I just returned from Bali last week, and what an incredible place! It was my first time visiting Indonesia, and the energy there is so peaceful, especially in Ubud. I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves yoga, meditation and energy healing.
We started the trip in Seminyak, which is where the beach is. It’s next to Kuta Beach but I was told that Seminyak is nicer. I pictured it to be similar to Thailand – warm water, cheap shopping, etc. but the water was actually pretty cold and the shopping a bit expensive. There were lots of tiki bars and restaurants that lined the beach, and lounge chairs and beanbags, so that was pretty cool.
We stayed at the Pelangi hotel which was right on the water, had a swim up bar and great buffet, and was only $65 a night! We were there for 5 nights and then went to Ubud.
I LOVED Ubud. It’s a bit more secluded, sort of set back in the jungle, and very peaceful. We stayed at the Chili Cottages, which is next to Monkey Forest. It’s a great place, I highly recommend it. It’s very quiet and set back from the city, and we got a private villa with a private pool for $57/night! We rarely used our pool though because the main pool was usually empty. The restaurant there is great also, and there are 3 massage spas across the street ($7 for one hour!) And I lucked out because Taman Hati was across the street, which turned out to be my favorite yoga place.
If you’re taking any yoga class in Bali, I recommend going early because of the heat. It gets brutally hot after 10am, and if you go at night, you’ll get attacked by mosquitoes.
The hot spot for yoga in Ubud is the Yoga Barn, but to be honest, it wasn’t for me. They do offer lots of classes, which is great, and there’s a vegan cafe and spa onsite. But the classes are so crowded you have to arrive 30 minutes early or you may not get in. The biggest disappointment for me was that the yoga teachers I had were all American, and I really wanted to experience the culture in Bali, and experience a different type of class than one I could take at home.
Next, I went to the Ubud Yoga house, which is a beautiful studio with a gorgeous view of the rice fields. And we had a Balinese teacher!
My only complaint was that it’s more of a place for beginners, as the majority of the class had never taken yoga before. But I’d definitely suggest going at least once for the experience.
Taman Hati was without a doubt my favorite. They only offer a few classes a day, so I attended the 10am class. There were only 2 of us in the class, but I enjoyed it because the Hindu Balinese teacher was great and really helped me with certain poses and adjustments.
The classes are taught on the compound where the Balinese live, and it’s incredibly beautiful. It looks like a temple!
The Balinese main practice is Kundalini, which Taman Hati teaches, but I took the Pranavayu class, which is similar to Vinyasa.
Next, we experienced spiritual and energy healing!
A friend recommended a reading with Made Lunas, a spiritual healer. It’s also held on a Balinese compound. It was very Eat Pray Love.
My favorite was the Ubud Healing House. A Balinese healer, Devie, runs it out of her home (how beautiful is her yard?) and does energy healing with crystals, reflexology and Tibetan healing bowls. I’ve never felt so relaxed in my life.
Then we ended our trip with a nice hike to the waterfalls, where there’s a giant swimming hole! So cool!