If you’re looking to unwind and detox – perhaps you’re feeling stressed or overworked due to your daily routine – a yoga retreat could be the perfect choice for your next holiday. But where to go? With so many potential destinations around the world, it’s important you choose the one that’s right for you.
Here are just five of the best places in the world for yoga.
Reclaim Your Self, Japan
There’s a host of Reclaim Your Self locations around the world, but the Japan site is arguably the best of them all. Situated in the season of “autumn leaves” in the tranquil city of Kyoto, it’s the perfect setting to unwind. A five-day programme will combine a variety of treatments and yoga practices to leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.
Jivamukti yoga is the main focus here at Reclaim Your Self Japan, alongside other unique cultural methods such as ikebana flower meditation, onsen thermal hot springs and even Chado tea ceremonies. The blend of culture and meditation here makes for one of the most unique yoga retreats in the world.
Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, EcoYoga is the retreat for you if you’re in need of an escape from the outside world. The setting is said to feel like a hybrid of an Alpine and an Asian spa, with nature being the main focus – the clue is in the name, and this retreat truly does focus on being environmentally friendly.
You’ll be part of a week-long ashtanga programme in terms of yoga, and beginners are welcome alongside the experts. This is a truly accommodating retreat, catering to everyone from busy parents to adventurous couples. And, being so far off the beaten track, it provides the perfect opportunity to relax away from the energy and stress of the outside world.
Mindfulness Journeys, Morocco
You’ll find Morocco’s Mindfulness Journeys at the base of the Atlas Mountains, the magical setting playing host to a yoga retreat that also focuses on the mind. You’ll be able to acquire the tools to de-stress and gain peace and relaxation, so it’s the perfect place to unwind should you need to.
With such a harmonious balance of yoga and mindfulness to be discovered here at Mindfulness Journeys, it’s one of the most well-rounded retreats on offer in the world. There’s even an option to combine running with mindfulness in a very unique practice – and the surrounding mountainous countryside makes for a wondrous setting.
The tiny Greek island of Skyros makes for the perfect serene escape whether you choose to partake in a yoga retreat or not – but the latter makes for an even more magical experience. It’s also extremely accommodating for anyone and everyone wishing to take part, even those with disabilities.
You can also choose the amount of time you want to spend here, as the retreat isn’t fixed in terms of dates – whether you want to do a couple of days or a couple of weeks, Skyros is laidback in every way. The setting helps add to the allure, too, with glistening white buildings cascading down to the shoreline, where turquoise waters lap gently.
Head to Sydney to discover Yogavana, a yoga retreat designed specifically for those with physical disabilities.
Whether you’re confined to a wheelchair, recovering from brain or spinal cord injuries or even overcoming a debilitating neurological condition.
Best of all, this retreat is situated right by the shore, so if you’re looking for a blend of a scenic getaway as well as an accessible opportunity to relax, Yogavana should be your first and only choice.
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