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  • Shannon Wolf | January 20, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    Top 3 Yoga Studios in Ubud

    Top 3 Yoga Studios in Ubud

    PHOTO: There is no better way to start your day than to do yoga! (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    In Ubud, yoga studios are like Starbucks in North America — there’s one on every corner.

    With that said, this can be a blessing if you have time and the funds to try them all or a curse, leaving you questioning if there’s something better around the bend.

    After countless days of hunting for the best studios in Ubud, I have narrowed it down to the top three, as seen below!

    Intuitive Flow: Hidden Oasis

    The location is a little out of the way from central Ubud, but once you reach the top of the footpath and see its lookout point, you won’t mind the distance to get there.

    The studio has a cozy ambiance, is well equipped with yoga mats and full of natural light with a beautiful view — perfect for getting you in the right mindset.

    The instructor Eva for Gentle Flow Yoga and Robyn for Vinyasa Flow were friendly, informative and helpful with beginners and went at a steady pace so everyone could follow along.

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    The class size was small, making it feel overall more intimate in comparison to larger studios, which feel more like a gym rather than a studio.

    I came into the class not having practiced in months and feeling a bit rusty, but by the end of the 1.5 hour flow, I felt calm, relaxed and at a slower pace.

    PHOTO: The cozy class sizes of Intuitive Flow will leave you at peace at the top of the hill.

    Types of classes:

    • Power Yoga

    • Prana Yoga

    • Vinyasa Flow

    • Restorative Yoga

    • Gentle Flow

    • Basic Yoga

    • Yoga Pranala

    • Yin Yoga

    • Vaidika Yoga

    • Mantra Chanting

    The Yoga Barn: Community Yoga

    The Yoga Barn is world-renowned, with a wide range of yoga classes, workshops, meditation and dance classes that you ultimately could try something new every day with great, informative teachers to guide you.

    I attended a free community class at the Yoga Barn on Friday and I have to say — the grounds themselves, especially the upper studio looking over the rice paddies are impressive and beautiful, but may be a little overwhelming for newbies.

    The overall vibe felt a little on the snobby side at times and the class size was far too large for my liking. But the instructor was wonderful, upbeat and informative.

    I highly recommend you take a class or two here to experience it, but if you’re looking for something a little more hands-on and intimate, I would recommend going elsewhere.

    Radiantly Alive Yoga: One week unlimited classes

    Out of all the yoga studios I attended, I found Radiantly Alive to be the perfect balance of all studios and opted for the one-week unlimited pass, taking as many classes as I could squeeze into a day. Regardless of which class I attended, the teachers were exceptional, hands-on and I was never disappointed whether I was attending a Fly High yoga class, Salsa or Gentle Flow!

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    The class sizes are moderate — not too overcrowded or too small, the atmosphere was inviting with all levels of yogis and they have all proper equipment needed for each class.

    PHOTO: Radiantly Alive — my favorite — has a stunning studio and the best bang for your buck.

    Types of classes:

    • Gentle Flow

    • Mysore/Self Practice

    • RA Vinyasa

    • Pilates

    • Ashtanga Inspired

    • Yin

    • Yoga Beginners

    • Fly High Yoga

    • Salsa Dance

    • Tibetan Heart Yoga

    • Acro Yoga

    • Yoga Dance

    • Roll and Release

    • Restorative Yoga


    Seven day unlimited pass: IDR 550,000 ($40)

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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