As far as yoga retreat destinations are concerned, the tropical paradise that is Bali takes some beating. Often referred to as Indonesia’s ‘island of the gods’, Bali has become a major hub for yoga.
In fact, yoga is one of the main reasons a lot of people visit this extremely popular island. Therefore, you can expect a one-of-a-kind yoga experience on the island.
However, with so many yoga retreats popping up all over the island in recent years, finding the best retreat can be challenging.
Don’t worry though, we’re here to help!
Today, we want to help you find the perfect Bali yoga retreat for you. Whether you’re looking for a fully immersive yoga vacation or a few days in a healing center, we’ve got something for you.
We’ll tell you everything you need to know about each retreat and why you should visit. Let’s get started!
Why Should You Book A Yoga Retreat In Bali?
Before we get into our list, let’s first take a look at why you should book a yoga retreat in Bali. Considering countries like India and Nepal have been synonymous with yoga for thousands of years, why do people choose to go to Bali for yoga?
Well, the main reason yoga lovers visit Bali is for the island’s overall experience. Bali is a hugely popular tourist destination complete with lush tropical landscapes, stunning waters, and white sand beaches. Bali also has an incredible wildlife scene.
Aside from the overall appeal of the island, Bali is also one of the most healing places on Earth, making it a great place to heal. Of course, the most dominant religion in Bali is Hinduism too, which is where yoga stems from.
It is all of these factors combined that make Bali a place you should visit if you want to enjoy a magical yoga retreat.
The Best Yoga Retreats In Bali
We’ll now look at the best yoga retreats in Bali. To ensure you have a good variety of retreats to choose from, we’ve listed a wide range of different retreats from around the island, all of which offer something unique.
We’ll start with a 7-day wellness yoga retreat in Ubud!
Firefly Resort in Ubud is by far one of the best places you can visit in Bali if you’re looking for a relaxing, thought-provoking, and more importantly enjoyable yoga retreat on the island.
This is a beautiful budget-friendly resort that offers guests a fun-filled week of yoga, sightseeing, and local Balinese activities. One excellent thing about this retreat is that it only welcomes 15 people at a time. Therefore, you can expect a more personal and peaceful experience.
Set in a serene setting, you can expect 1 to 2 daily yoga lessons, entertaining excursions, and plenty of time to relax. The yoga styles taught here include vinyasa, Hatha, and yin.
If you’re a backpacker traveling on a budget, we can highly recommend the week-long wellness and yoga holiday package offered by Shanti Toya Ashram.
Aside from being budget-friendly, this is a fantastic yoga retreat for anyone that wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Bali’s busy streets.
At this retreat, you’ll have the chance to practice a different style of yoga every day in a stunning setting that’s surrounded by lush forests and vibrant rice terraces.
Two yoga classes are included daily, along with all your meals, a cooking class, a message, and Balinese offering-making classes.
This is a brilliant retreat for those of you that want to learn more about Balinese culture.
Dream Hill offers more unique yoga retreat vacation packages in a less popular part of the island. Based on the gorgeous Lovina coastline, this retreat offers 8-day, 12-day, and 23-day yoga retreats.
While the 8-day package is one of the most popular retreats the retreat offers, the 23-day package is perfect for anyone that seeks a fully immersive retreat. On the 23-day retreat, you’ll have almost a whole month’s worth of yoga sessions.
By the end, you’ll leave a yogi master. As you can imagine, guests learn a great deal here. You’ll take part in Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, meditations, Leela game, Osho reading, sound healing, and so much more.
Next up, we have the 8-day surf and yoga retreat in Canggu, which is delivered by Pelan Pelan Bali. If you love surfing and yoga, Bali is definitely the best place for you. It offers both of these things all over the island.
If you’re looking for a retreat that incorporates yoga and surfing, Pelan Pelan Bali is where you need to go.
During an 8-day stay at Pelan Pelan, you’ll have daily surf lessons, yoga classes, and messages. You’ll also be given plenty of time to explore the wonderful Canggu.
As far as bedrooms are concerned, you’ll be spoiled with the most luxurious traditional Balinese bedroom for the duration of your stay.
Purana Boutique Resort offers a more luxurious yoga retreat program that comes with luxury rooms, swimming pools, all your food, beverages, airport pick-up, and of course, yoga sessions.
However, another big draw to this retreat is the inclusion of cooking classes. After your yoga sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to cook traditional and authentic Indonesian dishes.
You’ll visit the local market to buy the fresh ingredients before being shown how to turn them into a delicious meal. The yoga classes here are led by a yoga expert.
If you want to truly immerse yourself into Bali’s yoga culture, you should attend this 5-day local culture and yoga retreat in Sesandan.
Traditional, unique, and inspiring, this retreat gives its visitors the chance to experience authentic yoga classes in the heart of Bali, while also experiencing local life.
Lessons are carried out in the foothills of Mount Batukaru, creating the most amazing setting. You will attend morning and afternoon Balinese Watu Karu yoga-style meditation and relaxing excursions to the charming village of Sandan.
What’s not to like?
Bali Green Retreat describes itself as a ‘tropical paradise for physical, emotional, and mental wellness’. This is another yoga retreat that takes place in Sesandan. This time, the retreat can be found amongst the lush rice terraces.
We’d actually argue that this is the most impressive retreat location on our list. The sun-kissed landscape and vibrant colors of the rice terraces create the most amazing location to unwind and meditate.
The classes here consist of traditional Balinese yoga positions and ancestral Indian poses. This combination of two different yoga cultures will introduce you to a new form of yoga that you might not have tried before.
Aside from the yoga classes, you can enjoy sightseeing excursions, daily spa treatments, and a waterfall purification ceremony here.
If you’re looking for the very best yoga retreat in Bali, we would probably have to recommend the 7-day rejuvenating yoga retreat at Yoga Barn in Ubud. Yoga Barn is the largest and most well-established yoga retreat on the island.
The Yoga Barn is so big and so popular that it is usually referred to as the yoga ‘village’. Found in the heart of Ubud, this is the best place to stay if you want to join like-minded people that share your interests.
Unlike the other retreats on our list, guests are given access to unlimited yoga classes. The 7-day package also includes accommodation, two messages, breakfast, dance classes, and full use of the retreat’s pool and spa.
The final Bali yoga retreat on our list is another surf and yoga retreat. This time, we have a retreat for you on Nusa Lembongan, one of the small islands that sits off the Balinese coast.
This small island is famous for its rich landscape, turquoise waters, surf scene, and yoga retreats. Isla Indah Retreat on Nusa Lembongan offers an epic 4-day surf and yoga retreat that consists of daily surf and yoga lessons, snorkeling excursions, and meditation classes.
This is probably the best yoga retreat in Bali for those of you that seek a more adventurous retreat packed with activities.
That concludes this post looking at the most amazing yoga retreats in Bali. While all the retreats on our list offer yoga lessons, almost all of them offer something completely unique.
Whether it be the style of yoga you learn, the unique accommodation you stay in, or simply the extra activities you get to try, all of the yoga retreats on our list offer a one-of-a-kind experience.
All you have to do now is decide where you want to stay!
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