So you are looking for a perfect place to salute the sun? There are plenty of affordable and inspirational yoga retreats all around the world. In order to make the choice simpler, you will need to ask yourself what you want out of your yoga break: detox, spiritual enrichment, adventure, catharsis or relaxation.
Here are some of the best yoga spots in the world.
Yoga Barn, Bali
Don’t let Love, Pray, and Eat put you off looking for a yoga trip on Bali’s Hindu island. The island is full of yoga retreats in all manner of styles and forms, so it won’t be too difficult for you to find the one that meets your needs. The Yoga Barn is located in the middle of Ubud. About 8 classes run throughout the day. The disciplines range from Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga to ecstatic dance. The classes are run in thatched-roofed, mud-walled studios.
The Yoga Farm, Costa Rica
It is quite easy to find a holiday package that offer both surfing and yoga, but it is hard to find the one which does both of them to a high standard. The Yoga Farm in Costa Rica combines both with seriousness. The accommodation above the ocean on a hilltop is superb with compostable toilets, solar panels and a garden which offers vegetables and fruit. The yoga practice runs on a regular basis facing the beach and the instruction for surfing begins after that. The holiday package includes yoga classes, accommodation and two vegetarian meals a day.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Kerala
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram is the place to be if you are looking for full immersion yoga. It is situated in the foothills of Western Ghats of Kerala, India. Participants must be involved in every aspect of life of the ashram during a two-wee holidays, which include an hour a day of assisting with activities around the center, participation in karma yoga, lectures on yoga, silent meditation and an alcohol-free vegetarian diet. Within your yoga practice in this ashram you can experience an extreme relaxation and deep spiritual awareness.
Les Passeroses, France
The les Passeroses was opened in 2005. It is located in south-west France near Angouleme. The facility offers different mix of yoga teaching, which range from freestyle to Iyengar. Accommodation is boutique – all stone fireplaces, lush fabrics and wooden oak floors. A yoga retreat in this facility includes two yoga sessions a day including meditation session of two hours. You can even spend some of your time by tucking into the vegetarian food, taking long walks and relaxing by the pool.
Yoga weekends in KaliYoga features a wide range of retreats from juice detoxing to dynamic flow weeks. The KaliYoga is situated in Andalucia’s Alpujarra region. The temperature here is warm throughout the year. The yoga class runs two times a day in front of magnificent mountain scenery. The idea is to meditate in motion, so you don’t need to worry too much about the difficult postures. It’s all about deep relaxation. Food is vegan or vegetarian and rooms range from chalets to tipis.