga and Embrace Energy breaks it down into an easily understood lesson. Vegetarian food is available, a sightseeing trip provided, and even a Thai massage. This three-day retreat is the perfect stop for those who want to squeeze in an authentic yoga experience in a short amount of time!

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Price: Starting at $299 USD
Website: www.yogaschoolthailand.com

7. Samma Karuna

Celebrate life at a fun yoga retreat that focuses on mindfulness and healing. At Samma Karuna you will study a combination of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Ujjayi Pranayama. This retreat also offers fun practices such as Dance Meditation, and more profound experiences Samma Karuna call the Angel’s Walk, AUM meditation, Tree of Harmony, and more. You’ll also learn to open up and laugh during dance and celebration meditations! Stay in one of their beautiful air-conditioned seaside bungalows and explore the island’s best restaurants with the many like-minded friends you are sure to make at Samma Karuna.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.sammakaruna.org

8. Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

Mangosteen Resort is a world-class, four-star hotel resort. If you are interested in staying in a high-class place for your yoga retreat, this is the place you want to go! The views from the resort are jaw-dropping, situated on lush private green hills overlooking Phuket’s sparkling sea. Stay in a beautiful jacuzzi villa and take a dip in their impressive saltwater pool. Explore Thailand’s culture in world-famous Phuket; the resort is near the Big Buddha, Chalong Temple, Chalong Pier, and more.

Wake up to a morning yoga session focused on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. This retreat is focused on cleansing your body completely, so not only will you be enjoying yoga and meditation, you can also enjoy daily body wraps, massages, herbal steam saunas, body scrubs, and more. The food you are offered at Mangosteen is all clean and healthy to fuel your body and nourish your insides. They also have several life-drinks including wheatgrass shots and ginger shots. Mangosteen Resort offers a genuinely life-changing detox for the body, mind, and spirit.

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.mangosteen-phuket.com

9. Samahita Resort

Samahita is a top-notch yoga, wellness, detox, and fitness resort. When you book a retreat at Samahita it includes all activities, classes, food, tea, fresh juice, and more. Participate in Restorative Yoga, Dynamic Vinyasa, Silent Sunrise, and Fun Cycle Classes, all right on the secluded beach. You will also have access to the pool, herbal steam sauna, and beach lounge. The staff is very attentive and experienced according to many of their retreat-goers. Stay in their clean, bright, and modern rooms that offer balconies with jungle views.

The resort offers a variety of different retreats, but also the option of building your own experience from scratch by choosing your room, dates, detox, meditations, classes, and whatever else your heart desires! Their incredible bamboo yoga shala overlooks the ocean and meditation garden, and even the spin room has a front row view to the beach! Samahita is one of Thailand’s top destinations for yoga retreats.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: Varies Upon Retreat
Website: www.samahitaretreat.com

So now what?

If you are still unsure of where to go, I suggest breaking your needs down into categories. What’s most important to you? Accommodation, types of yoga offered, location, or length? Maybe it’s all about how much you can afford. Start with what’s most essential and check all your needs off one by one until you find which yoga retreat works best for you. Visit each of their websites to find out more information and to check out what gorgeous views they have to offer. With hundreds of retreats throughout Thailand, you are sure to find a perfect place in paradise to relax, refresh, and explore.

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Deciding to sign up to a Yoga Teacher Training can be exciting and a little bit daunting. There are trainings worldwide so you can choose a program suited to you located in exotic locations such a Thailand, Bali, or India. Yoga teacher training intensives are excellent courses designed to give you a strong and a foundational understanding of the ancient practice and the training to teach if you want to.

After you’ve chosen a course to join there’ll be prerequisites to contemplate before you sign up. But how do you know if you are ready or if you meet the requirements for a teacher training?

Have I been practising yoga for long enough?

Often concerns that come up for potential trainees before they start a course is; Have I been practising yoga for long enough? Do I need more experience before considering becoming a yoga teacher? I can’t do any advanced yoga poses, can I still train? To join a Yoga Teacher Training future students do not need to have years and years of experience on the mat. Signing up with an open heart and an open mind are the best two things to bring with you as this will also encourage you to embrace the teachings. There is no requirement to be able to fit both feet behind your head whilst balancing on one finger!

Ideally, you should have some regular practice experience prior to the course so that you are comfortable with some of the basic yoga postures. Physically, these training intensives can feel demanding at times so having past experience will help you get the most out of your training without leaving you too tired or too sore!

A minimum of 3 months of consistent practice will help you and your body prepare for the transformational journey ahead of you. Or, if you’ve been involved with a closely related fitness or sports training background this may also be an advantage to you, but this is not essential. If you are signing up to an Ashtanga or a Vinyasa Flow course it is useful to have participated in these styles of yoga beforehand as they are both dynamic and fluid forms of yoga.

Undertaking a yoga teacher training will boost your own practice not only physically but spiritually, and emotionally too. It can be a completely life-changing experience but try not to set any high exceptions, instead treating each day as it comes with open arms and learning as much as you can. Focus on being dedicated yet realistic about what you hope to achieve as your experience will be unique to you and your journey.

Am I the ‘right’ age?

Yoga is a practice for anyone and everyone to enjoy regardless of their age, experience, or background. We all arrive at the practice of yoga at different stages in our lives and it does not matter what age you are when you decide to take part in a Yoga Teacher Training. Emotional maturity is something required in all students during a course, so it’s about undertaking a training at the right time for you and that is something that you’ll have to decide. Some of the best teachers who discovered yoga later in life, are able to draw upon a wealth of life experience and mold this seamlessly into their teachings.

Teaching yoga is about guiding your students to do his or her personal best, and it’s not about how young and flexible you may be. With a training course you’ll learn the mechanics behind teaching and how to apply it to a class and that is what matters.

Different students need different teachers, often teachers that are relatable to them, and certainly not everyone in a class is in their early to mid-twenties! Some students will look for teachers who are more mature and gentle and how the teacher may be able to empathize with what season of life they are experiencing. There is no age limit to become a yoga teacher, it’s a continuous, lifelong practice and you’ll learn even more time goes on.

Am I good enough?

Set an intention to meet your course with an open heart and a curious mind so that you can absorb and get the most out of your time learning with experienced teachers. Early starts and evening practices can make the days seem long at times when you’ve been learning about anatomy, asanas, meditation, philosophy etc. so bringing a dose of self-motivation and a willingness to learn can help you stay on track. Reading up on any suggested reading material advised by your school before the course will help set you up and will steer you towards a deeper understanding.

Showing support to your fellow trainees is something that is also important. You’ll become part of a special family that’ll laugh, cry, and smile together. Not every day will be easy but not every day will feel testing either. Supporting each other will help you understand that you are all human and you are all in it together.

I don’t plan to be a teacher, is that ok?

Not every student signs up to a training course in order to become a fully-fledged Yoga Teacher. An intensive course is a fantastic way of deepening your understanding of yoga and as a way of enhancing your time on the mat. By immersing yourself in a training you can gain a greater understanding of the other aspects of the practice other than just the physical postures. Other important topics such as the philosophy, the compelling history, and how to take further steps into living a lifestyle based on yoga are all explored during a 200-hour course. It is a chance to get to know your body, mind, and spirit better whilst uncovering a toolbox of ancient wisdom to help guide you through a lifetime of practice.

