The Yoga Barn: Ubud, Bali

2018 Special Workshops:

  • September 24th - 30th: Advanced Training / Immersion for Teachers (50 hours)
  • December 16th - 22nd: Advanced Yoga for Perfect Beginners (50 hours)

"The only reason we choose to do yoga is for the pleasure — the literal pleasure — of our systems relaxing and filling with energy. It is not some struggle to enjoy a future result." — Mark Whitwell

Join master teacher Mark Whitwell for either of these two uniqe one-week immersions in genuine Yoga direct from "the teacher of the teachers," Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Learn how to step outside yoga gymnastics and make your practice entirely your own: pleasurable, powerful, safe, and efficient. Craft a personal practice that you can actually do, and carry this forwards into your life. 

In a world full of commodified "yoga" and the proliferation of brands and styles, how do we make sure we keep the heart in Yoga? How do we practice and teach in ways that respect and recognize each individual as the unique expression of life that they are? What are the practical tools that can help us feel our own intrinsic joy, freedom, and authority, and share this?

Investigate these questions in either of these week-long immersions with a Master Teacher. In the exquisite surroundings of Yoga Barn, located in the heart of Ubud, Bali, we will explore how Yoga is not just a physical workout, a collection of information, or a "spiritual" workout towards a future, better version of ourselves. It is each person's direct participation in the nurturing force of reality, as it is appearing as you and everything else.

These trainings are not in any particular "style" of Yoga: It is the essential principles of the Great Tradition, as brought forth from the Indian tradition by the "teacher of the teachers," Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, and made uniquely relevant to us as modern people by Mark. You will therefore be able to apply these principles to any style or level of Yoga you wish to practice or teach, to make all Yoga individualized, effective, enjoyable, and safe. All bodies and backgrounds are welcome: however please note the September workshop is for existing teachers.


September Program:

Daily schedule: 9am-5pm

This is the first ever workshop Mark has done specifically aimed at existing teachers, so we can go deep into the actual practical mechanics and art of teaching — both classes and one-on-one — with a master teacher. The conversation is always set by the experiences and questions of the unique group of people, so expect deep enquiry and practice. Note that "advanced" here means not extreme asana, but refining our existing practice to make it a true immersion in the body's breath and energy, and teaching this effectively.

Content includes:

  • Vinyasa krama, the art of intelligent sequencing
  • How to offer one-on-one yoga tuition safely and effectively
  • Teaching without power dynamics
  • Incorporating mantra and yantra into your teaching
  • Adapting yoga to different religious and cultural backgrounds
  • The heart of yoga as relationship: the importance of actually relating with and liking our students
  • The connection between our practice and sexuality
  • Becoming the acharya: making use of all your life experiences in your teaching
  • "Teach yoga as you have experienced it": making your personal practice a source of nurturing flow that feeds your teaching

Please note daily lunch is NOT included — however we will have a space where we can all be together during the midday break. and there are many many cheap and delicious options nearby. Ubud is the home of yogic eating!

When you apply, we will send you a Welcome Package with recommendations of lots of affordable nearby places for accommodation and delicious meals options.


December Program:

Daily schedule: 9am-5pm

This training is suitable for those new to yoga and those wanting to make their existing practice pleasurable again. In a world of commodified and exaggerated yoga, we need to cut through the noise and commercialism and come back to the heart of yoga: our relationship with body, breath, and other people.

Advanced yoga here is something suitable for everyone: rather than difficult asana, it refers to making your practice powerful, efficient and safe, using the principles from the great tradition. It is easy and it is for everyone. If you can breathe, you can do yoga!

Content includes:

  • Asana, pranayama and meditation as a seamless process
  • Getting your practice right for you: building a daily practice you can and will actually do!
  • Making our yoga effortless, rather than an eternal struggle towards a future result
  • Integrating mantra, mudra, and bandha into practice
  • Adapting yoga to individual needs (health, age, culture etc)
  • How yoga can flow into our relationships and make them easier, smoother and more caring
  • The art and science of sequencing (vinyasa krama)
  • Energetic anatomy and developing sensitivity to your own needs and constitution

Please note daily lunch is NOT included — however we will have a space where we can all be together during the midday break. and there are many many cheap and delicious options nearby. Ubud is the home of yogic eating!

When you apply, we will send you a Welcome Package with recommendations of lots of affordable nearby places for accommodation and delicious meals options.


Price modalities:

For September or December 2018 modules (each): 

  • $890 Early Bird: 
    1 months prior to the training start date for each program (i.e. 24th of August and 16th of November)
  • $990 Standard:
    Due in full 15 days prior to training start date for each program (i.e. 15th of September and 1st of December)

Price includes:

  • Full tuition — immersive study and practice, with time built in to relax and enjoy Ubud
  • Support establishing an individually-tailored daily practice
  • Direct discussion with renowned international teacher(s)
  • One-on-one discussion with Mark, mentors and/or assistant teachers if required

Accommodation and daily meals are not included in the price, but there is a wide variety of affordable, beautiful, and delicious options both within and within walking distance of Yoga Barn. 


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About our venue, the stunning Yoga Barn:

As a center dedicated to healing and renewal, The Yoga Barn provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul right in the center of Ubud, Bali. Filled with mossy sculptures and the sound of flowing water, Yoga Barn is such a green, peaceful, and nurturing environment, it is impossible not to relax and feel the wonder of nature all around.

Launched in 2007, The Yoga Barn was created by its founders for the sole purpose of bringing together community and giving back to the island of Bali, The Yoga Barn is open 360 days a year from 7am – 9pm with over 15 classes & workshops a day, and retreats and yoga teacher trainings with visiting faculty on a regular basis.

Located in downtown Ubud, The Yoga Barn provides peaceful respite from the traffic of Ubud’s main streets. Conveniently accessible from two entrances – one entrance is located on Jln Pengosekan, (a short wander down Jln Hanoman past Coco Supermarket) and the second entrance is located on Jln Tebeseya, just outside the Yoga Barn Guest House and includes a parking lot. 

The Yoga Barn includes a 10-room Guest House, a Healing Center with cleansing and colonics, an Ayurvedic Massage & Treatment Center, a branch of the Bali Yoga Shop, and an outdoor amphitheater with a Juice Bar, as well as the garden branch of Ubud’s local restaurant gem, Kafe.