Before starting my PADI divemaster course there were lots of things I was look forward to doing more often. But the one at the top of my list? Well, it might not be what you’re thinking…
It might be the fact that you essentially have a nap built into your workout but it’s really been the only real physical activity, aside from swimming, that I’ve genuinely enjoyed doing. I had very grand plans about practicing at home what with having a housemate as a personal yogi. Unfortunately most of the time having an extra hour in bed before a full day at the dive centre won out (for both myself and my live in yoga instructor!).
Thankfully there were lots of options for classes for such a small island!
I loved every second I spent at this beautiful centre. They have two pagodas for practicing in and run a variety of workshops around their scheduled classes. Although I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for years I am not even close to being advanced, and found that the teachers here did well at accomodating different levels of abilities. My absolute favourite class on the island was here – the bamboo workshop – where we used long bamboo sticks to make sure our alignment was spot on for poses. They also have a gorgeous sunset Hatha class which finishes with everyone bathed in nothing but candlelight.
Classes from Idr 100,000 / More info: www.h2oyogaandmeditation.com
Blue Marine Yoga
If you’re looking for a sunrise yoga session then look no further – the studio is open aired and literally right on the beach. Walk a metre from your mat and you’ll find sand in your toes! They also have a large variety of classes including SUP yoga and acro yoga. I tried out the ‘fly-high’ aerial yoga class which wasn’t my cup of tea at all (Becki and Dave loved it!) but it’s always good to be trying new things and challenging yourself – just make sure your travel insurance covers potential broken necks… Friends a lot more talented than myself loved it here but I did find the classes catered towards those with a more advanced practice.
Classes from Idr 100,000 / More info: www.bluemarineyoga.com
^^^Don’t I look like I’m having just the best time?
For the water babies amongst us nothing could be better than combining a splash about in the pool with some stretches. Using the water for support you can tackle balancing poses that would normally be too difficult for beginners and spending savasana laid back in the water is a total treat. Classes are lead by resident dive instructor (and yogi extraordinaire!) Ginny Pinto and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the small, personal sessions. Plus the bar at Oceans5 is a great place to hydrate afterwards, just saying…
Classes from Idr 150,000 / www.oceans5dive.com