Yoga

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What we say: 4 stars

Seminyak is home to several yoga studios offering very different styles of classes. Always check a studio’s schedule before showing up, as times can change at short notice. And remember: it’s hot in Bali, so hydrate well before and after class.

You think it's hot outside.

You think it’s hot outside.

Jiwa offers Bikram classes in an upstairs mirrored studio with an intricate Balinese wooden door dominating the otherwise white and bright decor. Even if you’re a seasoned Bikram practitioner, prepare to work hard in Bali’s high humidity. Classes are held daily, most mornings and evenings, but check the schedule on their site for the latest times ahead of your visit. Owner Angie is an experienced teacher and either takes the classes herself or brings in certified Bikram teachers.

Bring your own mat and towel, or you can rent them for a session for 20,000 and 10,000 rupiah respectively. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you won’t need water — take a few bottles in. You can leave your stuff in a locker and showers are available. A drop-in class is 187,000 rupiah, weekly unlimited pass is 965,000, or if you’re here for a while, try three months unlimited for 4,550,000 rupiah.

Prana Spa has a small attached yoga studio. We have inspected their enclosed studio but not yet done one of their classes. Vinyasa or hatha classes are offered daily from 07:30 till 08:45, 90 minutes of Creative Power Flow is offered from 09:00 and a few kinds of Vinyasa classes are offered from 17:30 till 19:00. Classes are 120,000 rupiah (or buy 10, get 2 free) and you must BYO towel. The Moroccan-inspired spa here is way over the top and not quite to our 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, sumptuous surrounds. Their Ayurvedic treatments in particular are reputed to be very good.

European- and Indian-trained Olop Arpipi is one of Bali’s best known Iyengar instructors. Due to the timing of his classes, which are held in a studio set in the sprawling grounds of his lush Seminyak residence, we have not yet been able to take one of them, but we are dying to as we’ve heard such great things from friends who attend regularly. Classes are 100,000 rupiah. Currently classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 08:00-10:00 (intermediate/advanced) then 16:15-18:00 for beginners. Tuesdays and Thursdays classes from 08:00-10:00 are for intermediate students.

We’ve so far only stopped at the cute raw food cafe attached to relative newcomer Seminyak Yoga Shala, located at the northern end of Jalan Seminyak. They offer three to four classes daily, including Mysore style at 07:30 daily, then a mix of Ashtanga, hatha flow and hatha for beginners (as well as Qi Gong and Tai Chi) throughout the day. A drop-in class is 120,000 rupiah, inclusive of towel and mat, or an 11-class pass is a million rupiah. See their website for full schedule.

Jiwa Yoga Bali: Jalan Petitenget 78, Seminyak; (0361) 841 3689; www.jiwayogaanddance.com
Prana Yoga at The Villas: Opposite Bali Deli, Jalan Kunti, Seminyak; (0361) 730 840; www.thevillas.net/yoga.html
Olop Arpipi: Jalan Drupadi 1 No. 7, Basangkasa, Seminyak; (0812) 381 1507; olopbali@yahoo.com
Seminyak Yoga Shala: Jalan Raya Basangkasa 1200B; (0361) 730 498; seminyakyogashala.com

Last updated: 28th April, 2015

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