As a welcome reprieve from a week of intensive yoga training in Ubud, the Shades of Yoga, RYT 200 hr students, headed down the coast to take in the beauty of Uluwatu beach and it’s famous Temple.
Situated on the tip of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, a large limestone peninsula that includes the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu, as well as many of Bali’s best beaches. Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu) is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples. Though it is claimed that a small temple existed beforehand, the structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan in the 11th Century. Even more remarkable than the temple itself is its location, perched on a steep cliff 70 metres above the roaring Indian ocean waves. There are more steep headlands on either side and sunsets over Uluwatu are a sight to behold. There is also a very scenic cave underneath with rock formations leading onto a beach close to the temple.
Uluwatu’s beach is the perfect spot for chilling out and soaking up the sun, grabbing a tasty bite to eat, sipping on a fresh coconut and watching the surfers take on the powerful waves produced by the Indian ocean which break over the long, exposed stretch of reef. At low tide you can even take a walk out to the reef and take a closer look in the rock pools at the colourful tropical fish swimming around.
To end the day make sure to head up to the top of the cliff and sip on a cocktail while watching the sun set over the ocean. It feels like you are sitting on the edge of the world while watching the sun go down.
All in all, a perfect recipe to revitalize and recharge the batteries, and get ready for a week of intensive yoga teacher training back in Ubud.