Best decision ever made.
The teachers are incredible at what they do. They gave me a whole new understanding of yoga and my personal practise, which I’ll be forever grateful for. The shala, the food and the homestay was all in high standard, and I couldn’t have asked for more. I feel ready to embrace my future as a yoga-teacher with the new tools this course has given me. I can’t recommend this experience highly enough. I would do it all over again at any time.
A truly amazing lifetime experience
Did my YTT here back in November 2017. I have done several YTT’s before in different lineages, but this one by far is the most informed, content packed one yet!
I was surprised by the level of content and knowledge given throughout the course. The Ashtanga teacher is an extremely competent and knowledgable teacher, I learnt so much from her, I’m very happy with the course. The structure is perfect, the shala is beautiful.the food in green garden is amazing, along with the staff. I really could not of wished for a better YTT.
Loved the mix of yin and ashtanga and feel fully ready to teach now. Best YYT yet! Thank you to both incredible teachers! And of course everyone at green garden.
It was a pleasure!
I took part at Yoga Bliss’ YTTC at Lembongan this year!
Best choice ever!
The teachers taught as everything we wanted to know about Ashtanga and our Yin practice. Philosophy and Anatomy were absolutely interesting and they made it easy for everyone to follow, without making any shortcuts.
We also learned different Pranayama and Meditation technics and involved them more and more in our daily practice, everyone in his/her own tempo and knowledge.
Food was healthy, delicious and local, you can choose your own option, vegan, veggie or meat. Over all I had an amazing time, met amazing people and would do it absolutely again!
Thanks again! Namaste!
I did a 200H yoga teacher training at Yoga Bliss. The location is amazing and hidden in a tiny banana tree jungle, away from the main road, a 10 mn walk to the beach. Friendly and attentive staff at the Green Garden Restaurant (family owned), yummy food & drinks. Attending a YTTC was one of the best decision I’ve taken. Even if you don’t wish to teach after it, the amazing teachers will share their knowledge, stories with passion and help you on your spiritual journey. I highly recommend this place on beautiful, still quiet Nusa Lembongan Island.
Would recommend 11/10!
That’s right. Not just 10/10 or 5 stars (circles??). That’s how much you should do this YTTC! After waffling a bit among a few YTTCs on the island, I chose Yoga Bliss because of good reviews and value. It’s not Yoga Alliance certified, but my guess is that Yoga Bliss surpasses many of the standards set by Yoga Alliance and allows the teachers to be flexible in how to design the course that is in the best interest of the students.
Having completed the program this past September, I am so happy with my decision! From Day 1, you can see how much effort has been put into the course and how well organized it is. The teachers have a manual/handbook, projector, and whiteboard to anticipate all the different ways students may benefit from seeing the material. Organized doesn’t mean rigid or robotic- The teacher is willing to meet you where you’re at and adjust the teaching schedule accordingly (i.e. we were at half-primary instead of full ). She has high expectations and can be a harsh critic when giving feedback, but know it’s not personal. For me, it conveyed her passion and seriousness in her role; for example, she will call you out for doing bad adjustments, because doing so can lead to serious injury.
As someone who works for a non-profit, price and value were important to me and this was, compared to other courses on Nusa Lembongan, the best “bang for your buck.” Yoga Bliss includes accommodations, all meals (meat, vegetarian, and vegan options), a massage, and snorkel trip (saw manta rays!), and was STILL cheaper than the other programs that didn’t include these extras. (And the teacher to student ratio was better!) Yoga Bliss prices the program enough so that the instructors make a living and that all of the other local businesses get paid, but that’s about it. She’s not trying to make a huge profit off of some Eat, Pray, Love hype or subsidize a lavish lifestyle. She wants her YTTC to be affordable to everyone and wants to share her knowledge of Ashtanga. To that end, part of the money goes towards subsidizing the program cost for a local who couldn’t otherwise afford it!
As for content, I felt like I was constantly writing down notes and trying to absorb as much as possible, because yoga for me was mostly about asana (poses). I had very little knowledge about anatomy, philosophy, pranayama, and meditation. Because of this, I can’t say objectively say how ‘good’ the content was, but for a newbie, I was definitely able to keep up and engage with the material. I found everything fascinating and appreciated that the teacher were willing to let conversations go wherever we took them, including heated debates. If you’re already well versed in a lot of the content, my suggestion is to use your knowledge to help spur conversation and help others in their understanding. Others may just sit, listen, and absorb, without verbally contributing, but they’ll still learn from the conversations! That being said… Don’t be shy about asking questions or adding your voice, even if you feel like it’s not important. Most of the time, someone else was thinking the same thing!
