A few months back, I visited Bali for 9 days and spent an amazing time chilling by the beaches, climbing the highly raved Mount Batur, and visiting all the ‘touristy’ spots. However, one of the fondest memories of the trip was practicing yoga at Ubud Yoga House.
Ubud Yoga House prides themselves as a studio providing “Yoga for all shapes, sizes, ages, and levels“.
We decided to do two classes in a row that morning.
0730h – Sunrise Yoga
This class is conducted at the bamboo studio, overlooking a sea of green. The sunrise yoga started off with a couple of sun salutations and gentle flow, followed by more challenging poses (to me) such as half moon and revolve triangle because I’m not flexible. They provided blocks too which helped to improve alignment.
0900h – Vinyasa Yoga
We shifted up to the balcony on the second floor for our next class. Personally, I preferred this studio as it overlooks the paddy fields and has more sunlight for an energizing practice.
The Vinyasa class was at a quicker pace as compared to Sunrise yoga, guaranteeing a slightly sweaty workout even in the cool weather of Ubud.
Overall, the classes offered are accessible to beginners while providing variations for the regular practitioners. This was especially evident as my classes consisted of a mix – from yoga teachers to yoga-virgins.
H isn’t an absolute fan of yoga but even he gave a thumbs up for this, and in his exact words, ‘This is the best class I’ve had!”. Probably a combination of the environment and the teacher!
Sandi, our teacher for both classes, was AMAZING. He pushed us pretty hard for both classes but not in a gentle way. He adjusted our poses regularly to ensure our alignments were right. And he’s also the first teacher to adjust our savasana. I mean I never knew we can do savasana in a better way?
We hired a private driver during our 9 days in Bali. To get to Ubud Yoga House, the car can only stop by at the main road and we had to walk in on our own. According to the owner, Sheila, people usually lose their way when trying to come here. There are directional signs at a few spots though which you can try to spot when going there.
According to Sandi, he came to Ubud from Jakarta 5 years ago, and the authentic Ubud vibes is still well-maintained in this area while the town has succumbed to tourism. Indeed, I always pictured Ubud to look like this.
Feeling all the positive vibes after our two yoga classes, we headed deeper to Cafe Pomegranate. This time round, we manage to enjoy the view of paddy fields (without the additional work from yoga). We simply laid back on the floor with the provided back rest. I loved how comfortable it was as compared to the usual high chairs and tables. We stayed here for about an hour or two just enjoying the view.
I HAVE to add on; this chocolate cake with rum ice cream is to-die for.
I’ll definitely be back, Ubud!