I attempted to attend a class with Ketut Arasana at Ubud Bodyworks, but was turned away as the class was full. Don’t you know who I am? I felt like yelling. Now move aside and let me in! Instead I sulked away and gently reminded myself of the opportunity to surrender, then drowned my sorrows in a chai tea. The moral of the story? Email ahead and make a booking. His classes came highly recommended by yogi friends, and apparently this guy is the real deal. He also teaches regularly at a nearby Ashram, Ashram Munivara.
Other classes that came recommended by my yogi friends but I didn’t get a chance to visit (I may have been distracted by the amazing, vegan food) were Frog Lotus and Taman Hati – where a Balinese teacher offers classes in his family compound.
Ubud is a playground for yogi foodies. Many cafes are at least vegetarian and have a huge variety of vegan options as well.
Earth Café had an infuriatingly abundant menu that makes it impossible not to experience a little food envy. Think macrobiotics, vegan and raw (plus a few indulgent options) in a bright and airy upstairs space. There’s also a health food store downstairs with all of your home favourites and more.
Just across the road, Kismet was authentically Balinese with a vegetarian menu. I couldn’t go past the Asian bowl with tempeh skewers and still dream about that glazed tempeh with peanut sauce.
Atman is a bungalow style café with something for everyone – including a huge vegetarian menu and a great selection of kombucha on tap. It’s also a perfect place for people watching.
Kafe is where I spent most of my time. This trendy space is filled with digital nomads and expats, and has an amazingly yogic menu including kitchari for breakfast and every raw desert you can imagine.
All of the above are within easy walking distance of Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive – the most central yoga studios.
As I moved further towards the busy streets of Ubud I found Seeds of Life Café with all sorts of healthy treats and yoga classes on offer too. In the same street, Biah Biah was a real treat with lots of Balinese indulgent offerings with a cosy, buzzing atmosphere. It was great value (the cheapest place I discovered), and the line out the door didn’t deter me from indulging in a deliciously authentic meal.