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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


 

AmaTierra Retreat & Wellness Center – San Jose Highlands, Costa Rica

AmaTierra Retreat & Wellness Center – Costa Rica

Nurture yourself with delicious organic foods and professional wellness / detox services, including yoga and wellness retreats.

Ananda in the Himilayas - Uttarakhand, India

Ananda in the Himilayas – Uttarakhand, India

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.

Fresh Start Health Retreat - British Columbia, Canada

Fresh Start Health Retreat – British Columbia, Canada

All-inclusive programs which focus on whole-body detoxification, weight loss, with daily health lectures, yoga, exercise classes, and emotional wellness workshops.

Pearson’s Pond Inn – Juneau, Alaska

A mini-resort with spa treatments, yoga, adventure trips, weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways in the beautiful landscape of Alaska.
Amara Resort Hotel and Spa - Sedona, Arizona

Amara Resort Hotel and Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Come relax your body and mind as you stretch against the panoramic Sedona horizon with daily yoga sessions. Lodging, fine dining, spa services, yoga classes, hiking tours and more.
Mountain Harbor Resort & Turtle Cove Spa - Mt Ida, Arkansas

Mountain Harbor Resort & Turtle Cove Spa – Mt Ida, Arkansas

Full service resort and spa, marina. Massages, facials, body treatments, crystal energy work, fitness, yoga in a wooded pavilion overlooking Lake Ouachita.
Golden Door Spa

Golden Door Spa – Escondido, California

World renowned destination spa. Guided fitness, personal training, weight loss, healthy dining with locally grown produce, yoga, meditation, hiking and nature walks.<
The Ranch at Live Oak - Malibu, California

Ranch at Live Oak – Malibu, California

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.
Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs – Dolores, Colorado

Luxury camping and lodging, hot springs in the teepee and bath house, massage and yoga, on the beautiful West Fork of Dolores.
Vita Vie Retreat - Delray Beach, Florida

Vita Vie Retreat – Delray Beach, Florida

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.
Naturally Well By The Sea – Pompano Beach, Florida

Naturally Well By The Sea – Pompano Beach, Florida

All-inclusive wellness program, operating within The Marriott Residence Inn. Weight loss, fitness, beach yoga, mindful eating, lectures.
Dahlonega Spa Resort – Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega Spa Resort – Dahlonega, Georgia

Enjoy our healthy dining, 1,400 square foot yoga hall, massage, spa services, Jacuzzi, walking labyrinth and trails, pond, open meadows and woods.
Lumiere Maui Retreat – Makawao, Maui, Hawaii

Lumiere Maui Retreat – Makawao, Hawaii

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.
Hawaii Island Retreat

Hawaii Island Retreat – Hawi, Big Island

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.

Light Center Retreat – Baldwin City, Kansas

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.

Feathered Pipe Ranch - Helena, Montana

Feathered Pipe Ranch – Helena, Montana

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.

Congress Hall Hotel – Cape May, New Jersey

Congress Hall Hotel – Cape May, New Jersey

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.

Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls – Hocking Hills State Park<

Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls – Hocking Hills, Ohio

Massage and bodywork, reflexology, cupping, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Thai Yoga massage, scrubs and wraps, hand and foot treatments, ear candling, guided fitness, yoga.

Glenlaurel Inn and Wellness Center - Hocking Hills, Ohio

Glenlaurel Inn and Wellness Center – Hocking Hills, Ohio

Our spa and wellness center offers a complete menu of massage modalities, reiki, chromatherapy, meditation, yoga, ear candling, cranio-sacral therapy, more.

Red Mountain Destination Spa

Red Mountain Resort - Utah

This renowned destination spa in Utah offers an all inclusive weight loss, fitness and spa vacation focusing on hiking, swimming, Watsu, and yoga classes.

Zion Wellness Retreat, Utah

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort — Utah

Zion Ponderosa Ranch offers an all0inclusive ranch spa wellness retreat which includes daily fitness classes, yoga, healthy meals, personal training, and more.

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