How to Save Money on a Yoga Retreat in Bali and Really Enjoy Your Shavasana!
Since watching the movie Eat Pray Love I have been inspired to do a yoga retreat, but let’s admit it, yoga retreats are expensive! Budget yoga retreats for the broke post-grad yogi should not be impossible, so here is how I saved some money whilst improving my balance 😉
Getting There: I flew in to Ngurah Rai Airport, spent a few days in Kuta, Bali then took an Uber to Ubud, Bali.
Stay: After extensive research I chose Ubud View Bungalows, a home stay a short 5 minute walk from the well known yoga studio, Yoga Barn. The home stay has a stunning pool that is fantastic to plunge in to after a session of intense yoga and beautiful architecture to gaze on when floating and reflecting on how perfect life is right now. Above all, the staff go above and beyond to ensure a comfortable stay. Cost is $26 CAD per room/night including breakfast.
Side Note: Ask for rooms on the bottom floor of the home stay, they are nicer.
Practice: I chose Yoga Barn based on it’s outstanding reviews on Trip Advisor and for its price point. Yoga Barn is a full service yoga studio and holistic healing retreat center. They offer a diverse range of workshops and classes to choose from, including but not limited to Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Pranayama, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin & Anusara, Meditation, Sound Medicine, Kirtan and Ecstatic Dance. Yoga Barn is situated among rice paddies in the middle of a Jungle with a beautiful ravine flowing underneath. It has open concept studios with large glass panels and windows that open up, it really is a magical place.
Cost: I recommend purchasing a 5 or 10 class pass to save some money. The 5 class pass is around $50 CAD and the 10 class pass is around $92 CAD. The best part is the pass can also be used by other people travelling with you so you can save more money that way. I suggest starting off from 1-2 classes a day and taking some time to enjoy the amenities Yoga Barn has to offer. Head over to any of the lounging areas to talk to the other yogis, most of them don’t bite hah! I was grateful for the life lessons and stories I got to hear from others here and I hope you will benefit too.
Class Review: I tried Yin Yoga, Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Flow but my favorite by far was Vinyasa Flow. I tried Vinyasa Flow for the first time with Greg, he is an amazing instructor who loves trying new poses while making his yogis laugh, it was a tough but excellent class! Yin Yoga was also another class I really enjoyed. It is a gentle form of practice and was slow and easy to follow. I would recommend Yin Yoga for beginners or if you had a hectic day.
Food: There are loads of affordable restaurants nearby and Yoga Barn itself offers delicious budget friendly meals. There is also a grocery store nearby that offers a variety of items that can allow you to put together your own meals.
Now go ahead and say UHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (My version of OM) and get ready to have the time of your life at Yoga Barn <3