For many people yoga is the perfect escape. The practice challenges the mind and body, while helping us focus and let go of the unimportant. When you’re looking to unwind and refresh, a yoga retreat might be the perfect opportunity.
We’ve outlined 10 of the best yoga retreats in the world. From Dominica to Massachusetts, these are the places that have restored the mind, body and spirit of thousands of yogis.
Hawaii’s largest retreat center, Kalani, offers a variety of extraordinary programs and amenities to help guests connect and relax. Just steps from the Pacific Ocean and backed by a tropical forest, the facilities have hot tubs, saunas, multiple yoga studios and a charitable policy everyone can feel good about. Kalani is a registered non-profit organization; all of their proceeds go to education, recreation, and Hawaiian culture preservation within the poorest district in Hawaii. Now celebrating their fortieth anniversary, Kalani has become the largest nonprofit in the district and they say there’s never been a better time to visit.
Tucked away on cliffs overlooking the ocean, this resort is set on the tiny island nation of Dominica. The Caribbean retreat has private cottages that sit among the well-preserved jungle and each comes equipped with an outdoor shower. Daily yoga classes, private afternoon sessions and yoga retreat packages give guests a chance to experience the studio made from reclaimed organic rock, while they listen to the ocean waves crash on the shore below.
Guest yogis and good food is just the beginning at this down-to-earth non-profit retreat in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The center has become well-known for hosting some of the best yoga workshops and programs anywhere, catering to beginners and experts alike. Guests enjoy beautiful scenery, hiking, kayaking and swimming on top of daily yoga classes.
Overlooking a private beach with access to warm clear waters, this retreat is set on the southern tip of Koh Samui island in Thailand. The flexible programs allow guests to get as involved in yoga as they want—whether that means dropping into one or two classes or signing up for a package that includes a personal wellness consultation among other wellness activities. In addition to great programs, Kamalaya has a steam cavern, swimming and plunge pools and fantastic fitness facilities.
This high-end resort set on 25 pristine acres brings new meaning to luxury, while simultaneously offering some of the best yoga and meditation programs anywhere in the world. The resort blends amenities and comforts of a five star hotel with traditional yoga teachings. The fusion is best reflected in their completely vegetarian menu, on-site organic farming and Ashtanga and Hatha yoga practices.
Sitting on 27 acres of precious Big Sur coastline, this California retreat is well-known for its top-tier yoga instruction and the breathtaking beauty that surrounds it. Perched between the Pacific Ocean and a string of mountains, the institute is home to organic farms, an art center, hot springs and educational facilities.
Set in the Pune province of India, this resort offers many excellent yoga programs, but the main focus here is on active meditation. Perhaps best described as a high intensity workout for body and soul, guests leave Osho refreshed and revitalized. The morning classes address body flow, rhythm, breathing techniques and so much more, visitors to Osho have plenty to choose from and even more to learn.
The stunning oceanfront resort of Amansala offers guests the opportunity to start their day amid ocean waves and yoga poses. Classes, workshops and packages explore everything from relaxation to total-body fitness in a surreal beach setting and there’s plenty to explore on town. Take a bike ride to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum or swim in Tulum’s Grand Cenote, a natural freshwater pool.
Set in the Montana Rockies, Feathered Pipe Ranch is a rustic getaway like no other. Guests benefit from the knowledge of visiting teachers who specialize in everything from mindfulness to healing arts and enjoy amenities like the sauna, hot tub and bathhouse.. Surrounded by the richness of nature, there are also opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, swimming and canoeing on the property or in the millions of acres of forest and mountains that surround the ranch.
This award-winning retreat offers guests a wide variety of yoga classes, a world-class spa and more activities than you could imagine—all in full view of the breathtaking Santa Catalina Mountains. Set in the High Sonoran Desert, Miraval has something for everyone—from nutrition to outdoor adventures, they offer events to meet all interest but their specialty lies in yoga and meditation.