Top Ten Yoga Retreats: Inspired Destinations Across the Globe

March 25, 2015

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  • Melissa Rush

Ready to revive your tired yoga practice? Active Junky selected ten retreats from around the world to fit a wide range of interests and budgets. Surf after sun salutations or simply sit on a white sand beach to ponder life’s big questions. Either way, Nirvana awaits.

Ak'bol Resort: Ambergris Caye, Belize

Practice yoga in a palapa (classic thatched dwelling) over the tranquil blue Caribbean. Take time to snorkel as the world’s second largest coral reef is visible from the resort’s beachfront casitas.

Best For: Namaste all day.

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Las Olas Surf and Yoga: Sayuilta, Mexico

Las Olas rolls the relaxation of yoga and the challenge of surfing into one luxurious retreat for women. Las Olas’ oceanside yoga series features surf-specific stretches every morning; you’ll be flexible as nearby swaying palm trees.

Best For: surfer chicks who stretch and yoga chicks who surf. 

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AyurYoga Eco-Ashram: Kerala, India

This donation-based retreat is taught by monks and scholars from around the world. It focuses on traditional Ayurveda, hatha yoga and meditation. Enjoy full immersion during this spiritual retreat that bridges Eastern and Western cultures.

Best for: Students looking to deepen their spiritual yoga practice.

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Sedona Mago Retreat (April 16-19 2015): Sedona, Arizona

Located at one of the world’s 21 ascribed healing vortexes, this quick yoga getaway is out to quiet the mind and nourish the soul. Revel in guided energy healing, delicious vegetarian food, intention setting and a fire ceremony.

Best For: Extended weekend enlightenment.

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Ashtanga Yoga In-Depth Study (March 5-9 2015): Detroit, Oregon

Taught by the renowned Ashtanga teacher David Garrigues, this inspirational retreat delves into the theory and practice of yoga’s “eight limbs.” Hosted at Breitenbush Hot Springs, individualized instruction is interspersed with soaks in healing mineral waters.

Best For: Healing soaks and half moon poses.

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Kamalaya: Koh Samui, Thailand

Secluded on the southeastern tip of the island of Koh Samui, Kamalaya has its own private beach for times between asanas. Detoxify in the steam cavern then dip in the plunge pool to extend relaxation benefits.

Best For: Kid free couples.

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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa: Dominica

Sleep in a tree house complete with an outdoor shower overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to daily classes and guided meditations in the yoga studio made of gorgeous reclaimed rock, find outstanding hiking in the surrounding jungle.

Best For: Treetop trikonasanas.

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Yoga Barn: Ubud, Bali

Earthy and unpretentious, The Yoga Barn embodies the easy-going beauty of Bali. The yoga and meditation workshops are diverse and welcoming, allowing guests to experiment and expand their practices.

Best For: Yogis of all styles and levels.

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Yoga Farm: Punta Banco, Costa Rica

Dedicated to sustainable living, Yoga Farm is a 100% solar powered facility that offers delicious, lovingly prepared vegetarian meals to all guests. Work trades are available for those interested in staying at this peaceful place to practice for months at a time.

Best For: Extended stays.

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Feathered Pipe Ranch: Helena, Montana

Nestled in the breathtaking Montana Rocky Mountains, Feathered Pipe Ranch is a self-described “center for conscious living.” Feathered Pipe Ranch is committed to Seva Yoga and giving back through service and yoga for Vietnam vets and HIV+ community members.

Best For: Service oriented yoga.

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