Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud

September 18, 2013

Visitors looking for things to do in Bali can’t help but notice the astonishing variety of yoga studios, many of whom specialize in teacher training. Bali has become a yoga mecca, and yoginis who are interested in deepening their practice through yoga teacher training need look no farther than Ubud and our centrally located Bali luxury villa for a variety of options.

The Yoga Barn is one of the most well-known options. They offer daily classes and workshops in a variety of yoga styles, including Classical Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Pranayama, Restorative, Iyengar, Yin & Anusara. Check their events page to find out when the next teacher training classes are offered.

Radiantly Alive yoga studio  offers extensive and rigorous 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training programs that focus on the healthy benefits of yoga. If you prefer a shorter time frame, Intuitive Flow  specializes in training yoga teachers through their 22-day Yoga Master Program.

“Taksu” is Balinese for “the indescribable essence of Spirit” and the open air Taksu Yoga and Movement Arts studio must be one of the most beautiful places to learn how to be a yoga teacher. In addition to the more traditional yoga styles, Taksu also offers classes in Balinese, Patanjali, Kundalini, Women’s, Yin, and Laughter yoga.

Whether you are interested in trying a variety of yoga styles by dropping into classes, or if you are committing to a 500-hour teacher training program, Ubud yoga studios will have something for you, and our Bali luxury villa makes the perfect base from which to experience it.

Healing in Bali

August 29, 2013

The healing properties of our island were made famous in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”. If you are looking for things to do in Bali, consider designing your own healing program to experience in the comfort of our Bali luxury villa, incorporating whatever modalities speak to you, from herbs to acupuncture to Ayurvedic medicine, and everything in between.

If you are interested in learning more about the healing properties of native Balinese plants and herbs, Bali Nature Herbal Walks  offers tours that teach you to identify and use a wide range of native plants and herbs, while learning about the techniques and practices of traditional and contemporary Balinese herbal healing for everything from first aid to the treatment of chronic illnesses. Or visit Utama Spice  to peruse their selection of natural Aromatherapy products developed using ancient Balinese medicinal knowledge.

Amrtasiddhi, the Ayurveda & Yoga Health Centre will work with you to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being through detox and rejuvenation programs ranging from three to ten days in duration. They also offer Ayurvedic consultations, treatments, medicines and healing activities that promote long-lasting well-being. Kush, in the Yoga Barn, also offers ayurvedic cleanses and rejuvenation retreats.

If you are more interested in the spiritual aspect of Ayurveda, Uma has a retreat for you. Basing her work on the principle that “Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda, in their Tantric context, teach conscious communion with—rather than subjugation or rejection of—Mother Nature (the creative principle),” Uma leads in-depth workshops & yoga tantra teacher trainings based on Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and Kundalini Tantra.

The Ubud Healing Center has been practicing acupuncture-moxibustion and Chinese Medicine in Bali since 1990. In addition to offering consultations, they teach acupuncture courses.

If you’d like to try a little bit of everything, Gaia Holistic is the place to go. Their staff of healthcare professionals are trained in: Colonics, Reiki, Chiropractic, Craniosacral, and Naturopathic care. They also offer classes and workshops.

All of these opportunities are located near our beautiful Bali luxury villa – our staff is happy to make recommendations and answer questions about where to learn about and experience all sorts of Balinese healing.

Enjoying the Local Bounty in Bali

July 31, 2013

Those who follow raw, vegan, and organic diets will find Bali, and Ubud in particular, to be a foodie paradise. There are many restaurants that specialize in organic and vegan foods. If you are looking for things to do in Bali, eating at one of the many restaurants that source local and organic produce is a great way to experience the local culture. Some of the local foods these restaurants serve are hard to find outside of Bali.

Our Bali luxury villa is just blocks away (or next door!) to several health food restaurants. Bali Buda is right next door to our Bali luxury villa – they bake their own bread each morning, and source most of their produce from local, organic farms. If you don’t feel like going out, they will deliver fresh and ecologically packaged meals to our Bali villa!

Next door to Bali Buda is the Kue Bakery and Café. The reviews on TripAdvisor will make you hungry to visit this sweet little bakery that offers coffee and baked treats until lunch time. Reviewers also have good things to say about the healthy, organic and vegetarian offerings at Juice Ja.

If you are looking for more of a meal, Down to Earth serves organic raw and vegetarian meals, and Soma offers a delicious selection of vegetarian treats, including raw desserts!

