Yoga is like art for the soul. Its ample benefits drive people across the world in search of destinations where they can retreat to heightened self-awareness and ultimate spiritual enlightenment. With the world at your feet, where does one begin? Well, that’s where I come in.
The best yoga retreats in the world (according to me, and possibly Google, too):
Thailand – The Sanctuary:
A quick online search of this oasis is an easy sell. Yoga sessions overlook a luscious, emerald jungle on this tropical island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Who needs artificial nature sounds when you’re immersed in nature? The resort offers three daily yoga classes beginning with hatha yoga in the early morning, followed by restorative yin yoga, and vinyasa flow yoga in the late afternoon.
Spain – Kaliyoga:
Let me take a moment to acknowledge my seething jealousy as I write this. If you’re looking to practice yoga in paradise, well, this is probably it. This well-rounded retreat focuses on engraining yoga through environment, food, and accommodation. Located in the Alpujarra region of Spain, this yoga retreat offers a transformative experience.
Bali – Como Shambhala Estate:
Bali. Should I say more? This retreat is for the yogi and yogini who want to be at one with their practice. Individuals can retreat to their own yoga, or join hatha classes – and for intensive training, visiting masters run throughout the year, with the opportunity for private lessons. Located in Ubud, Bali and 90 minutes from the Denpasar airport, this is a true escape.
India – Vana Malsi Estate
Think Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love. India is the motherland of yoga and it’s the reason that it’s on this list of must-visit yoga retreats. The Vana Malsi Estate is an ashram located near the Ganges river and offers the ultimate spiritual retreat. Known for its “pure” approach to yoga, visitors can expect a more holistic experience.
Vancouver – Paradise Found
How could I forget the scenic brilliance of Canada, eh? There is no better place to deep breath than by a landscape of endless pine and trees. Located in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, this retreat specializes in Kundalini yoga.
Why visit a yoga retreat?
There are many reasons to visit a yoga retreat. If you’re a victim of long work hours and chronic stress, a retreat is the best way to recharge. Most retreats offer at least two daily yoga classes. It’s also a sure-fire way of achieving an actual meditative state. Being in a space solely dedicated to yoga enriches your ability to become attune to all aspects of yoga practice.
Many yoga retreats don’t have Wi-Fi, so it forces you to disconnect from technological distractions and connect to your mind and body. Yoga retreats are great ways to invigorate the body and supplement it with proper nutrition. Meal plans and local food supplies are tailored for optimal health supplementation.
So what are you waiting for? I’ve done the hard work, all you have to do is get on that plane!