Bali has the reputation for being an excellent location to learn or deepen your knowledge of Yoga. In fact, the mountain town of Ubud is often referred to as one of the top 10 yoga teacher training retreats in the world. However, even the other parts of Bali sport an incredible spiritual atmosphere with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and countless yoga centers set in the midst of lush greenery and by the sparkling ocean.
No wonder, Bali can be the perfect place for a yoga or meditation retreat for many. But being on a yoga vacation in Bali is more than just about wellness. Here are a few tips for those looking to enjoy a yoga retreat in this exotic land.
Choosing your style
Anyone can take up yoga in Bali with several classes for both beginners as well as the experienced. The practice of yoga and meditation training can vary significantly from class to class providing one with an excellent opportunity to learn something new. You may very well be surprised to find out just how many different kinds of meditations you can practice.
There are a lot of yoga centers to choose from, offering up various yoga styles including Classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama, Restorative, Iyengar, Anusara and more. Other activities of note include Meditation, Ayurvedic Spas and treatments, Kirtan etc.
While choosing the type of yoga you want to do, make sure to choose a style and teacher that you love, choose a style that matches your fitness levels, your personality and objectives. Try out different classes and see what works best.
Unless you chose to register for a retreat or training package, the most economical way to do yoga is to get a class card. They come in 2 varieties – studios who offer a class pack (10 classes valid for 6 months) or a days pass (30 day class card).
You’ll also find several facilities offering alternative therapies and holistic treatments in Bali. The most common are acupuncture and ayurveda, but may also extend to reflexology, healing and palm reading among other things. Whether heart problems, depression or chronic diseases – Bali seems to have a cure for it.
No wonder, people from across the world come to Bali with hopes of cure for what ails them. Whatever you opt for, be it an alternative or exotic treatment, you need to ensure that you do this in a safe environment with a trained teacher or practitioner.
When it comes to spirituality and self-development, we need to open up ourselves, becoming vulnerable in order to grow and learn. In this field, there will often be people to exploit this vulnerability. But rather that trying to second guess motives, one should exercise a healthy skepticism towards spiritualism and related approaches. Ask questions, get references, make inquiries. Remember to take care of yourself first and foremost.