Yoga & Meditation
Yoga and wellness is an integral part of the Nihi Sumba experience. 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 Resident Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner Betina Bethlem 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, Kundalini Yoga, Breathwork, 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.
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!
A 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, refreshed, and inspired. Modifications are given for different levels. All levels are welcome.
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 create space for mindfulness and connection within.
A style of Vinyasa Flow that blends with Nevine Michaan’s Katonah Yoga. Classes emphasize archetypal geometry, Taoism, imagination, and metaphor, to bring the individual into alignment with the self. Learn how the body is designed to fit itself and find more freedom in your practice.
Replenish your body, mind and soul with a deeply relaxing 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.
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, open the chest and shoulders, build strength and agility, and stretch out stiff muscles. This class also emphasizes proper breathing and concentration. Can be practiced as a preparation for surfing, or as a wind down afterwards.
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.
Reach a higher state of consciousness and well-being through the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Feel your energy rise through powerful yogic kriyas, breath-work exercises, deep meditations, and mantra. Every class is different, varying from energized to deeply relaxing, and always drawing you inward toward self-realization and understanding. The unique experience of Kundalini Yoga is open to all levels.
Part of the magic of Sumba is syncing with the rhythms of nature. Twice a month, on the day of the New Moon and the Full Moon, indulge in a lunar yoga class with our Resident Yoga Teacher. These Slow Flow classes focus on setting intentions, manifesting, letting go of old energies, and practicing gratitude. All levels are welcome.
Meditation And Breath-work
Find connection with your inner universe through the breath and meditation. 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. Breath-work or Pranayama modulates the nervous system and creates a sense of inner alignment and balance.
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!
Private Yoga Lessons
Enjoy a serene practice and personalized yoga 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.
Special Yoga Workshops
Deepen your yoga and meditation practice through our seasonal special workshops. Topics may include Inversion Practice, Breathwork Techniques, Introduction to Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Somatic Meditation – and beyond. Check the schedule upon your arrival for these targeted yoga experiences, designed to elevate and enhance your practice.
Reiki Energy Healing
Reiki is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic Japanese energy healing technique. Through the placement of the hands by our Resident Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner, this practice treats the whole person, including mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Relax and enjoy a holistic sense of peace and wellbeing in a private session at the Yoga Pavillion, at your villa, or at another beautiful location at the resort. Or sign up for weekly donation-based Community Reiki at the Boathouse, with all proceeds benefiting The Sumba Foundation.
Betina Bethlem Yoga & Wellness Bio
Betina Bethlem is a Yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner with a lifetime of yoga experience and over 500 hours of certified training. Her classes emphasize precise alignment, awareness of energy, and the experience of joy and freedom found through the practice of yoga.
Betina blends the creativity and flow of Vinyasa yoga with various other styles of yoga: The alignment and deep inner focus of classical Hatha yoga; The archetypal geometry, Taoist philosophy, metaphor, and imagination of Katonah® Yoga; The powerful breathwork and meditations of Kundalini Yoga; And an in depth understanding of subtle energies developed through her practice of Reiki (Level II). Betina sees yoga as a holistic practice that influences and enhances all areas of life. She aims to give her students an experience that allows them to feel first hand the inspiration and expansion of practicing yoga.
In the spirit of exploring the practice of life from many different perspectives, Betina is also a tarot card reader. She brings the same positivity and energetic awareness to her readings.