Yoga & Pilates Classes in Ubud
Ubud is one of the world's centres for yoga practice - not just for seasoned yogi's but also for holidaymakers who just want to try yoga for the first time.
For many, this first-time experience is so inspirational it leads to a passion for yoga that continues when they return home, making it a life-transformational experience.
Of course, Yoga itself is transformational, but experiencing it in such a tranquil, inspiring setting as Ubud on the magical island of Bali will be sure to make an indelible impression on you.
Balinese & Western-Run Yoga Studios in Ubud
We have separated the best Ubud yoga classes into two groups: There are several Balinese-operated yoga studios in Ubud that we’d like to highlight as wonderful options to give you a very authentic Balinese experience to your yoga practice.
Following this selection is a list of the other popular Ubud yoga studios – many are founded by noted western yoga teachers and some also mix it up with local teachers taking some classes.
When choosing your classes, why not combine a few classes from each of local-run and western-run studios to add depth and breadth to your yoga experience?
Here are a few pointers to get the most from this guide:
Our list only includes studios with casual or 'drop-in' classes as these tend to be the experiences our guests seek. Ubud also has a number of ashrams and centres for intensive residential yoga retreats and yoga teacher training that are not included here.
As most studios often change their class schedules and styles of yoga available as they rotate international teachers, we have included a link to each website so you can choose your preferred class.
We have also included a link to the TripAdvisor listing for each studio, so you can read real reviews from other travelers to help you select classes. Studios are listed in alphabetical order.
To find each location on the map, go to the map and open the side slide menu to reveal the full list and click on a choice. Alternatively, click on a number on the map to open the side menu and details for that studio.
We also have a quick run-down for first-timers of the different yoga styles you will see when you read the class schedules - this will help you choose the right class for you.
UBUD YOGA STUDIOS MAP
At the bottom of this article is a map showing the location of each of the yoga and Pilates studios in Ubud detailed in the guide below or you can click here to go to a full screen map (great for navigating on your mobile device when in Ubud).
Balinese-OPERATED Yoga Studios in Ubud
Villa Jendela di Bali
Guests staying at Villa Jendela di Bali can experience the ultimate Yoga practice with private classes at the villa lead by a qualified Balinese yoga master/teacher. Styles include Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Nindra (for better sleep), Yin and prenatal/parental. We also offer a range of healing programs including Seven Cakra Crystal Healing Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Sound Healing, Reiki, Acupuncture, and Panca Karma Package. Classes must be pre-booked and are subject to master/teacher availability. You can request our current Yoga and Healing classes description and prices when you enquire about your stay.
Click here to enquire about our yoga & healing classes including prices, styles and more.
CHAKRA YOGA STUDIO
Balinese Luh Devie is a Yoga Teacher and gifted Balinese Chakra & Crystal Healer born into a Balinese Hindu priest lineage. Classes, consultations and retreats combine the wisdom of Balinese culture with the practice of traditional yoga in two locations:
1. Chakra Yoga - Svadhisthana Shala
Jl. Raya Pengosekan, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
2. Chakra Yoga - Mooladhara Shala
Jalan Cempaka Putih, Br. Penestanan Kaja, Kel. Sayan, Sayan, Ubud, Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571
TAMAN HATI YOGA AND MEDITATION ASHRAM
Instructor I Ketut Bandiastra, is the fourth son of a Balinese priest, Mangku Ketut Sukra. He has developed his own style of yoga based on Kundalini, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga presented with a graceful Balinese Hindu essence in his family compound.
USADA Shala (“obat tradisional” – literally “traditional medicine”) is much more than a traditional yoga studio. It is a cultural centre and holistic hub of artistic mastery. The focus is not just yoga classes, but also the whole range of cultural experiences including Ayurvedic food, Balinese culture classes and more.
Indonesian-owned, this affordable studio offers value-based classes in a spotlessly clean studio. The instructors are all highly trained Indonesian and Balinese practitioners.
Western-Run Yoga Studios in Ubud
Spacious Yoga utilizes the structure of the traditional Mysore method of Ashtanga Yoga practice and is located at The Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe and Tonic Bar.
