Bali is a major hub for yoga, a popular tourist destination and a healing centre that draws in millions of visitors a year for a wide variety of reasons. Yoga retreats in Bali have been popping up for decades and now the island has hundreds of yoga retreats on offer.
With so many options, it can be difficult to pick, but never fear dear reader, as someone who has spent time living in Bali and completed my yoga teacher training in Bali I’ve got a pretty good handle on where to practice yoga in Bali and the hottest spots on the island for booking a retreat.
This article was created to help you navigate the ever-growing world of yoga in Bali and help you find the perfect retreats in Bali for you, based on your individual needs and wants.
Some of these yoga retreats in Bali are ideal as a holiday on their own, others are a perfect add on to your already incredible itinerary. The best part? While I’ve listed my top picks for you, know that most of them can be longer or shorter so don’t let the length of the retreat throw you off!
Let’s get you doing some daily yoga in a beautiful destination!
Why Book a Yoga Retreat in Bali?
It’s difficult to put into words the energy that Bali holds until you actually step foot onto the island. Known as the Island of Gods, Bali has become a mecca for yoga, not because yoga is apart of the culture here (though the islands dominant religion is Hinduism, where yoga stems from), but because Bali is known as one of the most healing places on the entire planet.
And if healing isn’t your thing, don’t let that stop you from booking a yoga retreat in Bali as you’ll have over 600 choices of retreats to pick from.
There are ley lines that span across the globe, connecting some of the most incredible places on the planet such as Stongehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza, just to name a few. It’s where these lines meet that there are great energy vortexes, with Bali being where some of these lines meet.
Bali is not just known for healing, but also for being a very spiritual place. It pulls in a great number of travellers who seek answers, exploration and beauty, many of whom choose to stay.
Regardless of if you want to participate in a yoga retreat for healing or not, Bali is home to a number of top yoga teachers and studios from around the world. Pair the incredible talent of the teachers, along with the jaw-dropping nature of Bali, the spiritual significance of the island and the energy vortex and you have one of the top yoga destinations in the world.
Want to practice yoga surrounded by rice fields? Bali’s got that. Or maybe you prefer to overlook the ocean, Bali’s got yoga retreats with those views too.
Without a doubt, you can’t go wrong choosing a yoga retreat in Bali. It will completely uplift and transform your yoga experience. I know so, I even did my yoga teacher training in Bali!
How to Choose a Yoga Retreat
While I’ve gone and done the research for you and picked out the top 10 yoga retreats in Bali based on my extensive knowledge of Bali and yoga plus what retreats are most popular, picking the perfect yoga retreat still comes down to what you prefer.
Follow these simple tips for picking a yoga retreat and you’ll be guaranteed a spectacular and relaxing time in Bali.
Pick your retreat based on how many nights you want.
Remember, all retreats will give you a certain amount of days, but oftentimes retreats do not include a full-day on the first or last day of the retreat. Look closely when booking as you will most likely get fewer days than you want and could opt for a longer retreat.
Check for inclusions.
Not all retreats are created equally. Many are all-inclusive, many are not. When looking at retreats in your budget be sure to check and see which meals are included, if any, along with what type of accommodation you want. Most retreats listed will include the shared room option when most will offer private rooms, but always for a higher price.
Know how much structure you want.
Some Bali yoga retreats have you to do your own thing and give you the option to attend yoga classes whenever you want. These yoga retreats often are not private retreats and typically allow outside visitors or those who regularly practice at the studio come in for classes.
Other yoga retreats have a lot of structure and are often a small group of people that come in for a week who practice, eat and go on excursions together.
If you prefer to be alone and don’t want the company, go with a less structured option. If you’d love to meet friends or interact with others, opt for a more structured option.
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Find the best Bali Yoga Retreat for You
This list of the top yoga retreats in Bali are a mix of short and long retreats from 3-10 days in a number of Bali destinations. Some areas are more active and give you a lot to explore, others are more secluded with very little around.
