A students experience of Uluwatu

Uluwatu Yoga Teacher Training

Shades of Yoga recently added a brand spanking new location and venue for their yoga teacher trainings that I was lucky enough to be a part of. The location is the beautiful area of Uluwatu, famous for its magnificent beaches, stunning sunsets, and surf. The venue is Hidden Valley Resort, a somewhat secluded holiday oasis […]

Pratyahara: Internalization of senses

Some New Yoga Styles for you to check out

Yoga is so much more than the physical mat practice that is relatable these days. The very word Yoga comes from the Vedic Sanskrit word to unite or to add or to join. Yoga gives us tools through which we can access a bigness within ourselves and unit mind, body and spirit. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras […]

Vacation in Costa Rica – the Osa Peninsula

Iguana Lodge

It’s vacation time again. You’re looking for a place to take it easy, to soak in the sun and to generally enjoy all that the good life has to offer. On the Osa Peninsula you can experience the breathtaking nature of the tropics as well as beautiful white sand beaches. You can enjoy swimming, surfing, snorkelling […]

What is Yoga?

In my many years in the world of yoga, I have learned some valuable lessons; the most important one of all is that there is no mould for us to fit into. 
I have never been one to fit the proverbial mould and I constantly allow myself the liberty to change my mind and remain open to […]

Tips for Teaching Your First Yoga Class:

You are a newly qualified yoga teacher, have been offered a job teaching classes in a studio and are trying to prepare for your first ever class. The thought that you have to stand in front of a diverse group of people that love yoga and are hanging off your every word can be a terrifying […]

Self Practice – The Key to Being a Great Yoga Teacher

As part of the Shades of Yoga 200 hr Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training certification, our students are required to complete two ‘self practice’ assignments per week. At Shades of Yoga we believe that it is essential that all of our students have a strong individual yoga practice, as this is the foundation of what makes a good […]

Boreh Pijat- Traditional Balinese Healing

One of the main reasons I chose Shades of Yoga’s 200 Hour RYT was due to its amazing location in Ubud, Bali.  I fell in love with the idea of fresh flowers, ceremonies, warm people and most of all luxuries at an affordable price. One of these luxuries that is affordable to the general public […]

The Five Bandhas

The Five Bandhas

The Five Bandhas Shades of Yoga RYT 200 hour course focuses on teaching the basic principles of Hatha Yoga in order to develop a solid foundation and understanding of how to safely progress through asana’s.  Understanding the bandhas is the primary step to perfecting basic postures such as Tadasana, while creating body awareness and mental […]

Four essentials to incorporate into every diet

These day’s diets are a fad, they are fashionable quick fix solutions to problems that have taken years to accumulate and manifest in our bodies. There are new extreme weight loss methods popping up on the market daily but regardless  of the current trend, Shades of Yoga brings you four simple steps that can be incorporated into […]

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 […]

Nusa Lembongan Yoga Retreat

Yoga Retreat Nusa Lembongan Bali

Shades of Yoga recently held its first 5 Day Luxury Yoga Retreat on the stunningly beautiful island paradise Nusa Lembongan. The Retreat was hosted by Indiana Kenanga Boutique Hotel and was a resounding success. Our guests were greeted upon arrival at Bali’s international airport and transported to their various hotels in Sanur for the evening. […]