Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just started practicing last week, attending a yoga retreat is an amazing way to deepen your yoga practice. Yoga retreats are not just about the daily yoga classes; yoga retreats are an opportunity to travel the world, meet a community of like-minded individuals, and explore what yoga means to you. You can find yoga retreats almost anywhere, but we have hand-selected what we believe are the best yoga destinations in the world.
1. Ubud, Bali
When you arrive in Bali, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a mythical utopia. Ubud is overflowing with dense rainforests and striking waterfalls. With the weather eternally hovering around 80°F you can practice your Downward-Facing Dog with nature as your yoga studio. A yoga retreat in Ubud is the perfect way to appreciate the stunning landscape of Bali.
2. Canary Islands, Spain
There’s something special about escaping to an island paradise. Suddenly the world disappears and all that remains is you and sapphire water as far as the eye can see. From active volcanoes to black sand beaches, the Canary Islands are filled with wonder. When you’re tired from a morning vinyasa practice, unwind with a dip in the ocean and a beachside cocktail.
3. Sacred Valley, Peru
The Sacred Valley is one of the most magical destinations on earth. Surrounding the ancient city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley is steeped in Incan history. Between daily yoga practices, explore ancient ruins, wander through handicraft markets, and lose yourself in the endless beauty of the vibrant highlands.
4. San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
For those who are less ocean-inclined, but still want to spend their days relaxing by the water, this mountainous lake in Guatemala is the dream yoga destination. Lose yourself in the endless blue waters of Lake Atitlán while spending your days exploring the quaint village of San Marcos La Laguna.
5. Amorgos, Greece
Famous for the filming location of “The Big Blue,” Amorgos really is a picture-perfect Greek Island. From picturesque Greek architecture to a rusting wrecked ship, Amorgos is full of sights that will make your jaw drop.
6. Tulum, Mexico
Tulum offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. During your yoga retreat in Tulum you can spend a day exploring the ancient Mayan ruins and the next lounging in the sand while turquoise waves lap against the shore. As if that weren’t enough, a lush jungle full of possibilities for hiking, ziplining, and other adventures is nearby.
7. Koh Phangan, Thailand
Koh Phangan is another island destination with amazing shorelines. While very peaceful, Koh Phangan also offers an opportunity to add celebration to your yoga retreat. Koh Phangan’s monthly full moon parties are famous for being some of the best parties around the globe.
No matter which destination you choose, a yoga retreat is a truly incredible way to experience the world. In addition to exploring a new country, yoga retreats give you a chance to explore the wonders of your own mind and connect to your spirit.