Yoga is something that I’ve practiced for over 8 years now. There is nothing quite like it and it is one of the best forms of meditation and fitness if you’re looking to clear your mind.
I’ve traveled frequently for work and have gone to my share of conferences in various areas around North America, but I’ve never been on a retreat and yoga retreats are at the top of my interest list. The hard decision comes when you have to choose between one or the other! It’s a decision that I’m still trying to make.
Why a yoga retreat? Yoga retreats are known to provide you with a peaceful atmosphere that allows you to get in touch with your true nature, while rejuvenating and regenerating your body. Think of it as a reset button for your mind, body, and soul.
I follow Yoga Girl on Instagram and she has ignited my interest in Aruba yoga retreats. The water is pristine and her daily shots have *almost* convinced me that it’s the location I want to visit first. But then, there’s also amazing looking retreats in the Indian Himalayas, Italy, Morocco, and Australia. I’ve taken recommendations that I’ve collected over the years and have added them to new ones that I’ve discovered more recently to create this list of 25 yoga retreats around the world.
Have you ever been to a yoga retreat? What was your experience like?
The Ones You’ll Want On Your Radar 1 of 26
This is the list you'll want to bookmark for future reference. From Montana to Bali and all the way to New Zealand, these yoga retreats will take you on a trip of a lifetime!
The Sanctuary Resort, Koh Phangan, Thailand 2 of 26
Practice your asanas to the soundtrack of the jungle, located just outside the door at The Sanctuary in Thailand. This is an incredible retreat is located on the island of Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand. After flying into its neighbouring island, Koh Samui, you can take a short boat ride over to the resort.
This is a yoga retreat with a whole lot of oomph and the reviews to match. It received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2011! In addition to the yoga classes and seminars, you can choose from a variety of activities such as jet-skiing and elephant trekking, or spa treatments like the traditional Balinese body wrap. Dining consists of seafood, vegetarian, or raw meals only. The food itself has received rave reviews from media outlets around the world!
Photo credit: The Sanctuary
Blue Osa Yoga, Playa Tamales, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica 3 of 26
The Southern Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is a breathtaking locale for the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa. The yoga studio is an open-air area that overlooks this eco-resort's private beach. Dining takes place in an open kitchen where there are six tables and 32 chairs for seating. The fresh vegetables and tropical fruit come from the trees on property. An eco-spa is also on site for face and body treatments, as well as massage and acupuncture.
Photo credit: Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa
Eat.Pray.Move., Various Locales 4 of 26
Eat, pray and move with the EPM yoga retreats. The location changes for each retreat, taking you around the Mediterranean while you practice yoga, visit exotic locations, take part in exciting excursions, and eat healthy cuisine.
The next retreat with availability will take place at the Peacock Pavilions boutique hotel in Marrakesh, Morroco, a luxury hotel that's been featured National Geographic and Elle Decor. Yoga classes are moulded to each person's needs and preference, whether it be rigorous Ashtanga or something more gentle like Hatha.
Photo credit: Eat. Pray. Move
Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Bay, British Columbia 5 of 26
British Columbia is a province in Canada that will leave you awestruck; the mountains and surrounding nature are some of the most gorgeous you'll find in all of Canada. The Yasodhara Ashram is located in Southeastern B.C. on Kootenay Bay. They provide a vast array of yoga programs year-around, including introductory courses, teacher certifications, private retreats and three-month intensive retreats.
Photo credit: Yasodhara Ashram
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas 6 of 26
I can't even begin to imagine how incredible it would be to take part in a yoga class while overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas! The Sivananada Ashram Yoga Retreat is located just across the bay from Nassau, Bahamas and provides daily yoga classes, snorkeling, lectures by world-renowned speakers, and delectable vegetarian cuisine.
Photo credit: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat
Ananda in the Himalayas, Garhwal, Uttaranchal, India 7 of 26
Overlooking the sacred Ganges River, Ananda is located in the Himalayan foothills of India. Talk about the ultimate yoga retreat! Yoga and meditation practices are brought to you by experienced yoga teachers and can be customized according to your needs, but it's not the only thing that can be customized. Even the food served at Ananda is prepared by Ayurvedic standards.
Ananda is as much of a spa retreat as it is a yoga retreat. The spa measures 24,000 square feet and focuses on traditional Indian healing systems of Ayurveda and has huge selection of treatments available from anti-aging and de-stressing to weight loss an detoxification.
