There are tons to see and do in Bali. This world-renowned island in Indonesia is best known for its natural attractions such as the many sandy beaches, amazing dive sites, colorful underwater resources, picturesque rice terraces, active volcanoes that rise over 3,000 meters, powerful rivers that are perfect for white-water rafting, deep ravines, pristine lakes, sacred forests, intriguing caves, and exotic wildlife. Simply put, tourists cannot run out of exciting things to do. But in their moments of solitude, Bali offers yet a different kind of experience – yoga in Bali.
Yoga is a kind of mental, physical and spiritual discipline that aims to relax a person in order to attain perfect spiritual calmness. Since the concept is closely related to Hindu and Buddhist practices, it is not far-fetched that Bali is a top venue for yoga since the island is the only Hindu-Buddhist island in Indonesia. (Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world.)
Amidst the many fun activities to do in this exotic island, Bali is still the best place to relax and reflect on life. Yoga practitioners believe that the island is the perfect place for personal healing, renewal, and meditation. Between fun swim time and shopping sprees, it wouldn’t hurt tourists to take a quick peek at the many Yoga and Meditation studios scattered all over the island. It won’t hurt at all, because, in fact, it can actually heal and help. Most studios conduct classes that entertain drop-in students or perhaps tourists who might have just happened to pass by. Although these professional classes and studios abound in the island, anyone may do yoga even on one’s hotel porch. Joining a 10-day class in a Bali yoga studio, however, allows students to learn that unique Bali spirit signature. Each session is best complemented with a visit to any of the nearby Balinese spa treatments that offer alternative therapies.
Bali is full of internationally recognized spas, massage parlors, healing centers, yoga retreats, and spiritual workshops that are conducted or run by holistic and healing practitioners. Such facilities offer deep healing and serious relaxation. Drop-in yoga classes cost 10,000 Rp (US$10) per class. Residents and expats are charged cheaper at 60,000 Rp, while Balinese locals are only asked to give a donation of any amount.
Bali is a very spiritual island, although marred by excessive commercialism and wantonness. The island has over 20,000 temples, palaces and sanctuaries, many of which are located at most serene of places. Ascension temples are situated on top of rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, offering a perfect place for meditation to anyone – whether a yoga practitioner or not. The Balinese are very devout in their beliefs and religious practices. They uphold so many colorful festivals and ceremonies to appease the gods and ward off evil spirits. They love to dance, sing, and pray.
When searching for that perfect moment of meditation, Bali guests should consider visiting the famous temples of Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, and Besakih, which is located very near the holy Mount Agung. These temples provide perfect serenity to its devotees and curious tourists who are in search of the perfect yoga experience while in Bali.