Though yoga has its roots woven most deeply in India, Indonesia – with its pervasive spiritual undertone and Indian influences – is a top destination for yogis aspiring to become teachers of this ancient practice. Within the country, Bali is often understood to be the yoga capital due to its strong Hindu culture, though other areas of Indonesia do offer yoga teacher training courses as well. After sifting through all that is available in this culturally and environmentally lush and diverse country, we’ve narrowed down the yoga offerings available to give you the 10 best yoga teacher training programs in Indonesia – in Bali and beyond.
10 Best Yoga Teacher Trainings in Indonesia
Beginning with one of Ubud’s best, Zuna Yoga operates from a variety of locations in Indonesia, including The Yoga Shala Bali; however, yearning for their own place to call ‘home,’ the individuals behind Zuna Yoga are opening their own private venue in March 2020. Both their current and soon-to-be venues are stunning, surrounded by rice paddies and the biodiversity that this island has to offer.
Program: Zuna Yoga offers 200-, 300-, and 500-hour yoga teacher training courses. Offered year-round, the 21-day, 200-hour program includes accommodation, three vegetarian meals daily, water, teas, group airport transfer, a course manual, and tuition.
What We Like: The new Zuna Yoga property boasts jungle views from every room. Brand new, the space is clean, comfortable, and breathtaking. We love the large yoga studio with its foldable glass windows that open the space up entirely to the lush green environments that surround it.
Cost: All-inclusive prices for 2019 training in Ubud start at $4375 USD, though if you join them in September in Gili Meno, prices start at $3650 USD.
Trainings at Yoga East + West are truly holistic, including instruction from one master teacher from India and one teacher from a Western city. Offered at their beautiful modern yoga resort in Ubud, Bali, training programs here are both luxurious and authentic. Their philosophy is ‘spiritual not religious,’ providing a truly non-denominational teaching of this ancient practice.
Program: The 200-hour program here is a combination of Hatha and modern Vinyasa teachings. The course includes three meals from Monday to Saturday, 21 nights of accommodation, certification upon completion, a training manual, evening meditation classes, a ‘Business of Yoga’ video training module, and one massage.
What We Like: The approach to the trainings here is truly balanced, as suggested by their name. By weaving modern science of physiotherapy into these ancient teachings, and by coming from a non-dogmatic lens, the program helps modern day yogis to understand how these ancient practices are deeply interwoven into who we are as a collective today.
Cost: Book early and fees start at $3950 USD. After the early-bird pricing, the rate starts at $4350 USD.
Jalan Katik Lantang, Singakerta, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
All Yoga has been operating for ten years, offering courses in both Indonesia and Thailand. Their Indonesian offering is located on Nusa Lembongan, a small island southeast of Bali. The yoga studio is right on Jungut Batu beach, making for incredible views and ocean sounds throughout practice.
Program: The 200-hour Vinyasa Ashtanga yoga teacher training course at All Yoga is 23 days in length. The program includes all the fundamentals required for Yoga Alliance certification, training materials, and free accommodation in a local guesthouse for the first ten participants to join each course. They do not offer accommodation on-site, though can recommend places to stay nearby if you are not one of the first to get complimentary accommodation.
What We Like: The laidback vibe of Nusa Lembongan is certainly worthy of a yoga teacher training school. Just a small step (or boat ride) away from the more conventional routes through Bali, this paradise island is a tranquil place to rest while diving into the world of yoga teaching.
Cost: The early-bird price starts at $2950 USD, available to those who book at least three months in advance. The regular price begins at $3650 USD.
Jalan Secret Beach Nusa Ceningan, Lembongan, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771
Inner Yoga offers 200-hour certification courses every couple of months in Bali at Azadi Retreat. The tranquil space is surrounded by hills, rice paddies, and jungles, offering a laidback and nature-inspired stay. Azadi Retreat has an on-site spa and infinity pool for added luxury.
Program: The 200-hour program offers both Yin and Vinyasa teachings and all of the standard training fundamentals. Including in the course price is 22 nights of accommodation, three meals daily, coffee and tea, scheduled airport transfers, certificate upon completion, a course manual, a gift bag, and access to all of the facilities at the Azadi Retreat Center.
What We Like: The lounge and pool area at Azadi are stunning, open-air spaces in which you can relax, study, or socialize with likeminded participants. The lounge is also where you’ll enjoy your meals, so it’s truly the hub of this community.
Cost: All-inclusive prices for this program start at $3700 USD dependent upon accommodation-type booked.
Gili Yoga is located on the small island of Gili Trawangan, between Bali and Lombok. They offer both yoga and freediving here, holding space for deep descents both literally and figuratively. The Yoga Garden at Gili Yoga offers simple though clean and comfortable accommodations just steps away from the on-site yoga shala.
Program: The 28-day Hatha Yoga program is multi-faceted, exploring Vinyasa, Yin, Ecstatic Dance, Expressive Arts, and much more during the course. The residential pricing includes tuition, accommodation, a training manual, and daily breakfast. Participants can also opt for a package exclusive of accommodation if they prefer to find their own.
What We Like: There are no motorized vehicles on the Gili islands so the vibe here is local, down-to-earth, and laidback. With its oceanfront location, the views here are incredible and the connection to nature is undeniable.
Cost: Without accommodation, rates start at $3490 USD. If you’d like to have accommodation included in the price, prices begin at $3990 USD.
