These are the 15 best locations for you to connect with yourself, nature and others through yoga…
While rolling out the mat and practicing your down dog for an hour after work might help relieve the stress of everyday life, there is nothing like taking a proper break to really find yourself. These are out favourite yoga destinations…
Ulpotha, Sri Lanka
With a history stretching back 5,000 years, Ulpotha is the perfect place for yoga. The retreat, hidden in the Sri Lankan mountains between Kandy and Anuradhapura, has a reputation for being the best in the world.
Ulpotha is eco-friendly and vegetarian, and offers a range of Ayurveda programmes, as well as yoga lessons from the best teachers in the world. If you’ve ever dreamed of learning Sivananda in the shadow of a temple devoted to Lord Kataragama, this is for you.
Yoga Synergy Programme at Kamalaya, Thailand
The Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa & Health Resort offers private sessions as part of their all-inclusive Yoga Synergy Programme. Each class is tailored to the ability of the yogi, and what they would like to achieve. Kamalaya offers a range of rooms and villas buried in the dense Thai rainforest or on the beachfront.
Self Realisation Programme at Ananda, India
Recognised by Condé Nast Traveller as India’s best spa in 2017, Ananda in the Himalayas offers a breadth of programmes for yogis of all abilities. A yatra, or pilgrimage, to the spa will find you living in the Viceregal Palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal and sipping darjeeling high in the mountains. And after detoxing, meditating and rebalancing, there are guided treks to enjoy the majesty of the Himalayas.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Sat upon one of the Maldives many paradise islands, the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a yogi’s dream. The hotel’s spa and Ayurvedic retreat provides complimentary yoga classes three times a day in open air pavilions over the water or deep in the jungle. Tailored, private packages are also available. On top of all that, the island is home to a Marine Discovery Centre that will give you a call as soon as a shoal of manta rays approach and take you for an unforgettable dive.
Quinta Da Calma, Portugal
One of the first ever yoga retreats in Europe, Quinta Da Calma is now considered to be easily one of the best in the world. Located a short drive from the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, it offers the opportunity to completely disconnect from modern life – there is no wifi in the rooms, and there are no TVs. Quinta Da Calma offers a full weekly programme for its guests with private classes and group activities.
Soul & Surf, Kerala, India
Imagine waking up for a sun salutation on the cliffs looking out over the Arabian Sea, then spending the rest of the day catching the swell breaking onto the shore – or trying both at the same time. That’s the retreat Soul & Surf offer.
It’s the dream job of founders Ed & Sofie Templeton, who bailed out of day-to-day life in Brighton to travel the world and relax and has now been in existence for eight years. Plus, they even share their Spotify playlists:
Adventure Yogi have curated some of the best destinations for yoga, and organise whole retreats based on experiences. So whether it’s surfing in Morocco, sunshine in Santorini, or hiking in the Brecon Beacons, there’s always a relaxing adventure to be had. It’s all about designing something different and creating an escape like no other.
Yogaworks Retreats, Mexico
Yogaworks is a studio with a long history of training and teaching. Now they have more than 60 studios across the world. They also curate different retreats all over the world, from Bali to Peru. It’s a seven night trip to Haramara, Mexico that catches the eye though. Haramara means Mother Sea, and the accommodation is scattered across a hillside with a view of the tropical beach – perfect.
How about a retreat in one of Marrakesh’s most beautiful hotels – Peacock Pavilions? As well as yoga classes every day, Eat.Pray.Move run a series of workshops to help clarify the mind and redirect your energy into what truly makes you happy. Placed between the bustling city and the calm of the desert, this is an experience like no other.
The Northern Lights are one of those natural phenomena that everyone must see at least once in their lifetime. So why not perform some yoga underneath the gently undulating colours of the atmosphere while you’re at it and truly connect with the cosmos. Yogascapes run an adventure through Iceland, stopping in Reykjavik, at the Blue Lagoon and then chasing the Lights north, with daily classes run by some of the most experienced teachers in the world.
Heart BEATS at 405 Yoga, Washington
405 Yoga provide classes with a difference – they are free-flowing energetic affairs. Their power flow classes are popular in their Washington centre, but it is Heart BEATS that grabs the attention. This is move-how-you-feel yoga set to hip-hop, electro and R&B. So be prepared to work hard and break a sweat.
Perhaps this isn’t weird for all the dog-owning yogis who know just how much their puppers love to join in. Taught by Annie Appleby and Madison this is a bonding experience between you and your closest friend. Their classes have become a bit of a sensation, and have been taught at Google and Bloomingdale’s, among others.
Bold & Naked Yoga
The human body is something that you should never be ashamed of, and this is an idea embraced by Bold & Naked. Their classes force you to leave all the accoutrements of modern life at the door, humble and empower yourself by learning as naked as the day you were born. This is a class to liberate and challenge yourself like never before.
Laughter Yoga, LA
Laughter is the best medicine, and the Laughter Yoga Institute inspire you to really connect with your emotions. Its inventors, Madan and Madhuri Kataria, extol the benefits their classes have for both your physical and mental health. It will teach you to breathe like never before, and soon you will be laughing for absolutely no reason other than that you want to.
Cannabis Yoga, Colorado
Cannabis laws are liberalising all across America, and now ganja is being used again to achieve higher states of being. Twisted Sister events begin with a sangha ganja smoke ceremony using a special strain that is perfect for meditation. All their Ganga Yoga classes are private, so book ahead, but if you don’t fancy blazing a trail they do offer classes without the sacred plant.