Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas

Yoga at Ananda in the HimalayasThere’s more to yoga than cool workout clothes and having a reason to drink those trendy green smoothies. Through stretching, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques, yoga can help you relax, manage stress, boost your health, and increase your flexibility and strength.

Fortunately, resorts from around the world are well aware of these incredible benefits and offer relaxing yoga retreats for both experienced and beginning yogis.

If a week or more of daily yoga, meditation, spas, and healthy food sounds like a wonderful way to spend vacation, you’ll definitely want to add these yoga retreats to your bucket list:

  • The Sanctuary Resort, Thailand
    • Having received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2011, The Sanctuary Resort certainly lives up to expectations. Between yoga classes and seminars, elephant trekking, and traditional Balinese spa treatments, there’s virtually no way you’ll leave with an ounce of stress left in your body. The food, which also receives great reviews, consists of seafood, vegetarian, and raw options.
  • Blue Osa Yoga, Costa Rica
    • This breathtaking yoga resort and spa lies on an exclusive beach on the Southern Osa Peninsula. Practice yoga with some of the world’s best teachers while gazing out at the private beach below. When you’re not striking a pose, go for a massage at the spa, munch on local fruits and veggies, and then start all over again.
  • Ananda in the Himalayas, India
    • Located in the Himalayan foothills, Ananda offers yoga retreats that focus on the traditional Indian healing principles of Ayurveda. You’ll also find a wide selection of spa treatments to help you meet a variety of goals, such as anti-aging and stress reduction. Did we mention that Oprah’s a really big fan?
  • KaliYoga, Spain
    • If you’re looking to break away from the traditional waterfront resorts, Kaliyoga is for you. In addition to yoga and meditation classes, travelers can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and daily vegetarian meals.
  • Domaine de la Grausse Retreat, France
    • This restored chateau is a 17-acre estate located in a small valley surrounded by wildflowers. Get your yoga on in one of two yoga studios (one that overlooks the property and another located in a stone barn) and relax in the charming village of Clermont La Grausse.
  • Silver Island Yoga, Greece
    • If being surrounded by 60 acres of rolling hills, olive trees, flowers, and cypress trees is your kinda thing, then spend a week at Silver Island Yoga. It’s also a great way to travel sustainably—the property runs on solar power and a private generator.
  • Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand
    • Enjoy eight different types of yoga, as well as vegetarian meals made with organic fruits and vegetables from Anahata’s own garden. When you’re not gazing out at the stunning views of the Golden Bay, take a peaceful yoga walk through the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • EcoYoga Centre, Scotland
    • Another eco-friendly yoga resort that’s powered by a hydro turbine and solar panels, EcoYoga Centre offers daily yoga classes, spa treatments, and even Japanese public bathing houses.
  • Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, Dominica
    • Maybe it’s the fact that you can stay in a tree house, or that the yoga studio is made of reclaimed organic rock. Or maybe it’s the soothing sound of the waves crashing below you. Either way, Jungle Bay offers an incredible yoga retreat, complete with daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, and more.

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Monica Montesa is a writer at Scribewise. An explorer and foodie at heart, she loves traveling to new places and discovering exotic cultures and cuisines. Visit www.scribewise.com.

1 Comment

  1. Great list and a lot of work to compile the list, I’m sure. I’d like to add one more to the list – one you won’t find on any lists but is fabulous and amazing value! Try Plantation Villa in Kalutara in Sri Lanka! Check the website at http://www.srimalplantation.com/

    It offers a full range of treatments, and I have recently returned after taking a group of yogis there from Pennsylvania – everyone loved the daily massages and organic gourmet meals – and of course the daily yoga classes by candlelight and morning light. It is not a commercial place at all, and instead feels like you went to your grandmother’s home to be pampered and loved. Try it out!

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