Helmi Saarekas

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Helmi Saarekas

Helmi is a Finnish freelance writer and wellness enthusiast. She writes about travel and lifestyle inspired by her experiences on the beautiful islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. 

Canggu Yoga and Pilates Classes

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Canggu beach yoga

Yoga is a must-do in Bali, but you don’t need to go all the way to Ubud for an authentic experience. Canggu is a vibrant coastal district located close to – but far enough away from – the busy streets of Seminyak. It’s a popular destination for a relaxed holiday.

Canggu is best known for its surf beaches, trendy shops, casual cafes and restaurants, but a growing number of beautiful yoga and Pilates studios are making their way to an evolving wellness scene offering a range of classes for the healthy Canggu community. Whether you’re looking to break a sweat with Pilates or just to calm your body and soul doing yoga in a stunning setting – there is a class for you. Be ready for beach yoga poses like Canggu’s Instagram yoga babe Yogavive_ (SEE ABOVE, FEATURED IMAGE) in no time.

The highly experienced teachers will ensure you the get the most out of your exercise whether you are a beginner or an expert. Many of the studios feature holistic treatments, onsite spas and healthy cafés to round off your experience. Drop in early to reserve your space, or book a private class beforehand for more intimate exercise. All the studios provide mats and other equipment, so all you need to pack is comfortable, stretchy clothing.

Five yoga classes in Canggu, Bali

HATHA YOGA CLASSES
PERSONAL GROWTH TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

The Practice offers three Hatha yoga classes for varying levels of practice;

  • Stage1 Moon Hatha class focuses on stability and calmness of body and mind with long holds.
  • Stage 2 Sun Hatha includes conscious Vinyasa, standing poses and floor work with deep breathing and movements.
  • Stage 3 Fire Hatha brings together all the elements – Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation.

Typical class length is 90 minutes.

In addition to the Hatha series, yoga programs include Yin, Restorative and Complete Practice, as well as the occasional Yoga Fundamentals workshop tailored to those discovering yoga.

The stunning open-air bamboo studio amidst rice fields (and just few steps away from the beach) also hosts yoga teacher training as well as community groups and life-enriching events. Cute giftshop and yoga-wear for sale here too.

The Practice
Jl.

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Ubud Yoga Classes

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Yoga class

Ubud is known as the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali, a place to seek tranquility amidst lush green rice terraces, traditional villages and sacred Balinese Hindu temples. A hot spot on the tourist trail and one of the healthiest cities in Southeast Asia, charming Ubud is a sanctuary of well-being and an oasis for yogis and spiritual seekers.

There are many yoga studios in Ubud to choose from, several of them doubling as holistic healing centres, spas or cafés, and supporting environmentalism and charity projects.

The choice of yoga classes for visitors is vast. From Yin to Ashtanga and Bikram, there is a yoga style for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi. At many centres, you can book your class beforehand. You can also drop-in just before a class, but be sure to go at least 30 minutes early as they do fill up quickly. All the studios provide yoga mats and other equipment, so all you need to bring is comfortable clothing and positive mind.

5 yoga classes in Ubud, Bali

UBUD BEGINNNER YOGA CLASS
CALLING ALL NOVICE YOGIS

The Yoga Barn offers a beginners’ class daily at 2pm. Intro to Yoga is an ideal class for anyone new to yoga with discussion on how yoga can benefit our everyday lives, with simple breathing techniques and basic yoga poses.

Being the most popular yoga centre in Ubud, the class sizes are big – their studios cater up to 60 people. Intro to Yoga is great choice for beginners and those wanting to meet new people.

Yoga Barn’s gorgeous space offers over 15 yoga classes a day, plus dance class and guided meditation. They also have an on-site healing centre ‘Kush’ and Garden Kafe.

The Yoga Barn
Jl. Raya Pengosekan,
Ubud, Bali
(+62) 0361 971 236
http://www.theyogabarn.com/schedule.html

ACROYOGA CLASSES IN UBUD
TAKE YOUR STRETCHES TO NEW HEIGHTS

Looking for a fun and challenging yoga class in Bali? Elevate your routine with Acroyoga!

Acroyoga classIMAGE: ACROYOGA INTERNATIONAL.

This fun movement class incorporates yoga and partner acrobatics to build strength and balance, as well as some deep stretching poses influenced by traditional Thai massage techniques.

