There are vacations that allow you to relax and unwind from the grind, and then there are vacations that change your entire perspective and outlook on life and introduce new healthy habits. Yoga retreats typically tend to belong to the latter.
Many people may equate yoga and wellness retreats with a hefty price tag, but we’ve combed the globe to find the ones that are not only the best in their class, but also cater to all budgets.
Learn to surf while simultaneously practicing your handstand or learn about Ayurveda and partake in spiritual rituals with the best yoga retreats around the world.
Sri Lanka’s first contemporary, sustainable luxury hotel. Set in an old cinnamon plantation this retreat overlooks Lake Koggala, providing the perfect Zen backdrop to practice all day long. Sessions are held in a treetop sala above the bamboo grove, and you can spend free time kayaking, salt fishing or tucked away in the library.
Set within a 100-acres estate high in the Himalayas, this Indian mountain yoga resort is one of the best in the world. Ayurveda is a key focus here. Days start and finish with yoga—and you can trek up to Kunjapuri Temple and head to Rishikesh for the aarti ceremony, a Hindu religious ritual.
Nestled at the southernmost point of Panama in the Azuero Peninsula, Sansara specializes in world-class yoga retreats, salty surf sessions and experiential adventures all with a beachfront view. It was created as a collective (with community in mind), built upon the shared intention of compassion, growth and unity.
Anamaya Resort hosts life-changing and inspiring retreats and yoga teacher trainings in one of the world’s most beautiful and charming beach towns – Montezuma, Costa Rica. This super affordable option offers organic gourmet meals, modest lodging, yoga packages to suit your individual needs, a variety of luxurious spa services, and specialized workshops. What’s more is that the resort is nestled in the jingle, overlooking epic ocean views for a true escape from the city life.
And while you’re focusing on getting back to yourself and your inner workings, we’ve made your packing list a bit easier with this selection of nécessités to bring with you on your next retreat.
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