The Best Yoga Studio in Ubud, Bali in 2018

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Although there are tons of yoga schools in Bali, Ubud is renowned worldwide in particular for being a yogi mecca.

Before our first visit to Bali, we were far from yogis. However, the idea of doing yoga in Ubud had always intrigued us, and we decided it was time to start taking things more seriously. And let’s be honest, what better place to improve a yoga routine than in Ubud?

Now, after our many stints of living in Ubud, we have created a great routine and practice yoga on a regular basis.

What is particularly special about this small Balinese town is that there are numerous yoga studios in Ubud and the selection is varied. Each yoga studio offers something different, and it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find a studio that fits your needs and preferences.

Some have large classes with many participants, while others offer smaller more intimate settings. There are also differences in price as well as the classes on offer. Regardless of whether you prefer an easier yin yoga class or an advanced vinyasa flow session, there is yoga in Ubud for everyone.

We tried several yoga classes in Ubud with mixed experiences. In the end, we enjoyed Intuitive Flow a yoga studio in Penestanan the most so that is where we did most of our classes.

Here are our 4 reasons why we think Intuitive Flow is the best studio for doing yoga in Ubud:

  1. The Amazing View
  2. Small Classes
  3. Great Teachers
  4. Affordable Yoga Packages

4 Reasons Why Intuitive Flow Offers the Best Yoga in Ubud

yoga studio in Ubud, Bali

1. Ubud Yoga Class With a View

Intuitive Flow is nestled in the hills of Penestanan - our favorite place in Ubud where we prefer to rent villas - located to the west of the town center. Compared to most other areas in Ubud, Penenstanan is quite secluded and being surrounded by nature has its perks, especially when doing yoga.

Intuitive Flow boasts some of the most stunning views overlooking the Campuhan Ridge Walk, Mount Agung, and the rice fields. If you are looking to zen out and practice yoga in a calm serene place with beautiful scenery, this is the place.

The view alone is well worth a visit to this Ubud yoga studio but fortunately, Intuitive Flow has much more to offer.

2. The Small Class Size

Another perk that drove us to Intuitive Flow was the small class size. It’s common to find yoga studios in Ubud that have large classes. For example, Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive hold classes of upwards of 60 students at once. In our opinion, that makes for a cramped and overwhelming experience, and it's something we like to avoid.

The class sizes at Intuitive Flow are much smaller than other Ubud yoga classes. There is usually anywhere from 5 to 20 people in a class, but never more. This is a huge plus for us because it means there is ample space to move and more importantly it gives the teachers an opportunity to offer adjustments to anyone that needs them.

At Intuitive Flow, you get a relaxed class that is focused on doing yoga and not cramming in as many people as possible at once.

Dogs outside of Ubud yoga studio

3. The Teachers

The teachers at Intuitive Flow are great, and it’s evident that they are very passionate about teaching yoga. You will have several teachers to choose from depending on the class you take and the time of the day.

The variety of yoga classes taught here is impressive. You can find everything from hatha and vinyasa flow to yin yoga and slower paced classes. Intuitive Flow also offers classes for all levels including beginner classes all the way to moderate and advanced classes.

You can find Intuitive Flow's yoga schedule on their website.

Anu

Anu is our favorite yoga teacher in Ubud. She is a Finnish girl who just embodies the spirit of yoga and gives clear directions and offers several different positions depending on your level. It is easy to follow along in her classes, and we feel like she offers some of the best yoga in Ubud.

Purnama

Purnama is a Balinese yogi that will have you laughing and enjoying even the hardest poses. His classes were truly a delight, and he focused on engaging the full body from start to finish. Purnama is adamant about explaining the physical benefits of each position and gives the class a purpose. He also ends each class by emphasizing the importance of laughter every day, his smile is contagious.

Nina

Nina is a super bubbly yoga instructor from Java. If you want to challenge yourself, take a yoga class with Nina! She gives you the gentle push you need while still making class fun and pleasant. In fact, one morning we took one of our most physically challenging vinyasa flow classes with Nina. Adam swears he has never sweat so much in his life, but we both left feeling energized for the day!