Some trainees end up changing their mind during the course and decide to teach afterward but it doesn’t matter if you choose to do this or not. Or you may not feel ready to teach just yet or perhaps you believe that being a yoga teacher is not part of your path and both of which are absolutely ok. If you are at a crossroads and you are in need of connection, a restart, or a reboot, a Yoga Teacher Training can be used as a powerful investment to find real change within your life.

I’m a man, can I join?

Contrary to popular belief yoga is not a practice just for women, it is for all, both men and women alike. In the beginning, yoga was a male-dominated practice and it’s only since the resurgence of yoga in modern times has the ratio switched and more women seem to fill studios. Some of the most renowned yoga instructors are men known for their ability to teach well and connect to their students without gender playing a part. As I mentioned earlier different students will require different teachers, and some practitioners will seek out a male teacher. Having said that, of course you are more than welcome to join.

I am pregnant and I want to attend. Is that a good idea?

If you are planning on becoming pregnant or if you are, signing up to do an intensive training course is best avoided until after the birth and subsequent recovery. Pre-natal and post-natal courses are available worldwide to study and this is something you can acquire after a 200-hour course. However, certain yoga poses, and yoga practices should be avoided during pregnancy as they could jeopardize your health and your baby’s health. Pregnancy yoga differs from a regular practice so taking time out to experience pre and post-natal yoga will enrich your yoga journey.

Final Considerations

Before signing up, come back to why you’d like to do a teacher training in the first place. Decide what your true motivation is for doing a course. If you have a deep passion to help others experience and spread the magic of yoga, then let that lead you forward! Some students enroll in a course simply to inspire their own practice and decide that during the course they’d like to teach afterward, it’s totally fine to change your mind! Yet once you finish, you’ll have all the tools to be a great teacher.

An intensive course is a brilliant start to stepping confidently into teaching yoga or simply absorbing its mechanics and its history, yet this important foundation is also a tool for self-development and growth. It’s a stepping stone into the vast world of yoga and your education and learning will continue long after you’ve gained your certification. Again, remember to let your experience guide you, follow your heart, and you never know what might happen.

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Deciding to sign up to a Yoga Teacher Training can be exciting and a little bit daunting. There are trainings worldwide so you can choose a program suited to you located in exotic locations such a Thailand, Bali, or India. Yoga teacher training intensives are excellent courses designed to give you a strong and a foundational understanding of the ancient practice and the training to teach if you want to.

After you’ve chosen a course to join there’ll be prerequisites to contemplate before you sign up. But how do you know if you are ready or if you meet the requirements for a teacher training?

Have I been practising yoga for long enough?

Often concerns that come up for potential trainees before they start a course is; Have I been practising yoga for long enough? Do I need more experience before considering becoming a yoga teacher? I can’t do any advanced yoga poses, can I still train? To join a Yoga Teacher Training future students do not need to have years and years of experience on the mat. Signing up with an open heart and an open mind are the best two things to bring with you as this will also encourage you to embrace the teachings. There is no requirement to be able to fit both feet behind your head whilst balancing on one finger!

Ideally, you should have some regular practice experience prior to the course so that you are comfortable with some of the basic yoga postures. Physically, these training intensives can feel demanding at times so having past experience will help you get the most out of your training without leaving you too tired or too sore!

A minimum of 3 months of consistent practice will help you and your body prepare for the transformational journey ahead of you. Or, if you’ve been involved with a closely related fitness or sports training background this may also be an advantage to you, but this is not essential. If you are signing up to an Ashtanga or a Vinyasa Flow course it is useful to have participated in these styles of yoga beforehand as they are both dynamic and fluid forms of yoga.

Undertaking a yoga teacher training will boost your own practice not only physically but spiritually, and emotionally too. It can be a completely life-changing experience but try not to set any high exceptions, instead treating each day as it comes with open arms and learning as much as you can. Focus on being dedicated yet realistic about what you hope to achieve as your experience will be unique to you and your journey.

Am I the ‘right’ age?

Yoga is a practice for anyone and everyone to enjoy regardless of their age, experience, or background. We all arrive at the practice of yoga at different stages in our lives and it does not matter what age you are when you decide to take part in a Yoga Teacher Training. Emotional maturity is something required in all students during a course, so it’s about undertaking a training at the right time for you and that is something that you’ll have to decide. Some of the best teachers who discovered yoga later in life, are able to draw upon a wealth of life experience and mold this seamlessly into their teachings.

Teaching yoga is about guiding your students to do his or her personal best, and it’s not about how young and flexible you may be. With a training course you’ll learn the mechanics behind teaching and how to apply it to a class and that is what matters.

Different students need different teachers, often teachers that are relatable to them, and certainly not everyone in a class is in their early to mid-twenties! Some students will look for teachers who are more mature and gentle and how the teacher may be able to empathize with what season of life they are experiencing. There is no age limit to become a yoga teacher, it’s a continuous, lifelong practice and you’ll learn even more time goes on.

Am I good enough?

Set an intention to meet your course with an open heart and a curious mind so that you can absorb and get the most out of your time learning with experienced teachers. Early starts and evening practices can make the days seem long at times when you’ve been learning about anatomy, asanas, meditation, philosophy etc. so bringing a dose of self-motivation and a willingness to learn can help you stay on track. Reading up on any suggested reading material advised by your school before the course will help set you up and will steer you towards a deeper understanding.

Showing support to your fellow trainees is something that is also important. You’ll become part of a special family that’ll laugh, cry, and smile together. Not every day will be easy but not every day will feel testing either. Supporting each other will help you understand that you are all human and you are all in it together.

I don’t plan to be a teacher, is that ok?

Not every student signs up to a training course in order to become a fully-fledged Yoga Teacher. An intensive course is a fantastic way of deepening your understanding of yoga and as a way of enhancing your time on the mat. By immersing yourself in a training you can gain a greater understanding of the other aspects of the practice other than just the physical postures. Other important topics such as the philosophy, the compelling history, and how to take further steps into living a lifestyle based on yoga are all explored during a 200-hour course. It is a chance to get to know your body, mind, and spirit better whilst uncovering a toolbox of ancient wisdom to help guide you through a lifetime of practice.

Some trainees end up changing their mind during the course and decide to teach afterward but it doesn’t matter if you choose to do this or not. Or you may not feel ready to teach just yet or perhaps you believe that being a yoga teacher is not part of your path and both of which are absolutely ok. If you are at a crossroads and you are in need of connection, a restart, or a reboot, a Yoga Teacher Training can be used as a powerful investment to find real change within your life.

I’m a man, can I join?

Contrary to popular belief yoga is not a practice just for women, it is for all, both men and women alike. In the beginning, yoga was a male-dominated practice and it’s only since the resurgence of yoga in modern times has the ratio switched and more women seem to fill studios. Some of the most renowned yoga instructors are men known for their ability to teach well and connect to their students without gender playing a part. As I mentioned earlier different students will require different teachers, and some practitioners will seek out a male teacher. Having said that, of course you are more than welcome to join.

I am pregnant and I want to attend. Is that a good idea?

If you are planning on becoming pregnant or if you are, signing up to do an intensive training course is best avoided until after the birth and subsequent recovery. Pre-natal and post-natal courses are available worldwide to study and this is something you can acquire after a 200-hour course. However, certain yoga poses, and yoga practices should be avoided during pregnancy as they could jeopardize your health and your baby’s health. Pregnancy yoga differs from a regular practice so taking time out to experience pre and post-natal yoga will enrich your yoga journey.