Mana Retreat is located on Lombok, east of Bali on the other side of the Gili islands. The space offers an understated luxurious stay during yoga teacher training programs and is a step outside of the traditional route for yogi tourists in Indonesia. From beautiful, modern dorms to deluxe bungalows, luxury is available for all yogi guests here.
Program: The teacher training program includes all the fundamentals of a standard 200-hour program, offering instruction in a variety of styles. Bookings include course materials, certification upon completion, accommodation, daily breakfast, drinking water, a ‘Mana Goodie Bag’, and one 60-minute massage at their on-site spa.
What We Like: Their in-house cinema screens nightly movies, and food and drink while the film rolls are served from their restaurant. Sip on kombucha or from a fresh coconut while you relax into the night with a shared movie experience.
Cost: At time of writing, the conversion rate saw this program starting at $2243 USD for the early-bird fare. After access to this fare expires, the rate begins at $2594 USD for the course with accommodation in the luxury dorm.
Jalan Baturiti, Kuta, Pujut, Kabupaten Lombok Tengah, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83573
Bali Yoga School is a multi-styled yoga teacher training program that keeps teachings intimate by accepting no more than 15 students per program. They offer 100-hour to 500-hour teaching programs, catering to those of all pursuits, skills, and interests. In addition to yoga teacher training programs, they also offer yoga and Ayurveda retreats for minimum three and maximum eleven days.
Program: Teachings at Bali Yoga School encompass practices and wisdom of Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa Flow. Included in the program is 24 nights of shared accommodation, three daily meals and teas, weekend excursions and activities, course materials, and Saturday evening kirtan.
What We Like: The proximity to Ubud is ideal, located less than 15 minutes away by car. This comfortable distance allows students to really immerse themselves in their studies while still being able to enjoy the amenities and cultural beauty that Ubud has to offer.
Cost: The fee for the 200-hour program starts at $2200 USD. An additional $600 USD is charged for private accommodation. For those that want just a taste of yoga training, the 100-hour program starts at $1200 USD.
The Yoga Barn is one of Ubud’s most well-established retreat and training centers. From two week immersion courses to 300-hour accreditations, they offer a variety of styles and approaches to training, hosting guest facilitators throughout the year. With six different studios on-site, there is plenty of buzz and activities to explore here.
Program: Program offerings vary dependent upon the teacher. The upcoming Embodied FlowÔ program explores the science and art of intertwining embodied anatomy with traditional Hatha yoga. Offered by Tara Judelle, this training program includes tuition and daily brunch. Accommodation must be booked separately.
What We Like: The variety in offerings here is intriguing, captivating numerous approaches to yoga. From Embodied FlowÔ to Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training, international teachers in a variety of disciplines and spiritual philosophies make for a diverse set of offerings at The Yoga Barn.
Cost: Just as course offerings vary, so too do prices. For instance, the Embodied FlowÔ program is priced at $3850 USD. An upcoming 300-hour High Vibe Yoga training program is priced at $3950 USD. Accommodations are an extra fee and can be booked through The Yoga Barn or elsewhere nearby.
Power of Now Oasis is located in the oceanside town of Sanur. The bamboo studio maintains views of the ocean, making this teacher training center a true paradise for those seeking out sun and sand alongside their next teacher training course. The laidback vibes of the space add to the ‘home-away-from-home’ feel that this sanctuary is imbued with.
Program: The 200-hour program is offered every second month. This one-month intensive is a Vinyasa Hatha yoga teacher training course that is certified through Yoga Alliance. When you book, you’ll have the option to pay for solely the tuition, meaning meals and accommodation will have to be sorted out separately. For those that want to include a little more than the basics, the package price includes the course, accommodation, and daily breakfast.
What We Like: Power of Now Oasis supports the local community by donating much of their profits to children’s foundations and local causes. They support the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage, Sari Hati (providing free schooling to children and young adults with disabilities), and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Cost: If you want to book tuition alone, prices start at $2600 USD for early-birds. For packages inclusive of accommodation and breakfast, rates begin at $3350 per person if sharing a room with another student (and if you are early enough to catch the early-bird price).
Serenity Yoga Lembongan is another yoga paradise on the small island of Nusa Lembongan. To compliment the land’s small size, this yoga center keeps its teacher training programs intimate, accommodating up to ten students at a time. In addition to the standard 200-hour training course, they also offer 300-hour programs and a 50-hour yin yoga teacher training course.
Program: The 200-hour program is held over the course of 30 days. They take a multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating elements of Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Fly High Yoga, and SUP yoga. The program fee includes tuition only; meals and accommodation must be arranged separately. The studio works with Puri Kirana Bungalows and other local establishments and home stays to help students secure a reasonable monthly rate.
What We Like: Nusa Lembongan is laidback. Just 30 minutes by boat from Bali, this little island is not quite as busy as the Bali hotspots but it still offers enough amenities to keep us intrigued. It definitely has a surf vibe, so for those interested in improving their surf skills in between yoga practices would benefit from the best of both worlds.
Cost: The price of joining this 200-hour yoga teacher training course is $2900 USD.
Waking up each morning to rice paddies and an underlying current of serenity is not a bad way to start each day of a yoga teacher training course. With no shortage of yoga offerings in this Southeast Asian gem, Indonesia is a worthy contender for your next teacher training course. Allow your heart to lead you to the island and program that feel most suitable to who you are and what you are in search of in your upcoming yoga teacher training course.