5 YOGA DIVING RETREATS YOU NEED TO VISIT IN BALI
WHY CHOOSE BETWEEN A YOGA CLASS AND A DIVE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE BOTH?
Are you a scuba diver or freediver who is curious about practicing yoga? Are you a yoga enthusiast who would like to start learning how to scuba or freedive? Are you a diver with a yoga background looking for a place to get away and improve your two favorite hobbies? You’re in luck:
Retreats combining yoga and diving have become a common trend around the world, but some of the best are in Bali. Let’s take a look at five yoga-diving retreats in Bali and the unique features they offer.
Come One Yoga
Surfing since she was a teenager and earning her Open Water Scuba Instructor certification in 2012, Natalie Rudman, the founder of Come One Yoga, is no stranger to the water. In June 2018, she completed a 64-meter freedive, breaking the South African woman’s freediving national record of 63 meters that had been held for eight years. A five-time national champion, she has also broken records in Constant Weight (CWT) with bi-fins and without fins.
A dedicated certified yoga instructor, Natalie focuses her retreats on combining yoga and freediving as she believes one can benefit the other in a profound way. At Come One Yoga, you’ll restore and strengthen your mind and body through a variety of vinyasa, hatha, and restorative yoga classes. With a clear mind, you’ll enter the water to learn and practice freediving, utilizing the same focus on breathing from your yoga classes.
Visit Come One Yoga to learn more about Natalie and her teaching method.
Rama Candidasa Resort
Steps away from a beautiful and tranquil beach, the Rama Candidasa resort is ideal for the scuba diver and yoga enthusiast who want to add some luxury and pampering to their stay in Bali.
Whether you have never taken a single lesson in diving or you do it every weekend, Rama Candidasa provides a scuba diving experience for all skill levels. The same can be said for their daily yoga classes, which are open to all fitness levels.
Start your day with a morning vinyasa class to set your breathing and focus, then take an introductory course to scuba diving. If you are already Open Water Certified, you can head over to nearby Padang Bai, which offers a number of famous dive sites such as Blue Lagoon and Jepun (Turtle Neck). End your day with gratitude and yoga. Then do it all again the next day.
Learn more about Rama Candidasa Resort.
Rama Garden Retreat
While the idea of a month-long retreat sounds like paradise, not everyone can take that kind of time off. If you only have a weekend to spend on yourself, the Rama Garden Retreat is your best bet. Rama Garden Retreat is in Nusa Lembongan, an island just off the coast of Bali, known as a hotspot for manta ray sightings.
Specializing in four-day packages, this retreat combines yoga, freediving, and surfing amidst some of the most gorgeous backdrops in the world. If you’re a freediver who likes to rough it, you can choose a more rustic and authentic Bali accommodation. If you need something that resembles a hotel, Rama Garden has you covered.
The retreat cost covers pick-up from the ferry, some meals, and your yoga, freediving, and surfing experience. If you’ve never tried freediving, an introductory class is included. Never tried surfing? No worries; lessons are provided by one of the best shops on the island: Monkey Surf Shop.
Check out the packages that Rama Garden Retreat offers.
Zen Dive Resort
For the individual who wants to get serious about both diving and yoga, the Zen Dive Resort is for you. Offering a variety of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) courses including Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Master Scuba Diver, the Zen Dive Resort can help you attain any level of recreational diving that you wish.
The most unique feature of Zen Dive Resort is the fusion of yoga and diving into a form of diving they call Zen Harmony Diving. Combining yoga and scuba diving, there is a heavy focus on controlled breathing, yoga postures underwater, and enhanced focus through meditation.
Learn more about Zen Dive Resort and Zen Harmony Diving.
While it’s not on the Bali mainland, Freedive Gili is only a 75-minute boat ride from Amed. On Gili Trawangan, the largest of Three Gili Islands, you’ll find the yoga studio and freediving school of Kate Middleton.
A Level 3 SSI Freediving Instructor and competitive freediver, Kate has set 18 national freediving records. She co-founded Gili Yoga and Freedive Gili in 2009 and has been helping train new yoga teachers and freedive instructors ever since. This is a one-stop shop for those with aspirations to get better in either discipline, including certifications as a 200-hour yoga teacher, and master freediver.
Offering accommodations, custom packages (yoga, freediving, or both), and eco-friendly tourism visiting Freedive Gili is a must if you are already in Bali.
Do You Have a Yoga Diving Retreat You’d Recommend?
If so, what’s the name and where are they located? Curious about trying one of these yoga diving retreats but Bali isn’t where you had in mind? Where would be your ideal yoga and diving retreat? Let us know in the comments below!