In the winter months we’ll be jetting across the Indian Ocean to the Island of the Gods for a 200hr YTT immersion and a seven night retreat filled with yoga, tunes and healthy food.

With it’s tropical climate, beautiful people and endless rice paddies, this little island is the perfect destination to reconnect and dedicate time to your practice. But did you know Bali has a lot more to offer? Beyond the pristine beaches, Bali’s spiritual side is almost impossible to miss.

Puffs of incense rise from the small offerings of flowers in front of homes and businesses morning and night, and centuries-old temples are scattered across the land, home to cultural celebrations and Hindu practices.

There are endless things to do across the diverse landscape and Bali’s mecca of abundant wildlife, delicious eateries and health and wellness spots.

So why not join us and then spend a week or two exploring? Read on to get inspired by the places most loved by our BodyMindLife teachers.

Cycle down Mt. Batur

This day trip starts at first light with breakfast overlooking the breathtaking volcanic crater of Mt. Batur. It’s literally all downhill from there as you ride through villages, lush rice paddies and plantations. There are a few tour companies to choose from but our GM Mandy Scotney recommends Bali Eco Cycling for its amazing local guides and itinerary that will take you into the heart of real Bali and away from the tourist hordes.


Eat wholefoods and raw treats

While we can’t go past a plate of Indonesian Nasi Campur with the selection of spicy curries, local vegetables and fragrant coconut rice, Bali has also some of the best wholefood eateries in the world. Our retail manager Mandy Alderson’s must-eats include the raw pizza at the Alchemy in Ubud, the beet burger at Bali Buda and the burnt sage gnocchi at Elephant Cafe.


Sound healing at the Pyramids of Chi

Located just 7km outside of Ubud, this meditative experience at the Pyramids of Chi involves lying in a pyramid amidst the rice paddies to absorb the vibration and energy of gongs, crystal bowls, drums and soulful voices. You’ll leave with a sense of complete stillness and tranquility.


Visit NungNung Waterfall

Sitting 900 metres above sea level, this powerful waterfall is based in an idyllic village and has to be one of the most picturesque attractions in Bali. It’s a favourite of Mandy Alderson’s who loves it for the remote, uncrowded access and long stairway for exercise. Make sure you take your cossie for the magical swim you can take at the bottom.


Watch the sunset from Single Fin in Uluwatu

Just up the road from the home of our retreat with Christian Ralston and Noelle Connolly, Single Fin cliff-top bar has the biggest balcony in the archipelago and stunning views across Uluwatu’s famed surf break. As the sun goes down, the sky lights up and Christian says the live tunes and chilled atmosphere makes it one of the best places to sip a Bintang or fresh coconut juice.


Book a blissful massage, or two

It’s hard to choose between the abundant of beautiful day spas and wellness centres offering pamper treatments that cost much less than in Australia. Treat yourself and give back at the same time at the non-profit Spa Hati in Ubud. For Mandy Scotney, who has visited Bali more than 20 times, it’s the best of the bunch with an authentic, serene environment and commitment to children’s education.


Take a trip to Nusa Lembongan

Just a short trip on a fast boat from Sanur the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan is a world away from the fast pace of South Bali. Main activities include surfing, diving and snorkeling in some of the clearest water you’ll find anywhere, and Amanda Borosak recommends jumping a scooter and zipping around Le Pirate Beach Club  and Sandy Beach Club for next level sunsets and amazing eats.


Where to stay in Bali

From beachside shacks to luxe villas, Bali has it all. For our upcoming yoga teacher training we’ve booked Komune Resort set in the unspoilt East Coast of Bali and for the retreat, home will be the cliff perched Uluwatu Surf Villas. Each property features beautiful rooms and state-of-the-art facilities, open-air yoga shalas and panoramic ocean views! See you there?

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Mandy Scotney Yoga Teacher

With more than eight years' teaching experience, Mandy teaches intelligent and well balanced sequences. She is passionate about assisting beginners at the start of their yoga journey, and newer or more experienced students alike, will find her classes both accessible and challenging. Her intention is always to make sure you leave feeling nurtured, restored and rejuvenated - mind, body and spirit.

Mandy is a perpetual student and has completed more than 1000 hrs of teacher training incorporating a 500 Hour Level 1 and 2 Training with Byron Yoga, 100 hours "Heart of a Teacher" with Maty Ezraty, numerous 50 hour trainings with BodyMindLife, and 300 hours of Yin training from a variety of different teachers. She has had the privilege to learn from master teachers such as Maty Ezraty, Sarah Owens, Judy Krapp, John Ogilvie, Bryan Kest, Les Leventhal, Chanel Luck, Simon Park, and our very own Noelle Connolly. Mandy loves music and has studied kirtan and chanting with Dave Stringer ... so you'll experience some of that magic weaved into your physical practice in her classes from time to time.

She believes that relationships are at the heart of everything we do and, when she's not in yoga pants, Mandy is a counsellor and psychotherapist and the founder of Chirp, an organisation that exists to "hatch a community of connected humans" through workshops, events and private sessions (go to her website for more info).

Christian Ralston Yoga Teacher

Christian teaches thoughtful and challenging yoga classes that draw on his personal experience over the years of regaining movement in a tight an injured body.

As you flow to some of the slickest yoga playlists around, you'll be guided with knowledge Christian has learned from some of today's modern yoga and movement greats - including Shiva Rea, Maty Ezraty, Ana Forrest, Simon Park, Noah Maze, Les Levanthal, Ido Portal.

Christian is very dedicated to his own practice and is always on the look out for ways to be challenged and grow, both personally and as a teacher. Christian often spends time looking outside the yoga world to see what other forms of movement could help enhance a yoga practice and he will draw on these frequently to offer students the best and most effective experience possible.

A teacher who guides with passion and takes great pride in being as helpful as he can to all students who come to take his class and has a firm belief that anyone can bring the freedom of movement back to their body with focus, time and dedication.