Hello you beautiful yogis, welcome back to my blog! 🙂
In this post, I want to write about my humble experience of doing my own DIY yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali.
If you’re very new to yoga and not sure what yoga retreat is (it might sound fancy and all), well, it’s basically a “holiday” yoga package/workshop that you can purchase – something like Club Med. In the “holiday” yoga package, you will get an almost all-day yoga class, accommodation, as well as meals (sometimes).
While some people go to a party cruise, we yogis go to a yoga retreat 😀
When I first started yoga, I have always wanted to go to one because it’d be my chance to mingle around like-minded yogis, a group of people that I can learn a lot from and it would simply be a nice treat to get away from the busy bustling city.
And I wanted to enjoy some specific workshop, like meditation, working on backbends, handstand – well, you name it. There is always something that I wanna learn more on, and so, I have always thought of joining one yoga retreat/workshop at least once in my life..
But the thing is….
They can sometimes be quite expensive. Depending on the instructor and the place as well. There are some yoga retreats that are quite affordable, but I’ve always found that their itinerary or plan isn’t exactly what I was looking for. So ultimately, it’s still up to you on what you need.
So, at that time when I went to Bali, I didn’t have a lot of moolah to start with but I had a very strong desire to just go to one and find my zen in life again. Hence, I decided to do a DIY yoga retreat by myself & it had been far more awesome than I thought it would be 🙂
P/s: To know how I get my daily yoga practice, check out my review on Alo Moves here.
Why I Went To Learn Yoga In Bali
Before I went to Bali, I’ve actually thought about going for a yoga retreat perhaps 6 months prior to it. Because there were a lot of things going on in my life, and work in the office had been quite tough, I just need to really breathe.
But I couldn’t find the resources and time to actually go and be by myself at that time.
So I booked a flight to Bali perhaps 4 months before I actually flew there. I took into account on the different season they have there in Bali cause ultimately, I really wanted to avoid any peak season. And to give some buffer period for me to find some time away from work.
It all comes down to the fact that I really wanted to find myself again, to give myself a breather. And ever, you are in the same situation as I, I would definitely recommend to give yourself a break too. Even if it’s only a short one.
If you don’t have the money, you can definitely DIY the whole trip like how I did on this trip. It’s super simple and I’m going to share more on how I did it below!
Choosing The Yoga Studio
First thing first is choosing the place you wanna go. For me, it’s Bali, for you, it might be India. Whatever floats your boat 🙂 I chose Bali cause it’s pretty near to where I’m from, the flight wasn’t very long and I actually had never been to Bali. So, it was a great opportunity. Killing two birds with one stone 🙂
The second part, which is also the most crucial part is to choose the yoga studio that you wanna go and join.
This actually took a lot of research from my side because I really wanna make sure that I blend in with the crowd. You can just google on the different yoga studios available, and read the reviews. See which one suits you best. Make sure to also understand the author’s style – whether he or she is having the same kind of travel/yoga style as you.
I found that some author wanted the happening place, so they gave very good reviews on “happening” yoga classes. I was looking for a more quiet one, so I gotta find a blog that suits the “quiet” style 🙂
When I was doing my research on the different yoga studios in Ubud, Bali, Yoga Barn is the most famous one and almost everyone has very good things to say about it. But at that time, I wasn’t looking for something that’s very open and catering to a lot of students. I was in the middle of a life crisis (haha) and I wanted to be with very few companies, where the yoga studio is pretty petite but comfy.
So I stumbled upon Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio in Ubud, Bali on Google.
The class, the ambiance, the lush green surrounding the class looks super peaceful. And so, I went with it 🙂
This of course came after a lot of research. Honestly, I feel like this is probably where you’re going to spend a lot of your time researching on.
Not to mention, be agile of the prices that yoga studios offer. I got a pretty good price for the yoga class – at 825,000 IDR (USD 56) for 15 yoga class. Less than USD4 per class – which is not bad.
So check on the prices, look at your budget as well as the number of classes that you actually wanna commit to.
The Best Accommodation In Ubud!
One of the best things that I got in Bali was my beautiful humble guesthouse, which I’ll definitely come back to if I ever go back to Ubud, Bali!
I checked the address of Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio in Ubud, Bali and cross-checked it with the available accommodations on Booking.com, and I found a guesthouse, though it looks humble, it had so many good reviews.
Guys, it was amazing.
It has this big beautifully sculpture palace-like doors, and extremely clean and comfy bed – and the best thing is that they have an outdoor shower! I, literally, showered with rainbows, every single morning there. #blessedlife.
& what’s better is that it’s super cheap! Remember when I talked about avoiding peak season? Yes. I got it for less than half of the price during peak season. It’s crazy.
If you happen to also be looking at going DIY yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali, make sure to check out the guesthouse called “Cucu House“.
You can book it via Booking.com – I’m a bit biased here. I’ve always found Booking.com to be very lovely and convenient & I’d definitely recommend it to anyone.
Anyway, if you’re looking to do this DIY yoga retreat somewhere else, you can do it too! Just remember to cross check the address of your yoga studio and your accommodation so that they can be near each other and you don’t need to travel far away to just go to the yoga class 🙂
& I Only Spend This Much….
I’m not going to calculate the flight expenses, cause you might be coming from another part of the world that is much further away from where I am. But, booking far ahead did give me much needed advantage to get a good price – especially if you’re flying with a low-cost airline.
Anyway, let’s break things down on how much I spent in total:
Accommodation: USD126 for 7 nights!
Yoga class: USD56 for 15 yoga classes!
Airport transfer back & forth: USD30
*I had a good balance of going to more upscale restaurants, as well as normal Indonesians stalls. I also shopped at their grocery stores to get some fruits.
Extra travel package: USD30
*I went for a Mount Batur hike. I didn’t go to a lot of other Bali attractions during this trip. I did more of the free attractions with a few new made friends there 🙂 Basically hiking, going for good food and catching sunsets!
In total, I spent around USD342 for a week of DIY yoga retreat with at least 2 yoga classes a day – to me, it’s already a pretty good steal 🙂
Anyway, I would really recommend for you to try and DIY your own yoga retreat if you don’t want to be fully committed for a full-fledged yoga retreat, or like me, you just don’t have that money yet. It could be anywhere that you wanna go, it doesn’t need to be Bali.
Now go and spread your wings! 🙂
Anyway, have you gone to a yoga retreat before? If you have, how do you like it? And if you haven’t, are you going to be looking forward to it? 🙂
Let me know down below in the comment section!
Till my next post, Namaste.