Creating Works of Art in Glass or Silver on Your Bali Holiday

July 8, 2013

Bali is known worldwide for its art and design, and we are lucky to have several distinguished artists who practice as well as teach near our Bali villa. If you are looking for things to do in Bali during your stay at our Bali luxury villa, you might consider a class in silversmithing or glassblowing.

Ron Seivertson, an ex-pat from California, creates unique, stunning glass artwork. He runs the Horizon Glassworks Studio in Ubud as an “arena of pursuing the creation of masterpieces and the unprecedented.” Along with his staff, he occasionally offers hands-on glassblowing classes at his studio for both beginners and advanced artists. They will also consider teaching children over the age of 12.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.horizonglassworks.com

If metal is more your thing, why not try a silversmithing class at WS Art Studio in Ubud? Of all the things to do in Bali, learning an ancient art from a master should rank high on your list. WS Art Studio’s Gusti Ayu comes from a long family tradition of silversmithing. Five grams of silver is included in the price of a half-day silver jewelry workshop, which is sufficient to create a piece of wearable art in the form of a pair of earrings, a ring or a pendant. Visit http://www.craftworkshopbali.com/workshops/silver-jewelry/ for more information on silversmithing classes at WS Art Studio.

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If the beauty of our Bali luxury villa and the thriving art scene in Ubud inspires you to create something beautiful of your own, Ubud is the place to learn how to do it.

 

The Naturally Beautiful Interior of Our Bali Villa

June 5, 2013

Our Bali luxury villa is furnished with materials from the natural environment – a variety of local stones, including granite and andesit, and locally sourced, sustainable wood from bamboo and coconut trees. These materials require more maintenance than some other man-made substances, but we think that the beautiful, non-toxic environment they create for our guests is worth the extra maintenance costs.

The cabinets and armoires are made of a mix of coconut wood and sustainably harvested bamboo, and the walls, the steps between suites, and the bathroom floor are all made of local soft stone. You can see an example of this stone in the photos of the villa entry.

Your bare feet will appreciate the smooth andesit stone on the floor of the dining room.

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Even the bathroom sinks are carved from local stone!

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We have recently finished several regularly scheduled renovations to make your stay at our Bali villa more pleasant. The alang-alang (thatch) over the Coconut Suite has been replaced:

All of the doors at our Bali luxury villa are made of locally and sustainably sourced coconut wood. Last month we replaced these coconut wood doors at the main villa entrance:

At the entrance to the master suite living area:

And, at the entrance to the kitchen, main living area, and coconut suite:

In addition, the master suite has new coconut wood and glass in the bathroom windows and doors.

Our Bali villa reflects the unique natural characteristics of our island – designed to provide a pleasant environment for your Bali vacation.

Celebrating Galungan at Villa di Abing

May 23, 2013

If you are interested in traveling to Bali to observe Balinese culture and religion, Galungan is an ideal time to visit. Of all the Bali holidays, Galungan is the most festive. Everyone participates, and all of Ubud (and especially our Bali villa!) is decorated beautifully.

The temple is draped in colorful ceremonial cloths for the holiday.

Here is the view of the alley just beyond the villa’s gates, decorated for Galungan.

 

Guests at our Bali luxury villa will have a front-row seat for the festivities, as our villa’s staff participates in all of the required ceremonies, many of them right on the property of our Bali luxury villa. All members of the staff will dress in traditional ceremonial clothing before making offerings of fruit and flowers in every corner of the property. Offerings are made in the morning – according to tradition, they must be made before noon. Once the offerings are in place, the staff will pray at the villa’s temple, and then again at home. Here is our staff, praying before the offerings.

 

After the prayers, our guests are left to relax among the colorful and fragrant offerings, and, along with the gods, enjoy their beauty for the remainder of the festival. The decorations and offerings at our Bali luxury villa are just a small example of how the entire island of Bali prepares for Bali holidays – be sure to book early if you want to experience the festivities of this very special week of Galungan.

Galungan and Kuningan in Bali

March 28, 2013

Galungan, the most important of the Bali holidays, is an ideal time for a Bali vacation. Galungan lasts for over a week, and culminates on Kuningan, the final ceremonial day. The Balinese believe that their ancestors and gods return to earth for Galungan, and depart on Kuningan.

It is impossible to ignore the preparations for Galungan and Kuningan. To welcome the gods, the Balinese come out in full, formal dress and perform special ceremonies that create piles of offerings and incense in temples, trees, and street corners.

