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.
Also, don’t miss this article: 6 Reasons to Take a Yoga Class on Vacation
Nurture yourself with delicious organic foods and professional wellness / detox services, including yoga and wellness retreats.
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.
Healthy getaways. All programs include a healthy set menu, daily tonics, fresh juices and teas; anti-aging treatments, massage and holistic therapies; a variety of fitness classes, including yoga, hiking, Pilates, core strengthening and cardio circuit training; seasonal outdoor activities and more.
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.
Massage and bodywork, reflexology, cupping, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Thai Yoga massage, scrubs and wraps, hand and foot treatments, ear candling, guided fitness, yoga.
Our spa and wellness center offers a complete menu of massage modalities, reiki, chromatherapy, meditation, yoga, ear candling, cranio-sacral therapy, more.