Bali is not all about beaches and waves. Travelers may want to cool down in Ubud, Gianyar regency, after a few days of sunbathing, water sports and partying. Ubud, which means obat (medicine) in Indonesian, may indicate that the town has healing powers.
Those powers may come from the mystical temples and vast rice fields of Ubud, providing the perfect setting for wellness centers. Expect to find yoga classes and studios in many corners of the town. There are so many of them that Tempo.co commented, “yoga places are mushrooming in Ubud, just like minimarkets.”
The significant growth in the number of yoga studios in Ubud has been confirmed by Noviana Kusumawardhani, a Javanese mysticism and tarot enthusiast in Ubud who spoke to Tempo.co.
Yoga is also very popular in the town on account of the annual Bali Spirit Festival. Held annually in Ubud, the 11th Bali Spirit Festival will be conducted on April 2-8 with the theme “Return to Source”.
It is a six-day event full of programs, including yoga, dance, meditation, breathwork workshops and music concerts, all taking place at The Bali Purnati Center for the Arts.
More than 40 classes constitute the yoga and meditation category line-up for this year’s festival, catering to various levels and styles of yogis. Take for instance Biodynamic Yoga Energetics by the United States-based Cat Kabira, Yoga N Da Hood by US-based Ebony Smith, Blindfolded and Anusara Yoga by Australia’s Julie Smerdon, and Pirate Booty Yoga & Burlesque by the US’ Gypsy.
Meanwhile, if you wish to indulge in yoga but are unable to make it to the festival, come anytime and try yoga around town.
Four Seasons Resort at Sayan offers a picturesque bamboo yoga pavilion overlooking rice fields and a river. AntiGravity aerial yoga to laughter yoga are among those available on the menu.
And then there’s the ever-popular Yoga Barn, surrounded by tropical flowers, bamboo, and lotus ponds. More than 15 classes and workshops a day are available at the barn.
However, if you have the luxury of time and are into optimal wellness, head to Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa. The holistic Sacred Arts programs that involve movement, creative expression and self-awareness might provide a life-changing moment for you. (mut)