Are you 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. 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 program 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. There are 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 program 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 a brain or spinal cord injuries or even overcoming a debilitating neurological condition.
Best of all, the location of the retreat is right by the shore. Are you looking for a blend of a scenic getaway as well as an accessible opportunity to relax? Yogavana should be your first and only choice.
Do you have any more recommendations for yoga getaways around the world? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Photo credits: Jenna Richards (first picture); Christophe Liacopoulos (second picture)
I only know Bali, and it’s not even on the list! 😀
I’ve been to Kyoto for a couple days a few years ago, but didn’t know that it’s a good place for yoga too.
I think that there are lots of place on our planet Earth good for yoga and meditation.
I love yoga 😀
What style do you prefer?
These places are so awesome to travel. One can’t go there only for yoga
There are so many wonderful places where in the same time you can travel and do yoga, you are totally right!
Travel is yoga
Sounds like mantra 🙂
Thanks for those great tips, I will have a look at the places in Greece and in Morocco. All the best!
Thanks for stopping by, Karl! If you visit them in the future, do not forget to write us your impressions 🙂 We will be happy hearing from you 🙂
All the best to you, too!
I love yoga and I try to practice it as often as possible. These places seem so breathtaking and definitely worth visiting. Can I add all of them to my bucket list?
Hey, Agness, thank you for the nice comment! I am happy that you loved the article and the recommendations, you can definitely add them to your bucket list and if you visit any of them, do not hesitate to drop me a line.
I would love to visit one or more of these places! Such awesome ideas!
Only one or two? 🙂 Which one suits you the most?
I love to see new places to do yoga! I would totally do the EcoYoga in Scotland.
Yes, EcoYoga looks amazing!
I think anywhere with peaceful surroundings and flat surfaces would be good. Although I really love the look of the village in Greece. That’s very beautiful.
You are totally right, @toastycritic!
This is an interesting list of places for yoga. My mind instantly went to India.
Most of the times when someone says yoga India is the first country that pop up but there are really good places closer to us when we can do our practices. Hope you enjoyed reading the article. 🙂
I haven’t been strict enough with my yoga lately. I think a change of scenery could help that. I’d love to start in Scotland.
Don’t worry how strict or not you are. Just go with the flow and do the things you want in this very moment. You can always roll your mat at home or somewhere else, right?!
My DIL loves yoga oh so much. It gives her an inner peace she says that helps her deal with her hectic job.
@Rosey, what about you? Have you tried yoga?, too?
Beautiful places that make you stress free. I love yoga and meditation. You should visit India too for yoga.
India is on my bucket list for my future yoga travels. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Nice places for yoga retreats :)! Just a suggestion you should definitely try out Kerela (India) for Yoga retreat 🙂
@delishstudio, thank you for sharing. Kerala is very good idea, too. 🙂
All these destinations would be honestly a yoga dream spot. I personally wouldnt mind doing some yoga in greece sounds just fantastic.
I hope that you can go there and make this dream come true 🙂
All great places, Scotland and Greece are so close to me so would be awesome to check them out
Yep, why not?! I was thinking the same thing 🙂
These are all amazing destinations. I would love to be able to travel to them all to do Yoga. It would definitely be a dream trip.
Hey, @Claudia, I am happy that you liked the list and I hope that you will have a chance to visit them in the future.
I love love to visit these places … These seem like some peaceful place for meditation or yoga 😀
Thank you, @Kitty! I love to visit them, too 🙂
I’m a former pole dance instructor-in-training and we always warmed up by doing 30 minutes of yoga. This post makes me miss yoga! I’ve heard goat yoga and beer yoga is a thing now, would love to try one day!
Yoga is always a good idea and there are lot of benefits for athletes. And yes, nowadays there are different type of yoga which surprising me so much, for example, a few days ago I saw a post in facebook showing yoga with bunnies 🙂 xoxo
What gorgeous places! I don’t do yoga, but I’d just want to see these places and explore!
Travel is like a meditation so kinda you do yoga 🙂
I would go to these places not just for yoga! Especially Scotland, that’s next on my bucket list!
Yep! Totally agree! 🙂
These are some great places. I love yoga retreats.
Yes, all of them are so inspiring and when it comes to yoga I am always in.
Good to know…all of these places giving the feeling of peace…thanks for sharing
You are very welcome, glad you liked the article!
Forget Yoga, I just want to go and EXPLORE these places – hahaha!
Haha, @GiGi Eats Celebrities, love this!
How wonderful to practice yoga all over the world. Have yoga, will travel
Yes, the feeling is incredible!
Nice to know, I love yoga but always afraid I would not be able to do all that’s involved.
Don’t be affraid, just go with the flow 🙂