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Top Yoga Retreats and Vacations Around the Globe
Blue Spirit, Nosara, Costa Rica
Panoramic Ocean Views to Salute the Sun and Sea 1 of 12
Nosara may be overrun by tourists, but Blue Spirit is tucked away from the mayhem. With an infinity pool, locally sourced food and accommodations ranging from luxury to rustic, this eco-friendly retreat offers something for everyone. Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as you flow through your sun salutations in the primary studio that holds over 100. Or get your zen on in one of the smaller yoga shalas you'll pass along your short walk to the beach. Surfing, hiking and biking are also popular activities along the Nosara coastline. Teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Kia Miller host weeklong stays here, but teachers and styles rotate by the week. Check out the retreat schedule to find the style of yoga and program that suits you best.
Wanderlust, Multiple Locations
A Yoga-, Adventure- and Music-Filled Weekend 2 of 12
Where festival meets yoga retreat meets beautiful mountain getaway, Wanderlust offers a way to connect to nature through music, yoga, food and other activities. It's like a "choose your own adventure" for the active lifestyle. With 160 unique activities to choose from, the weekend offers much more than just sun salutations. Yes, the best yoga teachers from around the world come together to offer a wide range of yoga and meditation classes. But you can also enjoy activities like stand up paddleboarding, trail runs, hikes, group rides and camping. The original location is in Squaw Valley, California, nestled in the mountains and near breathtaking Lake Tahoe, but Wanderlust launched additional locations in Colorado, Vermont and Whistler, among others. Their mission is to create a community around mindful living and they've done just that. Find out if a Wanderlust is coming to a mountain top near you.
Maya Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Spiritual Getaway, With an Extra Dose of Sunshine 3 of 12
Ancient ruins? Check. Beachfront yoga studio? Check. Delicious, healthy food? This place has you covered. Tulum is steeped in history, quaint charm and some of the best weather in the universe. And Maya Tulum serves up retreats where you can enjoy yoga by morning and adventure or relaxation by afternoon. Sleep in cabanas free from televisions and alarm clocks so you can really connect with nature. The ocean will lull you to sleep and the sunshine will wake you up. Their retreat schedule is extensive, offering weekend and weeklong getaways for beginners and advanced practitioners. Some of the best instructors in the world travel to Maya Tulum, and the styles of yoga and meditation are diverse.
Yoga Barn, Bali, Indonesia
Cultural and Spiritual Awakening in the Mountains 4 of 12
This sacred paradise is so much more than just a yoga studio. Located in the heart of Bali's cultural center, Ubud, The Yoga Barn is a spiritual community, a full-service yoga studio, a holistic health center, and a friendly and relaxing place to nourish the body, mind and spirit. From daily yoga classes ranging in style and level, to workshops, trainings and retreats with themes like cleansing and detox, Ayurvedic rejuvenation, and more, The Yoga Barn is not to be missed. And its central location to the mountains of Bali offers the perfect cultural and outdoorsy getaway. The Yoga Barn will customize a retreat and accommodations for your style, schedule and budget, or you can join one they already have planned. For a huge bonus, head to Ubud and the Yoga Barn in March, and catch the world-famous Bali Spirit festival.
Sacred Waters Yoga Retreat, Molokai, Hawaii
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This rustic retreat is located on the tropical side of the quietest and simplest island of Hawaii. If living in a solar- and wind-powered cabin for a week, picking fresh papaya and bananas off of the trees, and being served fresh coconuts after a long morning yoga practice sound good to you, read on. Karen Noble is the lead teacher and owner, offering Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes. She comes with more than 20 years of teaching experience, and her light sense of humor makes people feel at home right away. Aside from oceanfront yoga, Sacred Waters offers kayaking, sailing, therapeutic mud bathing, and hiking up the volcanoes of the island. If you're looking for adventure or relaxation, there's no shortage of either when you visit this off-the-grid Molokai gem. Organized retreats are offered sporadically throughout the year, but Karen also offers group and private retreats.
