The Best Yoga Retreats Totally Worth Traveling For
Best Yoga Retreat in Mexico: Amansala Eco-Chic Resort + Retreat
Find your zen at one the best yoga retreats in Mexico. Amansala's oceanside property in Tulum is the perfect spot to indulge in twice-daily yoga sessions, fresh food, and local spa treatments (all of which are part of the resort's Beach 'n' Bliss package). After you're heavily meditated—from the yoga and the vibes—check out the nearby Mayan ruins or explore the coastline of the Riviera Maya. (PS: Here's How to Turn Your Beauty Routine Into a Meditation Session.)
Best Yoga Retreat in Hawaii: Kalani Honua
Relax in the serently of the jungle at the largest yoga retreat center in Hawaii. Kalani offers a diverse selection of yoga practices, such as yin, hatha, and kundalini. Retreats include Ayurveda practices, guided meditation, and field trips to the neighboring active volcano and black sand beaches. (This Writer Had a Life-Changing Experience Hiking the Koko Crater Trail in Hawaii.)
Best Yoga Retreat in New York: Firelight Camps Yoga Retreats
New Yorkers (or anyone, really) can flee the city chaos for an upstate retreat that combines your practice with outdoor luxury. Firelight Camps, near Buttermilk Falls State Park, hosts several yoga weekend retreats throughout the year: Finger Lakes Yogascapes, hosted by owner and vinyasa instructor Jennifer Hess, offers four yoga classes, stargazing and s'mores, and foraging and waterfall hiking. Treehouse Yoga Retreats, organized by instructor Karen Shelley and Third Eye Retreats, offers a similar weekend option, along with a weekday, budget-conscious retreat that includes DIY camp-style dinners sourced from local ingredients.
Best Yoga Retreat in California: The Pearl Laguna
This Laguna Beach ashram couldn't feel further from the MTV show that made the locale famous. It's found in wooded Laurel Canyon, and is a nod to the founders' goal of blending yoga and nature. The week- and multi-week-long programs combine daily yoga flows, hiking, and meditation for a well-rounded experience. (See also: 8 Reasons Yoga Is a Better Workout Than the Gym)
Best Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica: Anamaya Resort
Costa Rica is another yoga hot spot, but Anamaya rises above the rest thanks to their weekly yoga retreats that combine daily flows with fun practices like surfing and scuba certification. Start with their most basic package, the Pure Yoga retreat, then add on activities like rainforest exploring and waterfall hiking to personalize your experience.
Best Yoga Retreat in Bali: Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat
Bali is the spiritual heart of Indonesia, and there's no shortage of yoga retreats to choose from. Floating Leaf, nestled amongst the lush rice fields on the eastern shore of the island, is a mix of traditional Balinese influences and modern luxury. Retreats are hosted in a number of different yoga styles, and classes in meditation, Ayurvedic wellness, and more are available to help expand your practice.
Best Yoga Retreat in the Caribbean: People to People Retreat in Cuba
Combine yoga with Cuban culture on a five-night trip that gives you the best of both worlds. Not only will you practice daily, but you'll learn salsa dancing, tour Old Havana, ride the Malecon promenade in a classic car, and take a day trip out to Viñales, where the country's famous cigars are made. (Note: Travel to Cuba from the U.S. with People to People is still legal under the company's general license.)
Best Yoga Spa Retreat: HolistiCityLyfe Retreats
Head to Grenada for a series of retreats offered by HolistiCityLyfe. Themes include self-empowerment and spiritual wellness, and the trips—which take place on Carriacou Island, a haven for snorkeling—include activities like Reiki healing, purification ceremonies, local tours, and beachside massages. (Check out these confessions from massage therapists before hopping on the table.)
Best Yoga Meditation Retreat: The Art of Living Center
At Blue Ridge Mountains yoga retreat center, you'll learn the kind of meditation and breathing practices you can't pick up from an app. (Related: 3 Techniques That Help Fix Anxiety, Stress, and Low Energy) There's no shortage of trained teachers, all of whom offer guided sessions and private instruction to help newbies. Don't underestimate the power of scenery, either—it goes a long way in quieting even the busiest of minds.
Best Surf and Yoga Retreat: Sansara Resort
Located steps from the beach in the fishing village of Cambutal, Panama (about five hours from the bustle of Panama City), Sansara uses its remoteness to encourage a deeper surf and yoga retreat experience. Practice yoga daily, learn to surf, refuel with farm-to-table meals, and get your jungle fix by exploring the nearby Cerro Hoya National Park.
Best Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Yoga Retreat: Yogascapes
Find your nirvana anywhere, from Oaxaca and the Sierras to Iceland and the Sahara. All of these dreamy destinations are on Yogascapes' 2018 itinerary, and the company brings teachers and practitioners together for fully immersive yoga retreats that deliver a truly authentic cultural experience, complete with local guides, food, and adventure. Trust us, there won't be a minute of boredom on this getaway.
Most Versatile Yoga Retreat: Six Senses
Not only can you find Six Senses properties in Thailand, the Seychelles, Vietnam, the Maldives, Oman, China, and Portugal, but you can choose from three different types of yoga retreats on site. There's Discover Yoga, which offers private hatha yoga lessons, guided meditation, and massage and energy treatments for yogi novices; Yogic Detox, a program for more experienced yogis who practice advanced pranayama, meditation, and detox treatments; and Yogic Sleep, a suitable middle ground that combines yoga nidra, pranayama, gentle yoga practice, and relaxing spa treatments to help yogis reach new levels of ~chill~.
Best All-In Yoga Retreat: Ananda In the Himalayas
It makes sense that the most luxurious yoga retreat would be in India, the birthplace of the practice. The Himalayan compound's seven- (or 14- or 21-) day yoga cleanse isn't for the casual yogi—it requires you to use techniques like asanas (or postures), pranayama (yogic breathing), meditation, and Ayurvedic meals to detox naturally. But in between the five or six sessions per day, you can enjoy the palatial grounds and activities like white water rafting, safari, and devotional rituals at the Ganges River.