If you're wondering what a wellness vacation entails or you wish you were able to practise Pilates or yoga somewhere nice and hot then we can help you set out on the road to rejuvenation. Far from being a vacation for hippies, wellness vacations allow you to rest and revive in your own way with healthy meals, like minded groups and expert exercise instruction ensuring you get to have your carrot cake, and eat it.
Where to go on a yoga vacation
Yoga vacations come in all shapes and sizes and you can go for as little as a weekend to as long as month, traveling close to home in Europe, or as far flung as the beaches of Sri Lanka. It’s all too easy to get wowed by a location though, so before you decide where to go on a yoga vacation, plumping for a boutique mountain stay in Austria, or the sun and sea of Greece, you need to think about what it is you’re going for – every yoga vacation offers something different in terms of type of yoga practiced and what you’ll get out of it. Let your vacation choose your location and not the other way round.
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12. Sri Lanka
12. Sri Lanka
The soaring Austrian Alps may scream winter sports vacation, but they’re also a great place to get your yogic kicks. Energising morning yoga sessions come with a side order of stunning mountain views and you’ll get the chance to get out on the trails, too, donning hiking boots in the summer or snowshoes or cross-country skis in the winter.
As varied as the islands themselves, you’ll find all sorts of yoga tucked away across Croatia – combine yoga, meditation and art therapy with a strictly veggie diet in Vis, head south to learn the finer points of Hatha, vinyasa and yin, or bite the intensive bullet and spend three weeks near Brac on a 200-hour teacher training course approved by the Yoga-alliance.
France’s undulating landscape is far too spectacular to be admired from a mat alone, so why not combine your yoga vacation with a spot of scenic walking? Trek the largest cirque in the Sixt National Park, stroll the surrounding hills of Nice, or redress your work-life balance in the Alps, leaving time for plenty of sessions to learn your Asana from your Pranayama.
An idyllic place to combine sun, sea and stretching, Greece is a hotbed of yoga activity – go down the holistic route and pair your practice with mindfulness and massage, learn how to use your newfound flexibility to better your horse riding, or take a punt on something unusual and spend a week doing yoga on the deck of a traditional gulet while cruising.
India is to yoga what Glasgow is to the deep fried Mars bar: home, although don’t expect to be eating those. Instead, expect beach bungalows, a yoga schedule to suit almost every style ever invented and lots of free time to explore India’s fascinating culture. If you’d rather keep busy, why not mix morning yoga with volunteering on a local community programme.
From its relaxing Roman baths to its formidable food, Italy strikes a perfect balance between health and indulgence. You can choose to engage with local Italian life, pairing yoga with ancient village walks, unwind at a pedestrian-only hilltop village and soothe your muscles in hot springs, or combine daily hatha practice with a mouthwatering course in Sicilian food.
The Maldives isn’t just about sunbathing and snorkelling, you can get in some yoga practice, too, and what’s better for the soul that an Indian Ocean island sunset as you go through your daily om? Yoga vacations in this blissful part of the world give you the chance to combine yoga with scuba - and you’ll find that your underwater breathing techniques will vastly improve.
A yoga vacation in Montenegro is all about the healing powers of Lake Skadar National Park. Staying at a village on the lake’s shore, you’ll practice hatha flow daily at various outdoor lakeside spots, breathing the clean air, listening to little other than birdsong and finding the delicate balance between effort and relaxation that this spiritual yoga style requires.
Morocco yoga vacations come in two distinct flavours. You can spend a spiritual short break or week-long escape high up in the Atlas Mountains at the award-winning Kasbah du Toubkal, with days spent practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Or move from Marrakech to the Sahara desert and back again, getting your yoga groove on the the city and the desert, along with a small group of fellow travelers.
Portugal’s bucolic backdrop is enough to make even the most stressed relax, especially when teamed with hearty, nutrient-packed meals, walks across surrounding hills and, of course, a daily dose of yoga. Go yoga all the way and practice anusara in the Algarve, stay on the south coast and add a spot of surfing, or head to the mountains for massage and mud baths.
Spain is bursting at its sunny seams with yoga vacation options – some are focused on relaxation and will let you nip out for the odd sangria and others are very much about detoxing, serving up vegetarian food alongside an extra helping of lessons and workshops to help you sculpt, tone and transform; all include yoga, though how much is up to you.
12. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s wild beaches and thick forests are an enchanting spot for a yoga vacation. You could spend your nights sleeping in a treehouse and your days practising yoga and immersing yourself in traditional village life. Or, combine yoga with surfing on one of the country’s golden beaches. Either way, you’ll learn about Sri Lankan culture, nature and yourself.
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Whether you want a health kick, quiet meditation, or to train as a yoga teacher yourself, our yoga vacations travel guide will show you the way.
Choosing a yoga vacation that is right for you will include numerous factors, such as whether you’re looking for yoga for fitness, for relaxation or to develop your spiritual side in a location and with a company that have your best interests at heart.
Choosing the right type of yoga for you is incredibly important and although you can go on a yoga vacation as a complete and utter novice it’s always better to do at least a little bit of research.
Let the sun shine on your next yoga vacation as you discover lesser visited locations and ever so relaxing retreats that help to soothe the soul as you slip into Spain.
Take yourself off for a week in Greece as you discover the delights of yoga vacations where the sun always shines and the food is just as fresh as the breeze skimming off the Aegean.
There's just something about the warm weather and peaceful countryside that sets yoga vacations in Portugal aside from the rest of the pack; and there’s no end of additional activities and well-being therapies to complement your trip.
Yoga vacations in Italy are a pure indulgence for the body, mind and spirit.
Yoga vacations in India are a path not just to physical fitness and flexibility - but to wisdom and enlightenment.
Say namaste to our top 10 unusual yoga retreats for a vacation that is engaging, educational or even exhilarating, but always restorative for mind and body.
Yoga retreat activities always include a little bit extra for the mind, body and soul with nutrition, fitness and unusual activities, such as gulet cruising, horse riding and traditional local dancing helping you work up an appetite after you’ve worked on your daily salutations and stretches.
Find out a few tips from our yogi friends before embarking on your next yoga vacation.
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