Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Gwen is the founder and manager of Yoga Bliss. She is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher trained in Mysore, India. She is teaching and organizing yoga retreat, surf retreat, workshops and the yoga teacher training. Her teaching combines the tradition of Ashtanga yoga with the needs of each student. She is well renowned for the attention that she gives to both novice and advanced students.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yin Yoga)
Shawna’s passion for yoga and travel led her to train and teach in countries from Canada and Austria to Thailand, India, and Bali. With also a passion for nature and the ocean, she has most recently found herself sharing these passions with students in a tropical island setting. She is a true ambassador for finding one’s own personal balanced lifestyle by listening to and following body, mind, and heart.
Absolute Ayurveda Health Clinic & Panchakarma Center, Kerala, India (Ayurveda Practitioner)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Lauren has been trained in Bali and India. She did study Ashtanga, meditation, Hatha, Ayurveda therapy, Prenatal, Postnatal, and Kids yoga. She is leading yoga teacher course that complete the 200-hour certification in Pregnancy yoga and Children yoga focusing on teaching skills and Ayurveda principles.
October 2017, BookYogaRetreats
The quality of the teaching is very good. Both Gwen and Gina were committed to passing on their knowledge. The island is beautiful.
The first week I struggled. I felt that I was spoken to in a different way to the other students. Whether it was a test of my commitment or something else, it felt horrible and I was so unhappy to the point that I was considering leaving. I don't like to make comments like these, but it was noted by the rest of the group the difference in the way I was spoken to, so it isn't only my opinion. I brought up how I was being made to feel in my 121 session which ended positively and from then on things improved. I felt I could reset the start button and move forward without holding on to any bad feelings. If you have a dedicated ashtanga practice and you regularly practice the primary series from start to finish, then the teaching is good and you will enjoy this. The difference in my practice from beginning to end was noticeably different. Also make sure from the beginning that you know whether you want to do the teacher training or the participation certificate. I read in other reviews people saying to learn the sanskrit names before you get here. I didn't, but wish I had. The days are long and you will spend your evenings studying, so anything you can do to give yourself a helping hand.. Do it!
For me it was a journey, but of a different variety to the one I had anticipated.
Kathryn Galloway Australia
September 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I found a new layer to my practice through the guidance of my teachers Gwen and Gina.
The course is an intensive. The first week was tough but with practice all is coming.
Nanna Hofman Sørensen Denmark
July 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Gina and Gwen are incredible at what they do. They gave me a whole new understanding of yoga and my personal practise, which I'll be forever grateful for. The shala, the food and the homestay (Radya) was all in high standard, and I couldn't have asked for more. I feel ready to embrace my future as a yoga-teacher with the new tools this course has given me.
I can't recommend this experience highly enough. I would do it all over again at any time.
May 2017, BookYogaRetreats
The other people in the class.
The teacher is judgmental. There is a test at the end which we were not told about until we arrived and the teacher only allowed her favourites to take the test. The rest of us were not allowed to try. The course is not regulated or accredited. The shala was dirty, chicken poo and hair over the bamboo which was just swept over. As far as we could tell it was not once mopped or cleaned under the bamboo nor were the bolster covers changed in the 3 weeks we were there.
The homestay was lovely. The food at the restaurant was hit and miss with hairs and the odd cockroach, the staff are great but the lunch and dinner menu was the same the whole time and became a little monotonous. Aside from the course, the Balinese people are fantastic and everyone will uplift you.
Fatima Arikat Kuwait
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
The course structure, the teachers Gwen and Gina, the location and the accommodation - it was all perfect!
