Nov 17 2011
Top of the list for a drop-in class while you’re holidaying in this area of Bali has to be stunning, back-to-nature Desa Seni, with its open-air, alang-alang roofed Tri Murti studio. This is a lovely, tranquil spot, looking out onto beautiful flower-filled gardens and surrounded by a fish pond and paddy streams.
The schedule is comprehensive and ever-changing, so you’re bound to find a style, time and teacher suited to where you’re at with your practice, whether that be a completely beginner level or something more advanced. They have occasional intensive retreats as well, so if you’re planning a trip check out their site or drop them a line and ask.
Mats, cushions, other props and drinking water is supplied as part of the 120,000 rupiah drop-in price, so you really just have to show up. Stop at the small restaurant afterwards to enjoy some of their great food, much of which comes from their own gardens. Our only complaint here? They used to have kids’ classes — we wish they would bring them back!
Jiwa Yoga and Dance focuses on hot yoga classes, which can be a bit of a shock to the system if you’ve never done yoga before — and even if you have, the heat can be something you’ll either love or hate. It’s not for everyone, though I have recently become a convert and urge you to try! I did give myself a knee injury at the Sanur hot yoga class this week by pushing too hard, so be warned: if you’re not sure, don’t do it — the heat can make you think you’re invincible as you’ll stretch further than you’ve ever stretched before.
The mirrored Jiwa studio is lovely, with white-washed touches and an intricate Balinese wooden door dominating the decor. Price is 155,000 rupiah per session (their website has a price list, with a drop-in listed at 145,000 rupiah, but there’s a warning that prices have gone up, rather than just the list of the new prices…) Classes are most mornings and evenings, but do check the schedule for the latest times ahead of your visit. Make sure you buy a bottle or two of water to take in, but a towel and locker is included in the price (you may want to bring an extra towel as you’ll sweat into the one they give you). And there are showers — trust me, you’ll need one afterwards.
Finally, Prana Spa has a small attached yoga studio. I have inspected the enclosed studio but not yet done one of their 90-minute classes, which are held once in the morning (Hatha flow) and evening (Sivananda) Monday through Friday, with an additional class on Saturday at 10:30am. Cost is 70,000 rupiah. BYO towel. The spa here is way over the top and not quite to my taste, but if you’re after an indulgent Bali experience, consider booking in for a massage after your class — it will be memorable, at the least, simply because of the imaginative, colourful, Morrocan-inspired surrounds.
Jalan Subak Sari 13, Berawa.
T: (0361) 844 6392
Jiwa Yoga Bali
Jalan Petitenget 78, Seminyak
T: (0361) 841 3689
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