When I recommend a yoga studio to someone, it's because I understand that yoga is about so much more than just physical exercise. It's about connecting with your breath, your body, and your true self. These studios are places that embody that spirit, where you can come to connect with something larger than yourself. Whether you're looking to deepen your practice or to find some inner peace, I know these studios will provide you with a safe space to do just that.
1. Alchemy Yoga & Meditation Center
The AYMC is committed to sharing the practices of traditional tantra and hatha yoga in a way that is accessible and relevant to the modern practitioner. They believe that a spiritual life is balanced through study, practice and community. At the AYMC, they believe in the importance of living in harmony with nature through a balanced spiritual and social life, combined with healthy living and eating. Their goal is to offer a space where people can come to connect with themselves and others, while also reconnecting with nature. My favorite classes are Earth Class, Water Class and Ether Class by Ashton. I deeply respect the founders and spiritual direction of this place, and I am always spiritually nourished after going for a class here.
Somewhat of a hidden gem, this yoga studio was a delightful find for me. Nestled amid rice fields, the studio has floor to ceiling windows which overlook lush greenery and Mount Batur in the distance. Expect butterflies to flutter in and out around you as you’re doing your Adho Mukha Svanasana. Intuitive Flow studio is small and cozy, making it feel more like a community studio. Many of the regular goers seem to know each other. My favorite class is the Morning Flow one. Afterwards, take a short stroll for a healthy breakfast at the Yellow Flower Cafe.
One of Ubud’s more cult Yoga establishments, Yoga Barn, is a holistic all-in-one experience. There’s a myriad of yoga classes with an eclectic mix of instructors, an in-house massage and rejuvenation center focusing on Ayurvedic principals, and KAFE, a remarkably tasty and healthy organic cafe in Yoga Barn’s compound. I like how they provide a very diverse option of classes, including ecstatic dance. Even though it isn’t far from the center of town, there’s a tranquil community vibe. The only downside I can think of is that the yoga mats and blocks are very worn out from overuse. My recommendation is to bring your own yoga necessities if you’re a stickler for fresh mats and blankets.
Set amid lush greens, the studio is full of light wood and communal open areas. It gives the impression of being in a chic architect’s holiday home. This studio also seems to be attracting a younger crowd. In the evenings, it has the a pleasant breeze – but be sure to apply a liberal amount of mosquito repellant beforehand.