No matter which retreat you choose, these are all stellar retreats for a variety of budgets and are suitable for all levels of yogis.
With teachers who truly pay attention and focus on the fine details to embrace the magical tranquility of a memorable retreat, Loka Yoga School is an incredible sanctuary by the beach in Canggu. Retreaters are taken on a journey of transformation with vinyasa and yin yoga, breathwork, meditation, tantric activities, time, and space to have an opportunity to relax, discover and evolve.
You have a unique opportunity to study and practice yoga in a setting that differentiates itself by offering not only yogic practices but also by providing the correct understanding, traditions, context, and meaning of yogic science, asana and philosophy. Loka Yoga School has a strong focus on combining the ancient knowledge of the East with the latest understandings and research coming out of the West, appropriately known as the space ‘Where Science Meets Spirituality’.
Contact Loka Yoga contact them directly here with any questions and if you decide to book, use the code TAYLORSTRACKS for a discount just for being a reader!
This budget yoga retreat at Firefly Resort Bali is perfect for those who want to enjoy a full week in complete serenity without spending a fortune. This retreat is limited to 15 guests so you will never have a ton of people around. The facilities of the resort are surrounded by rice fields that will only add to your calm.
Expect to have daily yoga classes (1-2 per day) with Balinese activities and excursions sprinkled in. This retreat is designed to have part of it led through yoga classes, guided meditation and some activities but with plenty of free time for you to enjoy the resort and the surrounding area of Ubud, one of Bali’s most popular destinations.
Styles taught at this retreat include Hatha, vinyasa, yin and partner practices.
Yogis on a budget, look no further. This yoga retreat is ideal for those who want to practice yoga in a serene setting, away from the hustle and the bustle, and do so on a backpacker budget (without feeling like a backpacker!). This retreat calls in a wide variety of yoga practitioners for 7-days of Hatha, vinyasa, and yin classes from talented, local teachers.
Two yoga classes are included daily, as well as a massage, all meals, a Bali experience, a cooking class, a Balinese offering making class, a Balinese dance class, and more.
Shared and private rooms are available depending on your budget but all include access to the outdoor pool that is both stunning and relaxing (and makes for a great area for a photoshoot). I personally recommend this retreat, and you can read my review of my experience of this Bali budget yoga retreat.
This short but sweet Bali yoga retreat at Udara Bali is a treat. The facilities at this all-inclusive resort will transport you to a place of relaxation the second you step on the property.
This retreat is perfect for those who are looking to add a few days of yoga into their Bali itinerary, who want a retreat that isn’t very structured or want to detox for a couple of days.
All meals served at the resort assist in detoxing the body, along with the facilities that can be used during your free afternoons at the spa which include a sauna, steam room, hot and cool pools.
You’ll get access to all yoga classes and be able to pick and choose which classes to attend that include Hatha, vinyasa, yin and aerial in open-air practice spaces that overlook the ocean.
Did I mention that Udara is located right on a quiet beach just outside of Canggu and includes daily massages? Sounds like a dream.
This heavenly yoga retreat on the Southeast tip of the island of Bali in Uluwatu is a top choice for women looking to unwind. Pairing surfing with yoga is obviously an ideal choice, but to top it off with delicious, healthy meals, and unlimited spa treatments is the cherry on top.
This women’s only yoga and surf retreat is as much about surfing as it is about yoga. Both of them complement each other and you’ll have the opportunity to dive deeper into your yoga with 3 expert teachers available to chat more to you about your yoga journey.
Hatha yoga is what’s taught on this exclusive retreat in one of the most beautiful areas of Bali. You can go wrong with this Uluwatu retreat!
Yoga and surfing go hand-in-hand and one of the top places to do both in Bali are in the popular town of Canggu. Pelan Pelan is this retreat organizer, which translates to “take it easy.”
Get ready to kick back but also enjoy a week of healing ocean waters and yoga flows. Classes are taught in the Hatha style of which there are a total of 4, including a meditation session. 5 private surf lessons, 3 Balinese massages, a half-day trip, airport pick-up and most meals are also included.
