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Yoga Travel Guide 2019

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Spring is here and it’s time to start dreaming of where we could getaway this Summer. Our Yoga Travel Guide explores retreats and beautiful places to stay all over the world. So get ready to feel a sudden urge to book flights and add some of your favourites to your wish list.

Europe
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Yoga Rosa Retreats, Ibiza 

Surrounded by a fragrant pine forest in Ibiza, YogaRosa Retreats offers a delightful escape from everyday life. During your stay, your meals will be vegetarian, cooked with ingredients plucked directly from the property’s garden, and with herbal tea, smoothies, fruit plates and dishes made from the freshest ingredients, you will feel a shift in your energy levels.

Reclaim Yourself, Lapland 

Join Jivamukti yoga teacher Emma Henry in the remote far north of Lapland. During the retreat you will sleep in sophisticated tree houses designed by Scandinavian architects, nestled high up in the trees of a beautiful pine forest. This retreat combines dynamic yoga with options to hike, forage and ride in the forests, relax in a treehouse sauna, try a moose safari or kayak on the River Lule.

Yoga Explorers, Highlands, Scotland 

Join Jim Tarran for an off-grid retreat. Nestled in the splendour of the Scottish Highlands, with everything you could want for a perfect yoga get-away: private riverside hot baths, sento dome hot tub, sauna,an underfloor-heated yoga studio with a view of a waterfall, and a vegetarian chef to serve up delicious meals.

Will Wheeler Yoga, Italy 

Join Will Wheeler in Puglia, Italy. On this retreat you’ll have daily yoga, fine Italian vegetarian food, lounging by the pool and day trips to explore the surrounding region. It’s a week of indulgence in wellbeing for your body and mind.

True Nature Travels, Greece 

Join Meggan Riley where the land meets the sea in Amorgos Island, Greece. This retreat will be a celebration of life and movement on an island that breathes both adventure and relaxation! Meggan will offer a variety of classes and there will be plenty of time on the schedule for taking advantage of spa, exploring the island, or simply savoring the beach life!

Yoga Games, Sweden

Yoga Games is Scandinavia’s largest yoga event. It takes place in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. The event offers exciting classes and is for yogis with varying backgrounds – some have never done yoga before and others live and breathe the practice. Yoga Games is for everyone!

OM Yoga Show, UK

For more than a decade the OM Yoga Show has grown to become the biggest yoga gathering in Europe, and one of the largest events of its kind in the world, with amazing shows in both London and Manchester. Free open classes provide the opportunity to be inspired by leading teachers; the chance to try something new, or revisit an old favourite. Additionally workshops will take place throughout the three days, during which teachers will lead longer sessions.

Move Copenhagen, Denmark 

Move Copenhagen is a 4-day festival with the opportunity to choose between 100+ unique workshops for all levels – beginners, intermediate and advanced movers. Move Copenhagen is for everyone who wants to move, play, explore and be inspired. Learn from the best teachers in the world in Workshops in slacklining, yoga, acroyoga, dance, parkour, explore, natural movement and restore.

The Groove Hamburg, Germany 

Since 2014, the Groove has been celebrating movement, music and community with festivals around the world. Each event brings together international and local movement educators, musicians, artist, speakers and participants. This year groove offers a festival in Hamburg. A sweet, sweaty weekend of yoga, movement, music and community.

Awake Yoga Festival, Portugal 

Awake Yoga Festival is a gathering of lightbearers, lovers, mystics, truth seekers, yogis and yoginis. It is a place for everyone who wants to take the first step in to yoga and for experienced practitioners and teachers.

Soul Circus, UK 

Soul Circus is a wellbeing festival where music, yoga and holistic therapies meets glittery, festival antics and after parties. Spend your days doing yoga, relaxing in the spa and sipping on juice. Spend your evenings sipping cocktails, dancing the night away and eating locally sourced food.

Asia
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Desa Seni, Bali 

Retreats on this resort in Bali are a dream. The resort is showcasing  culture, religion, and traditions from the archipelago of Indonesia. Live in original antique wooden homes, imported from the many islands of Indonesia. Dedicated,  passionate teachers lead classes in Vinyasa, Master Class, Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Alignment & Adjustment and Meditation in an open aired, tropical Bali studio. Furthermore the resort has a holistic spa and an organic restaurant serving farm to table goodness.

Ananda, India

Ananda is an award-winning luxury spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills.. Ananda is surrounded by Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.

Spirit Festival, Bali 

Bali is home of the Bali Spirit Festival, one of the largest yoga festivals in the world. It takes place over 5 days every year in Ubud, the spiritual center of Bali. Surrounded by mountains and rice fields, Ubud is known as Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart. It’s also home to great restaurants, cafés and streets of shops. The town center is busy with hundreds of motorbikes and cars roaming the streets, but just a few minutes drive you can be away from it all and relax in the middle of some rice fields.

Ulpotha, Sri Lanka 

Ulpotha is a perfect place for a Yoga holiday or an Ayurveda retreat in the heart of Sri Lanka. It’s a beautiful hide-away open to guests for holidays and retreats for part of the year and goes back to being a traditional village for the rest of the year. When you book a Yoga holiday or Ayurveda retreat at Ulpotha the all-inclusive price includes: accommodation, all meals, snacks, drinks, two Yoga classes a day, a one-on-one consultation with the resident Ayurveda doctor, a full day excursion per week’s stay, a massage per week’s stay, laundry service and the use of bicycles and hot water bathing area.