Final Considerations

Before signing up, come back to why you’d like to do a teacher training in the first place. Decide what your true motivation is for doing a course. If you have a deep passion to help others experience and spread the magic of yoga, then let that lead you forward! Some students enroll in a course simply to inspire their own practice and decide that during the course they’d like to teach afterward, it’s totally fine to change your mind! Yet once you finish, you’ll have all the tools to be a great teacher.

An intensive course is a brilliant start to stepping confidently into teaching yoga or simply absorbing its mechanics and its history, yet this important foundation is also a tool for self-development and growth. It’s a stepping stone into the vast world of yoga and your education and learning will continue long after you’ve gained your certification. Again, remember to let your experience guide you, follow your heart, and you never know what might happen.

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As 2019 begins, it is time to set yearly intentions, resolutions, and exciting plans for the brand new year ahead. This includes looking after and treating yourself, as you cannot pour from an empty cup! Consider taking your yoga and your self-care practice deeper with a Yoga Retreat on the island of the Gods. Known for its opulent beaches, immaculate rice paddies, and for its deep spiritual undercurrent, Bali is topping the list for many yogis. From luxury boutique hotels to secluded hideaways and to jungle eco-lodges we’ve got you covered, here are our top picks for Yoga Retreats in Bali:

NAME LOCATION DROP IN FEE
1. 6 Day Desa Seni Private Yoga Retreat Canggu, Bali $1750
2. 4 Day Blue Karma Yogi Inner-Journey Blue Karma Resort and Villa, Ubud, Bali $785
3. 6 Day Rejuvenate Yoga Retreat Puri Bagus Lovina Villa Resort and Spa, Singaraja, Bali $619
4. 5 Day Healing Yoga Retreat Bagus Jati, Ubud, Bali $1045
5. 4 Day Amala Luxury Wellness The Amala, Seminyak, Bali $901
6. 8 Day Total Rejuvenation Retreat Fiveelements, Ubud, Bali $5220
7. 4 Day Rejuvenating Destress and Relax Retreat Revivo Wellness Resorts, Nusa Dua, Bali $2610
8. 4 Day Zen Harmony Beginner Dive & Yoga Retreat Zen Resort, Seririt, Bali $1007

1. 6 Day Desa Seni Private Yoga Retreat

Enrich your yoga practice in blissful paradise at one of Bali’s most celebrated resorts, Desa Seni. Nestled in the beautiful, slow-paced village of Canggu known for its stunning beaches, vibrant surf, and terraced rice fields.

Have your retreat lovingly tailored to suit your needs and goals by passionate wellness therapists and talented yoga instructors, so that you can go back out into the world feeling a deep sense of connection and rejuvenation.

Immerse yourself in your yoga practice with customised private sessions with your teacher held daily in the open-aired studio. Learn how to adapt your practice on your mat with alignment and adjustments no matter your level.

Try a peaceful meditation class, a group yoga class, or indulge in treatments at the spa for an extra sprinkling of self-love. Delve further into your practice and embark on your own personal wellness journey so that you can glow from the inside out.

Location: Canggu, Bali
Price: start from $1750
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-6-day-desa-seni-private-yoga-retreat-indonesia-bali.html

2. 4 Day Blue Karma Yogi Inner-Journey

Start your inner journey in the heart of quintessential Ubud among iconic rice paddies where harmony and nature await you. The Blue Karma ecolodge is surrounded by perfumed plants and tropical fruit trees 3.5 km from the centre so that you can experience nature’s perfect peace. Practice yoga daily in the Karma Yoga Pagoda and learn breathing techniques to release negativity.

Understand how to cultivate simple philosophy to help you create real and lasting change into your life. Stay in traditional Javanese huts updated with modern flair and comfort. Choose from Balinese, Deep Tissue, or a Hot Stone massage each day during your stay, as well as learning traditional Balinese healing practices. Let go as you go on your inner journey and let your divine spark shine through.

Location: Blue Karma Resort and Villa, Ubud, Bali
Price: start from $785
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-4-day-blue-karma-ubud-yogi-inner-journey-indonesia-bali.html

3. 6 Day Rejuvenate Yoga Retreat

Hop over to the tranquil northern area of the island for the perfect place to find a retreat that seamlessly blends together yoga, pristine beaches, and a dose of adventure. This really is the retreat to reinvigorate and revitalise as you’ll be able to taste delicious food, practice yoga daily and wander among untouched coastline.

Unleash your creative flair with a complimentary hat and sarong making workshop, so you can take a little bit of Bali home with you. Unwind with a traditional Balinese massage and experience a magical Dolphin Watching Tour as an addition to your stay. As Puri Bagus Lovina Villa Resort is located away from the major tourist-hub you’ll be feeling serene and restful in no time.

Location: Puri Bagus Lovina Villa Resort and Spa, Singaraja, Bali
Price: start from $619
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-6-day-rejuvenate-yoga-package-indonesia-bali.html

4. 5 Day Healing Yoga Retreat

Experience natural healing powers among the jungle and mountains in the cultural hotspot of Ubud. Bagus Jati is all about enriching spiritual renewal and traditional holistic healing to give you revived inspiration on your wellness journey. Wake up to a morning yoga class and exotic birdsong as you experience a gentler flow of life. There are several yoga pavilions dotted around the centre so you can move and breathe among Mother Nature. As well as being a world-class health, wellbeing, and spa resort, on-site is the Surya Restaurant. Where meals are created with the freshest herbs and spices from their own organic garden to tantalise your taste buds. Fall in love with celebrating the nature all around you at Bagus Jati and breathe it all in.

Location: Bagus Jati, Ubud, Bali
Price: start from $1045
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-5-day-healing-spa-yoga-indonesia-bali.html

5. 4 Day Amala Luxury Wellness

Invite true luxury into your life with a retreat at the Amala boutique Resort where you are welcomed to savour pure bliss and unparalleled serenity. Unwind with holistic treatments and traditional practices including Tibetan Bowl Music therapy, Reiki, Pranayama, Acupuncture, and Meditation. Enjoy the full Detox Purification Ritual Spa package as well as daily yoga sessions to connect your body, mind, and spirit.

Explore the private plunge pool, jacuzzi, and herbal steam shower at the spa or slip into deep relaxation with a complimentary massage. Their philosophy is to ‘achieve health through harmony’ and it is clear to see that this concept is at the heart of all they do.

Location: The Amala, Seminyak, Bali
Price: start from $901
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-4-day-amala-luxury-wellness-indonesia-bali.html

6. 8 Day Total Rejuvenation Retreat

Connect deeply to your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being using ancient Balinese healing therapies at the eco-conscious wellness sanctuary Fivelements, located in the spiritual home of Ubud. Nourish your body with raw foods that will enhance your natural healing ability from the kitchen to your plate. Attain balance, equanimity, and inner strength from local healers that have a deep knowledge of ancient traditions and know how to inspire real transformation.

Discover your own path to healing with a personalised wellness consultation, as well as exploring energetic healing practices, water healing, and massages. Unlock your potential with a sacred arts session and multiple yoga and meditation classes throughout your retreat. This signature programme takes place on the banks of the Ayung River and is set among indoor and outdoor areas so you can experience the natural wonders of Bali.

