Monthly Round Up: October;

October was one of those months that was ridiculously jam packed. Blink & it’s gone.

I welcomed October with a zen hen’s week away with some awesome girls. Best start to the month!

So much beauty in one pic!

Our very own private yoga class at Samudra!

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Back in Bali;

Bali has well and truly stolen a large piece of my heart this month. The original plan was to fly in for four days for a wedding but when I decided I was going to quit my job before the trip, I extended my holiday to seven days.

When I previously visited Bali in June this year, I stopped by Canggu to see a friend and discovered Desa Seni, A Village Resort. I was instantly drawn to the yoga classes and all the wellness treatments on offer.

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Yin Yoga;

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Last weekend, I attended a 3 hour Yin Yoga workshop, put on by Yoga Grooves. I didn’t even know what Yin Yoga was until earlier this year when I went to a free Lululemon yoga class at one of their stores but it’s now a class I regularly attend & always on the look out for more places that run it (not many do!)

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses (asanas) that are held for longer periods of time, anywhere from three to five minutes or longer.  Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues – the tendons, fascia and the ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

In the workshop, run by Fiona from Yoga Grooves, I learnt all about qi and how Yin Yoga is designed to improve the flow of it through the meridian pathways in the body. It is known that improved qi flow helps with organ health, immunity and emotional well-being.

I am dying to get back to Yoga Barn in Bali because they offer Yin Yoga Healing classes, which focus on different organs and it was by far, one of the best classes I’ve attended.

I’m gathering a list of Yin Yoga classes all around the world so if you know of any, send them my way!

 

Bali: relaxation;

Yoga barn (image via Kelly)

When I was booking Bali, I knew I needed to end the trip in Ubud. Situated approximately one hour north of the airport, Ubud is known as the culture centre. As soon as we arrived, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

Yoga Studio at Yoga Barn (via Emma)

If you love yoga & raw food, I would highly recommend staying more than two days. The yoga schedule at Yoga Barn is extensive. Just see below for the June schedule:

I did a 6pm yin yoga class just as the sun was setting. We were situated on the first floor in the open field, overlooking all the rice fields near by & just the setting along was incredible. As it was still quite warm at this time, my muscles were able stretch a lot further & I felt I got so much out of that class.

Pampering wise, the ONLY day spa I will ever go to again would be Kush, located at Yoga Barn.

Taken from the website:

“KUSH treatments focus on balance and rejuvenation. Each healing ceremony draws from ancient Vedic and Tantric practices. Our dedication to authenticity of technique, purity of product and devotion to optimum health and wellbeing have resulted in the development of a healing environment like no other in Bali.

All of KUSH’s therapists have a deep seated knowledge in Indonesian bodywork and have undergone many months of dedicated training with Yoga and Ayurveda specialist Uma Inder to learn the principles of Ayurveda and Yoga”

You can see the full treatment list here.

I got the ‘Balancing Ayuryoga Massage’ which is Kush’s strongest massage combined with assisted yogic stretches & Marma pressure point therapy with medicinal oils. It was by far the best massage I’ve EVER received & it was the perfect way to end my holiday & time in Ubud.

If I had my time again, I would spend a week (or a few) just at Yoga Barn & Kush. There is also accommodation on site plus numerous hotels & resorts nearby. I stayed at Alaya Resort next door which I would highly recommend, even if it’s just for one night.

Now, back to planning the next trip back 🙂

Bali: the food edition;

Before I had booked Bali, I made sure my fellow travel buddy was a lover of raw food as much as me (he was). Although we didn’t eat raw every meal, we came pretty close to it. Here’s a list of my favourite places we ate at:

 

Earth Café, Seminyak

So many greens; so much tofu & so much goodness.

Motel Mexicola, Seminyak

Not raw but still so damn tasty! The deco at this place was something else. Highly recommend!

Zula Vegetarian Heaven, Seminyak

Zula, owned by the same people that own Down to Earth & Earth Cafe is right in the centre of Seminyak and came highly recommended by a vego friend. The place did not disappoint!

Not pictured: the incredible desserts from Zula and Earth Cafe. So yummy & most of them were refined sugar free (YAY!)

