Be well prepared for your Teacher Training Course in Nusa Lembongan, Bali
Where are we and how to get there?
The Training Center, Yoga Dunia, is located in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. At 30 min boat ride of Sanur, Bali harbor.
Nusa Lembongan is one of the most beautiful Islands of Bali, away from the crowded city of Ubud. The island is covered by jungle and white sandy beaches.
The nearest airport is Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (airport code: DPS), which is located on the larger island of Bali, Indonesia. From here, you can take public or private transport to the port of Sanur to catch a boat to the smaller island of Nusa Lembongan. Yoga Dunia Lembongan encourages you to land three before the time of the departure boat.
From Sanur, you need to take a 30-minute boat ride to Nusa Lembongan and then the boat company will drive you to your hotel free of charge ( ask them when you book your ticket). Please be sure to check the boat timetables before arriving to be able to catch a boat before their last departure on your arrival day. You may need to arrive in Bali a day earlier if you have a late flight.
Visa & Immigration Policies
Another important thing to know before you travel to Indonesia are these types of visas which has specific requirements, as listed below:
Foreigners nationals from countries that are included in the 169 Visa-Free Country List are entitled to visa exemption, may enter Indonesia from 124 immigration checkpoints and granted a 30 days stay that cannot be extended. Mandatory requirements include: passport with minimum 6 months validity and return / through tickets.
Visa on Arrival
Foreigners can apply for this visa upon arrival in Indonesia if their nationality is included on visa-on-arrival 68 countries list. A holder of Visit Visa on Arrival is given 30 days stay and can be extended in the Immigration Office for 1 (one) time, in order to have another 30 days stay. Mandatory requirements include: passport with minimum 6 months validity and return/through tickets.
Foreigners can apply for Visit Visa in the Indonesian Embassy or Consulates, or the guarantor could apply to the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta, Indonesia. Visit Visa is issued in the Indonesian Embassy or Consulates with mandatory requirements of Application/Guarantee Letter, passport with minimum 6 months validity, copy of bank accounts, return /through tickets and re-entry permit (or stateless / non-nationality person). A holder of Visit Visa is given up to 60 days’ stay and can be extended in Immigration Office for 5 (five) time, each extension will be given for another 30 days stay.
For more details, you can also log on to http://www.imigrasi.go.id
Bali Weather Guide
Bali and specially Nusa Lembongan enjoy a warm and nice weather almost all year long.
We really have 2 seasons:
- Dry season: occurs between March and October/November. July and August are a little colder than the rest of the year. The temperature is a moderately stable 25ºC to 34ºC
- Wet season: occurs between November/December and April. The humidity is at its highest point and there are fluctuations between moody rainstorms that soak the island to warm steamy days with cloudless skies.
Ready to Join us?
So it's time to pack your stuff
Important items to remember to bring
Mats will be provided, but if you prefer not to use the mats at the training center, then please bring your own. If you don’t have a high-quality yoga mat already, we highly suggest buying one now! Our favorite brands are: Jade Mats (eco-friendly), Manduka, Lululemon, and Liforme.
If you haven’t invest in some yoga clothes that make you feel like a million bucks, now is also a great time to do that! Make sure you have full range of motion in any outfit you bring for yoga, whether that means spandex leggings or loose cotton pants.
Although you will receive the training manual when you arrive, and you can take notes in it, you will likely want to have a notebook with you for extra notes.
You can get cash at any local ATM. Make sure your bank knows you will be travelling abroad so that you are able to take out money when you arrive. Don’t expect small, local stores to accept credit cards – in fact, most stores won’t accept them. So make sure you have enough cash with you when you go into town to be able to get by without a card.
Since we can’t drink the tap water in Indonesia, bringing a portable, reusable water bottle is essential. In doing our best to help the environment, we highly suggest bringing a metal or glass water bottle with you and refilling it instead of buying a single-use, throw-away plastic water bottle a few times a day.
We recommend either bringing this with you, or having enough time before the course starts to buy some in Bali or Nusa Lembongan. There will definitely be places to buy some in town, but if you prefer something natural, you might want to bring some from home that know and trust.
Make sure you have the proper adapter to be able to plug your device into Indonesian outlets. Indonesian uses European-style two-pin round plugs (“C”-type is the most common variant found). Voltage is at 220 V 50 Hz. Make sure you bring this with you or having the time buying one before the course starts, you should able to find it in town.
We will be in class a lot for this intensive training, but you have a two hour lunch break every day and you are free for the entire day on Sundays – and the beach is right at our front door! Please choose a natural sun screen. You will want to go for a swim and much of toxic cream melts in the ocean causing disturbance in the water affecting marine life.
With the beach at our doorstep and a small pool on location, mixed with very warm weather, you will likely be taking a dip during your breaks and days off. Remember to bring a swimsuit and comfortable warm-weather clothing to lounge and relax in when not in class.
As they say around here, “it’s the months of BERS.” Our rainy season is USUALLY the month of December to the tail end of March but with the global warming, the weather has been unpredictable. Usually sunny during the day and early evening or late night, it pours. It’s a good idea to bring your rain jacket. Locals wear a poncho and those are very handy if you are driving a scooter. No point in bringing umbrellas. Trust us, they do nothing!
Practice & Study Suggestions
– Teacher training courses tend to be very physically demanding, with lead asana classes, methodology workshops, and teaching practicum sessions. It is highly recommended that students prior to attending the course begin practicing asana 5-7 times a week (in they are not already doing so).
– We also recommend that students begin developing a self-practice. Learning how to lead yourself through your practice is a pivotal part of becoming a yoga instructor. Being a yoga teacher is very much sharing your experience on the mat and your self-practice, and if you are unable to lead yourself it will be very difficult to lead others. If is not a part of the way you currently practice yoga there’s no need to stress, in our course we will study in detail how to develop one’s self-practice, but as you prepare for the course, begin at least trying to practice on your own a few times a week.
– When taking led studio classes, begin taking note of how your teachers engage with their students. Observe the language they utilize when giving verbal cues and instructions, how they transition, and when they model postures. After classes write down any verbal cues that you felt were interesting, effective, or inspiring. Try after class to map out the sequence that you just took and observe how it was structured, if there were parts that you would change if certain postures felt they were held too long or transitions that felt awkward and lacked fluidity. Take the intention of becoming a student of not only asana but of how asana is taught and the philosophy behind it.
translation by your own language)
– Yoga for a World Out of Balance by Michael Stone
– Embodied Posture: Your Unique Body and Yoga by Stacy
Please be aware that the costs of books are on top of your tuition.