Photo credit: Ananda
Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico 8 of 26
Rodney Yee, one of the great yoga teachers of our time visits the Haramara Retreat. If it's good enough for him, it's certainly good enough for me! This yoga retreat is located 45 mintues from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in Riviera Nayarit. This location is simply breathtaking!
Haramara offers two yoga shalas that have each been hand-built with all-natural materials. They've been positioned in such a way to provide breathtaking panoramic views of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. After a day of yoga, head to the theraputic jungle spa for some R&R.
Photo credit: Haramara Resort
Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Nelamangala, Bangalore 9 of 26
You'll find yoga taught in a traditional ashram style at Shreyas. Daily yoga, chanting and meditation classes and a strict vegetarian menu (no alcohol permitted), makes this the real deal. From the Banglore airport, you are approximately an hour away. Accommodations include poolside cottages, 3 bedroom cottages, and garden "tented" cottages.
Photo credit: Shreyas
KaliYoga, Las Alpujarras, Spain 10 of 26
Head to Spain for a retreat that enlightens and inspires. The Kaliyoga retreat is located in the Las Alpujarras region, an ideal destination for horseback riding and hiking. Each retreat runs for 6 nights and includes yoga, meditation and vegetarian meals each and every day.
Kaliyoga retreats are also available in ProvenÃ§e, France and Puglia, Italy.
Photo credit: Kaliyoga Retreat
Manchebo Beach Resort, Aruba 11 of 26
I first heard about Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa through Instagram believe it or not. Rachel Brathen aka yoga_girl is one of my favorite Instagrammers and she holds regular yoga classes at this resort. After a little bit of investigation, I found that Manchebo Beach Resort also holds yoga retreats throughout the year (many with Rachel!). Each retreat includes your accommodations, dining, and daily yoga classes just steps away from the shores of Eagle Beach in Aruba.
Photo credit: Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Bozeman, Montana 12 of 26
Big Sky Yoga Retreats are unique, both in terms of location and the extra activities included. Retreats such as "B-Luxe Cowgirl Yoga" and "Cowgirl Yogatography" include time spent with horses, yoga in an open-air barn loft, and reconnecting with nature amongst the mountains and ecosystem of Montana and nearby habitats, including the Yellowstone National Park. The ranch spans 9,000 square feet and provides many wildlife-watching opportunities.
Photo credit: Big Sky Yoga Retreats
Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado 13 of 26
If you've ever been to the Colorado Rockies, you know how serene and vast the surroundings are. Shambhala Mountain Centre is nestled high in a 600-acre valley, surrounded by aspens, rocky peaks and crisp mountain air. The retreat has been around for over 40 years and they offer many different options that vary depending on whether you are a beginner or advanced yogi.
Photo credit: Shambhala Mountain Centre
Domaine de la Grausse Retreat, Clermont la Grausse, France 14 of 26
Domaine de la Grausse retreat is located in the village of Clermont La Grausse, in the heart of Pyrenees, France and is quite possibly as "romantic" as you can get for a yoga retreat.
The Vicomte de la Grausse abandoned his ancient Chateau Fort in 1772 and later built a small rural chateau below the rock face on the valley floor. It has since been fully restored and has become a 17 acre estate with pastures, bubbling brooks, and gorgeous scenery. It's the perfect place to relax and practice put your meditation and yoga into practice! You can choose from two yoga studios, one overlooking the estate and another in a renovated stone barn.
Photo credit: Domaine de la Grausse retreat
Jatoba Terra Prana, Sao Paulo, Brazil 15 of 26
Whether it's Yin yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Karma yoga or Mandala yoga that you're looking for, Jatoba Terra Prana Retreat offers all of that and more! Zen Shiatsu, meditation, sacred dances and vegetarian meals are also on the "menu."
The retreat is located on a 300 acre farm in the Brazilian countryside, just 3 1/2 hours from SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil.
Photo credit: Jatoba Terra Prana Retreat
Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre, Clare Island, Ireland 16 of 26
The heat comes from solar panels and wood-burning stoves, the food is gourmet/vegetarian, and you're getting your yoga on off the West Coast of Ireland. What's not to love? Although you won't find 5 star accommodations at the Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre (think rugged), you will find eco-friendly amenities and experience an idyllic setting.
Photo credit: Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre
COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos 17 of 26
Turks and Caicos is my favorite island in the Caribbean. The waters are pristine, the ambience is luxurious, and the hotels are incredible. Parrot Cay by Como ranks high as one of the best (if not the best) on the island. Their Shambhala Retreat offers yoga, Ayurveda, Pilates, aromatherapy and other holistic practices overlooking the North Caicos Channel. Can you say perfection?
