There aren't many locations around the world as synonymous with yoga and meditation as the island of Bali. A fact that's not particularly surprising considering the vast wealth of Hindu history that permeates its modern culture.
Its popularity as a tourist destination, apart from its being warm for the majority of the year, is due to the fact that the island is home to an enormous selection of beautiful landmarks, with mountains, coral reefs, beaches and forests spread across it.
Of all the yoga retreats on the island, Yoga Barn is one of the most popular. It's received a wealth of mentions across various publications as well as a stream of positive reviews on TripAdvisor, achieving the certificate of excellence from the travel brand.
What is it?
Located in the heart of Ubud, the Yoga Barn was created by its founders for the sole purpose of bringing together a community and giving back to the island of Bali. Launched in 2007, it was designed to be a full service yoga studio and holistic healing retreat, mixing an indigenous Balinese feel with spirituality, whilst being careful not to be pretentious.
People can head to the retreat 360 days a year from 7am - 9pm and enjoy 15 classes and workshops each day. Sessions range from traditional yoga styles of classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Pranayama, restorative, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin and Anusara, as well as meditation, sound healing, Kirtan and ecstatic dance.
As well as the heaps of classes available, the Yoga Barn has an established Center for Wellness and Healing that has private sessions with experienced and qualified therapists of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and naturopathy.
There's also a cleanse and detox department with colonics, self-guided cleanse programs and detox retreats.
The standard yoga retreat lasts seven days and includes a personalised schedule, a number of classes, sound healing events, massages and a range of other benefits. It doesn't include meals or accommodation though. If you plan to stay on site for the duration of the retreat, this can be booked on the website.
How to get there
Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport is located a 90-minute drive to Ubud. The airport is the second busiest in Indonesia and is served by international flights from around Asia and Australia. If you're flying from outside these regions it's likely that you'll need connecting flights.
A taxi from the airport should cost around $25.
How much is it?
The seven-day personalised yoga retreat will cost around $640 with accommodation available through the website from $30. There are also three-day and seven-day cleanses and detox retreat options available. For full information on the retreat click here.
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