Location: Fiveelements, Ubud, Bali
Price: start from $5220
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-8-day-total-rejuvenation-in-ubud-indonesia-bali.html

7. 4 Day Rejuvenating Destress and Relax Retreat

Discover how to fully rest and recharge at a magical getaway surrounded by lush tropical forests and the Indian Ocean in the southern part of Bali. Give yourself a chance to reset and to break away from routine whilst being pampered with care. A pre-retreat questionnaire is needed so that your stay can be customised to suit your individual requirements so you are able to let go of any negativity or stress.

Find ways to combat stress in your life with recommendations and practices from wellness professionals. Soothe your soul with massage treatments, holistic therapies, Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to elevate any stored tension in your body.

When it comes to food you’ll be able to feast upon organic, gourmet meals tailored to your dietary requirements whilst supporting your immune system and digestive health. When your stay comes to an end you will be able to return home feeling ultimately and blissfully reinvigorated, with all the tools you need in to tackle whatever life brings your way.

Location: Revivo Wellness Resorts, Nusa Dua, Bali
Price: start from $2610
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-4-day-rejuvenating-de-stress-relax-indonesia-bali.html

8. 4 Day Zen Harmony Beginner Dive & Yoga Retreat

Set above the vast Bali ocean nestled between vineyards and vibrant rice fields lies a retreat waiting to take you to another world. The award-winning getaway, Zen Resort brings Ayurvedic healing and harmony to everything they offer. Discover the beauty of the underwater world of exotic fish and colour coral reefs whilst learning how to scuba dive from on-site PADI diving instructors. This is suitable for complete beginners looking to try something new in a safe and relaxing environment.

Enjoy daily sunrise meditation and yoga sessions in the open air shala amongst breathtaking scenic views. Get acquainted with yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, with a wellness consolation from the resort’s resident Ayurvedic doctor. Understand your dosha and constitutions so that you can make positive and effective lifestyle changes to take away with you.

Dine on a fusion of local and global flavours from organic produce throughout the day or under the stars. Let Zen Resorts and the surrounding landscape bring you real peace and real harmony.

Location: Zen Resort, Seririt, Bali
Price: start from $1007
Website: https://www.yovada.com/i/event-4-day-zen-harmony-beginner-dive-yoga-retreat-indonesia-bali.html

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Experts agree that meditation is indeed a powerful practice. Comprehensive scientific studies have shown that the deep relaxation that comes with meditation has a diverse number of benefits on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Increased Immunity:

Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered that meditation has the power and ability to change the body on a genetic level. Long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation were shown to have far more ”disease-fighting genes.” ‘The study showed that within two months of developing a meditation practice, the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to activate within the body.

Improved Sleep:

Sleep disturbances affect millions of people around the world and for many, these sleep disorders are closely related to stress. A 2015 study demonstrated that meditation can help to eliminate those restless nights. The research proved that participants that followed a daily meditation practice experienced reduced levels of insomnia, fatigue and depression by the end of the six sessions.

Pain Management:

Stress and pain are closely related. Meditation has the ability to increase pain tolerance while also decreasing anxiety, depression, and the use of pain medications. Mindfulness meditation has been used successfully as a pain management technique for people who suffer from a variety of conditions, including headaches, lower back pain, chest pain, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Lowers Blood Pressure:

In the past 30 years, approximately 600 studies have been conducted worldwide on the effects of meditation on blood pressure. These studies have discovered that meditation can lower blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication.

Increased Fertility:

When a female’s body is in constant stress, blood flow is directed towards the muscles and away from the uterus and ovaries, meaning the reproductive system does not function at its optimum level. Studies have proven that women are far more likely to conceive when they are in a relaxed state and doctors and fertility experts around the world are advising women to introduce meditation as a means to assist conception. Similarly, relaxation may also boost male fertility as stress has been shown to lower sperm count.

Improved Digestion:

The digestive system is one of the biological processes most affected when the body is tense and anxious. Stress can wreak havoc on the gut, causing inflammation, acid reflux, ulcers, and even food allergies. By calming the mind and body, meditation allows for a deep level of relaxation that significantly enhances the digestive system’s efficiency. Patients with IBS have found that practicing a relaxation meditation twice daily significantly improves symptoms of bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

Emotional Wellbeing:

The body is a direct reflection of the mind and it can only achieve true calm when the mind is truly calm; meditation can help to achieve this. Meditation has been shown to assist with self-acceptance, self-confidence, personal growth, and an increased sense of purpose. It can help to alleviate depression, negativity and addictions. Meditation can help to build compassion, understanding, forgiveness and overall happiness. When it comes to mental and emotional wellbeing, meditation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to find balance, peace and contentedness.

As you can see, meditation plays a key role in holistic health. Meditation helps to pave the way superior wellness in body, mind and spirit. Introducing a meditation practice into your life needn’t be overwhelming nor intimidating. It doesn’t require any special equipment and is simple to learn. Try to create a practice that works for you and your lifestyle. This can be as easy as setting aside five or ten minutes each day to sit, breathe, let go and truly relax. Some days you may have more time, and other days you may have less. Some days your mind may wander while other days there is a greater sense of peace. Try rising ten minutes earlier each day and sitting quietly before your day begins. Find a space in your home or nature where you feel comfortable and can be in your own space. Dedicate this time to yourself daily, knowing that you are worthy of these moments. With so many benefits, there is every reason to embrace meditation as part of your daily life.

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There are plenty of reasons thousands flock to the culture-packed cities, exotic jungles, and stunning beaches of Thailand for their Yoga Teacher Trainings. Thailand is home to the famous Full Moon Party, majestic waterfalls, culture-rich communities, daring zip-lines, and amazing view-points. Not only do you get a taste of what it’s like to travel to a new and exciting country, but Thailand has some of the BEST Yoga Teacher Trainings in the world. Whether your goal is to deepen your yoga practice, learn how to teach, challenge your mind and body, or even find yourself- with over 80 trainings in Thailand, you’re sure to find the one for you.

There are plenty of reasons thousands flock to the culture-packed cities, exotic jungles, and stunning beaches of Thailand for their Yoga Teacher Trainings. Thailand is home to the famous Full Moon Party, majestic waterfalls, culture-rich communities, daring zip-lines, and amazing view-points. Not only do you get a taste of what it’s like to travel to a new and exciting country, but Thailand has some of the BEST Yoga Teacher Trainings in the world. Whether your goal is to deepen your yoga practice, learn how to teach, challenge your mind and body, or even find yourself- with over 80 trainings in Thailand, you’re sure to find the one for you.

