Are you in eastern Bali and want to escape the hustle and bustle of Amed? Follow the hearts along the coastal road with stunning ocean views to reach a lovely place called Life in Amed. Situated in the traditional fishing village of Lean, it’s a perfect spot to re-energize and connect to your inner bliss!
Amed is best known for deep sea diving and snorkeling at the Jemuluk Wall and neighbouring Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben. Also, the three-hour scenic route from the airport through the rice fields and villages is an experience in and of itself. There are only a few locations (mostly freediving schools) which offer yoga classes in Amed. Although, during low season most teachers of these places go on holiday, whereas Yogashala remains up and running.
Life in Amed is a Boutique Hotel built with a blend of Balinese and Modern Design and is situated on the beachfront of one of the sandy beaches in Amed. You can really feel the owner’s love of colours, stones and old recycled wood. The staff welcomes you with a big smile and gives you a wooden heart token, to later be collected by the instructor. There is even a cozy restaurant that serves not only vegetarian food but also the menu is gluten-free and vegan-friendly (or 100% vegetarian like the Balinese say). Lots of yummilicious organic salads and refreshing juices and shakes!
The highlight of this place is the yoga studio upstairs that has a stunning garden and ocean view. The wooden floored room is stylishly decorated with buddhas and the mats and props are clean and new. During the class, you hear the unique ambient sounds of ceremonial music and kids playing volleyball next door. It is all part of the local atmosphere and provides a great challenge to keep focusing on your own rhythm of breath and movements.
As they work with volunteering yoga teachers, classes and styles can differ from time to time. Normally they offer two classes a day like Yoga Flow, Yin-Yang and Yin Restorative. There is also a donation based Arts & Yoga program and a weekly community class for free. These classes are the most popular as well as being the most fun.
The sequence of the Yoga Flow class taught by Tiffany was very creative. She offered diverse options with blocks that kept it fun and challenging for all levels. The sunset class ended with a wonderful candlelight savasana and a cosy ginger tea ceremony afterward.
If you would like to start or grow your yoga practice, Yoga Shala can be a winsome alternative to Ubud or Canggu. Class sizes are small and they also offer well priced Mini Bliss Retreats including accommodation in Balinese cottages, healthy meals, two yoga classes a day, a facial, and a massage.
Yoga Shala is a cosy and accessible yoga studio with a spectacular ocean view. Life in Amed offers a charming getaway to relax and rejuvenate and the lovely staff makes your visit a comfortable and memorable one.
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