Yoga Rocks, Crete, Greece
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Perched on a cliff, overlooking the sea, this yoga retreat is hard to beat. The owners, Helen and Phil, are down to earth, fun, and creative people who run their retreat with these characteristics in mind. There you'll find gorgeous blue water and a fabulous mix of yoga styles. Teachers change by the week, so be sure to check the schedule. Crete is known for its food and this retreat doesn't disappoint in culinary delights. Fill up on amazing produce, yogurt and cheeses in between your Vinyasa flow. The outdoor shala overlooks the sea, and midday they fill it with hammocks for lounging.
Casa Barranca Estate and Winery, Ojai, California
A Peaceful Haven in the Hills 7 of 12
Yoga and hiking by day, wine tasting by night...this beautiful estate located in California's Ojai Valley is a true paradise. Limited to smaller groups of 30 or less, with options to stay in tents, fireside estate rooms or cabins, this space is perfect for a low-key getaway. Offering panoramic views of fruit orchards and surrounding peaks, you can wander the estate for an entire weekend and still find new pockets, patches and paths to enjoy. Yoga teachers from all over the country host retreats at Casa Barranca, but they are mostly a secret so you'll have to contact them to find out what's on the schedule at this unique haven. Or even better...convince your favorite yoga teacher to host a retreat at the estate for you and your yoga community.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Kerala, India
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There's no better place in the world to experience yoga's traditions than its birthplace. Located in the foothills of Kerala's Western Ghats, this traditional ashram is the true yogic experience. If silent meditation, an alcohol-free vegetarian diet, a structured schedule and heightened spiritual awareness sounds like a good fit for you, you'll find what you're looking for right here. The ashram is based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, two of the greatest yoga masters of the 20th century. You're guaranteed to learn a lot about ancient yogic philosophy, build a stronger yoga practice, and develop positive thinking and inner peace through the balanced lifestyle that the ashram offers. Stay for three days, two weeks...or as long as you'd like.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, Costa Rica
A Jungle Haven By the Sea 9 of 12
Ever wanted to stay in a treehouse? Be one with nature? The Sanctuary was designed and built specifically for guests to reconnect with Mother Nature through adventurous outdoor activities and accommodations that are modern and luxe, yet built au naturel overlooking the jungle. Nearby you'll find cascading waterfalls, monkeys, butterflies and Costa Rica's first National Park, Cabo Blanco. The Sanctuary is guaranteed to recharge the body, mind and spirit with carefully designed yoga and meditation programs, and a healthy, eco-conscious menu of organic food. And although the retreat is 100 percent off the grid, it's not far from world-renowned surf spots, mountain biking trails, zip lining and other adventurous activities. Balance that with spa treatments, and you'll find The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature without leaving your modern comforts behind. And yes, you can really stay in a treehouse.
Kaliyoga, Andalucia, Spain
A Peaceful and Picturesque Paradise 10 of 12
An authentic yoga retreat nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Southern Spain, Kaliyoga is a place to relax to the max. With plenty of hills to hike, delicious, organic food to eat, holistic therapies to enjoy and time to kick back, you won't want to leave after this healthy break from reality. If you're looking for a retreat to deepen your yoga practice, Kaliyoga has two experienced teachers on staff. In the mornings, you'll enjoy a more active flow, and in the afternoons you can expect a restorative yin practice. But even with all that yoga, there will be plenty of time to explore the region, which is rich with valleys, forests, vineyards, rivers, orange trees and small mountain villages. Expect a short drive to the beach, but the pool is just steps away, and the setting is surrounded by mountains that provide a stunning landscape.
Your Own Teacher or Home Studio
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Already part of a yoga community? Hooked on your favorite teachers and classes? Many yoga studios and centers plan excursions and retreats to take their communities on a vacation together. This is a great way to connect with your own yoga community, deepen your practice with a teacher you already know, and get away from it all. Find out what your studio has coming up...or convince them to plan a trip to one of our favorite places.
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