NAME LOCATION DROP IN FEE
1. All Yoga Training Thailand Koh Phangan, Thailand $2950 USD (early bird price)
2. Vikasa Yoga Academy Koh Samui, Thailand $4,000 USD
3. Ananda Yoga Detox Koh Phangan, Thailand $2,200-3,750 USD (varies upon accommodation)
4. Yoga Nisarga Phuket, Thailand $1,818- 3,637 USD (varies upon accommodation)
5. La Casa Shambala Koh Phangan, Thailand $2,200-4,300 USD (varies upon accommodation)
6. Yoga Vidya Mandiram Chiang Mai, Thailand $1,799-2,350 USD (varies upon accommodation)
7. Pujan Yoga Koh Phangan, Thailand $2,250 USD
8. Sama Karuna Koh Phangan, Thailand $2,694 USD (varies upon accommodation, volunteering)
9. Centered Yoga at Samahita Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand $4,554-6394 USD (varies upon accommodation)
10. One Yoga Koh Phangan, Thailand $1,995 USD (accommodation not included)
11. Marina Yoga Krabi, Thailand $2,022 USD (price not including accommodations)
12. ULU Yoga at Bounty Resort Koh Phangan, Thailand $1,899-5,799 USD (price varies on accommodation)

1. All Yoga Training Thailand

Okay obviously I’m biased- I graduated from All Yoga in May 2018 and it was one of the best experiences of my life! After thoroughly researching for over two months, this is the place I decided to go and I have no regrets!

All Yoga Training’s main focus is Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Ashtanga mean’s ‘8 limbs’, which you will study alongside the physical practice; Vinyasa is pairing breath with movement. This style of yoga really aligned with what I generally did on my own mat at home or in classes. They also teach Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy/Physiology, and meditation- often with special guest teachers flying in. All Yoga’s core group of teachers are very experienced, knowledgeable, patient, and respectful. They make sure to make you feel right at home while simultaneously making you push yourself and sweat! The curriculum is very comprehensive and can be found on their website.

As far as accommodations- All Yoga provides a free dorm for the first 10 people to sign up. If you’re not among the first 10 don’t worry, the dorm at the Beam is very inexpensive- you can also stay in one of their traditional or modern bungalows. As nice as the bungalows are, I recommend the dorm since it allows you to bond with the fellow students and create unforgettable experiences. I was also very drawn to the authentic feel the dorms had- much more exciting than staying at a pristin resort. I truly felt like I got to experience Thailand the way it should be! Located in a lush jungle right up from the most stunning beach, All Yoga offers the best of both worlds. This training really has it all and is the perfect balance of hard work and fun- you’ll walk out with your certificate with enough confidence and energy to start teaching!

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $2950 USD (early bird price)
Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa
Offers: 200/hr + 300/hr Certificate
Length: 23 Days
Website: www.allyogatraining.com

2. Vikasa Yoga Academy

Vikasa Yoga is based on individual evolution and spiritual development. Various techniques are practiced, but all follow the Vikasa core values. The general idea behind this training, is that every student is individual, working on personal growth while simultaneously being part of a like-minded group that should contribute to the betterment of the world while being part a of it, not going against it. Hatha, vinyasa, asana, mantras, and more will be taught during this training. The trainers at Vikasa are all from different backgrounds, offering different insight to allow growth. Founder, Konstantin Miachin, has various knowledge of yoga having been to several different trainings across the globe, even being initiated by a Monk in a sacred ceremony!

The cost of this course includes airport pick-up, a special meal-plan designed for optimal health, course materials, Wifi, access to the infinity pool, massage spa, gym, and of course your certificate. The rooms you’ll find at the retreat are modern-meets-traditional, clean, and varying in different levels of simple luxury. The focus is not on material items, however all of the rooms they offer are quite magnificent! Take a look at them here.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: $4,000 USD
Style: Vikasa
Offers: 200/hr Certificate
Length: 28 Days
Website: www.vikasayoga.com

3. Ananda Yoga Detox

Ananda Pure Yoga is another incredible training located in beautiful Koh Phangan. They will teach you the basics of meditation, pranayamas, bandahs, and the foundations of yoga. This training has one of the most comprehensive lessons plans out there, starting with the basics, moving through teaching lessons, and ending with business classes on how to market yourself in the ever-growing world of yoga.

Not only do they have a great lesson plan, they also have wonderful accommodations! Included in the training price are three free vegetarian meals a day! It’s hard to find a training that will feed you nourishing food for free. They also offer on-site bedrooms, including dorms, that are very clean and scenic. Led by Johnny Nesselo from the United States, this training provides knowledgeable and diverse teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to help you find your inner voice.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $2,200-3,750 USD (varies upon accommodation)
Style: Hatha/ Vinyasa
Offers: 200, 300, 500/hr Certificate
Length: 28 Days
Website: www.anandayogadetox.com

4. Yoga Nisarga

Rejuvenate and grow at Yoga Nisarga’s stunning location in Phuket. With it’s mountainous ocean views, one can imagine why people gravitate to Yoga Nisarga’s breathtaking accommodations. Prices for the course vary based on what type of room you choose- from modern to eco-friendly, all with beautiful ocean views. Their price also includes meals (vegetarian options available), high-speed Wifi, a day excursion, airport pick-up, and a Thai massage!

Practice Ashtanga Vinyasa, meditation, adjusting, and more under the helpful eyes of their experienced teachers. Yoga Nisarga values the spiritual side of yoga, focusing on the mind as well as the body, so you are sure to leave a different person than when you arrived.

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Price: $1,818- 3,637 USD (varies upon accommodation)
Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow
Offers: 200/hr Certificate
Length: 23 Days
Website: www.yoganisarga.com

5. La Casa Shambala

Fully immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle at La Casa Shambala, another training taking advantage of Koh Phangan’s beautiful tropical paradise. Study Hatha and Vinyasa flow while developing your own style of teaching. Learn anatomy, physiology, and business ethics that will give you an extra edge in the ever-growing world of yoga. One of the best perks of this program is that there are only 15 students allowed each training, meaning you will get more one-on-one time with the instructors!

The bungalows offered at La Casa Shambala are absolutely idyllic- making you feel at one with the jungle around you! The price above includes the entire 29 Day course, whichever bungalow you choose, an organic/vegan food buffet, Wifi, pick-up from Thong Sala, a photo-shoot, and even a yoga mat! Hard to beat all of those accommodations! Take a more holistic approach to yoga, find yourself, your inner peace, and gain the knowledge you need to become a compassionate yoga teacher at La Casa Shambala!

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $2,200-4,300 USD (varies upon accommodation)
Style: Hatha & Vinyasa
Offers: 200/hr Certificate
Length: 18 or 29 Days
Website: www.lacasashambala.com

6. Yoga Vidya Mandiram

Looking for a more traditional immersive experience? Yoga Vidya Mandiram was founded in India, where they host several trainings a year, only charging as much as the course cost to run without making any profit. Chiang Mai is a culture rich, bustling town in Northern Thailand. This program is for anyone looking to study in the most traditional yogic style, focusing heavily on mantras, meditations, morning prayers, weekend temple excursions, devotional songs, and yoga vegetarian meals.

Hosted by Maewin Guesthouse & Resort, you will be training in Thailand’s peaceful countryside, sleeping in a traditional two-story wooden Thai house situated on a private Thai family farm. You’ll have peaceful views of the vast farmland, forests, and Chiang Mai’s breathtaking mountain range from the house, and are a short distance from incredible waterfalls, hikes, elephant sanctuaries, and more. Yoga Vidya Mandiram’s knowledgeable teachers have spent their lives in traditional Ashram and Gurukulams making yoga and meditation their sole purpose, and teaching from the ancient texts. This is by far the most traditional, authentic practice in Thailand!

