As many of you know, yoga changed my life. Every since I went to my first class in 2008 I dreamed of doing a yoga teacher training. Fast forward 9 years and always putting that dream on the back burner, I decided it was time to take the plunge.
I knew I wanted to do my teacher training abroad but I wasn’t sure where ( Costa Rica? Hawaii? Bali?) After doing TONS of research (I’m that crazy person that spends hours and weighing all the pros and cons, from location, to cost, instructors, timing, style etc., I questioned it all.) Once I was set on Bali ( so many reasons– see below!) Next I had to decide— should I go to Ubud, Bali, the hub of yoga, art and culture or somewhere else closer to the water? Did I want to do it retreat style (all-inclusive) or be more independent? I looked at all the options and was confident with the decision I made to head to Shades of Yoga in Ubud.
Here is why I chose Shades of Yoga in Bali over all the teacher trainings out there:
- The Length of the Course
This was a big deal for me. I wanted to find the perfect course but I also needed it to fit my schedule. I loved how they offered a 3 1/2 week course that also included an additional add on if we wanted ( extra weekend of SUP yoga! Or we could have chosen an Enneagram Session.) — the perfect length of time as I couldn’t leave work and my family too too long.
2. Location. Location Location
I’ve been dreaming about going to Bali since I first saw beautiful photos of the culture and food on Instagram (yes this is where I spot my next travel destinations.) Shades of Yoga is held at Taksu Spa which in located in central Ubud. I loved that I could walk around town easily.
3. The Course
Not only did they cover asanas but also psychology, physiology, anatomy and even the history of yoga. I think it’s so important for a yoga teacher to know the body well and believe in the holistic whole body approach to wellness. Bring on the science!
I loved that morning breakfasts were included. Buffet style with pretty much any breakfast item you could think of — banana pancakes, muffins, local fruit, eggs, cereal, granola, crepes, vegetables, etc. They had me at unlimited coffee.
Ubud is also filled with the most delicious healthy restaurants at ever corner– from raw, to vegan, to vegetarian everything. (More to come with my favorites in later blog posts)
5. $7 Massages
This is a real thing in Ubud (you can even find them cheaper!) I wanted to do my YTT in Bali so I could also pamper my whole body while I was taking the course. In New York, I rarely have the time to treat myself so I wanted these three weeks to really be about taking care of my mind and body. Trust me— massages (and inferred saunas located at Taksu!) do the trick.