Sunset Ku de ta Seminyak

An indulgent day in Seminyak

When you are spending an intense month of Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud with Shades of Yoga, it is sometimes nice to escape and do something different. Ubud is known as the centre of culture and art in Bali, whereas Seminyak is more geared towards the tourist who wants to enjoy the beach, shop, dine and party. This is by no means a judgement of the traveller’s preference, because Seminyak is definitely the place to go to for a break of sheer decadence!

You can start the day at Ku De Ta,a great restaurant right on the beach.

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Karma at the library

Gamelan lessons at the local 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 the football field in the centre of Ubud, in the large temple. As you walk along the roads next to the field it feels like you are actually attending the concert!

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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 overcome personal blocks that might be hindering them from reaching their full potential.

 

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Bali Heavenly Relaxation Centre: Jaen’s Spa

relaxing pedicure at Jaens Spa
relaxing pedicure at Jaens Spa

As many of our past Shades Of Yoga students would know, The RYT 200 Hour 21-day yoga teacher training is designed around proper alignment, building a solid strength foundation and of course, flexibility. Due to Shades of Yoga’s integrity to hold this standard, it is not uncommon for our students to indulge in a relaxation on their days off.

As a registered yoga instructor and former yoga student of Shades Of Yoga, I have done my fair share of relaxation indulgence in and around Ubud’s  many local spas. My most recent was at Jaen’s Spa located on Jln Raya Pengosekan. When I first arrived to Jaen’s Spa I was promptly greeted by the wonderful receptionist whom was both personal and professional.

My two-hour treatment consisted of a relaxation body massage followed by a green tea body scrub. My treatment began with a short but sweet foot wash in flower water and a gentle scrub. Throughout my soothing massage I was granted the option of choosing how much pressure my masseuse would apply, which allowed for a truly authentic experience. The green-tea body scrub left me feeling fresh and rejuvenated with a natural glow.

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Sari Organik Ubud

Sari Organik: The Essence Of Natural

Sari Organiks embodies many of the values and the movements being made in Ubud, Bali and wider society today. Owned by Balinese chef Nila, Sari Organiks stands for ‘essence of natural’ and represents a model for: independent, local, organic farming with balanced, ethical, environmental sustainability at its core. It aims to educate and inspire others to follow suit and join efforts to grow ‘Green Bali’.

The organisation grows rice and a variety of fruits and vegetables from two of their own gardens around their Bodog Meliah restaurant and in the Bali mountains. In addition to this they process: jams, fruit wines, tofu, soy feta, breads to name a few, and continue to add new, improved foods and healthy produce. This produce is used within their two Ubud restaurants:

Warung Bodog Meliah and one in Penstanan, near Alchemy, with an attached shop and is the hub for their local deliveries for mindful food consumers.

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YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CLASS

Ku De TA – Restaurant, Waves and Sun.

Shades of Yoga run their highly popular and successful RYT 200 hour Teacher Training course in the beautiful Balinese town of Ubud, a place that lends itself to yoga in many ways. Great food, arts and crafts, yoga and spa centres, a sense of spirituality not found in many other places in the world and of course, the tranquil and serene mountain slopes and rice paddies.

During our course, our students have the weekends off so we like to encourage them to go out and experience all the many splendours that the magical island and sweet paradise of Bali has to offer. This not only allows our students an opportunity to have some fun, but most importantly allows them to ‘unplug’ from the course for a couple of hours, ensuring that when they return on a Monday morning they are feeling refreshed and invigorated and raring to go. One of the most popular destinations for our students is Ku De Ta Restaurant, perched right on the endless stretch of pristine Balinese beach that is Seminyak.

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A Day in Ubud

A pink smudge begins to push back the grey light of pre-dawn, and heralds the rising of that great giver of life, the sun. Like clockwork, a chorus of roosters begin their morning crescendo of cock-a-doodle-doo’s, my new alarm, and a sign that it is time to get up.

In my opinion chickens could be seen to represent the overriding theme of life here in Ubud. A grounded, earthy feeling seems to infiltrate daily activities, as humans and animals alike,  go about their business searching for food and shelter. Yet, every so often, a rooster will lift his head and call to the heavens above, crying out to something larger than life itself. In much the same manner, the local people will regularly take 5 minutes out of their days to light some incense, and make an offering to the sacred spirits at one of the many shrines that adorn each and every single house in Ubud.

Today is my first day off since I started as a student on Shades of Yoga’s RYT 200hr Teacher Training course offered here in Ubud, Bali. It’s been a long week, filled with both physical and mental exertion, and I’m incredibly happy with how much I have learnt thus far. However, I have been so focused on my course work that I haven’t spent much time absorbing the culture of this beautiful city, and have decided that today I am dedicating to exploration.  I considered renting a scooter for the day, but in all honesty traffic here is crazy, and I don’t trust my own ability to safely navigate my way through the streets of Ubud without doing myself some kind of harm. The last thing I want is to jeopardize the rest of my teacher training course due to injury. I figured renting a bicycle would be a great way to see Ubud, as well as go off the beaten tourist track. It would be great cross-training as well.

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