Potato Head, Seminyak

Chefs salad. Hands down the greatest dish of all.

Fave dining experience of the trip! We got seared tuna, chicken, chefs salad and chicken caesar salad. Left with the greatest smiles on our faces that night!

Alchemy, Ubud

Pick your own salad! Add anything you want with dressing on the side. This massive bowl cost $5 AUD. Would happily live in Bali in a heart beat!

And the dairy free ice cream? Amazing.

Down to Earth, Ubud

Buckwheat pancakes with jam & honey. YUM

Yoga Barn, Ubud

Just a massive plate of goodness!

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I love the fact I could go away & eat mainly raw with no refined sugar. All the desserts at these raw cafes were labelled clearly with every ingredient that was in it which made it SUPER easy for me (plus I hate being that girl that asks what sweetener has been used!)

Each plate of goodness worked out to be 1/4 the price they are here in Perth which makes me super sad but also super excited to make my own dishes in the future.

If you’re going to Bali soon & are looking for gluten free (and healthy options), check out the @glutenfreebali instagram page 🙂

Healthy eating peeps!

Bali: the beach club edition;

Hanging Gardens, Ubud

Bali is home to infinity pools. Here’s a list of some beach clubs I checked out & would highly recommend.

Cocoon, Seminyak 

What once overlooked the beach, now has some temporary huts blocking the beach view 😦 The thing I love about Cocoon is that you can walk in & use their pool at no cost. We did however have their freshly squeezed pineapple juice which was heavenly! Food from Cocoon is good too (from previous experience).

Finn’s Beach Club, Uluwatu

Finn’s Beach Club is situated on the most south point of Bali. On the top half of the complex, there’s two infinity pools & then to get down to the beach, there’s a 250k IDR entry (where 150k IDR is used as a food credit). Gorgeous spot, good food, incredible fresh juices & crystal clear ocean on the door step. Good spot for a late afternoon lunch.

El Kabron, Uluwatu

El Kabron was by FAR my favourite. They require a 300k IDR minimum spend on food/drinks but I would of happily paid that amount just to be there. It’s a spanish tapas restaurant but as I was having a super clean holiday, I just had a freshly squeezed watermelon juice (plus, I ate at Finn’s not long before!)

Best place to chill out & read!

Highly recommend this place in the late afternoon because it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset. During the day, they have plenty of day beds with massive umbrellas for cover too.

Freshly squeezed mango juice. YUM

Potato Head, Seminyak

Another gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the beach! Not far from the centre of Seminyak, Potato Head has such a variety. There’s lounges up the front for sunset watching, there’s the restaurant, lawn area, pool bar or the day beds for ultimate relaxation. There’s a minimum spend of 500k IDR for the daybeds and a bit of a waiting list depending on what time you go but we got there at 3pm and only waited 30 minutes and then stayed for dinner which was heavenly.

Tanah Lot

Although not a beach club, Tanah Lot is definitely one not to be missed. I was hoping to go for the sunset but with some many epic sunset spots on my list, this one had to be a day trip. It’s approximately 35 minutes north of Seminyak by scooter and well worth the trip just to be somewhere with clean air.

Just looking at all these photos makes me want to go back! It helps that my next trip back is already booked though 😉

Paradise in Bali;

If you’ve been following my instagram the last week, you may have seen a mix of water & lush surroundings popping up on your feed. Apologies to those in the southern hemisphere that were seeing those from 2 degree environments!

When cheap flights to Bali popped up a few months ago, I booked them on a whim. I didn’t know my travel buddy too well, I only knew that he loves personal development, meditation, yoga & he doesn’t drink. Which was exactly what I wanted out of this trip; complete relaxation & feeling calm everyday.

We hired a scooter the whole time we were there & it was by far the easiest way to get around (even driving Jimbaran Bay to Tanah Lot one day which was 43km’s one way). We ended up riding over 2,000 km’s in a week but we saw SO much & were able to stop whenever we pleased as there was parking for scooters everywhere.

I’ve got three posts coming up; the beach clubs, food edition & relaxation (soul & body). Keep an eye out very soon 🙂