Top 10 Yoga Retreats

Get yoga-minded on your next holiday

It's typical for a yoga enthusiast to squeeze a session in here and there; whenever a busy schedule mercifully permits. The result is often somewhat unsatisfactory and leaves you wanting more. One hour, a couple times a week won't allow for optimum relaxation when you're running straight back to the rat race. The solution – a yoga retreat!

This will give your body the chance to soak in the revitalizing effects of yoga and get the opportunity to really delve into your soul, cleanse your mind and awaken energy that lies within.

Among the best yoga retreats in the world are the NaBalam Hotel in Mexico, where you can practice yoga in a treehouse-style, open air paradise; the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii's Big Island, with its renowned 'Spa Without Walls'. Investigate the Kailasam Yoga Centre in India, situated right on the Arabian Sea and also Skyros Centre, a Greek Island paradise. Experience the privacy of Villa Isis in the Canary Islands or the modest charm of The Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Southern Spain. Browse the endless selection of yoga styles at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Costa Rica, or get lavishly pampered at Gaia Retreat and Spa in Byron Bay, Australia. Consider Arizona where yoga is a tool to live in the moment at the Miraval Resort. Last, but not least, nothing inspires like the nearby National Parks and awesome red rock formations at the Red Mountain Spa in Utah.

One major thing to be mindful of when selecting a yoga retreat is the location. For the best experience, be sure to choose one that has an excellent yoga program, and also offers a climate that is conducive to your personal comfort. It's common sense, but easily overlooked. For example, if you go to Mexico, remember it's hot!

Among the best yoga retreats in the world are the Na Balam Hotel in Mexico, where you can practice yoga in a treehouse-style, open air paradise and the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii's Big Island, with its renowned 'Spa Without Walls.' Investigate the Kailasam Yoga Center in India, situated right on the Arabian Sea and also Skyros Center, a Greek Island paradise. Experience the privacy of Villa Isis in the Canary Islands or the modest charm of The Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Southern Spain. Browse the endless selection of yoga styles at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Costa Rica, or get lavishly pampered at Gaia Retreat and Spa in Byron Bay, Australia. Consider Arizona where yoga is a tool to live in the moment at the Miraval Resort. Last, but not least, nothing inspires like the nearby National Parks and awesome red rock formations at the Red Mountain Spa in Utah.

Do your homework. To find the yoga retreat that's meant for you, ask questions about the instructors, the facility, the food and the schedule. It's important to know what you're getting into and be sure you have committed to a level and style of yoga that you're comfortable with. Go alone or bring family and friends. A yoga retreat is the ultimate in a rejuvenating, soul-searching, getaway vacation. You deserve it!

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