YOGA YOUR WAY THROUGH U BUD

AMY HOP­KINS DID HER YOGA TEACHER TRAIN­ING IN BALI’S WELL­NESS EPICENTRE. HERE ARE HER FAVE SPIR­I­TUAL SPOTS TO GET YOUR NAMASTE ON

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THE YOGA BARN

Prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar yoga stu­dio in Ubud (and also Jac­qui’s fave), The Yoga Barn is con­stantly brim­ming with for­eign­ers and ex­pats. It of­fers vinyasa, power yoga, hatha, yin yoga and med­i­ta­tion classes seven days a week, from 7am till 8pm. Their ma­jor draw­card? They of­fer unique work­shops ev­ery month, from ca­cao cer­e­monies and ec­static dance to sound heal­ing and chant­ing jour­neys. Classes from R125, The Yo­gaBarn.com

RADIANTLY ALIVE

In­ter­ested in Bu­dokon? Mys­tic heal­ing? Or you just want to spend an hour work­ing on your hand­stand prac­tice? Radiantly Alive of­fers these spe­cialised classes among the clas­sics like ash­tanga, hatha and vinyasa. They also have Sky Yoga Flow, which is ae­rial yoga, and Thai Yoga Mas­sage, which is more about you get­ting mas­saged and stretched by an­other yogi than you work­ing your­self into pos­tures. Classes from R140, Radiantly Alive.com

SVARGA LOKA RE­SORT

A lux­u­ri­ous des­ti­na­tion that plays host to vis­it­ing teach­ers, this is where I did my three-weekyoga- teacher train­ing in 2017. If you’re look­ing for all- in­clu­sive fully- im­mer­sive re­treats, then this is your spot. The Ayusha Func­tional Well­ness Cen­tre of­fers en­ergy heal­ing, chakra bal­anc­ing, med­i­ta­tion, psy­chother­apy and more, depend­ing on your needs. They also of­fer healthy cook­ing classes. Three- night re­treats from R13 150, Svar­gaLokaRe­sort.com

LIYER SPIRIT HOUSE

I stayed here on my third trip to Ubud in 2018. It’s a rus­tic villa run by the fam­ily of Ke­tut Liyer – the medicine man from Eat Pray Love. Any­one can book a pri­vately guided yoga ses­sion in the yoga hall in the gar­den or you can sim­ply make use of the space for your own solo prac­tice or med­i­ta­tion. This is a more authen­tic, rus­tic ex­pe­ri­ence with In­done­sian yoga in­struc­tors (as op­posed to for­eign­ers). Pri­vate ses­sions from R150 per per­son, Face­book.com/Liy­erHouseUbud/

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