The exams were surprisingly stressful for me, probably due to coming in with no content knowledge and having done minimal Ashtanga beforehand. I recommend studying with other students (I SEE YOU, LOURDES), comparing notes, and studying a little bit every night instead of cramming, so that it really sticks for the exams and afterwards when you’re back in the real world.
Other general tips, in no particular order:
• PRACTICE before coming. This will hopefully reduce soreness from doing ~60 daily chatarungas. And try to nail your chatarunga before coming; the strength you need for the harder poses come from having a solid chatarunga foundation. Being able to do lotus/padmasana would also be helpful if you are close to it!
• Memorize the sanskrit names of the Primary Series (after Surya Namaskara A and B) prior to coming
• If not traveling a lot before or after the YTTC, bring a thicker mat- it’ll be much more comfortable for your practice than a travel one
• Be nice to the Green Garden Warung staff! They work really hard to prepare 16 different meals at the same time everyday. They also want to get to know you, so get to know them too 😀
• Consider bringing a tennis ball or something to loosen your muscles throughout the day
• Bring over the counter medicine you like (your brand may not be available and if it is, will probably cost a lot)
• Bring multiple pens; most of us ran out of at least one pen while there
• Bring bug spray with DEET if you are highly susceptible to bug bites like I am
• Bring your own water bottle, so you can refill it. You’ll go through heaps of it and you can get free refills at the restaurant instead of buying new water everyday. It’s not very cold, but room temperature water is better for you anyway 😉
• If you’re aiming for the certification, think of staying for a couple extra days or coming early because you won’t have a lot of free time to explore the island otherwise. At the very least, go to Bali even if you don’t stay on Nusa Lembongan longer than the 3 weeks!
• Check out Devil’s Tear for an amazing sunset on one of your off days
• JOIN THIS YTTC!!! You won’t regret it!
What an amazing experience! It was super intense, but so worth it and I’m so happy to have chosen this TTC.
TEACHERS: The Ashtanga teacher has a lot of knowledge and is a strict and honest teacher, which is perfect for Ashtanga. Our Yin teacher is heartwarming and amazing, I didn’t think Yin and philosophy would be my favourite but it turned out to be so interesting! I love them both and I am beyond happy that they were my teachers.
FOOD: The meals at Green Garden were nice and healthy. After a while you get a little bored with the menu, but it’s okay and after one dinner at a different place I was looking forward to my usual smoothie bowl and Tempe Satay 😉
SHALA: beautiful place! Simple but you don’t need more. My travel mat was fine and they have mosquito spray (natural), so this combined with my DEET spray saved me! Still got some bites, but with tigerbalm you don’t feel itchy!
SCHEDULE: soooo intense! But they put a lot of thought in it and it does make sense. I wouldn’t change a thing!
– Please read their website, so you know what you can expect. Some girls didn’t do that and then they left… completely their fault in my opinion. So just make sure you know what you book!
– You should definitely have a strong Asana practice. You want to be a teacher and a TTC will teach you how to teach – it does not focus on teaching you how to do it. Of course you can do it as an intense yoga retreat, but if you want to teach – have a good practice!
– Learn the Sanskrit names of the postures of the primary series! It will save you a lot of stress 🙂
Every year for the past few years, I’ve followed a YTTC somewhere abroad. Some are good, some are less good :-).
This year in July I participated in the YOGA BLISS 200h Asthanga and Yin yoga teacher training course (YTTC). I choose this one, because everything was included: homestay, food (which was the best on the island) and training. But I got so much more than I expected. The yoga bliss TTC is by far the best I’ve followed so far!!
The teachers are very skilled and passionate about what they teach. They are two very real, authentic people, who are living their mission. And that is why this TTC is an absolute must do if you want to integrate yoga in your daily life. The teachers are such good teachers because they walk their talk. They will tell you all about yoga, but more important, you can see and feel what they are telling you. So yes they are yogini’s. But on top of that, they are walking their talk without forgetting to show their own vulnerability and flaws. By showing themselves as they are, they embody what yoga stands for: you don’t have to be perfect, just be you, as you are. And work from where you are, in this moment.
This adds up why this training is so good. It creates an environment of thrust were everyone can grow at his/her own pace. The teachers really team up for a unique balanced yin-yang approach. They’ve inspired the whole group to find our balance between “effort and surrender”. On our yoga mat. And in life. Because Yoga is life.
PS: and of course Bali is great!
Thank you so much for sharing your gift !!!
