Gwen is the Manager of Yoga Bliss and the Lead Teacher. She took her first yoga class around 10 years ago. She is a dedicated Ashtanga and Restorative practitioner and began to teach following the request of her teachers. She has studied Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Medicine, Anatomy and Restorative Yoga in France, Mysore (India), and Indonesia with world-renowned teachers as Monica Gauci, Gregor Maehle, Laruga Glaser, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Lizzie Lasater, Cyndi Lee and many others. Her teaching style combines a strong emphasis on traditional Yoga with the needs of each individual student.
(Chakra, Anatomy Teacher)
Yoga Alliance International (Restorative Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Lisa began her yoga journey more than a decade ago, but it wasn’t until 5 years ago when a running injury caused her to halt her marathon training that she started to implement yoga as a part of her daily life. As her love for yoga deepened, she realized that there was more to life than having a career and steady paycheck. She decided to leave her job and set out for India to complete her first YTT. Lisa teaches from the heart, she gently guides her students to find an appropriate practice for themselves, as opposed to teaching from one-size fits all approach.
With more than thousands of hours of training and teaching under her belt, Echo will be one of the main teachers during the Vinyasa and Yin YTTC. Her background began with Hatha, Vinyasa, and Power yoga, which evolved then to Yin and Restorative. Her practice is always evolving with herself. Her teachings focus mainly on subtle alignment, the breath and integrate flow in the practice to create organic movement. She has spent the last couple of years sharing her practice all around the world trying to adapt the practice to the student and not the student to the practice.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
from United States, September 2018
"The best and worst trip of my life "
Being in Bali was life changing. I learned a lot about yoga and the philosophy I met 16 amazing people who were on the journey with me who I will keep in contact with my whole life.
from Brazil, September 2018
"A portal to freedom!"
Perfect introduction to all four styles they mentioned on the advertising ... the schedule, even though it was super intense, that was exactly what I needed to be really focused on the purpose of the course and time there! Took me a while to understand the approach with the students but now after a couple of days I just understand how seriously the teachers are about passing such a beautiful knowledge!
from Finland, October 2018
The yoga classes were excellent: plenty of different styles to try out and choose from, great instructors, and a beautiful shala. The bungalow I stayed in was brand new with a gorgeous outdoor bathroom; best of all, Hollie was so helpful and welcoming both in her messages and in person, I instantly felt at home. Thanks for the relaxing four days!
from Great Britain, September 2018
D’Mel Sari was a lovely place to stay. Clean and super Friendly.
The food at the retreat was sometimes really good, other times not, lack oingredients,undercooked, bad service, no organisation, however the staff were friendly..
I enjoyed the yoga and the teachers were lovely. It was great to be able to change the surf lessons for massage.
The snorkel trip was more than amazing, so good I went twice. Well organised, safety conscious and took good care of us all in the water.🙏
from United States, September 2018
"This is a must Yoga retreat "
There was nothing that I didn’t like - loved it all!
from Singapore, September 2018
"Unforgettable experience in my life. "
First of all, Pick-up with Company Rocky and drop-off was amazingly smooth and safe. Also, I stayed at D' Mel sari which is the guest house nearby Yoga bliss. Owner, Ketut was very nice and friendly during the stay. Coordinator Hollie, a very responsible person, greeted and planed all messages and surfing classes with me even though she was not feeling well. I tried all kinds of yoga classes which are professional and let your stress go. Teachers are very friendly and helpful. Especially Vanessa made us happy and smile all the time during the class. Piru led me to more intense practice as I always want to. Especially It was my first time to try Yin Class. Highly recommend Yin class if you want to see yourself. Teacher Hollie will guide you to find peaceful inner body health with it. Breakfast!! gave me such a grateful morning after morning yoga classes. sometimes It took times to get breakfast around 30mins- 1hr. But all menu is very good and if you are not the morning person, then you can have it in the afternoon or evening. No time limit for retreat guests. not only breakfast, But lunch or dinner was good too. Prices are reasonable and just so cozy to relax there with good food. I miss there so much. Massages! just make your day so relaxing and masseuse find your stressful stop on your body and make it smooth again. Surfing instructors were very professional and responsible for their jobs. I was extremely enjoying every time every day. Thank you all. miss you so much.
from Hungary, September 2018
Amazing place, amazing people:)
from United Arab Emirates, August 2018
The organization of my Yoga bliss holiday was very well done, with care and attention to making it all run smoothly. The yoga timetable and events were well planned and all help was given if any changes were requested. The yoga shala was ideal and in a beautiful setting. The teachings were of a high standard, and I enjoyed them immensely. Everyone was warm and friendly.
from New Zealand, August 2018
The 3 instructors were all amazing!
from Great Britain, August 2018
"Wish it was closer!"