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Price: $1,799-2,350 USD (varies upon accommodation)
Style: Traditional Hatha & Ashtanga Vinyasa
Offers: 200, 300, 500/hr Certificate
Length: 22 Days
Website: www.yogavidyamandiram.com

7. Pujan Yoga

Led by husband and wife power-couple, Pujan and Betty, the two have over 30 years of experience and several different styles of training. Swami Pujan was trained as a psychologist and brings a western psychological mindset to the teachings of yoga in order to make them more understandable and relatable. Betty has been trained by some of the founders of yoga, including Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois! To say you are in capable hands would be an understatement. They will teach you the asanas, meditation, and scriptures in a well-structured course, located directly on the beach at their private villa. You’ll be able to work up a sweat practicing and then jump into the ocean or pool! All of the rooms provided have stunning sea-side views and are very spacious.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $2,250 USD
Style: Hatha
Offers: 200, 300/hr Certificate
Length: 22 Days
Website: www.pujanyoga.com

8. Sama Karuna

Awarded 2018’s Best Yoga Teacher Training Course, Sama Karuna is one of the top-notch trainings for those looking for a non-dogmatic course. They are open to any and all religions, ideals, and values. Same Karuna is also one of the only trainings that allows you to stay for a free yoga internship teaching asanas, and also grants you a lifetime of free yoga classes at their school. Located in yoga-hub Koh Phangan, they also offer glistening ocean views, free dorms, or private bungalows.

Definitely one of the best perks this school offers, is the chance to volunteer in the community. You will be able to volunteer the local Organic Farm, Animal Welfare Center, or even help with the school gardening, passing out flyers, or leading Free Hug campaigns! Not only will you be giving back to the community, you will also receive 20% off your sign-up price! The teachers at Same Karuna all have different backgrounds in training, creating a versatile Program.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $2,694 USD (varies upon accommodation, volunteering)
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin
Offers: 200, 300/hr Certificate, Free Internship, Free Lifetime yoga classes
Length: 28 Days
Website: www.sammakaruna.com

9. Centered Yoga at Samahita Retreat

Centered Yoga is one of the longest constantly running yoga teacher trainings in the field, having started their courses in 1999. Both a mix of the modern and traditional, you’ll find yourself doing Raja, Hatha, Vinyasa, and asana, while also learning anatomy and physiology. Centered Yoga values the mind and spirit, offering many exercises for both including chanting, mantras, meditation, and even psychology lessons.

If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, the accommodations at Samahita Retreat offer just that. The rooms are very clean, modern, airy, eco-friendly, and of course- right on the beach! The price for the course is all-inclusive, giving you access to all the amenities at the retreat, including the buffet.

This course is led by the highly experienced, Paul Dallaghan, who has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 30 years! He has lived in Thailand for many years and was one of the few to actually train under Pattabhi Jois, living in Mysore and getting certified by him. You won’t find more experience than that!

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: $4,554-6394 USD (varies upon accommodation)
Style: Vinyasa & Hatha
Offers: 200, 300, 500, 1100/hr Certificate
Length: 29 Days
Website: www.samahitaretreat.com

10. One Yoga

At One Yoga you’ll open your day with double meditation led by your unique and experienced yoga teachers. Here you will learn about both modern and traditional yoga, while studying anatomy, philosophy, and physiology. Though accommodations are not provided, One Yoga will happily help you set them up! They actually do have a guest house five minutes away on bike, and have many options displayed on their site for you to choose from in the area.

One Yoga’s main goal is to guide you to a healthier inner self; to allow you to let go of external problems and focus on healing or expanding the inner you! Former students rave about the Pranayama Garden, and the sense of love and community they feel at One Yoga. It’s the perfect mix of physical practice, mental practice, and island fun!

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $1,995 USD (accommodation not included)
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin
Offers: 200/hr Certificate
Length: 27 Days
Website: www.oneyogathailand.com

11. Marina Yoga

How does yoga on the beach sound? At Marina Yoga you will be staying in colorful bungalows, learning the holistic methods of Reiki, and doing yoga on the beach. Krabi is one of Thailand’s most popular islands because of it’s beautiful beaches and fun atmosphere. With only 12 students allowed at every training, you are sure to get the attention and space you need! Such small classes offers real one-on-one time with the teachers, as well as a life-coach!

Marina Yoga teaches various types of yoga: Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and even Restorative. Ever been to a Sound Healing session? Marina Yoga has them. They also have Shamanistic Drum Circles, Cacao Ceremonies, and give blessings at a Local Temple for your Spiritual Journey. For a bit extra, you can even get your Level 1 Reiki Healing Certification. They’ve got it all!

Location: Krabi, Thailand
Price: $2,022 USD (price not including accommodations)
Style: Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative – Teaches Reiki
Offers: 200/hr Certificate
Length: 27 Days
Website: www.marinayoga.com

12. ULU Yoga at Bounty Resort

Let’s end on a fun note! ULU Yoga is one of Thailand’s most popular YogaTeacher Trainings. Here you’ll experience traditional yoga like Hatha and Iyengar,and trendy yoga like Aerial, Acro, and SUP. Where will you be practicing? On thebeach, in the ocean, and in the sky of course! Flip around in the air or fly overthe sea as you experience the joys of Aerial yoga in ULU’s own design of YogaHammocks. They even have an acrobatic black-light show with body paint! Notonly are the practices super fun, the accommodations are incredible.

Bounty Resort is an absolute treasure. You’ll have your own private beach,shala with ocean views, refreshing swimming pool, lush green gardens, andaccess to snorkeling and more! You choose which cliff-side room you canafford, but they all have Wifi, hot water, private bathrooms, and balconies. Theyalso provide a delicious restaurant, vegan/ vegetarian options, and are nearbyshops and cafes. ULU Yoga is definitely the training to go to if you are lookingfor something different, relaxed, fun, and informative!

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: $1,899-5,799 USD (price varies on accommodation)
Style: Multi-Style!
Offers: 200/hr Certificate or 50/hr Aerial Certificate
Length: 21 or 28 Days
Website: www.uluyoga.com

With so many different Yoga Teacher Trainings to choose from,
it can be hard figuring out which one is right for you. Remember to listento your head and heart, do your research, and trust your gut. Any of these 12 trainings would be a great place to start! At the end of the day it’s not about theaccommodations; it’s about the experience and the knowledge that you gainfrom your teachers, and those around you. Good luck on your journey toThailand, and to finding a training that works for you!

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Bali is one of the most visited destinations in the world for yoga enthusiasts and alike. Deemed the Island of the Gods, this Indonesian island, known for its volcanic mountains, ironic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, is also a spiritual haven for people from all walks of life. Imagine practicing yoga to the view of the ocean, bending and flowing to the sound of tropical birds, and deeply relaxing in savasana to the rhythm of your own breath and nothing else, Bali provides you a spiritual sanctuary to truly connect with your divine self.

Whether you want to casually drop in to a yoga class or taking a yoga teacher training in Bali, you can always find something suitable for your heart’s desires. With so many yoga studios located across the island, it can be hard to find good quality and authentic classes. On the contrary, with the plethora of experienced teachers sharing their skills and knowledge here, it’d be difficult to choose whose training or workshop to attend.

Luckily, I’ve mapped out the Top 9 Best Yoga Studios in Bali to make your yoga travels a little easier! Considering their diverse classes, facility, ambiance, quality of teachers and such, you’d not be disappointed with our choices!

