Learning Yoga in Bali

Beginner’s Guide to Yoga in Bali

Learning yoga in Bali has become increasingly popular, alongside spa, health and wellbeing travel. This is fully supported by the great yoga retreats, classes and studios that are now available in most of Bali’s popular areas, such as up in the cool Ubud uplands and even around the downtown and satellite areas of bustling Seminyak. These different courses welcome all levels, particularly beginners who have not joined even a single yoga class before.

Sure you can learn some ‘sun salutation’ postures, series of ‘asana’ exercises and learn about breathing techniques from a book, but learning yoga is best in a real class, with practical hands on approach and under the guidance of professional instructors. Joining a class also provides better motivation and it’s a great chance to meet up with like-minded people who have come from all over the world to learn how to improve their health and wellbeing and have fun at the same time.

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Learning Yoga in Bali FAQs

Why Learn at a Yoga Studio?

  • Professional and certified yoga instructors help correct your postures and techniques.
  • Fully equipped; you don’t need to bring any gear (mats, bolsters, straps, etc.) most of the time.
  • Experienced instructors can push you to your personal limits, but keep you safe from injuries, and ensuring that you finish off every class with a sense of physical and mental accomplishment.
  • Some studios are set in wonderful locations and settings that can enrich your holiday experience.

Do Instructors Speak English?

Yes. Most yoga studios feature bilingual local instructors, as well as international guest teachers.

What Types of Yoga Available?

Traditional yoga branches available at classes in Bali range from:

  • Hatha yoga (the most widespread physically emphasised form)
  • Vinyasa (combining breathing exercises)
  • Ashtanga (otherwise known as ‘power yoga’ for its more vigorous forms)
  • Iyengar (emphasising on asanas or postures)
  • Yin (slow-paced form)
  • Anusara (a modern health-oriented western approach)

From studio to studio you’ll come across various other forms, all with their own purposes and benefits, involving anything from meditation, ‘sound healing’ such as kirtan music and ecstatic dance, to even martial arts-inspired physical forms such as Tai Chi and Capoeira.


What is required?

  • The right clothing – light and easy to move and one that doesn’t limit your movements. These could be any pair of ‘yoga’ pants (spandex, Lycra, etc.) and light cotton shirt. You don’t need any footwear for yoga.
  • The right mental state: yoga is not a competitive sport, so leave your ego behind even though it’s indeed for your own personal gain. It can be tempting, but you don’t need to be able to do complex postures as the advanced yogi next to you on your first try.
  • Yoga mats are generally provided at studios. However, you can bring your own if you have one.
  • Also usually included are towels and mineral water, however you can bring your own sports bottle.
  • Children are welcome, however those under 12 years are not recommended.
  • No pets allowed.

How long does it take on average?

  • Those who have done some gymnastics back in school may progress easier with some stretching and postures, than those who rarely workout. For the latter, the first class (usually ranging 60-90 minutes) is usually an introductory or familiarisation session with one-on-one approaches and picking up the basics. The second class will most likely already have them progressing to executing more complex asanas.

You should avoid yoga if:

  • Pregnant or during the height of your periods (although there are certain yoga classes for pregnancy).
  • You suffer heart problems or have low blood pressure – or, avoid some postures like headstands that may temporarily lower the heartbeat.
  • You have neck and back problems, osteoporosis, or multiple sclerosis.

A Typical Day Class at the Yoga Barn in Ubud:

  • Having registered, simply step right into one of its studios during their available schedules.
  • Helpful instructors easily get you acquainted and lead you through the introductory course by explaining about the posture basics, purposes and sometimes matching your personal preferences and expectations.
  • Classes vary, but a session is typically accompanied by soothing music, with the instructor guiding you through the initial meditative breathing part – you lie on your back on the mat into total relaxation, focusing on your breath.
  • Then the postures and stretching begins. Lying on your back, moves include simple raises and mid-air holds for each leg and pelvis twist, while prone position moves comprises reverse leg raises, superman poses and ankle holds.
  • In between somewhat muscle tensing poses, are completely relaxed lie-downs with foot and hand wiggles, with the instructor always reminding you to focus on your stress-free and steady breathing.
  • All poses are done to your own limits, and it’s easy to keep up with the different names of the asanas, from the ‘dog’ and ‘cat’ poses to the ending savasana where you simply lie down still on your back ‘like dead’.
  • The ending session includes a cross-legged sit, bringing the mind to a calming rest, and with some mantras chanted together for happiness. Some classes may even end with meditation.

What Happens Next?

  • There are a wide variety of yoga classes available, including for the more advanced, which you can try whenever you feel you’ve progressed well.

How much and when?

  • Class prices vary among yoga studios in Bali, however there is a noticeable comparable rate for single classes ranging between USD 7 to USD 9 (IDR 100,000 to IDR 120,000)
  • Optional multiple class packages for up to 11 classes range from USD 73 (IDR 1 million)
  • Group packages for up to six range from USD 80 (IDR 1.1million).
  • You can learn yoga anytime – classes are open all-year round.

The Yoga Barn

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 970 992
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