Banos, Ecuador

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of getting outdoors and spending time in nature. While we, for the most part, have been barred from restaurants, museums and galleries, the great outdoors has skyrocketed in popularity, providing a much-needed break from work-from-home life. Spending time outdoors and getting out of the city boosts both our mental and physical health and can help balance some of the stress of the pandemic. 

It’s no secret that travel in 2021 is going to be a little different than we’re used to. But, it’s the perfect time to plan a nature-based holiday focused on health and wellbeing. Finding a picture-perfect yoga spot will make your IG followers jealous—with the added benefit of being healthy. 

I love combining yoga with outdoor adventures, especially at a time when being outside is so important. Finding an Instagrammable yoga spot ensures ample space to move and explore safely. If you can’t stand the thought of another yoga class on Zoom, here are the most picture-perfect yoga spots around the world!

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Imagine waking up in a lavish suite, walking through an old castle to the waterfront and taking your yoga class in front of the clear blue Adriatic Sea. Watch boats float in and out of the harbor and befriend the neighborhood cat as you stretch and strengthen your body. In the afternoons, you can swim in the gentle waves, wander through the old city or climb one of the rugged mountains surrounding the Bay of Kotor. 

If you visit the yoga hotel, Senso Di Cattaro, perched on the coast, that’s just what your days will be like.

Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

Take a yoga class on a rooftop patio surrounded by lush green mountains and trickling waterfalls. When your class is done, wander over to the market for a fresh juice and locally sourced meal. Continue stretching your legs by following one of the many gorgeous hiking trails. Then, end the day at the local hot spring, letting the steamy sulphuric water relax your muscles. A week in Banos will leave you feeling strong and limber. Budget travelers will love a low-cost stay at Community Hostel Banos or mid-range at Selina Banos. 

Brasov, Romania

Brasov, Romania

If you’re willing to brave a run-in with the Count, you’ll be rewarded with grassy hills, mountainous views, roaming horses and hearty food. Between yoga classes explore the countryside or take a trip to Bran Castle to see how the Dracula legend began. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and contemplate how you can extend your stay because you’ll never want to leave. The Akasha retreat is a wonderful option in this area with thoughtful staff and clear views. 

Kerala, India

Kerala, India

Nestled in palm trees along the canals of Southern India, Kerala has fantastic views for practicing yoga. The Amritpuri Ashram rises high above the trees, giving the perfect spot for snapping beautiful photos. 

Practice yoga and meditation on the beach each morning and then take part in Ashram life in the afternoons. Guests in the Ashram have the chance to volunteer for Seva service or visit the Ayurvedic library. If you’re looking for a traditional, budget-friendly and beautiful spot, you can’t go wrong at the Amritpuri Ashram, the birthplace of the “Hugging Saint.”

Algonquin Park, Canada

Algonquin Park, Canada

Do you prefer rugged wilderness as the backdrop of your yoga class? Within driving distance from both Toronto and Ottawa, you’ll get to experience the wonders of the Canadian Shield, which has inspired so many artists. Moose, deer and beavers might join in your class, and there are ample opportunities to get into the isolated backcountry either by foot or by canoe. Northern Edge offers retreats just south of the park with cozy accommodation and lots of opportunities for adventure.

Where will your next yoga class be?

 

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Kayla Kurin is a health, travel and fiction writer from Toronto. She has traveled, lived and worked in over 50 countries and loves writing about her adventures in real and made-up worlds. You can follow her adventures at arogayoga.com/newsletter.

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