NAME LOCATION DROP IN FEE
The Yoga Barn Ubud 130,000 IDR (ca. 9 USD)
Radiantly Alive Ubud 130,000 IDR (ca. 9 USD)
Intuitive Flow Ubud 120,000 IDR (ca. 8 USD)
Ubud Yoga Centre Ubud 130,000 IDR (ca. 9 USD)
The Practice Canggu 140,000 IDR (ca. 10 USD)
Samadi Canggu 140,000 IDR (ca. 10 USD)
Desa Seni Canggu 140,000 IDR (ca. 10 USD)
Yoga 108 Bali Seminyak 100,000 IDR (ca. 7 USD)
Athaya Studio Bali Denpasar 40,000 IDR (ca. 3 USD)
UBUD

This lovely town amongst rice fields, jungle, and rivers is one of the most popular yoga destinations on Bali. The locals are the nicest people in the world – no, seriously, they truly are! Enjoy temples, healthy food, ceremonies, and fun expat events while you’re here!

1. The Yoga Barn

The world-renowned Yoga Barn has the widest variety of holistic offerings besides yoga classes, such as massages, acupuncture, astrology, cleansing and detoxification, and much more!

At the Garden Kafe, you will surely meet new friends for life, and don’t miss the weekly ecstatic dance (Friday nights and Sunday mornings) for a truly heart-opening experience!

When it comes to yoga, you have a multitude of classes to choose from, such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, with several styles of meditation and breath work. Their schedule has over 15 daily classes that you can choose from!
The classes are suitable for all levels, with emphasis on introductory levels with the option for more intermediate classes.

If this is your first time visiting Yoga Barn, we highly recommend experiencing these classes!

Vinyasa flow with Bex Tyrer, meditation (or kirtan!) with Punnu Wasu, shamanic breath work with Levi Banner, or yin yoga with Tina Nance!

Because of its variety, you get the most of both physical and spiritual practices at Yoga Barn. And should you feel a strong connection to any of the teachers, the majority of them offer teacher trainings on a yearly basis.

Location: Ubud
Drop-in fee: 130’000 IDR (ca. 9 USD)
Website: www.theyogabarn.com
Good to know: offers 15 classes and workshops daily, accommodation & restaurant on spot

2. Radiantly Alive

Located in the center of Ubud, Radiantly Alive prides themselves on the motto “Come for yoga, stay for family,” and that is just what it feels like, a huge welcoming family. There is a strong connection between student and teacher, and the quality of their offerings is to give you the most knowledgeable and explorative classes you can get!

Radiantly Alive also offers physical, emotional, and spiritual healing sessions, such as acupuncture, astrology, colonics, craniosacral therapy and more!

With 4 shalas, they have an extensive schedule, where you can choose between Ashtanga, dynamic RA Vinyasa, Yin, myofascial movement, Hatha, Restorative, Acro, and Aerial yoga!

Radiantly Alive often hosts world-renowned yoga teachers such as Dylan Werner and Meghan Currie with special workshops and classes, so keep an eye out for that while you are here!

To immerse yourself in this studio and learn more about your practice and the philosophy of yoga, take a few classes with James Mattingley, whose vast knowledge of human anatomy will surely give you food for thought! If you want to experience a very unique and progressive approach towards body and movement, Carlos Tao offers flow classes with his passionate energy.

Location: Ubud
Drop-in fee: 130’000 IDR (ca. 09 USD)
Website: www.radiantlyalive.com
Good to know: offers over 80 Yoga and Movement classes per week and a recently opened Vegan Cafe

3. Intuitive Flow

This studio is situated in the gorgeous area of Penestanan (Ubud) and holds one of the most gorgeous views from a shala in town. Offering several styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and meditation sessions, Intuitive Flow is a great studio if you want to immerse yourself in a more intimate setting and smaller classes.

With both international and local teachers, you have an opportunity to delve deeper into your practice and make a strong connection with the yoga community that Intuitive Flow has.

Location: Ubud
Drop-in fee: 120’000 IDR (ca. 8 USD)
Website: www.intuitiveflow.com
Good to know: offers small intimate classes and workshops

4. Ubud Yoga Centre

Looking for something a little different? Ubud Yoga Centre, located a short 5 minute drive from the culture-rich, yoga friendly, Ubud Village, is unlike any other studio in Bali. Two words: Urban. Jungle. The building alone is quite a site to behold. Focusing on sustainability and green-living, the Centre uses solar panels to provide themselves with energy, and gives the excess energy to their community. The walls are made of cement for an urban vibe, but that doesn’t mean they have a shortage of views- the jungle facing side is built with Indonesian made glass blocks, which allow all of the natural lighting to flow into the rooms creating an open and incredible space. The blocks are also environmentally friendly and energy efficient. They use bamboo flooring in the studios, and recycled rubber flooring in their high-impact spaces according to their website.

Let’s get back to why you’re here though- yoga. Ubud Yoga Centre offers some of the more unique styles of yoga in Bali, like Bikram Yoga, Fly High Yoga, Inferno Yoga, and even kids yoga if you’re traveling with family! They also offer Ashtanga, yin, and hatha for all levels. No matter what kind of yoga you are looking for you are sure to find it at the Yoga Centre. Their founder, Mony Suriani, has been featured on National TV, newspapers, and magazines across Indonesia. She opened the studio hoping to provide people with an escape to their realities to become healthy like she did when she left her life as a Financial Analyst. Once you’re done with class, head over to their cafe for a smoothie bowl, fresh juice, or a locally sourced clean meal! There’s also a wine bar, if all of that wasn’t already enough to sell you on it!

Location: Ubud
Drop-in fee: 130’000 IDR (ca. 9 USD)
Website: www.ubudyogacentre.com
Good to know: offers several yoga styles, even kids yoga

Canggu

This bustling town by the coast just north-west of Seminyak and Kuta is ever-growing with its offerings of conscious and healthy living and yoga studios. Just an hour south of Ubud, this town has a lot to offer in terms of art, community, beach and surf, and also what you are looking for – yoga!

5. The Practice

While being a fairly new studio, Octavio Salvado and The Practice has established itself to be one of the main studios in Canggu to offer yoga to the community. With its slogan “Mindless vinyasa is dead” The Practice prides itself on offering traditional Hatha yoga with a strong emphasis on the philosophy of yoga, where the classes are essentially mindful movement in connection to breath. Having yearly teacher trainings, including several online classes and sessions, a vast schedule of different styles and teachers, kirtan, community talks, coaching, and other events, The Practice is one of the go-to places for deepening your yoga practice in Canggu!

Experience the extensive knowledge from inspirational and dedicated teachers such as Octavio Salvado and Nik Robson, whose classes range from classical Hatha to immersive Yin.

Location: Canggu
Drop-in fee: 140’000 IDR (ca. 10 USD)
Website: www.thepracticebali.com
Good to know: offers classes, Kirtan, community talks, coaching and other events

6. Samadi

Samadi is a yoga oasis in this coastal surfer town, with yoga, a charming organic café and shop, hosting a lovely Sunday Market with fresh fruits, vegetables and locally made produce. With weekly ecstatic dance and different workshops, Samadi has a great variety of events and happenings for your pleasure! Mainly based on Ashtanga, Samadi hosts experienced teachers such as Mark Robberds for immersions and workshops.