Jenna Willingham Bali
Yoga bliss teacher training was the best decision for me. The balance of Ashtanga and yin yoga just works so perfectly. You are really given two sides to yoga, two different paths and outlooks on yoga. Which I think is amazing for your first teacher training if you are unsure which path you wish to take or where you stand. Both Gwen and Gina are so helpful, informative, passionate and easy going, which really makes the three weeks a bit easier. It is definitely an intensive training though, so be prepared for that. My experience at yoga bliss truly helped me find my path as a yogi and pushed me in the direction i need to go. Gwen and Gina gave me the knowledge, confidence and encouragement I really needed to send me on my path! I can't wait to come back for a class. Thank you Yoga Bliss!
Sarah Weitenberg Australia
I felt compelled to write an honest recommendation for those wanting a legitimate Yoga Teacher Training in the styles of Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. Your teachers at Yoga Bliss Lembongan, Gwen (Ashtanga) and Gina (Yin), who share the load of teaching Anatomy, Adjustments, Pranayama, Meditation and Philosophy, are two of the most genuine, knowledgeable, skilful, empowered women I have ever met. I honestly feel so blessed and humbled to have undertaken this training under their guidance. I personally have travelled to Rishikesh, India and completed a Hatha Yoga 200hrYTTC 2 years prior to this and although it was an incredible experience, I really did not feel ready to go straight into teaching after the course (this was Yoga Alliance Certified too so it just goes to show how pointless that really is). I was pleasantly surprised with the structure of the course offered at Yoga Bliss Lembongan and the content covered, as it truly sets you up with the teaching skills and knowledge to be able to walk out of the course and into being the teacher in your own classroom. If this is what you’re after, do this course with Gwen and Gina. I recommend you brush up on your memorisation of the Ashtanga Primary Sequence, you bring a tolerance for flies and bugs (there is bug spray available there) as it is an open air Shala and you are in the tropical climate of Indonesia. Bring a big enough notebook to take down all the information shared in each class, and enough pens to get you through. They provide very liveable accommodation a few minutes walk to the yoga Shala and meat, vegetarian and vegan options for food, cooked and served by a loving local Indonesian family. There are many other places to eat for super cheap all very close to Yoga Bliss too, if you would like a larger variety. The island itself is beautiful, we went for sunset swims every single day at Scooby Doo Beach opposite the street that the Yoga School is on, it is hot and humid in Indonesia so keep that in mind – again, you are in the tropics! There are no mosquito nets on the windows of accommodation so for a pleasant stay, I recommend getting a room with air conditioning. You get Sundays off and Saturday afternoons too, use this time to explore the island by hiring a scooter, for ultra cheap massages, and for study to prepare you for the week to come. I honestly loved this training and the whole 3 week adventure and would highly recommend it if everything I've mentioned here is of interest to you!
Olivia Hendsbee Canada
My Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Bliss was great! It was physically demanding and challenged me each day but I think that gives the course credibility. I was able to learn a lot from both instructors, Gwen and Gina. They were really cool, down-to-earth people who genuinely want to see their students succeed. The accommodations were nice as well. I had a room to myself which had a queen-sized bed, air-conditioning, and was located within close walking distance of Yoga Bliss. The food could be hit-or-miss some days because the staff's English is limited, which made it difficult to make any modifications our order. It was delicious nonetheless and the staff were all so adorable so it was never a big deal.
Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Bliss was a great experience. It was a unique combination of the intensive Ashtanga training, relaxing and balancing Yin, great people, best food, beautiful location, Gina and Gwen (if you get to know both, you will understand why it's part of the unique combination).
Eleonora United Kingdom
I had a great time at the surf and yoga retreat organized by Yoga Bliss.The studio is peaceful and beautiful, surrounded by trees and palms.The classes are very high quality, even if the schedule changes every week so you don't really know what you will get during your retreat.Both Gwen and Gina are amazing teachers, very gifted indeed!I had a great time, and I'd suggest the retreat with them to anyone's looking for a week on a small island focusing on well-being.
