If you’re new year’s resolutions include traveling more, and getting fit and healthy, then why not hit two birds with one stone by taking a yoga retreat? Whether you’re in it to deepen your practice on physical and spiritual levels, or just looking for a change of scenery, there are lots of yoga destinations worth exploring. Read our list for some inspiration on that long-overdue personal adventure.
Dubbed the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is the ultimate destination for aspiring yogis. Rishikesh liest at the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, right where the Ganges River cuts through. This holy city is shrouded with a mysticism unlike anything else, aiding just about anyone in search of renewed spirituality. Make the most of your yoga retreat and head to Rishikesh for the International Yoga Festival; Share and celebrate your love of the practice with yogis from all over the world.
The famed ‘Island of the Gods,’ has quickly gained attention as Southeast Asia’s island paradise. And while parts have been overrun by tourists, so much of Bali remains vastly untouched.
It’s in these pockets where yogis choose to pilgrimage, immersing themselves in the Balinese lifestyle of healthy living (choose from countless vegetarian and vegan food options). From the sunsets of Kuta beaches to the picturesque Ubud rice fields, you’ll be overwhelmed with inspiration. Bali is also home to a number of great yoga teacher training programs and certifications, if you’re looking to deepen your practice even further.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand draws travelers of every kind—but most especially the budget kind. Yogis headed here will be spoiled not only with over 100 yoga retreat opportunities, but also Thailand’s fascinating culture, stunning beaches and mountains, and incredible food. Koh Samui also lets beginner and advanced yogis explore other forms of the practice: everything from Vinyasa and Ashtanga, to Kundalini, Iyengar, Aerial, and Laughter.
For it’s small size, Costa Rica is home to not just one, but three incredible yoga destinations. Nosara’s Pacific jungle landscape easily makes it Central America’s top yoga spot, while Tamarindo has surfing retreats on top of the yoga retreats. Santa Teresa offers a different atmosphere from the other two (or most yoga retreat spots in general); practice your asanas by this quiet fishing village that not only boasts of great ocean waves and stunning sunsets, but also incredible seafood.
For a great yoga retreat with your girlfriends, head to Talum, Mexico. The famous Amansala retreat offers a variety of yoga classes in a quaint village-like atmosphere where you’ll be housed in stylish cabanas. In between your yoga sessions, you can easily explore Talum’s stunning beaches, see the incredible Mayan ruins, or go snorkelling at the famous Gran Cenote.
For all the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and San Francisco, California is also full of world famous National Parks and Forests, lakes, mountain ranges, and beaches. Head to this West Coast paradise for a nearby yoga retreat that will connect you with nature. You can join in one of its many yoga retreats and teacher training opportunities, or just pack your yoga mat along with some camping gear for a DIY solo retreat.
Yoga and travel have the uncanny ability to transform both body and soul, making you feel more connected to the world outside. Wherever you and your mat end up, remember to pause in between breaths, reflect, and enjoy the personal journey.