Yoga & Wellness 2018-08-14T17:12:42+00:00


Yoga is an integral part of the Nihi Sumba Island experience and the design of our yoga pavilion reflects just that: a breathtaking platform set atop a cliff side ridge offers sweeping views of Nihiwatu Beach on the Indian Ocean. The schedule created by Nihi’s Yoga & Wellness Director, Mary Tilson caters to all levels, honoring limitations while also elevating each student their highest potential through an integrated journey of body, mind and spirit. 

Complimentary group classes are offered daily on the hilltop pavilion including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin Yoga and Meditation. Private bookings are also available in the privacy of guests villas or one of the awe-inspiring locations around the island.  Check our retreats regularly for our guest guru-led programs throughout the year.

Hatha Yoga

A gentler class than the Vinyasa Flow classes, Hatha Yoga consists of dynamic Yoga postures that will help you develop strength, balance, flexibility and increase concentration & inner calm. Learn correct alignment, conscious breathing, work with possible injuries, relax and enjoy!

Vinyasa Flow

Strong and energetic flow class, this style of Yoga links breath and movement through a creative, flowing sequence of Yoga postures. Expect to sweat and leave feeling invigorated and refreshed. Modifications are given for different levels. All levels welcome.

Yin Yoga

Presented based on the teachings of American Yin Advocate, Paul Grilley. Yin Yoga is a Taoist form of Yoga that targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and spine. Instructed at a gentle, soothing pace, floor postures are held for longer periods of time (3-5min) to facilitate deeper opening. The long holds save space for mindfulness and connection within.

Self-Awakening Therapeutics

Replenish your body, mind and soul with this deeply restorative yoga practice. Find stillness in deep yet subtle stretches and relaxing music. Most poses are on the floor supported by props such as blocks and bolsters. Release and let go.

Surfers Stretch

Improve your surfing skills with this gentle, effective yoga practice. A series of postures developed especially for those who spend time chasing waves. Learn techniques to alleviate lower back pain, build strength and agility, and stretch out stiff muscles. This class also emphasizes proper breathing and concentration.

Guided Meditation and Pranayama

Incorporating both breath and meditation find connection with your inner universe. Learn simple techniques for sustaining single pointed concentration, clearing the mind and deepening your consciousness. Meditation promotes relaxation, blood flow, a sense of total well-being, and steady mindedness.

Pilates Mat

Pilates is a powerful and innovative system of mind body exercise which build core strength and stability. Each posture is practiced through mindful movement and proper alignment. Tone arms, legs and abdomen without excess bulk and improve flexibility, agility and posture. Pilates Mat helps to alleviate back pain, balance the physical body, and leaves you feeling stronger.

Private Yoga and Fitness Lessons

Enjoy a serene practice and personalized yoga or fitness session at your own leisure. Each class is tailored to suit your individual requirements, and can take place at our yoga Pavilion or in your private villa. No experience necessary, and ALL levels welcome.

The Chocolate Yoga Experience

Take a tour through our Chocolate Factory in the enchanted forest, where winding ancient tree roots hold the deep history of Sumba – this area is believed by the locals to be highly charged with spiritual energy. Our resident yoga teacher will guide you through a heart-centered yoga practice followed by a Chocolate Facial with one of our spa therapists. We use all natural ingredients including raw cacao to stimulate blood flow and tighten the skin, and cacao butter and coconut oil to leave you with a healthy glow!

Sumba Warrior Yoga

Join our Resident Yoga Teacher and members of our Sumbanese staff for a special community class on the hilltop pavilion. This creative spin on traditional yoga postures will allow you to truly embody the Sumbanese Warrior, connect with our local people, and have a lot of fun giving back to the Sumba Foundation!

The Sumba Method

Surrounded by the wilderness of Sumba, along the private coast of Nihiwatu, we have discovered a unique and exciting way to combine traditional Bootcamp methods with intense resistance training. Using the simplicity of natural elements that surround us, and a yoga mat, the Sumba Method was created. This class begins with a light warm-up and cardio, followed by a series of specific intervals to target core, arms and legs. We finish class with a selection of yoga stretches that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day. All Sumba Method classes take place at Nio Beach bar. Get ready for an invigorating and exciting new way to sweat!

Spa & Wellness

At Nihi Sumba Island we promote all facets of well-being. Our focus is to help you leave rejuvenated and rebalanced through a plethora of activities that have been designed to support our mission. Let the highly trained, healing hands of our Sumbanese Spa staff take care of you as you unplug from your daily life and begin to reconnect to your inner self.  Check our retreats regularly for our guest guru-led programs throughout the year.  Additionally, we offer the following packages year round:


This program is designed to reboot your system with nourishing a healthy mean plan and a daily routine that will leave you reenergized and restored.

Begin your stay with a private consultation with our Yoga / Wellness Instructor

Personalized Yoga & Meditation sessions throughout your retreat

Signature NihiOka Spa Safari* – includes a scenic trek, healthy breakfast served at our treehouse dining area, a full menu of spa treatments, a private bale with spa therapist for the day, and access to the beach and infinity pool. You will be in a wi-fi free zone, disconnected from technology and the outside world to truly connect with yourself and NihiOka’s healing environment.

Receive personalized healthy menus which may include freshly caught fish, as well as protein rich vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options if preferred.

Organic Chocolate Making at Chris & Charly’s Chocolate Factory.

Chocolate Facial – Light organic Cacao scrub from locally sourced cacao beans used to stimulate blood flow and leave you with a young, healthy glow. Finally, topped with the nourishing properties of cocoa butter and coconut oil.

**UPGRADE to the ultimate retreat with a night in Villa Rahasia, a luxury hideaway at our NihiOka Spa Safari.


Get ready to get your heart rate pumping on this adventure-filled retreat on the Edge of Wild.

Begin your stay with a private consultation with our Yoga / Wellness Instructor.

Yoga Sculpt classes on our hilltop pavilion integrate a mix of strength training exercises and cardio bursts in a fluid sequence.

NihiOka Spa Safari – Jog through the scenic landscapes of Sumba past wild water buffalo, local villages and finally arrive at our clifftop NihiOka Spa Safari destination. Your body will be recharged with delicious healthy meals, spa treatments, and a private yoga session.

Receive personalized healthy menus which may include freshly caught fish, as well as protein rich vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options if preferred.

Rice Island – Take a sunrise jog from beach to bush, arriving at an awe-inspiring location hidden in the Rice Terraces for a breakfast picnic.

Spearfishing/Free Diving workshop with our Resident Guru.


Keep your body feeling its best for full days of surf! This retreat is designed to keep you energized and balanced for Nihi’s world class waves.

Begin your stay with a private consultation with our Yoga / Wellness Instructor.

Receive personalized, healthy dining menus which may include freshly caught fish, as well as protein rich vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options if preferred.

Private Surf Lessons with our onsite Tropic Surf Guide.

Photography session to capture those epic moments on the wave, pending availability 

Personalized Yoga practice to prepare and restore your body for surf in the villa or our hilltop yoga pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean = SUP Yoga, total 2 sessions.

Learn breathing techniques to maximize breath holds and reduce tension in your body and mind.

Receive a daily massage at the Boathouse Spa to relax your muscles after long days of surf.


Please note: Packaged prices available upon enquiry.  Minimum booking for packages is 3 nights, standard inclusions apply. Packages can be booked per person in a shared villa, so couples, families and groups booking together have flexibility to take part in individual programs.