The Yogabarn is a beautiful yoga school and wellness center with two studios ideally and quietly located amidst terraced rice paddies yet still in the center of Ubud. Ubud is a heavenly place for yogis and other conscious minded people. The village offers a wide variety of organic, vegan and vegetarian cafes and restaurants as well as Yoga studios and Ayurvedic health centers.
To enter the Yogabarn, you first walk into the reception of Kush, the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Center. A nice reception room with a shop full of books, yoga mats and ayurvedic oils and herbs.
The studios are on separate levels. The first one accommodates 30 students and is upstairs. The second studio is down at the bottom of the property. You walk through the organic cafe, Little K to reach the reception of the Yogabarn studio where you can sign up for a class in the studio that accommodates 20 students.
Open for breakfast and lunch from 9am till 4pm, Little K offers all sorts of healing foods like delicious raw or cooked breakfast, super smoothies, raw tacos, lasagna, ravioli, raw chocolate mousse, raw carrot cake, etc., which are all completely vegan (no animal products at all-no meat, eggs, dairy), instead composed of raw root vegetables, avocado, cashew, sesame seed, dates, and more. In addition, they also serve ayurvedic drinks and foods. Definitely try their kitcheree, a high protein and easily digested meal of rice and mung split beans with ayurvedic herbs and spices.
The space is environmentally friendly built. Wooden floors have been recycled from old growth timber, without the use of chemicals, mud walls and paints are all natural, staircase railings are made out of oxen plowshare handles and roofs are made of alang-alang, a traditional Indonesian grass-thatch.
The teachers are all highly qualified and come (just like their students) from all corners of the world. Classes are all taught in English. The yoga styles offered at the Yogabarn are: Yin/Yang, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Thai, Yin, Therapeutic, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and much more. I tried the poweryoga level 2/3. The class was phenomenal. The teacher, Denise is a fabulous teacher who challenges you but at the same time encourages you to listen to your own body, follow your own pace and respect your body’s limitations. I love challenging myself and boy, this was a great challenge! I even learned a new funky posture that I will incorporate in my own classes. If you want a good, conscious, invigorating class then I can highly recommend Denise’s classes!
There are separate bungalows for massage treatments and wellness practitioners on site.
The Yogabarn is also available for groups and retreats.
A little gem, preciously kept in the green lush surroundings of Ubud.