Stacey Magee New Zealand
Yogabliss, it's pretty simple, do yourself a favour and BOOK WITH THEM! Gwen and Gina make the experience like a trip with friends. I travel a lone a lot and although I am a complete beginner, really wanted to go on a yoga retreat. Gwen is the organising force behind Yogabliss and with her wealth of knowledge and local connections, you will have the best options with the best providers on the island of Nusa Lemnbongan. I opted to do the yoga and surf retreat as I am also a beginner at surfing, I met with Gwen on arrival (after a delay which they also helped me manage) and went through what activities I wanted to do on which days, treatments at Kemilau Spa, surfing with the Newbro surf school (absolute legends) and of course, as much yoga as you can shake your drink bottle at with Gwen and Gina.
The shala that they hold their lessons in is so perfect for me it was one of the best parts of the trip. The Green Cafe offered up easily the best breakfasts on the island, their Sunrise bowl being my absolute favourite, couple with the beautiful yoga space, this place is relaxing and peaceful. Surrounded by bush, birds and various animals, while attending a Yin yoga session one morning it poured with rain on and off, after the rain stopped all of the birds started singing, I was lying there thinking this is it, this is absolute bliss, therefore Yogabliss is aptly named.
Trying different styles of yoga was a little intimidating for me as a lot of people attending were devoted yoga goers, however, Gwen and Gina always gave me options and helped me with poses, I loved every minute of it. The meditation session with Gina followed by a Yin class is easily one of my favourite memories of this trip.
I was lucky enough to be placed at Hokita homestay with the lovely Niko Wayan. Having grown up on Lembongan, he has a fantastic network of friends and had endless suggestions on activities, places to eat, things to see and do. I loved every minute of my time staying on the island with Yogabliss and cannot wait to organise a trip back.
The people I met, the places I ate, the little missions on the motorbike, the luxurious treatments I had at Kemilau, this is the ultimate in relaxation in it's most basic form. I loved the freedom of not having a schedule but being able to book whatever whenever. I do not enjoy regimented/planned travel and trips therefore Yogabliss was the perfect option for me. Beautiful people, beautiful surroundings, so much happiness in one place.
Thanks you so much to everyone involved.
Rowan Coombe Bali, Indonesia
Yoga Bliss website
So I have never tried yoga before, and didn't ever think I would but after a long chat one evening with Gwen (the very impressive instructor) I decided to give it a go. I went for the ashtanga class, not sure if that's how it's spelled. I was very pleasantly surprised I first thought it would just be slow stretching, but how wrong was I. Gwen had told me it would be physical but manageable and she wasn't wrong. I was sweating in minutes and enjoying myself lots to think about but she explained it so well starts hard finishes very calm. I was in a class where an instructor was present too and they had a great time! They said they had never sweated so much! It not only felt like a workout but also like a beneficial experience! I ended up going 5 times and on my 5th visit I could actually touch my head on my knee which was shocking but delighting too!. The place is big airy and peaceful definitely worth a visit no matter what level you are!
I am currently on the yoga and surf retreat through Yoga Bliss. It's fantastic! It's so well organised as I am here on my own it had made the whole trip less stressful but also allowed me to do some amazing things. Also, the yoga classes in the amazing setting are fantastic. A perfect way to de-stress. Everyone is really friendly and happy to help out.
If you are looking for a slightly different experience to the regular Bali experience, this is a great option.
Darren D. Australia
I did two classes, and both teachers were particularly grounded, thoughtful, personal, and welcoming. Just what I was looking for on the island. Small and attentive. Thank you!
a traveler Australia
We went to Hatha yoga class with Gina while we were staying at Nusa Lembongan. There were only four students in the class and we loved it. Gina was lovely and helped us a lot as we aren't so flexible lol. Loved the venue, it was very nice.
Luce Tao Thailand
I went to have yoga classes at Yoga Bliss a few times, and I spend really good time. The place is really nice and quiet, on the middle of the jungle, there is palm trees all around, birds sings. Kind of oasis full of peace. The two teachers, Gwen and Gina, are really friendly and help me a lot to have good positions and develop my technique as I am beginner. They take time to teach me a lot, and always come to correct me when I needed. After class, I could also hanging around at the vegan café, and have a delicious smoothie bowl, topped with seeds and cashews! I can only recommend this place for relax and chill around!
