How to Choose the best Yoga Retreat
Just as you would consider any vacation or hotel lodging, you’ll want to consider your location, location, location. Are you interested in a rural experience with little traffic or urban noise? One of the primary attractions of a full-immersion Yoga Retreat is the absence of urban distractions and plentiful opportunities to embrace nature and natural surroundings.
Some guests, however, prefer to within walking distance of civic sites, restaurants, theaters and museums, or, prefer a hotel or resort setting so that family members have a variety of other activities to enjoy.
You’ll also want to consider whether you are comfortable in a shared accommodation lodge with minimal amenities, or, with shared common areas and bath facilities, or, if you’d prefer the privacy of guest suites, cabanas, or hotel rooms. Are you traveling with a pet? Ask if the retreat is pet friendly, and if so, what deposits are required.
Consider your level of experience. If you are well versed in yoga and movement, you’ll enjoy most traditional retreats. Beginners, however, should inquire as to classes for those new to yoga and movement, and whether you’ll be best served by a group class or one-on-one instruction.
You’ll also want to inquire about meals. Most retreats offer meals, sometimes as part of an all-inclusive program. While most traditional yoga retreats offer health oriented dietary choices (vegan, vegetarian and fitness meals), some offer more traditional fare, and of course hotels and resorts have a more standard menu based on the region. As with any wellness destination, special dietary considerations should be communicated well in advance of your stay.
As for spa services, inquire if the program services are therapeutic (massage, cleansing, acupuncture, or skincare by licensed professionals), or are relaxation oriented (hot tubs, foot baths, aromatherapy). If therapeutic services are offered, be sure to book as far in advance as possible.
Browse our favorite Retreats, Hotels and Resorts with Yoga Programs and Classes, below. These facilities offer a variety of Yoga, Tai Chi and other Movement, Activity, and Wellness Programs.
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Nurture yourself with delicious organic foods and professional wellness / detox services, including yoga and wellness retreats.
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Tibetan culture, including traditional healing, Tibetan herbal treatments, Tibetan Yoga and Pilates classes. The 150 square-meter studio adjoins an inviting meditation garden where guests can meditate and revive.
Yoga at Ananda is completely pure and traditional in form, stemming from the roots of Hatha yoga and adapting it to suit individual needs. It is a disciplined science encompassing all aspects of life in different ways and levels to balance the mind, body and spirit.
All-inclusive programs which focus on whole-body detoxification, weight loss, with daily health lectures, yoga, exercise classes, and emotional wellness workshops.
A mini-resort with spa treatments, yoga, adventure trips, weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways.
Come relax your body and mind as you stretch against the panoramic Sedona horizon with daily yoga sessions.
Full service resort and spa, marina. Massages, facials, body treatments, crystal energy work, fitness, yoga in a wooded pavilion overlooking Lake Ouachita.
World renowned destination spa. Guided fitness, personal training, weight loss, healthy dining, yoga, meditation, labyrinth.
The daily routine at The Ranch at Live Oak combines four to five hours of group mountain hiking, core and ab work, weights, daily group yoga sessions and private afternoon massages.
The Preserve was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and is known not only for its luxury lodging in its spectacular location but its excellent cuisine almost entirely sourced from the property.
Longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Fitness, full service spa, personal training, yoga, and lifestyle programs.
Luxury camping and lodging, hot springs in the teepee and bath house, massage and yoga, on the beautiful West Fork of Dolores.
Our 10,000 square foot Ranch Creek Spa is located in a quiet corner of the meadow in its own building. Eight treatment rooms, 700 square foot couples suite, yoga lookout studio, steam rooms.
One of the country’s first boot camp retreats, Vita Vie Retreat has been inspiring and motivating people from all over the world to lose weight, regain energy and live a happy, healthier lifestyle.
All-inclusive wellness program, operating within The Marriott Residence Inn. Weight loss, fitness, beach yoga, mindful eating, lectures.
A for-women-only spa and yoga retreat in the south of France. Day Guests welcome.
Get fit, lose weight, eat delicious vegan food, drink wine, and have fun. Camp Biche is designed to help you lose inches in the most pleasant way possible.
Enjoy our healthy dining, 1,400 square foot yoga hall, massage, spa services, Jacuzzi, walking labyrinth and trails, pond, open meadows and woods.
Combine your love of yoga with our Lumeria Glow Cleanse – our state-of-the-art juice and broth cleanse with restorative yoga to strengthen and heal the connections between body, mind and spirit.
Big Island eco-spa treehouse style B & B with breakfast, snorkeling, diving, labyrinth, yoga, organic garden, Hawaiian lomilomi massage
Mindfulness, natural health, and green living form the basis for a life well lived. Whether your focus is fitness, inner peace, or an evolving relationship, you will find our approach to healthy living unique among Hawaii destination spas.
Non-profit, holistic healing center and natural sanctuary for retreats and workshops. Outdoor hiking, yoga, camping, labyrinth walk, massage, healing garden and fire pits. Juice fasting retreats and sacred dance, ceremonies.
Learn from the world’s most gifted yoga teachers in a serene setting where everything is dedicated to enhancing your experience and your personal growth. Heal yourself, honor and help the planet.
Whether a beginning yoga student or a seasoned practitioner, you will find that the restorative practice of seaside yoga has an unbelievable way of calming even the most feverish minds.
Our spa and wellness center offers a complete menu of massage modalities, reiki, chromatherapy, meditation, yoga, ear candling, cranio-sacral therapy, more.
Massage and bodywork, reflexology, cupping, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Thai Yoga massage, scrubs and wraps, hand and foot treatments, ear candling, guided fitness, yoga.
All inclusive destination spa vacations include daily fitness classes, hiking, healthy meals, personal training, swimming, yoga.
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