It goes without saying that yoga is good for you and whilst some styles of yoga can leave you dripping in sweat and panting for breath (it’s true, just try Ashtanga if you don’t believe me), there can be nothing more rejuvenating than heading to a yoga retreat for a well earned break. Time spent at a yoga retreat can leave you feeling more centred, balanced and in tune with yourself and if all that sounds like hippy nonesense to you, then all the more likely it is that you need to discover yoga!
Whether you are a full-time yogi or merely someone who enjoys dipping your toe in the yoga pool now and again, this post shares some of the best destinations around the world to do yoga.
The home of yoga itself
One popular spot is the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala. Set amongst lush and tropical surroundings, this retreat is for the more serious yogis out there. It involves two weeks of serious yoga and ashram practices, including an alcohol free and vegetarian diet. You also get to help with chores and in return the can expect to receive a truly spiritual experience.
Yoga with a Caribbean twist
Also popular, even with some celebrities, is Maya Tulum in Mexico, which has several yoga events a year. The beach side location and numerous spa offerings makes this the perfect place for some pampering and yoga based rejuvenation. Throw in the delicious culinary delights on offer and you are in for a truly magical experience.
Something closer to home
However, finding wellness through yoga does not necessarily have to be on a faraway, exotic island in Costa Rica or Bali, where trips might be seldom or out of your price range. Other popular yoga destinations can be found in Ireland, France, Spain, Canada, and even the United States. Worth going to in these places, respectively, is The Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre (most green), Domaine de la Grausse (chateau ambience), Yoga Breaks (WHO healthiest climate of locality), Paradise Found Yoga (with art therapy and kundalini specialty), and Big Sky Yoga Retreats (mountain getaway).These are ideal for those with tighter budget and those who want to keep their travel time to a minimum.
So if it’s a healthy holiday you’re after without the sacrifice of hours in the gym, then check out one of these popular and beautiful yoga destinations and head home a changed woman!