Winters pretty much here and you’re already thinking of a mid season escape true? And most likely Bali is on the hit lit list. Fitness nut, trainer and jump rope expert Jacqui Bell fresh from the plane from a long stint as a Canggu local has your itinerary covered for the latest Bali healthy hang out spots, workouts and just cool things to do like a local.
Crate Café Canggu – A concrete jungle serving up a storm! Yummy breakfast and lunch meals at great prices. Chia puddings, smoked salmon, avocado, halloumi – you name it they have it…and don’t forget the great coffee! Crate Café attracts them all – chances are you will spot a pro surfer, model or someone you know whilst brunching here.
Quince Café Canggu – Fresh Organic breakfasts/lunches and a cute retail store attached. Spinach, quinoa and feta fritters are to die for.
Alchemy Ubud and Seminyak – Raw, vegan, organic brunch lunch and raw treats.
Savage Kitchen Canggu – locally grown and sourced ingredients providing nutrients to both your body and mind. The dinner spread is one of a kind – create your own – pick a protein, salad and side to be combined into your perfect meal.
One Eyed Jack Canggu– amazing modern Japanese Izakaya and Sake Bar in Canggu. It is all about mixing and sharing plates of both traditional and modern style Japanese Dishes whilst sipping on cocktails. Recommended – Espresso Martini.
Sweat it out
Wanderlust CrossFit – the largest crossFit box in Bali – Based in Canggu this place is sure to make you sweat – it even attracts the uber elite – the Reebok Australia CrossFit team spent a week training at this incredible gym.
Soham Wellness Centre – Seminyak – Identifying oneself with the universe or the divine energy. This place really has it all – it isn’t just a gym it is an experience. From hardcore group fitness to yoga classes, an olympic swimming pool, healthy café, steam room and sauna room and also an indoor hot and cold pool for recovery routines. It is not to be missed.
Super Human Fitness – Functional Fitness – Parkour movements. A park our type workout for all levels. The Instructor introduced different elements to challenge you mentally as well as physically. There is a video on the website, link listed below from our session. At first glance it appears chaotic – poles, climbing walls, sponge pits etc. but it is very well run. A 2-2.5 hour workshop is the best intro option. It includes epic fitness, flips, turns, twists; the list goes on – group bookings available. Approx. $20 per person – located in Seminyak.
Yoga in Bali is unlike the westernised yoga – it moves away from the physical into a more meditative practice where people learn to go into their own headspace to try and still the fluctuations of their mind. This is achieved by various breathing techniques paired with appropriate poses. Where to go…
The ‘University of Yoga’ AKA The Practice Yoga Studio in Canggu is an experience like no other. You will practice amazing classes from the best and most knowledgeable teachers around – Octavio Salvador (Owner), Karina Guthrie and Jyoti Murray to name just a few. The Practice encompasses traditional yoga, restoration and meditation. Instead of ‘power yoga’ and ‘warrior flow’ the schedule is based around 3 different practices – Moon (meditation), Sun (breathing), Fire (inner practice)and also Yin Yoga (deep stretching).
The Yoga Barn – Ubud This place is truly a yogi’s dream, as soon as you step foot into the shala you feel like you are in yoga heaven. Set in a beautiful location surrounded by rice paddies and away from the hustle and bustle. Over 15 classes a day, workshops, dance, meditation, ayurveda, detox, , healing ceremonies and a guesthouse are all in the one spot.
Experience Indo like a local
Ecstatic dance is about discovering things you would normally do whilst inebriated but you do it without a drop of alcohol. You prance around, waving your body and limbs, crawl and move in anyway that you feel like expressing yourself. You can wear bikinis, yogi tights, exercise clothes, flowing skirts…honestly anything goes. This is the ultimate freedom of expression, which cultivates inner peace and harmony. 90 minutes of ZERO RULES and ABSOLUTE FREEDOM. The music ranges from R & B, live bongos, a DJ, hip-hop, guitarists or traditional. Leave all your reservations, shame and fear at the door, let go and embrace your absolute freedom.
When? Sundays @ The Practice Yoga or Friday nights/Sunday mornings @ The Yoga Barn.
Day trip Hike to Mt Batur Volcano
Mount Batur – best months are May – September to Hike. Pickup approx. 1 a.m. to reach the mountain by 3 a.m. Hike 2 hours to arrive at the summit by sunrise. Cost – approx. $50 per person. Packages can be organised as a whole day trip – Hike, hot springs, lunch, rice terraces etc.
Sunday Session at Single Fin – Uluwatu
A live DJ will be on deck every Sunday so be sure to party with your friends or book a booth to relax and watch the surfers at sunset. Enjoy a Bintang, Single Fin pizza or even a Nalu Bowl or Coco and Poke (Poke Bowl)…there is something for everyone.
Enjoy. JB X