Samadi Bali: a gem in Canggu
Samadi Bali is not only a well-known yoga studio in Canggu, it’s so much more. I had the chance to discover its beauty by treating myself with a 3 day stay on my last few days in Bali, at the end of my one year solo travel around the world.
It’s a place that feels like a “home away from home” and needless to say, yoga plays a big role at Samadi. The center is specialized in the traditional Mysore method of Ashtanga Yoga, offering other classes as well, like Yin, Vinyasa, Tantra, Chakra and Hatha Yoga (personalized retreats and teacher trainings are offered as well). Classes run every day from 7 am to 7 pm, and personally I believe that starting the day with a Yoga flow, it’s so nurturing and it’s just the best way to feel energized for the rest of the day.
As I mentioned earlier, I stayed there for few nights, because Samadi Bali offers accomodation too. It’s located right in the heart of Canggu, very close to Batu Balong and Echo beach, yet it’s a very quiet and peaceful place, thanks to its lush green gardens that create a very enjoyable environment. As you can see from the photo below, the rooms are nice and comfortable, and the view on the rice fields is simply stunning. I could easily get used to wake up to that. Also drinking tea by the pool while working on my emails was not a bad way to get my morning work done. Bonus: there is purified water and hot tea available all day at Samadi (in the rooms and in the common spaces).
Being a center dedicated to holistic healing and renewal, where you can rejuvenate on a spiritual, emotional and also physical level, at Samadi you can find many different treatmeants like Balinese Massage, Therapeutic Bodywork, Chakra Balancing, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Trauma & Stress Release Therapy and Life-Coaching.
I enjoyed every single aspect of Samadi, but my favourite part was definitely the food at their Organic Vegetarian Restaurant & Cafe. Serving local, fresh and organic food, it’s certified by the Slow Food movement and if you want to make your taste buds happy, it’s definitely the place to go. The kitchen creatively combines healthy ingredients like whole grains, fresh fruits, veggies and plant based proteins into gourmetarian dishes, while avoiding artificial additives. The cuisine has an Asian, Indian and Ayurvedic influence and in the menu there are plenty of vegan and gluten free options. Everything is marked clearly in the menu (with vegan, gf, dairy free and nut free signs) and if you ask the friendly staff they can make most of the dishes vegan for you. My favourite dish is the Vegan breakfast special – the tempeh sausage is to die for – and my favourite drink is the raw chocolate smoothie, literally a dessert in the form of a smoothie. Try it and thank me later 😉
Last but not least, something not to miss if you are around the Canggu area during the weekend, is the Samadi Sunday Organic Market, set up to support local producers and independent craftsmen. Fresh exotic fruit and veggies create rainbows of colors and besides locally-grown and organic produce, you can find freshly baked goods, coffees, chocolate, homemade jams and spreads of all kinds. If you are a fan of tempeh like me, I definitely reccomend you to try the tempeh chips and the chickpea tempeh sold at one of the stalls. Besides shopping for GMO and pesticide-free products, there are several stalls selling unique handicrafts like handmade jewellery, homeware, clothing and other accessories. There are also few zero waste alternatives, and it’s great to see this concept getting popular, so don’t forget your reusable grocery bag. The Samadi Sunday Market it’s also the perfect place to come together with the balinese community – you can meet local farmers and artisans. The market is on every Sunday from 9am until 14.00 pm, definitely a great way to spend a morning, topping it off with a delicious lunch before heading to the beach. Since we talking about shopping, I almost forgot to mention that on the left side of the entrance of Samadi Bali, there is a little store selling yoga clothes, accessories and jewelry.
If you are planning to visit the Island of Gods and you are into Yoga, healthy food, holistic healing and at the same time you would like to explore the gems of the Island, Samadi Bali it’s definitely the place to go. Also if you are simply looking for a nice accomodation and good food it’s worth checking out.