Yoga Retreats. Taking time out to go on a yoga retreat is such a special and beautiful gift that you can give yourself. It's an opportunity to reconnect to yourself, to deepen your yoga practice, to connect with like-minded people and to nourish, restore and reset the body, soul and mind.
There’s nothing self-conscious about this shift. It is an organic immersion that lends itself to the universal “oneness” most spiritual practices and religions espouse. When we slow down, we allow ourselves to see the beauty around us, as well as within us. To quote the late Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue, “The human soul does not merely hunger for beauty, we feel most alive in the presence of what is beautiful—it returns us, often in fleeting but sustaining moments, to our highest selves. Beauty ennobles the heart and reminds us of the infinity within us.”
The key to a great retreat experience is spending some time upfront to find the right fit for you. Here, experienced retreat leaders share 7 yoga retread destination to help you make the most of your first yoga retreat.
Heavenly Himalayas, India
Run by Tamsin Chub, founder of popular Little French Retreat, this fabulous adventure features a two-hour classical hatha yoga class each morning, plus mountain walks, tiffin-style packed lunches, sunset meditation and workshops on local biodiversity, organic farming, cooking, and yoga philosophy. Tamsin teaches a relaxing, calm style of yoga inspired by Sivananda and yin practices, and your base is a homely forest yoga retreat – the Foundation for Contemplation of Nature’s Himalayan Centre – in the Almora district with a timber-framed studio and organic, vegetarian alcohol-free meals. You get to see the Taj Mahal and Delhi on this trip too.
From £1,395pp sharing (excl flights), 8 guests.
Alpine aura, France
AdventureYogi has been offering a great choice of yoga retreat for the past 10 years, including fun, intense healthy weeks in the French Alps. Wake up at 7am with an energising hour of hatha yoga with Chetana Thornton, enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding, then unwind with a sauna or a good book by a roaring fire before a 90-minute early-evening restorative class. Your base is an apartment by the slopes at Sainte Foy. Three-course gourmet vegetarian feasts include local organic wines. All levels of yogis and skiers welcome.
From £989pp sharing for 7 nights
Chiang Mai, Thailand
This yoga retreat is a famous yoga & meditation retreat that has been so popular in the past conducted by the teacher Willy Hardy. This program is centered around morning meditation and yoga, afternoon yoga, and evening meditation. Mornings start early with the sound of the gong rousing you from your slumber, then you make your way to the shala to practice meditation as the sun rises over the mountains of Northern Thailand. Evening meditation puts the perfect cap on your day. The morning yoga session challenges your limits and embraces your inner potential. Whilst the afternoon yoga session nourishes your body while bringing you deeper into presence. Ample free time gives you the space to reflect with a book, preferably in a hammock.
At Suan Sati, you will be surrounded by like-minded seekers that are looking for the same thing as you - a peaceful place to dedicate time to the practice.
From $109 4 Day Retreat
Sivananda Yoga & Meditation Holiday in Paradise, Bahamas
Simplify, reset, and reconnect with yourself. This 5-day yoga program was designed by Swami Vishnudevananda to ensure that real relaxation and rejuvenation are achieved for the body, mind, and soul. Whether you are new to yoga or a well-established practitioner, this specially designed program will help you quickly find your way back to balance in an optimal environment for spiritual growth, healing, and relaxation.
Join and retreat from the stressors and distractions of everyday life and discover a healthier, happier you.
From $481 Shared Dorm Room Single Bed Nov 20-May 31
Detox Your Mind & Body Retreat, Ubud, Bali
If you need time off to detox, re-examine your values, introduce more mindfulness into everyday life and set up a healthy lifestyle, then join Pei, Lesya, Jelena and Madeira for an AMAZING 7-day Retreat October 28 - November 3, 2017, in stunning Ubud, Bali! Simply, because this is the PERFECT environment in which you can give yourself time to immerse and understand what really matters to you, and what you can do and change to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. You don’t have to do it alone. they'll go through cleansing together and apply the concept of conscious living. This will be a 7-day journey of reflection, self-care, reconnection, and rejuvenation. Detox Your Mind & Body Program is going to change your views, give you deeper insights, learnings, and experiences, and motivate you to continue living your life authentically.
USD 1280 7 days retreat
Sun Salutation Yoga Retreat in Estoril Portugal
This is the perfect occasion to pause and fine-tune your balance. Leave your life routine and join a week in a beautiful place by the sea. Enjoy daily yoga classes, beautiful healthy breakfasts and quality time to observe your mind and body.
Learn or deepen your yoga practice, Their experienced yoga instructors will give you all the necessary guidance for your needs, suitable for both beginners and more experienced yogis.
This program also gives you time to explore the Estoril Coast, Cascais, and Sintra attractive surroundings. There is so much to see and sense! The gorgeous beaches, the sea boardwalk, the villages, Sintra UNESCO heritage mountains and historical sites, the Westernmost point of Europe Cabo da Roca!
US$307 4 Days yoga Retreat for 1 person
Yoga Retreat in Pelan Pelan Bali
Looking for a place that makes it easy to forget about everyday life ? You have found the perfect holiday destination to relax, yoga and surf. Pelan Pelan Bali loves to show you the unique Balinese culture, eat its traditional food and experience the beautiful Balinese pelan pelan mentality. Pelan pelan means take it easy and you'll experience that everything is more relaxed in Bali than you are used to back home.
Apart from Emma, all the staffs are local people, creating a real Balinese vibe and the best Indonesian food possible.
US$559 Shared Room
- Caroline Sylger Jones, 25 of the best yoga holidays and retreats, The Guardian, January 1 2017
- Che Dyer, What REALLY Happens on a Yoga Retreat, DoYouYoga.com
- Allison Pattillo, 7 Things to Know Before You Book Your First Yoga Retreat, Yoga Journal, August 17, 2016
- Andrea Marcum, What Really Happens in a Yoga Retreat?, March 19, 2013
- Affordable Yoga Retreats, bookretreats.com