I had a great time at Yoga Bliss, I honestly wish I could return multiple times a year. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and the breakfasts were tasty and healthy. The location of shala was incredibly relaxing, no yoga location will compare now! Hollie was a great teacher, excellent instruction and guidance. Absolutely loved Lembongan, decided to stay a few extra days in the end and would love to go back not only for the yoga but also the island vibes.
from Great Britain, August 2018
"Amazing yoga retreat at Yoga Bliss"
I absolutely loved the 7 day retreat I did at Yoga Bliss. The shala is a beautiful, atmospheric and peaceful place to do yoga with a soft breeze flowing through, the rustling of leaves, the sound of cockerels and the smell of incense. There’s a really good variety of yoga taught by 3 experienced and excellent teachers who all have their different styles. They were all so knowledgable about the yoga they were teaching and created a meditative atmosphere every class. I’d not done much yoga before the retreat, but I feel really inspired to continue after my time at Yoga Bliss. The surfing lessons and massages are a great addition to the yoga. The package as a whole is a perfect mixture of fun and relaxing. Being on the retreat made it easy to meet other ‘retreaters’ and I made some really good new friends from all over the world. Everyone came on their own like me. We would often eat breakfast together in the Green Garden Restaurant which served yummy, nutritional food. Hollie, the retreat coordinator who also teaches yoga, is so friendly and good at linking up those on retreat. It was nice to have a ‘go-to’ person if you had any questions or issues and she organises the surfing and massages for you. The people on retreat could use the lovely Yoga Bliss pool even if you were staying in a partner guesthouse nearby. Yoga Bliss was near to the nice main beach on Nusa Lembongan and lots of restaurants & cafes. It’s a small chilled place so you really feel start feeling at home here.
Kiri Jean Green
from Australia, August 2018
I am really grateful for my experience at Yoga Bliss. It was just what I needed.
I was lucky to score a bungalow at the last minute. I loved the outdoor bathroom.
I enjoyed reconnecting with yoga at my level. (It's been a while... so I'm back to the beginning)
Surf lessons were great! I actually stood up so I was totally stoked with that.
Lembogan is a neat little island, very charming. I loved exploring it.
And the food at the Green cafe was yummy and healthy.
The ladies doing the retreat were all lovely to
And a big thanks to Hollie for the yoga classes and coordinating all the extras like surf, massage and travel.
from United States, June 2018
"Wonderful stay in paradise"
I booked this retreat on a whim and could not have been happier with the decision: the other retreat guests, the classes, the lodging, and the food were all excellent! Hollie was so accommodating and her classes were the perfect blend of body&mind. Nusa Lembongan is a beautiful island on which to spend a week doing yoga, hiking, surfing and more! I can’t recommend this retreat enough and would absolutely love to go back someday.
from Hong Kong, June 2018
"Wonderful experience in Yoga Bliss and love the islands"
Peter Arnoud Bensen
from Singapore, June 2018
What can I say, It is always a gamble if you book your Holiday and in this case an active one in the form of a Yoga Retreat. After some hectic months I really needed a break. Going for a Yoga retreat was the number 1 on my bucket list. My 15 days at Yoga Bliss was on the scale of 1 to 10, a 10+. The ambiance is giving you everything your heart needs and desires. The Bungalows are from that kind that you feel home and don’t want to leave anymore. The food that comes out of their kitchen is from another level and close to heavenly. Everything is organic and delicious. Their menu has such wide range that it is impossible to try everything during your stay. The Yoga classes given by Hollie and Gwen they are well trained and knowledgeable yoga masters. The Shala is such a serene place, surrounded by banana and palm trees. The Shala has an amazing floor from recycled teak wood. Their classes are diverse and never boring. They push you without pushing you over limits you don’t even know you were capable of. The yoga classes at Yoga Bliss are two times daily and in some occasions three times a day and they are always full, but never crowded. Yoga Bliss on Lembongan is like a new overseas family to me. While writing this review a warm feeling of amazing experiences fill my heart and I can consider myself a very lucky person, because my gamble is rewarded with the jackpot.
My love to the complete Yoga Bliss Team,
Peter Arnoud Bensen.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Nice for asanas no passion or spirituality "
Good communication from teacher keen to keep things organised. Food offered was great healthy filling and good value for money. Consistent lessons. Accommodation very good. Nice location on island.
from Australia, May 2018
"Your future self will thankful for this. "
Truly blissful! This retreat will provide so much more than just yoga classes. Hollie, Gwen, and all the staff at the Green Garden helped answer all my questions, were warm and welcoming, and guided me make the most of my time of the island. I left feeling grateful, humbled, and refreshed. Take time for yourself to recharge and relax in this little paradise.
from United Arab Emirates, May 2018
"Fantastic retreat, wasn’t ready to leave "
The value for the money is great. The yoga classes were well adjusted for all levels and Hollie is a great teacher. The location on the island is fantastic and I loved the overall vibe of the place, especially the staff, who are warm, friendly and extremely accommodating.
from New Zealand, April 2018
"Absolutely life changing "
Excellent curriculum and teaching methods, good healthy food the Shala is lovely. Both Gwen and Lisa impart their knowledge with love and patience. They kept my attention for the full 22 days and went out of their way to ensure our days were interesting.
from Australia, March 2018
"Better experience then I could have hoped for"
The Teachers ofcourse.
The structure of the course.
The staff at green garden.