Their daily schedule hosts several daily classes with both active and more restorative yin classes, with an international group of dedicated teachers. If you are looking for a strong community of Ashtanga-based students, Samadi is the place!

Location: Canggu
Drop-in fee: 140’000 IDR (ca. 10 USD)
Website: www.samadibali.com
Good to know: offers classes, weekly ecstatic dance and various workshops

7. Desa Seni

Daily yoga practices, personal retreats, and a holistic spa- these are all things you can find at the absolutely stunning Desa Seni village resort. From their unique wooden homes packed with cultural artifacts, to their farm-to-table organic dining experience, Desa Seni really has it all. Boasting a Five-Star rating on Trip Advisor, it’s not hard to tell why people flock to Desa Seni for their yoga practice. Located in Southern Canggu, the resort is accessible by a short taxi ride. They are Yoga Alliance certified with experienced and passionate yoga instructors who will teach you everything from Vinyasa, Master Class, Restorative, Yin, Alignment and Adjustment, to meditation. Desa Seni allows the public to attend their classes for IDR 140,000, and eat at their amazing restaurant. They provide any equipment you require, as well as free lemongrass tea!

After you’ve attended one of their many yoga classes, you can take a dip in their refreshing pool surrounded by an absolute oasis before heading into another. If you choose to stay at their resort, all daily yoga classes are FREE to attend! That’s a great deal! Practice in their open and airy yoga shala, and take a walk through one of their many colorful gardens while surrounding yourself with like-minded adventurers. Desa Seni is so versatile that anyone looking to take a yoga class in Bali will feel fulfilled after a visit!

Location: Canggu
Drop-in fee: 140’000 IDR (ca. 10 USD)
Website: www.desaseni.com
Good to know: stay at Desa Seni resort and all Yoga classes are free to attend

Seminyak

8. Yoga 108 Bali

Their studio is in the absolutely stunning Seminyak, near Canggu, where some of Bali’s most glorious beaches and shocking sunsets are. Seminyak has an upscale vibe, where you can find many high-end boutiques, spas, and resorts. There are also beautiful secluded beaches, and some of the best restaurants Bali has to offer with a lively nightlife.

After you’re done relaxing on bean-bags under colorful umbrellas in the sand, head over to Yoga 108 Bali for one of their walk-in classes Monday- Saturday. They offer a wide variety of classes, such as Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin. The founder, Sagi Jessie Degon, opened Yoga 108 in 2014 and was trained in India. One of their other teachers, Stephanie, teaches a vigorous Vinyasa Flow similar to what she learned when she was trained in Los Angeles, California. Don’t worry about not having a mat either, they provide mats, blocks, and clean towels if you’re on the go!
Their website is laid out very simply, you can find class schedules, prices, and the location.

Location: Seminyak
Drop-in fee: 100’000 IDR (ca. 7 USD)
Website: www.yoga108bali.com
Good to know: offers classes workshops and retreats

Denpasar

9. Athaya Studio Bali

Feeling spiritual? This studio believes that yoga is a “blessing of knowledge” deriving from the meaning of Athaya- ‘gift’ or ‘blessing’. They focus on the internal, holistic effects of yoga, and provide super affordable classes while they’re at it. Their various classes are in the morning and afternoon at the low rate of IDR 40,000. Athaya Studio has an inviting, and modern vibe to it, with classrooms that can fit up to sixty students! With eleven different experienced yoga teachers, the amount of love and knowledge is tangible at this studio.

Yoga isn’t the only thing they offer; wind down after class with one of their revitalizing massages, check out their store, drink some free fresh juice, or even take a selfie in their “selfie corner”. Athaya Studio is located in the capital of Bali, Denpasar, which is the gateway to the rest of the island, the perfect place to drop in once you arrive and start your yoga journey.

So there you have it! 9 excellent studios to explore and try out on your Bali adventure! We hope that you find a studio and teachers that truly resonate with you!

Location: Denpasar
Drop-in fee: 40’000 IDR (ca. 3 USD)
Website: www.athayastudiobali.com
Good to know: offers classes, massages, store and cafe on spot

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A new year begins. It’s (still) time to leave everything behind that no longer serves you, to make space and to move on. No matter where you are on the globe, if it’s summer or winter, time remains the same and we can’t stop it. January it is (again!) for all of us.

I’m not a big fan of new years resolutions. Are you? We say that if the intention is good. . . But let’s be honest, resolutions usually (or too often) stay at the planing phase. We are all on the same boat on this one. But we are humans and some things never change, (I’m working on it!) and I feel for a challenge, do you?

Let’s try to integrate 4 simple actions in our daily routine for the next 4 weeks. Hey !I hear you! Yes, everyday. No excuse, everyone can do it. Instructions are simple ; It is not a question of how long you do it, as long as you just do it.

Are you ready?

4, 3, 2, 1, go!

1. Just breathe

Do you forget to breathe too? When someone ask me “Why do you practice yoga?” my answer is simple : yoga has taught me how to breathe. Through the nose and into every part of my body. My breath calms and balances me on and off my mat. Breath is life. It deserves our attention. Just be aware of it, everyday.

Too easy? Let’s incorporate a 5-minutes breathing exercise into our morning routine. Choose a comfortable position either standing ( Mountain Pose for example) or seating. Now breathe in, breathe out and repeat.

2. Step on your mat

Yogis, step on your mat! No matter why you practice, do it! Have you ever regretted a yoga practice? My motivation is to reach the state of well being post practice. I just love it. Asana practice balances me and makes me feel good. My mat is my sacred space. The goal here is not to go through 30 Power Flow classes, but to develop a little more your personal practice. It can be at home, at the office or anywhere.

For the next 30 days, practice as often as possible. You don’t have time? Really? Integrate at least one asana and you should feel benefits. My challenge is to practice 3 sun salutations A every morning. What is your goal?

3. Look into the eyes

Our eyes spend a lot of (too much?) time focusing on a screen. In January, it’s time to give them back some love. Think about it, at the end of a typical day how many eyes have you really paid attention to? Walking on the street, waiting for the bus, at the market, which eyes do you remember? Were they blue, brown? For me, eyes are the mirror of soul and emotions. It’s a powerful connection. They talk. I know that mine talk a lot. They can’t lie. Here, your mission is simple. For the next days, give a special importance to eye contact. Look into your neighbors, your colleagues eyes and connect. And do not forget your own eyes. Take a few seconds to look into your eyes. Now, notice the reactions. How do you feel?

4. Open your heart

Yogis, it is the perfect time of the year to open our hearts! Let’s be ready to welcome the New Year and all that will happen. We’ll have ups and downs. When you don’t feel good, remember it’s a cycle and nothing lasts forever! Let’s make room for new and be grateful to be ourselves but also to BE. Mission is simple; listen to your heart. To its own rhythm. Listen to what it has to say. Guess what, it’s never wrong. The Yoga practice is a wonderful tool to open your heart, remember to incorporate at least one backbend, which makes you feel good in your routine. Take time to feel the benefits of a few Cat, Sphinx, Bridge, Camel, Wheel Poses or any asana that suits you. Go slowly into the pose, connect to your heart and…breathe.

That’s it yogis! Can you accomplish these 4 simple actions everyday for the next 30 days? Do you accept the challenge? Take notes and le’ts keep in touch to share our experience at the end of this month.

Have a very happy new year and a great month of January!

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