Frazzled and wound up or tired and burned out, at some point we all get overstimulated by the world. For some people a glass—or two or three—of wine is a great escape. Others are convinced that nothing but running far, far away will help them find peace of mind. For years, yoga practitioners have known that yoga is a great way to find tranquility and detox from life’s stressors. It’s especially relaxing if you are practicing yoga on a beach, in a tropical jungle, or on a remote mountaintop. So here are six of the best yoga retreats:
Sivananda Ashram, Nassau Bahamas
Sivananda Ashram offers year-round yoga vacations for the corporate warrior who needs to get away or the overworked mom who needs a little time to herself. Swami Vishnudevananda created the yoga vacations to ensure relaxation of mind, body and spirit. Located in the Bahamas, Sivananda Ashram offers a variety of lodging options ideal for yoga practice, rest and rejuvenation.
Las Olas Surf and Yoga, Mexico
Well, first of all, their motto is “We make girls out of women.” That should tell you all you need to know about Las Olas Surf and Yoga in Mexico. Although that is a big claim to fulfill, an all-female crew of world-class instructors are on hand to make that a reality. Start your day by loosening up with some yoga, then center yourself while learning to surf and clear your mind by listening to the ocean.
Luna Lodge Costa Rica
You’ll be captivated by this eco-lodge set in the pristine Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Recapture that feeling of energy and vitality while communing with nature in the heart of the rain forest. Practice yoga or Tai Chi on a balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or indulge in some massage or aromatherapy. You can also get a little closer to nature with a waterfall tour or rainforest hike.
Maya Tulum, Yucatan Mexico
Image: Kendra Christine
Stay in a cabana, listen to the ocean, and escape the stresses of the world. Just outside of Cancun this luxe resort places an emphasis on quieting the mind and relaxing the body. They offer several yoga retreats throughout the year which include vegetarian meals and spa services.
Yoga Breaks, Spain
Participate in twice daily yoga, meditation and breathing workshops and dine on Ayurvedic-inspired meals. Yoga Breaks guests stay in a luxury hotel so you can find your inner peace in comfort. While there, you aren’t limited to yoga. Hiking, mountain biking and kayaking are just a few of the activities that you’ll find in this peaceful bit of Spain.
Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand
Located on a New Zealand mountaintop, Anahata Yoga Retreat offers karma yoga, kirtan mantra chanting, meditation and yoga nidra, Havan fire ceremony, and various workshops. Get some personalized attention with individual yoga classes. Increase vitality and health, and return home ready to take on the world. Of course, there is always the possibility you may not want to leave.