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10 Vegan Restaurants in Canggu, Bali

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Canggu Bali Vegan Food

A growing number of Bali restaurants are catering to tourists who are partial to plant-based diets and in pursuit of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Yes, even whilst on holiday. Their menus are laden with Asian-fusion vegan/vegetarian dishes combining fresh local produce with the aromatic flavour profiles famous around Southeast Asia, as well as vegan renditions of well-known western meals. 

For a large selection of vegan-friendly and exclusively vegan restaurants in Bali, visit the trendy laid back surf town of Canggu on the island’s west coast (or go to yogi haven Ubud, but that’s a different list of restaurants for another day).

To all the vegans, vegetarians, health nuts, locavores and omnivores (OK that’s everyone), feast your eyes on our guide to Canggu’s best restaurants with good vegan food. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite food spot.

 

Peloton vegan cafe Canggu

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Peloton Supershop
VEGAN CAFÉ FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Vintage bicycles meet vegan food on the corner of Jl. Pantai Berawa. The friendly, creative atmosphere and irresistible menu at Peloton Supershop welcome you for a scrumptious breakfast or lunch. Their burgers with a charcoal or spirulina bun, and large hearty vegan salads fuel you up with goodness. Nourishing superfood shots and coffees with coconut, almond or soy milk make a perfect accompaniment.

Peloton Supershop
Jl. Pantai Berawa No.46
www.pelotonsupershop.com

The Shady Shack Canggu restaurant

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Shady Shack
RICE FIELDS FOREVER

Overlooking the rice fields on Jl. Tanak Barah, this popular Canggu vegetarian restaurant serves up delicious vegan and gluten-free dishes that won’t leave you hungry or disappointed. Their menu consists of bowls, burgers and wraps that delight from breakfast to dinner. This cute hideaway’s garden décor makes it a great place to grab a coffee and a piece of cake with in a beautiful setting anytime.

Shady Shack
Jl. Tanah Barak No.57
www.facebook.com/Theshadyshackbali

Pad Thai at Green Ginger Bali

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Green Ginger Noodle House
VEGETARIAN ASIAN FOOD

Delivering a range of exotic flavours, Green Ginger Noodle House is a vegetarian restaurant which also boasts an excellent variety of vegan dishes, including Vietnamese Pho Chay and the tastiest Pad Thai in town.

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Healthy Holiday: Detox in Lombok

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Sira Beach, Lombok

Dreaming of a tropical holiday to cleanse your mind and body from stress, chemicals and environmental toxins? Thanks to the runaway success of ‘Eat Pray Love’, everyone associates Bali with yoga retreats, soul-searching and D.I.Y. detox.

But what about its more secluded neighbor island Lombok? In many ways, this lush evergreen landscape with its pristine white-sand beaches are even better! Crack open a coconut and drink to healthy holiday paradise found.

Take a look at these tips for choosing the right accommodation, nutrition program, fitness activities and spa treatments to create your unique wellness vacation in Lombok.

The Anandita Lombok villa staff serving fresh juice

Located on picture-perfect Sira Beach on the north shore of Lombok, The Anandita has all the elements for a healthy holiday. This private sea-front villa has four luxurious bedroom suites, sprawling grounds, private swimming pool, a deserted white-sand beach and attentive staff at your service.

 

Healthy Hydration

Hydration is key. Drink a half liter of water when you wake up and at least three liters throughout the day. The heat and humidity can easily dehydrate you –  especially when you’re active.

Try Jamu, a traditional Indonesian healing and detoxifying drink used to cure everything from weight gain to flu. All you need is a shot-glass-sized serving. The main ingredient is turmeric, whose powerful healing properties include helping your liver with the detoxifying process. Make a trip to the attractive Tanjung Traditional Market to buy some fresh or powdered turmeric to add to any drink.

Avocado-banana juice is an excellent power boost. The healthy fats in avocado help you to slim down while banana fights against bloating. Remember to order your fresh fruit juice without sugar, as it’s normally added.

Sip on a young coconut while watching the sunset. It goes without saying, fruity cocktails are a no-go during detox. Coconut water is a delicious refreshing drink packed with vitamins and minerals.

 

Island Nutrition

Good news! You don’t have to restrict yourself to a juice-only fast during your healthy tropical getaway.

As any D.I.Y. detox-er already knows, short-term low-calorie cleanses are not successful programs for detoxification and long-term weight loss, as they can rob your body of vital nutrients and cause you to lose weight through fluid rather than fat loss. A healthy balance of wholesome carbs and fiber is the ticket to losing weight on holiday or any other time.

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