Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you could wrap yourself up in that blissful feeling yoga practice provides for more than an hour or two? How about for days at a time without interruption? We certainly think so, and that’s why we love the idea of yoga retreats. It’s your chance to pause, practice, relax and reflect, strengthening your skills and hitting your mental reset button so you can return refreshed to your normal routine. Whether you desire to travel around the globe or to stay closer to home, here are some of the planet’s top yoga retreat locations:
Pura Vida, Costa Rica
Pura Vida sits nestled on a lush, green hillside in Costa Rica. You can enjoy a yoga retreat surrounded by nature and still feel spoiled by the amenities. Pura Vida offers a vast choice of yoga retreats and teacher trainings, including some that use Three Minute Egg® yoga props. With a pool and hot tub on-site, gorgeous grounds to explore, and opportunities for adventures such as zip-lining and whitewater rafting, Pura Vida has a yoga retreat you won’t forget.
Casa Om, Mexico
About 16 miles from the airport in Cancun, Casa Om is a beachside resort offering year-round yoga retreats in a cozy, intimate setting. Casa Om boasts 10 bedrooms, three kitchens, a pool and a gorgeous 1000-square-foot yoga studio. While the location is known for its hot yoga retreats, they also host some other intriguing retreats, such as Jedi Fight Club Training, a fun daily practice focused on backward bending, and a yoga retreat designed to help heal the spirit and break the cycle of addiction.
Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Montana
Yoga and Montana might not be two words you expect to hear in the same sentence, but Big Sky Yoga Retreats makes the pairing seem like the most natural thing in the world. At one of their yoga retreats, you can usually enjoy two yoga sessions per day — one in the morning and one in the evening. In between, you’ll venture out for some outdoor activities on the plains. Rather than focus on a specific type of yoga, the yoga teachers at Big Sky added restorative aspects to a foundation of vinyasa yoga to create something new: yoga that works for just about anyone.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas
At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, you’ll follow the teachings of Swami Sivananda to nourish your mind and body. Accommodations are surprisingly reasonable, with a variety of options from a deluxe suite with all the amenities to a simple spot to set your own tent. Travel alone to find strength in solitude or bring the entire family for a unique bonding experience. During your yoga retreat, you’ll enjoy daily yoga classes and teachings, while having enough time to enjoy a more traditional vacation experience if you so desire.
Located in a picturesque setting in western Massachusetts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health allows you to customize your yoga retreat to get the most out of your experience. The daily schedule for an R&R retreat offers a variety of yoga classes so you can be as busy or relaxed as you want. If you prefer a more structured yoga retreat, Kripalu offers many choices. Accommodations are simple, clean and comfortable; you can choose a private room with a bath, a shared room with a bath, or a dormitory-style bunk. Whatever your choice, life at a Kripalu yoga retreat will de-stress you.
Which Retreat Is Right for You?
We can’t tell you which yoga retreat to attend. But with so many options to explore, you’re certain to find one that meets your needs. The main goal is to turn your vacation into a revitalizing experience that will give your yoga practice a boost and do wonders for your mental, physical and spiritual well being. Namaste and good travels.
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