Relaxing Yoga Retreats Around The World
No matter what time of year it is, we almost always feel the need to rebalance, recharge and find harmony at some point. We all get overworked and put more emphasis on our paycheck and ambitions instead of taking a step back and focuses on our wellness, which is also a vital aspect of taking care of yourself. Just like you need rest and recovery in order to benefit from your workout, we need to close our eyes and invest in some me-time to be our most productive at work.
These yoga retreats promote health, decrease stress and help you get back to being your best self. We included locations from all corners of the globe that offer a range of packages for a range of budgets.
Blue Osa (pictured above) is widely regarded as the best retreat and spa in Costa Rica for yogis looking to unwind and unplug. It offer customizable experiences that include not just yoga, but also eco-spa therapies and other Costa Rica must-sees. The retreat is only 50 meters from a stunning, isolated jungle beach, and all of the food is sourced from an organic garden. It offers a range of packages, whether you’re looking to meditate and relax or pump your adrenaline up a little more with one of the excursions. Founded by a former New Yorker, this spa aims to change lives through yoga, which it calls a “catalyst for peace.”
When you think of Mexico, it’s easy to get trapped into the brash world of resorts and partying. But away from all that chaos is a remote and idyllic destination 45 minutes south of the Puerta Vallarta airport, nestled in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. This Pacific coastal retreat was built without mechanical equipment that would otherwise ruin the surrounding virgin jungle; structures are instead hand-built, showing that Haramara values the environment as much as it does its customers. The rustically luxurious experience features sunrise and sunset Yoga Shalas, a therapeutic wellness center and a private beach.
The ultimate award-winning spa and yoga retreat, Ananda Spa has been endorsed by stars like Oprah and Ricky Martin. Ananda’s wellness packages offer bountiful yoga getaway options with a range of prices, and it’s located at the Himalayan foothills on a Maharaja Palace estate. The property is actually as gorgeous as the ads, which is a hard promise for many retreats to keep up with. The exotic backdrop of the Himalayas with peacocks roaming the grounds will make you melt into serenity. Their spa is a 25,000 square foot venue with 24 rooms and decadent hydrotherapy treatments. You can tailor your package around a certain style of yoga, detox, weight/stress management and more, but one thing is promised: it’ll never feel like work.
This boutique resort and luxury ashram calls itself “a journey of self discovery” and we couldn’t agree more. The holistic resort stands out because it abides by traditional ashram style in terms of yoga, chanting, a vegetarian menu and no drinking, juxtaposed with the luxury of a five-star hotel. It applies the bare-bones philosophy in various realms, but still lets you envelop yourself in luxury so you don’t stress from the strict rigour that ashrams usually abide by. It even features a silent retreat, if you want to tune it all out. Shreyas is a nourishing oasis with a state-of-the-art twist that’s just an hour from Bangalore International Airport.
Praised by yoga instructors and Gaiam video hosts alike, Feathered Pipe is one of the oldest, most popular retreats nestled in the mountains of Montana and has a focus on healing. From the invigorating mountain air and tranquil lake to the sweat lodge and wide range of classes and workshops, Feathered Pipe has it all. Soaked in nature with less emphasis on the luxury aspect, Feathered Pipe is more focused on consciousness and humanitarian efforts, working with efforts to mindfully unplug from technology along with offering scholarship funds and support retreats for healing veterans and individuals who are HIV positive. People that care, with a scenic mountain backdrop? Count us in.
Ireland might not be the first place you think of when you think “yoga retreat,” but the Cliffs of Moher proves that this location is just as breathtaking as one in Mexico or Thailand. It’s set on the coastline, against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean in the countryside of County Clare, Ireland. This unique retreat features beautiful views from the yoga studio and views that look like they came straight off a postcard. The retreats are frequent and offer everything from nurturing pregnancy packages to ones that are focused on walks and hiking (even if you’re a couch potato, it would be hard to resist those cliffs at sunset).