Yoga and well-being are getting primetime treatment at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, where this week Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale, an elevated open air structure providing enthusiasts a serene venue next to the Ayung River, opened.

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According to a press release, the design is based on “the elegant and natural curve of a lotus petal, with the silhouette gently resting on the edge of the surrounding forest.”

The building was designed by Ibuku, a firm specializing in working with bamboo, and the structure uses only local product. Architect Eka Wiradana said, “Bamboo is yoga in architecture. As a material, it has a flexibility that mirrors the practice of yoga, and a beauty and grace of form that people seek in yoga.”

Stacy Small, a Los Angeles-based travel agent who specializes in arranging luxury travel for health minded Hollywood and Silicon Valley executives says, “More and more clients want to incorporate yoga into their vacations so hotels are catering to this trend.” She says, a number of resorts such as Lacaula Island Resort in Fiji, St. Regis Punta Mita, Montage Kapalua Bay and Belmond Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya are putting more emphasis on the practice.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan opened a riverside yoga studio this week.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan opened a riverside yoga studio this week.

Explaining the name of the new Balinese facility, Luisa Anderson, Spa Director, said, “Drawing from the spirit of Buddhist philosophy, the concept of ‘dharma’ refers to the intrinsic nature of things, the path, sometimes referred to as your true purpose, while the word ‘shanti’ comes back to peace. Watching the Bale take shape, it felt like the architectural embodiment of those concepts. Naming it the Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale just made perfect sense.”

Among the planned happenings are AntiGravity Yoga and ‘Life Talks,’ hosted by resident Wellness Mentor Ibu Fera. Guests can also arrange private classes.