Jl. Goutama Sel. No.2, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
TITI BATU WELLNESS CLUB
This is actually a wellness club that offers fitness classes including yoga and Pilates, dance and more, comprehensive children's programs, a pool, gym, sauna, squash and more. Guests buy a day pass and this gives access to all facilities and classes for the day.
UBUD YOGA CENTRE
Ubud Yoga Centre is a contemporary, two-tiered complex offering yoga (including FlyingHigh yoga which was devised in Ubud by Spaniard Jose Luis Jimenez), a kids centre and a cafe. Designed by Popo Danes, one of Bali most prominent architects, this centre claims a commitment and passion for environment.
Pilates Studios in Ubud
Nominated for Fitness Best Asia Powerhouse Award – Pilates Studio of the Year 2017, this beautiful studio was custom-built and is located the lovely village of Nyuh Kuning just on the other side of the Monkey Forest in Ubud.
UBUD YOGA STUDIOS MAP
Below is a map showing the location of each of the yoga and Pilates studios in Ubud detailed in this guide:
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA STYLES TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLASS
Many first-time visitors to Ubud have not tried Yoga before and Ubud is the perfect place for beginners to explore this incredibly relaxing and invigorating practice. Yoga is a set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India but in each centre around the world, local culture and practice gives it a unique spin and the Balinese have combined ancient Indian styles that would have come with the migration from India to Bali in the Mahajapit era with their own cultural and healing practices.
There are several main styles of yoga (and many more variants on these styles) and most of these main styles are offered in the yoga studios in Ubud. But which do you choose? Here is a quick guide that will help you choose your first class.
Yoga for Beginners
Many studios offer 'Yoga for Beginners' classes and this is the best choice for first-timers. These classes may be a blend of yoga styles, or the studios predominant style, and the instructor will usually share the principles behind yoga as part of the class so you can get a good feel for the range of yoga experiences.
Based on ancient yoga teachings and popularised in the west in the 1970s by guru K. Pattabhi Jois is a rigorous form of yoga, similar to Vinyasa but where a specific sequence of postures are linked to breath. Expect to work hard.
Developed 30 years ago by Bikram Choudhury, a set of 26 poses are undertaken in set order in an artificially heated room. Expect to sweat.
Hatha is a more generic term to represent a form of yoga that teaches a range of basic postures. This is the perfect choice for beginners. Expect to feel taller, looser and more relaxed.
Generally the same experience as Bikram but with some deviations from the strictly prescribed (and patented) Bikram Yoga style.
Devised by B.K.S. Iyengar, this is a meticulous style of yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment. So, these classes will use blocks, straps, bolsters, etc as part of the class. Because the training for this style of yoga is meticulous and the poses so exact, this is the best yoga for those with pre-existing injuries because instructors will start the class asking if anyone has a condition and you should get some individualised guidance duing the class.
Kundalini yoga is equal parts physical and spiritual and focuses on releasing the Kundalini energy that is said to be trapped or coiled in the base of the spine. So, the focus is on your core, with vigorous movements and breath and can also incorporate chanting, mantra and meditation.
Vinyasa is a flowing form of yoga, with fluid, movement-intensive practices and transitions between poses with breath linked to each. Music is often used as part of the process, not just as a pleasant background. The intensity is similar to Ashtanga, but without the set sequence so no two classes are the same - perfect for those who like to be tested and surprised.
Yin or Restorative
Uttlerly divine, relaxing and calming, Yin yoga uses blocks, bolsters and blankets to place you in each passive pose so you can experience the benefits of that pose without physical exertion. These classes are often in an evening and are the perfect way to recover from a busy day.
Pilates is a total body exercise, developed almost one hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates, to rehabilitate injured WW1 soldiers. Later it became popular for building strength and conditioning of dancers. It was popular with the elite in New York in the 1960’s and has now become more widely available. There are a large range of styles, from classic to contemporary and hybrid classes that combining Pilates with other disciplines including yoga and even boxercise.