The small group.
The amazing people I have met.
from Spain, December 2017
"A truly life changing experience "
The content was extremely rich and I learned so much about the body, yoga and myself.
The schedule was intense, but well put together. Having heard about others, it really is the most conducive to learning.
The teaching was incredible - teachers built your knowledge up and took the time to check in regularly both on a student and personal level.
The food was very good. Breakfast was certainly my favourite with fresh fruit juices and smoothie bowls.
from Germany, December 2017
"Happy Yogi, happy time!"
I took part at Yoga Bliss’ YTTC at Lembongan this year! Best choice ever! Gwen and Shawna taught as everything we wanted to know about Ashtanga and our Yin practice. Philosohy and Anatomy were absolutely interesting and Gwen and Shawna made it easy for everyone to follow, without making any shortcuts. We also learned different Pranayama and Meditation technics and involved them more and more in our daily practice, everyone in his/her own tempo and knowledge. Food was healthy, delicious and local, you can choose your own option, vegan, veggie or meat. Over all I had an amazing time, met amazing people and would do it absolutely again! Thanks Gwen and Shawna, Namaste!
from Great Britain, October 2017
"For me it was not what I expected"
The quality of the teaching is very good. Both Gwen and Gina were committed to passing on their knowledge. The island is beautiful.
from Australia, September 2017
"Yoga bliss lembongan"
I found a new layer to my practice through the guidance of my teachers Gwen and Gina.
Nanna Hofman Sørensen
from Denmark, July 2017
"Best decision ever made. "
Gina and Gwen are incredible at what they do. They gave me a whole new understanding of yoga and my personal practise, which I'll be forever grateful for. The shala, the food and the homestay (Radya) was all in high standard, and I couldn't have asked for more. I feel ready to embrace my future as a yoga-teacher with the new tools this course has given me.
I can't recommend this experience highly enough. I would do it all over again at any time.
from Great Britain, May 2017
The other people in the class.
from Kuwait, April 2017
"Excellent YTT! "
The course structure, the teachers Gwen and Gina, the location and the accommodation - it was all perfect!
from Germany, October 2018
Vorweg: Ich bin nicht der Yoga Mensch, dennoch hatte ich eine tolle, entspannte, sportliche Woche. Es war ein Experiment: Ein Mal Yoga die Woche reicht mir ;).
Die enthaltenen Transfers, Massagen, Surfstunden waren gut abgestimmt und sehr verbindlich organisiert. Die Yoga-Einheiten sind mit 90min herausfordernd. Es werden sowohl für Einsteigerinnen und Fortgeschrittene viele Varianten angeboten, so dass man auf jeden Fall weiter kommt.
Ich habe tolle Menschen getroffen, vielleicht ist dass das Beste.
from United States, September 2018
"Amazing week at Yoga Bliss"
Als beginner was het erg leuk om da verschillende stijlen yoga uit te proberen. De instructeurs helpen je heel goed, aangepast naar niveau.
Hollie gaf ons bij aankomst een uitgebreide uitleg van de mogelijkheden, we voelden on gelijk welkom.
De surflessen en de massages waren heel goed!
Ook het ontbijt en het verblijf in Green Gardens was super!
from Spain, August 2018
"Great yoga facilities, fantastic yoga teachers"
Getting this retreat made really easy to land, get picked up, get to the island and meet really nice people. The yoga studio is really beautiful and I really recommend to stay at the bungalows there if available. The island is stunning and you can mostly walk everywhere. The yoga sessions are really balanced and it is actually nice go to at least 2 of them per day, that still leaves plenty of time for other activities.
from United States, August 2018
The place is amazing, nice staff, good yoga lesson. The other activities (surf, massage) are well organised and you never have to worry about anything.
Food at the green garden is very good and healthy.
from United States, August 2018
"A great experience!"
I really enjoyed the restaurant (food was always fresh and delicious, and the staff super friendly) and the yoga classes. Hollie and Sarah are really great teachers, and the shala is an amazing place to practice. I would even suggest to add a private class to the package for beginners like me, as mine was highly beneficial
from France, August 2018
"Un séjour mitigé "
Le restaurent green garden est délicieux. Très bon rapport qualité prix. Très bon. Copieux. Pas de taxe additionnelle
Le personnel indonésien adorable et attentionné. De beaux moments de partage avec eux.
Les partenaires extérieurs indonésiens (surf snorkling massage) sont très bien. Chaleureux et professionnel.
from Germany, June 2018
I stayed for the 7-day-retreat and cannot stop smiling. Hollie is one of the best teachers I ever had (and these are at least 40) besides that she is such a lovely person - we all wanted to pack her in our bags and import her to our yogaschools back home. She makes the classes interesting and challenging for all levels.
The bungalows are very very nice and stylish as well as the shala and the restaurant. (Like other people mentioned, it is not a retreat like being „away from everything“ because the restaurant and the classes are open for everyone which I personally loved because it creates great energy, especially in the classes) Fantastic food & the sweetest staff. Altogether a magic atmosphere. I wanna come back immediately and will also send all my friends there!!!!