Taking a look around Ubud

From a variety of temples and lush green rice paddies to monkey forests and waterfalls, coffee plantations and amazing restaurants, the lively town of Ubud truly has a lot to offer to its visitors. While the majority of your time will be spent in class, studying, or practicing yoga (that’s why you signed up for teacher […]

Ubud: The Yoga Hotspot of Bali

Bali is hands-down one of the most special places on the planet… It’s been called the Island of the Gods, the Island of Peace, and the Morning of the World. The energy here is deep, nurturing, peaceful, challenging, and truly life-changing. A rich ground for manifestation. And in a place of special places, the little […]

Yoga on the Island of the Gods – Bali

Bali is one of the most magical places on the planet Forested volcanic mountains, rice terraces, beaches, and coral reefs all conspire to bring a sense of power and wildness to the land of this beautiful island, but there’s more to it than that. Bali thrums with a nurturing, spiritual energy than makes it a […]

Surf and Yoga in Bali

Surf and Yoga in Bali

Surf and Yoga in Bali Ready for an exciting journey to one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet? Dreaming of days spent hitting the surf and deepening your yoga practice? Then it’s time to look into your Bali vacation. Surf and Yoga in Bali Surf in Bali Bali is a jungle paradise, a place […]

What to expect on a yoga teacher training course

What to expect on a yoga teacher training course

Your yoga teacher training course The sun is about to rise over the countryside in Bali.You’re in Ubud, and the town’s local roosters are crowing to let you know that it’s time to start your day. Chances are you’re staying in a home stay close to the heart of town, so you don your yoga gear […]

6 Real Life Benefits of Attending Yoga Teacher Training

Benefits of Attending Yoga Teacher Training

Real Life Benefits of Attending Yoga Teacher Training At some point or another we all find ourselves feeling burdened by the daily grind, the constant motion, and the glare of our electronic devices. We want to unplug, unwind and ground down – to get back to who we really are and what’s really important to […]

The Ultimate Preparation Guide for Yoga Teacher Training

Preparation Guide for Yoga Teacher Training

Preparation Guide for Yoga Teacher Training So, you’ve just committed to a month-long yoga teacher training immersion. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on an exciting journey of self-discovery. Yoga teacher training will crack you open and uncover for you a world that you may not even know exists! And yes, it will challenge you too, […]

Gamelan lessons at the local library

Karma at the library

There are not many evenings that you can walk around Ubud without being invited to or at least hearing a performance, usually of dance and gamelan music. The traditional gamelan music carries across Ubud, enticing and inviting to everyone that hears it. One of the best places to hear a concert is just next to […]

Reflections on my Shades of Yoga 200 HR RYT

yoga sunset in bali

I arrived in Ubud, Bali 36 hours after departure with perfect timing to make my 7:45am introductory RYT course. I encouraged my brother who had never tried yoga to come with me for the day just to kill time.  After the first day, he too decided to join the ‘path of enlightenment’ and spend the next […]

Yoga, Meditation & Self-Empowerment Retreat in Ubud


Shades of Yoga recently ran the first in a series of Yoga, Meditation and Personal Empowerment Retreats at Taksu Spa, situated in the heart of Ubud, Bali’s global centre for spiritual tourism. The retreats are orientated towards giving the participants the tools to transform their lives through daily yoga sessions, active meditations, and lectures designed to help individuals […]

Bali’s Kecak Fire Dance

uluwatu ocean view

Watching the sun make its steady descent towards a gold and orange infused ocean from the vantage point of Bali’s world famous Uluwatu Temple (Pura), is a must see for anyone travelling to the Island of the Gods. The Temple is situated right on the tip of Bali’s southernmost point, the Bukit Peninsula and the […]