Elisa Paulina Finland
I did some Yin yoga there and enjoyed it. The yoga teacher is such a lovely person and she always makes sure you feel relaxed after the class. A little off the main road, the place is so peaceful. It's funny to hear the roosters while doing yoga there.
I did some yoga classes at Yoga Bliss and it was amazing. The place just opened few weeks ago, everything is perfect to focus on yoga and relaxation. The shala is a few steps away from the main road and surrounded by forest. I highly recommend it!
A real professional yoga studio, well worth the money, only 100. They have classes every day and the studio is in the calm forest. Namaste.
I attended a few classes whilst on a short trip to Nusa Lembongan with my mum. I found the classes an excellent way to wind down and practice yoga. The setting is beautiful with the sounds of birds, roosters, and monks singing in a nearby temple helping to set the scene wonderfully. Definitely recommended!
Nawor Ebmooc Bali
Yoga Bliss Facebook page
So I have never tried yoga before, and didn't ever think I would but after a long chat one evening with Gwen (the very impressive instructor) I decided to give it a go. I went for the Ashtangar class, not sure if that's how it's spelt. I was very pleasantly surprised, I first thought it would just be slow stretching, but how wrong I was. Gwen had told me it would be physical but manageable and she wasn't wrong. I was sweating in minutes and enjoying myself. There are lots to think about but she explained it so well. It starts hard and finishes very calm. I was in a class where an instructor was present too and they had a great time! They said they had never sweated so much! It not only felt like a workout but also like a beneficial experience! I ended up going five times and on my fifth visit I could actually touch my head on my knee, which was shocking but delighting too! The place is big, airy, and peaceful. Definitely worth a visit no matter what level you are!
Thank you Yoga Bliss and Gwen you have changed my opinion completely and I will continue my yoga for ever more!
Justine Cardona France
Yoga Bliss Facebook page
Super yoga class! Gwen really fits yoga at every level!A practice of Ashtanga is very nice and it both deepened my practice and helped me relax. The setting is really nice. Super plus point, the juice and eating greens in the garden after exercise!
Sarah H. Australia
We attended the second class ever from Yoga Bliss and Gwen, the instructor, was fantastic. She really made us feel welcome and comfortable. Having practiced other styles of yoga but never Ashtanga (the class we attended), Gwen was able to provide various options and cues for poses we could not do with or were unsure about. Highly recommended with an enjoyable and easy going atmosphere.
Floor Verhoeven Amsterdam
Yoga Bliss Facebook page
The best yoga spot on Nusa Lembongan. I have been to al the other spots as well but this one is the best! Great location, very personal and professional. Good place to start or and your day. Also with a nice very healthy restaurant in the front.
Yoga Bliss is a new yoga place on the island. It is situated in a quiet location, lots of space, good materials, delicious healthy food and drink in the restaurant at the front and super good and professional instructors! I have been to all the yoga places on the island and this place is the best by far. Recommended for beginners and experts!
Leanne Virgona Australia
Yoga Bliss Facebook page
I loved Yoga Bliss. The teacher was great- such a relaxed and personal environment. Now I see what everyone means when they talk about "that feeling" you get from yoga!
Yoga Bliss Facebook page
Super nice! I did my second yoga class ever and tried with Yoga Bliss my first Ashtanga Led Class, it was so good! I love it! The instructor is super nice and the location is sweet. It was great, I will do it again and again!
Yoga Bliss Facebook page
Great teacher, great place to practice. Tried several yoga studios in the same location and this was by far my favorite. Plus they picked me up at my hotel every morning! Very happy to found Yoga Bliss whilst in Lembongan.
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