Canggu is home to several yoga studios offering classes in relaxed, stylish surrounds, so there’s no need to interrupt your practice while travelling — or indeed, why not start a practice while on holiday?
Lovely, earthy Samadi Bali specialises in Mysore Ashtanga but offers a range of other styles such as yin, prenatal and surfer yoga. Classes are held in a large wooden open-ended hall, with glass sides and no mirrors. Mats are included in the 130,000 rupiah drop-in rate, or it's 1.2 million for 12 classes. Check their schedule before planning your trip.
Their organic cafe is a great spot to chill out before or after class as well -- we love their uthappam (Indian pancake), made with fermented rice batter, served with a spoonful of lentil curry and chutneys (47,000 rupiah).
As of August 2016, the beautiful hot yoga studio Samaditoo has opened too, just across the road and down a gang. The stunning third-floor studio offers Hot Yang (more or less Bikram) plus Fusion Flow classes -- blending yin and Iyengar -- and a chill (yin) class at 160,000 rupiah or 2.2 million for a shareable 20-class pass. See their schedule. They look set to have a cafe and rooms available soon, too.
One of the most beautiful spots to do yoga anywhere in Bali is stunning, back-to-nature Desa Seni, a gorgeous resort offering its open-air, alang-alang roofed Tri Murti studio for classes the public can attend. This is a tranquil studio, looking out onto beautiful flower-filled gardens and surrounded by a fish pond and paddy streams. The schedule (scroll to bottom to click through) 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 at 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 140,000 rupiah drop-in price, so you really just have to show up (pay 1.2 million rupiah for a 12-class pass with no expiry date). Stop at the small restaurant afterwards to enjoy some of their great food, much of which comes from their own gardens.
The Practice is another gorgeous, natural space overlooking rice paddy, found towards the end of Batu Bolong. They offer a range of hatha yoga, including fundamentals and plenty of yin. We have dropped by here but not yet done a class; it looks like an amazing space, particularly for chilling out doing yin.
We haven't managed to drop by yet, but no-frills Serenity Eco Guesthouse also offers Mysore and a huge array of other classes on a jam-packed schedule, including fly high yoga. Classes are just 100,000 rupiah for a drop-in or 20 classes for 1.5 million, among a range of other options.
Desa Seni: Jalan Subak Sari 13, Berawa; T: (0361) 844 6392; www.desaseni.com.
The Practice: Jalan Batu Bolong #94A, Canggu; (0812) 3670 2160; www.thepracticebali.com.
Samadi Bali: Jalan Padang Linjong 39, Echo Beach, Canggu; (0812) 3831 2505; www.samadibali.com.
Samaditoo: Jalan Pura Taman Sari, off Jalan Padang Linjong, Canggu; (0361) 844 5339; www.samaditoo.com.
Serenity: Jalan Nelayan, Gang Dolphin, Canggu; (0361) 747 4625; www.serenityecoguesthouse.com
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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