Meet the locals: Laura Wilkes from The Yoga Barn

Initially from the UK, Laura Wilkes is a travelling yogi who’s has been based mostly in Ubud, Bali since late 2018. She works for one of many largest yoga centres in South East Asia, The Yoga Barn within the model and advertising and marketing space of the enterprise. This position combines her advertising and marketing background and ambition to convey yoga into the lives of extra folks.

After leaving her company life in London, Laura set off to do her Yoga Trainer Coaching in India and has been dwelling on a yoga-guided journey ever since.

Laura Wilkes The Yoga Barn

How did you find yourself working with the Yoga Barn in Bali?

A good friend I used to work with in London noticed the job on Instagram and despatched me a display screen seize encouraging me to use. At first I wasn’t , I cherished The Yoga Barn, but it surely’s so removed from house (UK), and I had my thoughts set on returning to set-up one thing in Europe. However the Universe had different plans…

As I used to be making use of, I believed, “truly I’d be nice at this job. I would like it!” however I didn’t hear something again for over a month (Bali tempo…), and I’d forgotten all about since I used to be busy travelling in Western Australia. Then, inside every week of receiving a “we’d wish to interview electronic mail”, I used to be provided the job and a complete new chapter in my life started.

Now I couldn’t be happier I’m right here!

Was life in Bali such as you anticipated it to be?

I don’t actually know what I anticipated to be trustworthy. I tend to only say sure to a chance and go for it with out overthinking the element! Somebody informed me that to dwell in Bali you must be happy with the sunshine and the darkish moments and after almost six months right here I can completely resonate. My life right here is gradual and easy, calm and superb for my insides (my consuming days are lengthy gone…) and it’s offered me with the area to give attention to what I really need out of life. I be taught a lot right here, meet plenty of inspiring, inventive souls and Ubud is filled with new experiences. I’m by no means bored, and I by no means have the identical day: day by day Bali sends me one thing magical. Now if solely my finest family and friends might transfer out right here!

How do you get any work carried out dwelling in paradise?

With an excellent routine, a to-do checklist and an air-conditioned workplace! Plus, I guarantee that day by day I’ve right here consists of one thing from “dwelling in paradise” whether or not that be a yoga class at The Yoga Barn, a sundown stroll by means of the rice fields, a Balinese therapeutic massage, ecstatic dance, a dragon fruit smoothie bowl, scooting to the seaside for dawn. For me dwelling and dealing in Bali has been about discovering a piece/life stability as in London that didn’t exist.

How would you spend your good “Ubud day”?

I’d get up, meditate and have a smoothie at house. Scoot (I like scooting!) into city for an early yoga class at The Yoga Barn. Take pleasure in a therapeutic massage then head for a espresso and catch-up with myself; journaling, studying, penning concepts for what I need to do…. In all probability get speaking to somebody new within the café and have an attention-grabbing chat and swap tales. Meet a good friend for some plant-based vibrant nourishment, then both go to a meditative Sound Therapeutic or tremendous empowering Ecstatic Dance within the night.

Ubud turned well-known from Eat Pray Love, does it dwell as much as this status?

I used to be visiting one of many temples close to Ubud and a woman requested me to take a photograph of her, earlier than I had an opportunity to reply she stated; “I’m right here alone as a result of I divorced my husband and got here to Bali. And I met a person right here, identical to the movie”… So, sure – it actually does!

What’s your go-to weekend getaway on (or round) the island?

I like going throughout to Nusa Lembongan for the weekend. It’s solely a brief journey from Sanur, and it’s a complete new tempo of life. Ubud may be fairly full on and tremendous humid, so I make sure that I get away as a lot as I can. Lembongan is correct island life. It’s so good to lie on the seaside, sip coconuts and be by the ocean.

What souvenirs do you wish to convey again to the UK?

I’m heading house for the primary time later this month for a good friend’s wedding ceremony, and I plan to take a couple of of these dishevelled jumpsuits as presents for my girlfriends. I like the artwork right here, so I’ll be taking a whole lot of that house sometime.

What do you at all times ask guests from house to convey?

Excessive on my checklist to date has been nuts, seeds, Pukka tea baggage, must-read books and any merchandise I’ve run out of!

What you do in your spare time?

  • Yoga & meditation
  • Educating yoga
  • Eat in all Ubud’s glorious cafes
  • Writing
  • Being with buddies and assembly new folks – connecting with nice folks
  • TED talks, workshops and something to achieve extra data on this factor we name life!

Your Ubud suggestions fast checklist:

Greatest espresso:
Inexperienced Submit (subsequent to Outpost) – small, humble and oh so good

Greatest lunch:
The Thali Plate at Muse is presently excessive on my suggest checklist
And, I do know I’m somewhat bias, however the meals at Backyard Kafe is so tasty – their Tahini & Lemon dressings are wonderful!

Greatest warung:
Buba on Jalan Penestanan for a Veggie Nasi Campur

Greatest therapeutic massage:
Melya Spa for the Therapeutic Therapeutic massage

Greatest manicure:
I truly haven’t had one!!

Greatest pool to spend a day at:
Jungle Fish

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