Photo credit: Parrot Cay by Como
Living Flow Ashram, Kerala, India 18 of 26
Shiva Rea is my favourite yoga instructor of all time! I've been practicing using her Vinyasa Flow style for almost 7 years now. Shiva has ongoing retreats in various locations around the world. This year, she's visiting Kerala, India; Santorini, Greece; Big Sur, California; plus Glastonbury, Stonehenge, London. The Prana Flow Regeneration Retreat at Somatheeram, Kerala India is the next upcoming retreat and takes place in February 2014.
Teachers from the Ayurvedia center, guest musicians, and pujaris will attend the "Living Flow Ashram" to make it even better. Each participant will receive seven days of massage as part of the program. Sign me up!
Photo credit: Shiva Rea
Maya Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico 19 of 26
Rumor has it that Maya Tulum is a favorite spot for many celebrities. Travel and Leisure named it as the #2 destination spa in the world and the yoga retreats are something you want to put on your radar!
Located on the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, this incredible retreat has 49 cabanas on-site on the beach, providing gorgeous views of the Riviera Maya. There are 10 types of yoga offered at Maya Tulum.
Photo credit: Maya Tulum
Silver Island Yoga, Silver Island, Greece 20 of 26
If you want to truly get away, Silver Island Yoga may be your best bet. This retreat is located off the mainland on Silver Island, home to 60 acres of rolling hills, olive groves, flowers and cypress trees. They are completely off the grid, so eco-friendly practices are put into play with a generator and solar power.
A typical day includes two yoga practices and lots of free time. Dining includes healthy Mediterranean-inspired foods.
Photo credit: Silver Island Yoga
Anahata Yoga Retreat, South Island, New Zealand 21 of 26
Providing ocean views of Golden Bay off of New Zealand's South Island, Anahata Yoga Retreat is an eco-friendly location that nurtures personal growth and healing. They rely on solar power for heat and electricity and the the fruit and vegetables used in the retreat's vegetarian meals come from their own organic garden. In regards to yoga, there are 8 styles that are practiced here. Yoga walks are also popular and take place in Abel Tasman National Park.
Photo credit: Anahata Yoga Retreat
andBeyond, Multiple Locations, Africa 22 of 26
I'm going to list something that is completely different from any of the other retreats we've featured thus far. andBeyond provides what they call a "Yoga Safari." These safaris are led by some of the best, internationally qualified yoga teachers in Africa and are tailor-made according to your own personal needs and interests. Can you imagine stretching outside while a giraffe watches you? The retreats include two yoga classes a day, providing plenty of time to meditate by the pool or indulge in a massage.
Photo credit: andBeyond
Kura Kura Yoga Retreat, Seseh, Bali 23 of 26
Bali. The minute I think of a yoga retreat, I immediately think of Bali thanks to the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love. Kura Kura's rooms are built open-air style with a covered roof. The retreat is located in Seseh, Bali along a small river, just steps from the sea. Kura Kura runs a regular Yoga For Life retreat that focuses on connecting the body with the various elements (water, fire, wind and air).
Photo credit: Kura Kura
EcoYoga Centre, Ford, Argyll, Scotland 24 of 26
The ecoYoga Centre in Scotland is completely off the grid and is powered by a hydro turbine as well as a large bank of solar panels. Yoga is practiced in a studio with floor to ceiling windows. You can bath Japanese style in a 'Sento,' or public bathing house. If you're more conservative, hideaway bathing spots are available by the river bank or in the forest. Yoga styles practiced include Ashtanga and Iyengar.
Photo credit: ecoYoga Centre
Sanctuary Retreat Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia 25 of 26
Overlooking the Coral Sea, the Sanctuary Retreat is an eco-lodge in Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia. This retreat is literally in the middle of 50 acres of lush tropical rainforest! Retreats include accommodations in Rainforest Huts and Deluxe Canopy Cabins that are surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of the rainforest.
The yoga retreats change throughout the year. Up and coming events include a Moving Meditation & Being retreat, Ashtanga Retreat and Soul Kitchen Yoga Foodie Retreat.
Photo credit: Sanctuary Retreat
Suryalila Yoga Retreat, Andalucia, Spain 26 of 26
Suryalila Retreat Centre calls their accommodations a "yoga hotel." Daily yoga classes, organic cuisine, massage and uniquely decorated rooms are included in your fee.
You calso have the option to take in the towns and cities of Andalucia, Spain. They offer semi-guided trips to Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, Ronda, Sevilla and Costa de la Luz.
Photo credit: Suryalila Retreat Centre
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