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For a powerful week and a half of healing, there is no better retreat to look at than this one offered by Baligrass Retreats. This affordable retreat is designed to help you welcome in self-love, empowerment and a whole lot of healing.
Yoga classes are offered twice daily, as well as a number of other healing classes that include meditation, Tai Chi, martial arts and pranayama. During your 10-days you’ll also do multiple excursions to authentic Balinese villages, take part in a water purification ceremony and participate in other cultural excursions.
Not to mention you will get to practice yoga on the beach, get massages included and your accommodation is surrounded by rice fields. Sounds perfect? I think so!
Serenity Guesthouse in Canggu is a little slice of holistic heaven. This resort is just 150 metres away from the beach and is tucked away in a quiet area of Canggu so you can practice your choice of yoga, eating delicious vegan meals and kick back in the pool or on the beach.
This yoga retreat includes unlimited yoga, meaning that you get to pick and choose how much yoga you do from the schedule that offers 10 yoga classes daily in a wide variety of styles.
You’ll get to walk through gardens to get to your yoga classes, will practice in open-air studios and have plenty of you time to relax or explore around Canggu and hit up the best foodie hot spots which Canggu is known for!
Nusa Lembongan is a small island just off of the coast of Bali that is known for its beautiful blue waters, even more laid back atmosphere, surfing, snorkeling/diving and yoga.
This retreat is perfect to break up your time visiting Bali or to add onto your trip for a few days of sun, sand and yoga before heading home. In 4 days you’ll get 3 yoga and meditation classes, 2 surf lessons, a snorkeling session with manta rays, daily breakfast, accommodation and transfers from Bali.
You’ll truly be able to relax at this yoga retreat as the island of Nusa Lembongan is less developed and offers a pristine paradise for travellers who love the luxuries of home but want to dive into island life. Not to mention that you’ll be staying only steps away from the beach…talk about really living the island life!
For the ultimate detox, this yoga and meditation retreat in beautiful northern Bali in the town of Lovina is a top choice.
It will truly take you away from your daily life for an immersive week of daily yoga practice, spa treatments designed specifically for detox and excursions that include waterfalls and pink dolphins, plus cultural workshops or activities in the evenings.
This yoga retreat is open to all levels and includes Hatha, Kundalini and vinyasa yoga styles. Kundalini is typically practiced in the morning to help get your energy flowing, to release negative energy and get you feeling your best.
Healthy food for detoxing is provided and time in nature (hiking) is included for a week of letting go, detoxifying and releasing what’s no longer serving you emotionally, mentally and physically.
Get ready to feel like a whole new person!
Located in the hub of yoga in Bali, there is no shortage of yoga retreats in Ubud. This yoga holiday offers a luxurious option for those who wish to experience deeper healing modalities and practices other than just yoga.
Yoga, of course, is included with 1 session daily in a Hatha style. Additionally, excursions are included as well as 36 Ayurvedic and spa treatments for a deep sense of renewal and relaxation. This entire retreat is customized to you, so there is no doubt that you will have an exceptional experience. Butler service included.
Love fitness as much as you love yoga? It’s possible to join a retreat that has both! Odyssey MVMT (where I personally practice at when I’m living in Canggu and where I did my yoga teacher training) offers totally customizable retreats. There are also options to do a strictly yoga and meditation retreat, just fitness, or even a best of Bali retreat that covers everything (even surfing!).
One of their experts plans your entire retreat for you that includes unlimited daily yoga and fitness, 5 spa treatments, accommodation, daily super healthy and delicious breakfasts, a personalized health and fitness program and 4 VIP one-on-one sessions with one of the Odyssey experts!
I love this studio, what they stand for, the community, and all their staff. I can’t recommend them enough! Don’t forget to tell them that Taylor sent you 😉).
No matter which retreat experience you pick, all of these are great options and if you haven’t found one that you find perfectly suitable for you, know that there are over 600 options for you to pick from!
Continue planning your trip to Bali or yoga holiday!
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