Modern life can be hectic, and it has become more important than ever to take care of our physical and mental health. Visiting a retreat and taking some yoga classes in a holiday environment, allows you to get away from it all and spend some quality time on yourself.
Which in turn can help you achieve an inner peace that can be transferred into the rest of your life.
Practising yoga and going on holiday are two of the most relaxing and reinvigorating things you can do so when you combine them you get the ultimate relaxation and inspiring experience.
A yoga retreat is your chance to get away from the daily grind and completely immerse yourself in taking care of your body and mind. They are also really fun and a great way to make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
Whether you are a yoga retreat regular looking for something on the next level or a newbie wondering what they’re all about this list is all you need to guide you on finding the 6 very best yoga retreats in the world.
The Scottish Highlands might not be a location that immediately springs to mind when you picture a yoga retreat but once you have experienced this one you may not want to go anywhere else.
This 5-day retreat is run by Naomi Absalom of Yoga Explorers and it boasts a state of the art yoga studio overlooking a magnificent waterfall with underfloor heating (the studio that is, not the waterfall).
Yoga Explorers describe the surroundings themselves as “Hobbit Like” which is pretty accurate as you will be immersed in the natural beauty of the highlands while being treated to top class vegetarian and vegan meals to bring you that bit closer to nature.
Prices start at £525 per person and you will have 2 yoga classes each day with the rest of your time will be dedicated to being relaxed as possible with hot tubs, hot baths and saunas all available.
There are few more zen places on the planet than Japan and when you add a world class yoga retreat to it then you’ve pretty much reached maximum yoga retreat goals.
Run by Emma Henry of Reclaim Yourself Yoga Retreats, this week-long retreat includes 5 days of emersion in traditional Japanese culture in the remote western peninsula of Kyushu followed by a weekend in the city of Kyoto.
Prices range from between £1,995 to £2,595 but you get a lot of experiences crammed in for your money and it really is a once in a life time opportunity to experience two very different sides of Japanese culture.
There’s not just yoga involved in this trip, you will experience Buddhist meditation, taste authentic Japanese cuisine and take in the sites so be prepared for some new experiences.
The practice of yoga originates from India, so it would be remiss of us not to include the cream of the crop from the home of yoga.
The Ananda Spa Retreat is based in the Himalaya mountains and it overlooks the famous Ganges River.
The location is tailor made for a relaxing and inspiring yoga experience and that’s exactly what it delivers. There are a range of programmes available from a 5-night introduction to yoga up to a 21 Night holistic yoga experience for those with a little more experience, time and money.
There is a lot of attention given to each guest with an individual wellness consultation and an ayurvedic consultation for those who should need one.
Prices begin at £885 per night so it’s not cheap but it’s probably only something you will experience once in your life.
Based at the fantastic Kasbah Hotel on Lake Lalla, this retreat offers, sunshine, great views of the Atlas Mountains, relaxation and lots of mindfulness.
The 6-night all-inclusive retreat offers a “blend of yoga, meditation and optional running.” We’re glad the running is optional!
It’s priced at £1,481 per person sharing and it guarantees its guests a digital detox allowing them to take a break from the rat race and recharge their batteries.
The evening mindfulness classes are taken by mindfulness guru Brian Hilliard who will teach you skills that can be taken away with you and applied in every day life to keep you calm and relaxed no matter what life throws at you.
The plains of the Utah desert doesn’t seem like the most ideal location for a yoga retreat but this retreat actually uses its surrounding to its strength.
Combining yoga, mediation and relaxation with canyoneering and hiking, this is a trip of contrasts.
The vast expanse of the canyons that surround the hotel make the guests feel at one with nature and gives them the very best opportunity to shut out the outside world and reconnect with themselves.
Your surrounding environment is very important when getting away from the outside world and often the location of the retreat is just as important as the classes and activities they have on offer.
The 7-night retreat costs $1,495 per person and includes spectacular stargazing experiences every night.
The mix of relaxation and physical activity is a powerful one and that’s what makes this one of the most sought-after yoga retreats in the world.
If you are looking for a physical as well as spiritual cleanse, then this 7-day retreat could be the ideal choice for you. The Yoga Barn’s 7-day detox retreat aims to “boost your body, mind and spirit, setting you on a path to wellness.”
Located on the beautiful tropical paradise of Bali, your surroundings couldn’t be better for reboot of the system. As well as partaking in a juice-fast you will experience daily yoga classes, receive detox herbs and supplements, experience far-infrared sauna sessions and attend lectures in health, mindfulness and general wellbeing.
This retreat really is one for the more extreme yoga enthusiast, one who wants to feel great on the inside as well as improve their physical fitness and knowledge.
Prices start at £1,475 but there is a reduced early bird price of £1,375.
If you are looking for a retreat that will challenge your body and mind but also reward you with excellent results, great weather and stunning locations then you should give the Yoga Barn in Bali a try.
The health and wellbeing benefits of yoga are now well known but the idea of going to a yoga retreat or taking yoga classes overseas is still alien to a lot of people. Yoga is not for keeping your body fit and healthy but just as importantly it also keeps your mind healthy.
In these days of high stress, long commutes, social media and general furious pace of life, yoga and mediation can act as your oasis of calm to escape to.
When you add a healthy diet, vitamins & supplements and natural remedies then you will soon find yourself living the best version of your life and capable of dealing with any challenges that life may bring your way.
You owe it to yourself to take a break from it all, relax, recharge your batteries and be inspired to live well every day.
Don’t forget to grab your natural product essentials! We’ve compiled a travel checklist here to try and help get you started.
We’d love to hear from you if you have visited any of the above and if so, how was your experience?
Or do you know of any other fantastic yoga retreats? Taken yoga classes on holiday? if so please do share with our other readers in the comments below, who we know would love to find out more details..
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