I did the Sept 2017 YTTC. The Ashtanga teacher is the don of ashtanga, I love her! She gives it to you straight and is dedicated to creating solid teachers, which means she does give you some hard truths at times. I value this as I want to be able to represent ashtanga and yoga in general as a legitimate practitioner, especially as some courses seem to just give away the certificate. She has a great cheeky sense of humour as she teaches and we all improved a lot. She taught an amazing anatomy course which she made funny and super interesting as it was yoga-specific. We had lots of teaching time (leading the morning practice and in the asana and yin labs) which meant we left feeling confident we could teach.
As a dance teacher it also helped me feel confident on my feet when teaching a new ballet class as I’d had so much teaching practice.
The second teacher’s sessions were hard work as it was warm in the afternoons, but she really powered through and kept us going. It took me a long time to accept the yoga philosophy and integrate it into my own Nichiren Buddhist beliefs but by the end I felt a real cohesion between the two, and I’m glad for that. As a vegan I did get bored of the menu, but to be honest I’m quite funny about food… There are other places on the island for fab vegan food so as long as you’re willing to treat yourself now and again you can switch it up.
I’m really glad I chose this course as meeting the two teachers and 15 other beautiful humans was a precious experience. You will be tired, but you will grow a lot. And snorkelling with manta rays was unforgettable – they’re sooo beautiful and majestic!
I learned so much in this TTC and loved every minute of it. It is as you may expect pretty intense, but to me it was actually liberating to just focus on one single thing for three weeks. Such a good and rewarding experience.
Teachers are great, and the restaurant and shala nice! Food is good and healthy and the staff very friendly.
I would recommend staying in the rooms of Yoga bliss, they are really nice.
One of the best experiences in my life! Thank you !!!
This TTC was such an amazing experience and truly surpassed my expectations. The day was split between ashtanga in the morning and yin in the afternoon which I found to be a perfect balance. The schedule is intense as it sums up to 12 hours of training a day and one day off a week, so if you plan to visit the island a bit, i would recommend coming a few days early or leaving a few days later after the TTC has ended.
The teachers were excellent. The Ashtanga teacher is very knowledgeable in ashtanga which she gained from Mysore. The philosophy and Yin teacher is wonderful and would engage with us on various topics leading to interesting discussions. The shala is very peaceful and green, a perfect place to practice. Make sure you have enough experience in ashtanga (practicing the full primary) if you really want to teach otherwise you will have the choice to complete the program as a practitioner wanting to deepen his own practice.
It is best to recognise where your practice is and be realistic with yourself if you can really teach at this stage being. You will also be enjoying fresh smoothie bowls everyday 🙂 TTC highly recommended for its price for value!
Thank you for a wonderful experience I will never forget and hope to share what Ive learnt with others 🙂
“Incredible journey, deepening my spirituality”
The 200 hr YTT was incredibly designed. The teachers were life changing spiritual teachers, who both gave me a fresh perspective on, of course, teaching yoga, but also my spirituality, daily practice, and…. well… my entire life!
One teacher gave us very practical, detailed, straight forward techniques on how to properly practice AND teach Ashtanga. I feel completely ready, after taking this course to teach a class. However, I did prep for this course three months in advanced. I learned the majority of the sanskrit names for the poses, and practiced full Ashtanga primary series 3 times a week prior. Not everyone did this but i HIGHLY recommend dedicating yourself to the training in advanced because it makes your experience that much more enhanced while you are in Bali.
The biggest lesson one teacher taught me was as a yoga teacher is you can’t give away what you don’t have AKA you need to have a daily practice in order to teach yoga. This teacher training opportunity gave me the perfect place to deepen my own practice, and learn about my body, mind and spirit in the process, so i can help others on their spiritual path. She taught us Pranayama and meditation techniques, and again, gave us practical ways to incorporate it into our own practice (life changing).
The teachers created a safe space for us to have deep, life changing discussions on philosophical topics involving the 8 limbs of yoga, where yoga came from, etc. & how to apply these philosophical topics to our life on and off the mat. She organized her teachings so well, we were able to ground really airy, “out there” ideas, and apply them to our actual lives. Something you cannot do from simply reading a book, the discussions were so rich, and everyone in our class was constantly taking notes. Rare information, and energy exchanges, I doubt I will ever receive again. Learning yin from her was quite the experience, I also released so much trapped emotion simply during our daily yin practice.
The setting is incredible, food- 5 stars hands down (SO DELICIOUS) and I would recommend getting a fan room. I didn’t have AC and was perfectly fine. Accommodation is simply quaint. No hot water but you have to remember, you’re in beautiful Bali.
The daily flower mandalas were my favorite 😀 Thanks for and incredible experience Yoga Bliss!
