There is nothing quite like escaping cold weather for somewhere more tropical. Add yoga, meditation, fresh food, and a spiritual, friendly culture into the mix, and a yogi may have just found heaven.
After a week on the beautiful, rugged coast of Bingin, we headed for the magical hills of Ubud. From soul bowls and ethically made icy poles to daily yoga, we round up our highlights of these health-and-yoga-fueled destinations.
Located next to Uluwatu, Bingin is a surfer’s paradise, and on closer inspection, a haven for yogi’s too. Morning and afternoon classes are broken up with acai bowls, walks down to the beach, massages, and lazy days by the pool.
Yoga in Bingin
With many hotels holding their own yoga classes, you mightn’t have to go very far for your yoga hit. Our three favourites are Temple Lodge, a beautiful and rustic hotel owned by an Italian couple, Mu Bungalows, where the yoga shala is open and breezy, and Morning Light Yoga at Uluwatu Surf Villas, where you will receive a complimentary ice cold coconut after your practice overlooking the ocean.
Yogi Eats in Bingin
After the yoga comes the fresh and vibrant local food. For us, there is nothing better than a smoothie, soul bowl, or tempeh rice paper rolls at Cashew Tree. Don’t leave Cashew Tree without an ethically made, locally sourced, vegan icy pole from Mad Pops. Our favourite is the avocado, coconut, and lime flavour. For views of the sea, head to Nalu Bowls at Single Fin for vibrantly colourful acai, dragon fruit, and mango bowls, or walk down the cliff and ogle at the good looking surfers at Kelly’s Warung while feasting on a salad wrap.
An incredibly spiritual place that is home to many temples, yoga studios, health cafes, and retreat centres, Ubud is sort of like a yoga village. A quiet place set beneath jungles, rice paddies, and hilly terrain, Ubud’s unique charm had us in a permanent state of relaxation.
Yoga in Ubud
During our short stay, we practiced at the one and only Yoga Barn. A yoga institution with hourly classes, Yoga Barn also hosts regular teacher training programs, workshops, and international instructors. After class, shop at their yoga boutique, or enjoy a wholesome meal at their cafe. Radiantly Alive is another yoga studio worth checking out, with just as much on offer as Yoga Barn.
Yogi Eats in Ubud
Alchemy is the island’s first 100% raw vegan cafe & juice bar, organic health food store, and holistic clinic. With delicious meals and a peaceful setting, it’s the sort of place where you can spend hours, just sitting and relaxing. Sari Organik, Soma Cafe, and Seeds of Life are also great options for vibrant, healthy meals in relaxed settings.