Kay

Kay is an Australian lady that teaches the best yin yoga class in Ubud in our opinion. She is clear, thoughtful, and uses a lot of Chinese meridian points to go with the poses. Kay's classes are seriously deep, and if you’re in need of releasing some tension, we highly recommend her.

The other teachers at Intuitive Flow are also great, and each one brings something different to their yoga classes.

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4. The Affordability

Intuitive Flow offers the cheapest yoga packages in Ubud. Seriously, the value you get for the price is incredible. A drop in class will set you back 120,000 IDR ($8.70) but they also offer three different yoga class packages.

  • The small package is 5 classes for 400,000 IDR ($30).
  • The middle package is 10 classes for 600,000 IDR ($45).
  • The large package consists of 15 classes for 825,000 IDR ($60).

There are few other places in the world, if any, that offer such affordable yoga classes for such a great value. And to us, it's the combination of the amazing views, engaged and small class sizes, fabulous teachers, and affordability that sold us on this yoga studio in Ubud.

Another bonus perk is that Intuitive Flow is located a few steps away from Yellow Flower Cafe, one of our favorite restaurants in Ubud.

In addition to regular yoga classes, Intuitive Flow offers yoga teacher training and yoga retreats in Ubud.

Yoga Travel Gear We Wish We Brought With Us To Bali:

  • Lightweight Yoga Mat. Even though every yoga school in Ubud provides yoga mats and typically everything you need for a class, they aren't always the most hygienic and don't always have the best grip. We wish we would have packed a lightweight yoga travel mat like the Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat which easily fits in a small bag or purse, provides excellent grip on any surface, and is made from 100% biodegradable material. It's the best yoga mat to travel with.

 

  • Sweat Towel. Be prepared to sweat a lot when doing yoga in Bali where the temperature rarely falls under 25 C (77 F). The best way to stay dry is to bring a small towel to the class. Few towels are as easy to travel with as the Yoga Mate's Sweat Absorbent Yoga Towel which has antibacterial properties. It's extremely lightweight, easy to pack, and can be used on top of your yoga mat for extra support if needed. It's also practical to bring to the beach or use at an accommodation where towels aren't provided.

 

Other Ubud Yoga Studios

View of jungle from yoga studio in Ubud

As we mentioned, there is a large number of Ubud yoga studios that offer different experiences. In addition to really liking Intuitive flow, we also enjoyed a few classes at the newly opened Yoga Saraswati studio located in the heart of Ubud. The teachers were great and the classes were small. One drop in class only cost 50,000 IDR ($3.70) when we first went which made it a good option for cheap yoga in Ubud.

Unfortunately, the yoga studio is located on one of the main roads in town which makes it very loud and difficult to concentrate during the class. So when the Yoga Saraswati decided to raise the price to 75,000 IDR ($5.50) per class we didn’t think it was worth it anymore.

However, we would recommend this yoga school if you plan on doing less than 5 classes. But otherwise, you get more value and a similar price per class at Intuitive Flow when you buy a 5 class yoga pass.

There is also the well-known Yoga Barn located close to the Monkey Forest. The establishment is huge so they host many different yoga classes in Ubud everyday which means there is something here for everyone. However, we found the Yoga Barn's classes to be too packed and impersonal.

Another popular school for doing yoga in Ubud is Radiantly Alive where they offer unique classes such as aerial yoga and other workouts. The classes here can be quite large which is not to our liking. All in all, Radiantly Alive is well suited for yogis that are into aerial yoga and more traditional workouts. The studio also has a great reputation and is worth checking out.

Our Conclusion of Yoga in Ubud

Based on our experience of trying different studios, we feel like Intuitive Flow offers the best yoga in Ubud.

If you're looking to stay in Bali for longer either to do a yoga teacher training course, participate in a yoga retreat, or simply because you love taking yoga classes in Ubud, we suggest you check out our guide on how to extend your visa in Bali.

Also, if you're looking for other activities in Ubud, we recommend taking a cooking class.

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