Yoga bliss teacher training was the best decision for me. The balance of Ashtanga and yin yoga just works so perfectly. You are really given two sides to yoga, two different paths and outlooks on yoga. Which I think is amazing for your first teacher training if you are unsure which path you wish to take or where you stand. Both teachers are so helpful, informative, passionate and easy going, which really makes the three weeks a bit easier. It is definitely an intensive training though, so be prepared for that. My experience at yoga bliss truly helped me find my path as a yogi and pushed me in the direction i need to go. The teachers gave me the knowledge, confidence and encouragement I really needed to send me on my path! I can’t wait to come back for a class.
Thank you Yoga Bliss!
The teachers set up a 200hr TTC program which was really solid, interesting, full of emotions, in a paradise place. I would definitely recommend doing your TTC with these guys. They were sharing with us without counting, with all their heart.
Thank you so much for that and I wish many more yogi will come and share that experience with them.
If you are there for a short period, try the yoga classes at the shala as well 🙂 and end it with a dragond fruit broccoli juice… mmhhh!
The course structure, the teachers, the location and the accommodation – it was all perfect!
They call them Yin and Yang, cause they are so perfect together that shouldn’t be compared to anything else. You learn how to teach Ashtanga, you learn how to teach Yin, but most important, you learn how to face life. They create a safe environment for you to grow, to experiment with your mind and body, to explore your limits, to free your emotions, to fully absorb the knowledge, to feel confident in front of a class and to truly listen to your inner-self. You become a family with every single one sharing the experience and you wish you could stay in that bubble forever! But life goes on, and you finally understand YOGA 🙂
One useful advise: learn the sanskrit name of all the poses before the course! Don’t leave it until you are there, it will make your experience even more pleasant. No kidding. I wish I would have not been that lazy.
I felt compelled to write an honest recommendation for those wanting a legitimate Yoga Teacher Training in the styles of Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. Your teachers at Yoga Bliss Lembongan, who share the load of teaching Anatomy, Adjustments, Pranayama, Meditation and Philosophy, are two of the most genuine, knowledgeable, skilful, empowered women I have ever met. I honestly feel so blessed and humbled to have undertaken this training under their guidance. I personally have travelled to Rishikesh, India and completed a Hatha Yoga 200hrYTTC 2 years prior to this and although it was an incredible experience, I really did not feel ready to go straight into teaching after the course (this was Yoga Alliance Certified too so it just goes to show how pointless that really is). I was pleasantly surprised with the structure of the course offered at Yoga Bliss Lembongan and the content covered, as it truly sets you up with the teaching skills and knowledge to be able to walk out of the course and into being the teacher in your own classroom. If this is what you’re after, do this course. I recommend you brush up on your memorisation of the Ashtanga Primary Sequence, you bring a tolerance for flies and bugs (there is bug spray available there) as it is an open air Shala and you are in the tropical climate of Indonesia. Bring a big enough notebook to take down all the information shared in each class, and enough pens to get you through. They provide very liveable accommodation a few minutes walk to the yoga Shala and meat, vegetarian and vegan options for food, cooked and served by a loving local Indonesian family. There are many other places to eat for super cheap all very close to Yoga Bliss too, if you would like a larger variety. The island itself is beautiful, we went for sunset swims every single day at Scooby Doo Beach opposite the street that the Yoga School is on, it is hot and humid in Indonesia so keep that in mind – again, you are in the tropics! There are no mosquito nets on the windows of accommodation so for a pleasant stay, I recommend getting a room with air conditioning. You get Sundays off and Saturday afternoons too, use this time to explore the island by hiring a scooter, for ultra cheap massages, and for study to prepare you for the week to come. I honestly loved this training and the whole 3 week adventure and would highly recommend it if everything I’ve mentioned here is of interest to you!
My Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Bliss was great! It was physically demanding and challenged me each day but I think that gives the course credibility. I was able to learn a lot from both instructors. They were really cool, down-to-earth people who genuinely want to see their students succeed. The accommodations were nice as well. I had a room to myself which had a queen-sized bed, air-conditioning, and was located within close walking distance of Yoga Bliss.
I finished my 200H TTC at Yoga Bliss last winter. It has been an amazing, life changing experience. A true journey into knowing myself. The course is well structured and both teachers are wonderful people and great teachers.
The course is very intense so be prepared for a challenge, on both physical and mental level. I strongly recommend a solid practice prior to the course as well as clear commitment to take the effort. TTC is not a yoga retreat but a hard work, which fruits you may first see long time after arriving home. The school itself is placed in a gorgeous and peaceful Lembongan.
I highly recommend Yoga Bliss to anyone who wants to do TTC or simply take couple of yoga classes!