Among all the gorgeous regions of Bali, Ubud is the number one choice for most yoga enthusiasts. Thousands of yogis come to this Zen rural area each year to enjoy the unique combination of ancient landmarks, mesmerizing landscapes, incredible food scene, fascinating culture, and much more.
If you’re looking for your next yoga vacation, you’ve probably noticed that there are two types you can choose from: yoga holidays and yoga retreats. But, how are they different?
Thailand and Bali are undoubtedly two of the top destinations for a yoga retreat. Both locations are a paradise for yogis with plenty of beach and jungle retreats and a variety of styles. So, which destination should you choose for your next (and possibly first) yoga holiday?
Bali is arguably the most popular yoga destination in Southeast Asia. From the incredible beaches in Kuta, to the mystical rainforests in Ubud and the iconic rice fields all over the island, Bali is like a paradise on Earth. If you add in the Zen atmosphere, the culture of healthy living and the tons of yoga studios, workshops and trainings on the island, Bali is just the perfect destination for yogis all over the world.
The food here is ideal for the yogi’s diet. You do not only have lots of raw food or vegan restaurants, but you can also attend workshops and raw food retreats to learn how to incorporate this diet into your lifestyle. And there’s a good reason why the Balinese massage is famous, try one treatment and you’ll never want to leave the island!
There are many more things to do in Bali to complement your yoga practice. The waves here are ideal for surfing, the volcanoes are great for climbing, or if you’re less adventurous, you could learn pottery or do meditation. The island is inspiring to try new things, don’t waste this magic.
There are more than 1,200 spas in Bali, which puts it among the highest per person in the world. There, you can get dozens of different treatments like Acupuncture, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Qigong, etc.
May to July
Rainy season, October to April
Ubud, Seminyak, Sanur, Desa Seni, Canggu
The Yoga Barn, Radiantly Alive Intuitive Flow (Ubud), Prana Spa Bali (Seminyak), The Power of Now Oasis (Sanur)
Bali Spirit Festival (April)
Mount Batur, Tanah Lot, Bali Safari and Marine Park, Goa Gajah, Neka Art Museum, Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Lawar, bebek betutu, babi guling, and gelato
CasCades, Cuca, La Lucciola, Metis, Kilo Balo, Sarong
diphtheria, polio and tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, cholera.
Bali is recognized as a yoga, health, and wellness hotspot world over because of its strong spiritual culture. The Hindu lineage is one of the reasons why yoga retreats in Bali have flourished, making yoga part of Balinese everyday life. Find secluded yoga retreats in the jungle and rice paddies of Ubud, or choose for yoga retreats on the seaside in Canggu, Seminyak, Sanur, and Nusa Lembongan. This year-round destination is perfect for a yoga holiday and easy to combine with side-activities as meditation, detox, and yoga teacher trainings.
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