Everything is decorated beautifully during Galungan, and the most dramatic decorations are the large curved bamboo poles called “Penjors” that represent the victory of good over evil. Penjors are hung with fruits, coconut leaves, and other offerings to serve as a as a symbol of gratitude for nature’s bounty.

Galungan and Kuningan happen every 210 days, and this year Galungan begins on March 27, with Kuningan on April 6. The next Galungan celebration starts on October 23, with Kuningan on November 2, and in 2014 Galungan will begin on May 21, ending with Kuningan on May 31. Our Bali luxury villa books very quickly those dates, so plan ahead if you would like your Bali vacation to coincide with this very special holiday.

 

Yoga at the BaliSpirit Festival

March 13, 2013

Looking for things to do in Bali? Consider planning a stay at our Bali villa that coincides with the BaliSpirit festival in Ubud, happening this year March 20-24. A “spiritually charged event that celebrates the synergy of global cultural collaboration through wellness and the arts”, the BaliSpirit Festival is like nothing else.

Yoga enthusiasts will delight in the range of workshop offerings from world-class instructors, from traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga yoga, to trendy Acro yoga and lesser known varieties such as Mysore Ashtanga, Zen Thai, and Yoga Ethnocoreology. And yoga is just the beginning – visit the BaliSpirit Festival website to learn about workshops that focus on meditation and philosophy, conscious movement, healing, self-development, and more. In addition, the BaliSpirit festival hosts local Balinese musicians alongside musical acts from all over the globe.

Children are welcome at this year’s festival, with a yoga class just for kids, and a special day for Balinese families and their children. Hari Cinta Keluarga (We Love Family Day) welcomes Balinese families at a discounted or donation-based price.

Our Bali luxury villa in central Ubud is perfectly situated to enjoy the BaliSpirit festival. If you are planning to attend the Bali Spirit festival, book your stay at our Bali villa well in advance – accommodations fill up fast.

Celebrating Balinese New Year

February 26, 2013

For those who would like their Bali vacation to include an education in Balinese culture and a day devoted to their own spiritual growth, Nyepi is a great time to visit. The Balinese devote a full 24 hours on Nyepi or “Day of Silence” to meditation and prayer. Everything closes (even the airport), and people stay inside their houses from sunrise to sunrise the next day, which is Balinese New Year. This year Balinese new year will happen on March 12 (it changes according to when the new moon appears).

Unlike other Bali holidays, you won’t see any public celebrations or processions on Nyepi. However, the days before and after the holiday are particularly busy. Two days before Nyepi, there are processions from the villages to the beaches, where the residents purify temple artifacts as a way of spiritually purifying the whole village. The Balinese use the day before Nyepi to prepare for their day of silence by thoroughly cleaning their houses and villages, and cooking everything they will need for the next day. At dusk there are very noisy ceremonies intended to drive all of the evil spirits away. “Ogoh Ogoh” or demon effigies are carried through the streets, making quite a spectacle.

Balinese new year and Nyepi can be a wonderful time for your Bali holiday, as long as you are prepared for your own day of silence and introspection in a beautiful setting at our Bali luxury villa.

Yoga in Ubud

February 13, 2013

Bali is a dynamic spiritual center, host to a number of retreat centers, holistic wellness education programs, and a thriving yoga community. If you are looking for healthy, spiritually centered things to do in Bali, you can’t go wrong with a yoga class or two, or even yoga teacher training certification.

There are so many yoga studio options in Ubud, we can’t list them all, but a few stand out. The Yoga Barn is a popular choice for those wanting to try a yoga class or two, and maybe explore some other spiritual wellness options. This beautiful space is “dedicated entirely to Yoga, Movement and Healing, for the sole purpose of bringing together Community.” They even have their own café (“Little K”) which serves living raw vegan food.

If the goal of your Bali vacation is to immerse yourself in yoga, Intuitive Flow yoga studio is a good option.  Intuitive Flow focuses on spiritual development and healing, and offers yoga teacher training programs for serious yoginis.

Bali Yoga Retreat offers a 7-day lifestyle change program – this wellness retreat combines yoga with raw food, colonics, and massage in a holistic program designed to “relax your mind, refresh your body, and renew your spirit”.

Or, just turn our Bali luxury villa into your own private yoga studio – check out the alignment of your “triangle” pose in the reflection of the pool, or roll out your yoga mat in the spacious living area. Whatever option you choose, Bali is a great place for yoga.