The ancient practice of yoga is not only a great way to exercise, relive pain, and increase flexibility but it also good for the mind and soul, making it a perfect stress reliever. Many yogis take trips abroad to travel destinations for yoga retreats to relieve even more stress, and work on their existing practice, as well as discover new yoga techniques to help improve their practice. Although a yoga retreat does not just involve practicing yoga as it also involves healthy eating, meditation, and meeting new people which all involve a process of personal growth. It does not matter what level you are at anyone is welcome and it is also great way to enhance your practice and is also a holiday rolled in to one. You can Namaste (Thank) me later. Here are the 15 best travel destinations for yoga retreats:
This is probably the best place to go as it has been dubbed the “birthplace of yoga” and has some amazing yoga retreats which are great if you are on a budget. The stay varies from one week to around six months, so depending on how much you enjoy it you can always extend your stay. You can also get your teacher training qualification at some retreats, which is an great intensive experience and allows you to vastly improve your practice.
Sedona, Arizona is a beautiful place with a lot of amazing state parks, a lot of desert, and even what some people call “energy vortexes”, which amplify positive energy so it is obviously a great place to practice yoga. There are various yoga retreats in Sedona, which revolve around the vortexes and nature, as you practice yoga with a great view of the red rock formations.
The Greek Islands
The islands of Greece are the perfect place to practice yoga because of the beautiful beaches and coves, as well as the culture. There are a lot of retreat locations to consider, although Mykonos and Crete are the favourites for yogis, as are some of the more private islands, although they are usually luxury retreats so are much more expensive, so if you are on a budget stick to the main islands.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
This Cambodian town and the surrounding outskirts are some of the best locations to practice yoga due to the combination of Buddhist spirituality, temples, and the Cambodian spirit. A lot of the yoga retreats in this area are located in temples, which are great for tapping in to your inner kindred spirit, and allow you to improve your yoga practice, as well as experience complete relaxation.
Yoga is associated with both Buddhism and Hinduism, as they all involve spirituality which helps us to relax and meditate, which are core practices yoga. Many of the retreats are actually located in the middle of the jungle, temples, and waterfalls, and are great way to be at one with nature.
Big Sur, California
The perfect place to practice yoga and relax is on a mountain by the sea, which is exactly what the retreats in Big Sur offer, as well as the chance to see the picturesque views from the top of the mountains, maybe even standing in dancer’s posture if you are feeling brave.
Nosara, Costa Rica
This is a top destination for yoga enthusiasts, due to its amazing location amongst the rain forests and beaches. Places like Nosara are great for yoga retreats, as they are an affordable way to achieve ultimate zen and become the ultimate yogi whilst you are surrounded by nature.
Koh Samui, Thailand
It is a perfect location for yoga retreats because of its ancient history and spirituality. Many of Thailand’s yoga retreats involve individual yoga consultations, which can help you improve your yoga practice a lot and also get your money’s worth, whilst embracing the yogi lifestyle. One of the best locations for yoga retreats is Koh Samui with various affordable choices.
Ibiza, Balearic Islands
When you think of Ibiza you probably think of non-stop partying but surprisingly it is actually one of the best places for yoga, as long as you stay on the more laid-back side of the island like with its amazing weather, gorgeous beaches, and affordable prices it is probably the best place to start if you have never been to a retreat before.
Hawaii has actually been named the land of affordable yoga, probably because there are beaches everywhere and yoga on the beach is the perfect set up, you could even try yoga on a surfboard if you are feeling confident. Out of all the island Maui is the best choice for yoga retreats, and is also the perfect place to relax and explore the culture and the beauty of the island, from the mountains to the bottom of the ocean. This is one travel destinations for yoga retreats which typically focuses on health and well-being alongside your yoga practice, as well as immersing you within the Hawaiian culture for an all-round experience.
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