Yoga, Beach, Repeat only at Bali
Yoga at the Temple Lodge, Bali
Coming to Bali and not doing some yoga sessions would be like going to Italy and not indulging in pizza and pasta. Located on the southernmost tip of Bali, the Temple Lodge is a yoga-surf resort that opens its yoga space and massage hut to non-resort guests. There’s a daily schedule of Hatha, Vinayasa Flow, and other classes held in a beautiful outdoor space covered with flowering vines. Be warned, the morning yoga classes fill up so be sure to arrive early to stake out a mat. After the hour-and-a-half class, unwind with a massage or enjoy a healthy meal while taking in the view.
While oddly located near a gated community of luxury homes and resorts, Dreamland beach is open to the public and worth visiting (whether you’re a surfer or not). Dotted with faded pink umbrellas, Dreamland is also known as New Kuta Beach and was reportedly discovered by a surfer in the 1970s. Plant your feet in the white sand and enjoy the view, which is equal parts waves and people watching.
Padang Padang Beach
With golden sand and clear waters, Padang Padang is worth the walk down the crazy steep staircase to get there. Located next to surf spot Impossibles, Padang Padang is one of the most popular beaches on the Bukit Peninsula.
This studio is the newest and most modern of all. Set amid lush greens, the studio is full of light wood and communal open areas. It gives the impression of being in a chic architect’s holiday home. This studio also seems to be attracting a younger crowd. What I especially like about it is everything feels clean and well maintained – the mats seem new, the blankets are fresh, the bolsters and blocks look like it was just purchased yesterday. In the evenings, it has the most brilliant breeze – but be sure to apply a liberal amount of insect repellant beforehand if you don’t want to be a giant blood bank for those pesky mozzies.