Blue Indigo, Cambodia

Blue Indigo is a Yoga Alliance International school. The retreat center seeks to provide a thoughtfully designed, friendly and peaceful environment during a holiday or retreat, allowing guests to learn and deepen their practice of meditation and yoga. Blue Indigo organizes a day long excursion each week to practice yoga and give back to a local sacred temple in the area, additionally they offer additional unique yoga classes inside the Angkor Temples Area.

International Yoga Festival Rishikesh, India  

Come home to Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga and Yoga Capital of the World, for International Yoga Festival. ​In the 7-day immersion and celebration, you have the opportunity to embrace every major style of yoga and learn from enlightened Spiritual Leaders, Master Yoga Teachers, Evolutionary Thought Leaders, and Wellness Specialists from around the world.

North America
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Nomade Tulum, Mexico 

Nomade Tulum hotel is as stylish as stays get on the Riviera Maya. Located right on the beach with unbeatable views of the Caribbean, this resort is all about breezy, laid-back living: kip in a luxurious palm-shaded tent, feast on fresh fish and moreish vegetarian fare, yoga, meditation garden, beachside cabanas, bikes to borrow, or soothe your soul at the holistic spa inspired by Mexico’s ancient cultures.

Anuttara, Canada 

Anuttara is a collective of yogis and meditators that offer the opportunity to dive into a spiritual study and retreat on retreats, trainings, programs and living a spiritual life at Anuttara. Stays at Anuttara involve a harmonious blend of the ancient teachings of the East and West.

Wanderlust Festival, Squaw Valley, California 

Wanderlust’s mission is to help you find your true north, and the Squaw Valley Festival is where it all began. Today Wanderlust has grown to to several events that all offer classes with hand-selected world-renowned yoga and meditation teachers, outdoor instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs to light your path.

Bhakti Fest, California 

Bhakti Fest is the fall festival version of Shakti Fest. Since 2009, Bhakti Fest has been an oppertunity for festival-goers to connect to the divine through yoga, kirtan, and meditation. The fetsival is drug and alcohol-free and allows you to really feel that yoga high! A sensation that will definitely be magnified once the stars come out over your campsite in the spectacular Joshua Tree region.

Arise Festival, Colorado 

ARISE Festival is nothing short of a festival-wonderland experience. Featuring 7 stages of live music, yoga, camping, workshops and more. At the core of the ARISE mission is a firm belief that creating a festival experience which inspires positivity and joy.

The Northwest Yoga Feast, Idaho

The Northwest Yoga Feast is set in the beautiful panhandle of Idaho.The festival is an ever-growing fusion of Yoga, festival, movement, feast & retreat held in community with people from all walks of life.

Love Yoga Fest, Massachusetts

The aim of Love Yoga Fest is to create a fun, safe, and healthy environment in which  guests can expand their knowledge in all areas of health and well-being. At Love Yoga Fest you will be surrounded by like-minded people and contribute to the world beyond your yoga mat.

Banff Yoga Festival, Canada 

A 3-day festival of conscious celebration to incorporate the mindfulness of yoga into all elements of life. Wake up to the sun peeking over the mountains as you soak it in over a cup of tea. Head to a yoga class to connect to the community and transformational teachings. A short hike up Tunnel Mountain gets your blood pumping and your creativity stirring. The calm of a canoe on the Bow River mirrors your peaceful state of mind. Infuse intention into your handmade mala in the afternoon. Then connect with new friends at an acro yoga workshop and end your day with an all-out celebration of community featuring an impeccable curated list of wellness teachers.

South America
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Anamaya, Costa Rica 

Anamaya Resort hosts life-changing and inspiring Yoga Retreats and Teacher Trainings, in one of the world’s most beautiful and charming beach towns, Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Canal Om, Chile 

Canal Om is unique in South America and the only wellness centre of its kind in Chile. The retreat is located just a couple of hours from the capital Santiago, on the rugged Pacific coast, Canal Om is a place where you can connect to yourself and nature in stunning surroundings. Replenish with delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals, plenty of quiet spaces and areas for relaxation, thalassotherapy pools and various body treatments.

Villa Sumaya, Guatemala

Villa Sumaya is a retreat & wellness center located in Santa Cruz la Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. At the retreat they are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano.

Casa Verde, Honduras 

Casa Verde Raw Yoga Hiking Retreat is a boutique forest lodge that offers year-round personalized lifestyle retreats. The retreat is a unique and healing combination of an Ashtanga Yoga coupled with a delicious cleansing raw vegan diet, daily hiking adventures and inspiring evening discussions in the magnificent Cloud Forest of Ecuador.

Envision Festival, Costa Rica 

A 4-Day festival perfectly nestled where the Pacific Ocean meets the wild jungle of Costa Rica. Evision is a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential, and provides a platform for different cultures to collide harmoniously. The aim of the festival is to inspire through the collective participation in art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, regenerative strategies and our fundamental connection with nature.

Africa
Spirit Fest, South Africa 

Immerse yourselves in a spiritual experience that brings together the power of yoga, meditation, dance and community in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains, rivers and trees. This annual 4 day festival is all about opening the heart, pushing the body and exploring the mind.

Lamu Yoga Fest, Kenya 

This is not just your ordinary festival visit, instead you will embark on a curated relaxation tour from the capital city of Nairobi to Mombasa, to Lamu Island for the Lamu Yoga Fest. Start each morning there with controlled breathing and a sun salutations on the beach.

Australia
Mind Body Spirit Festival, East Coast 

The MindBodySpirit Festival is Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event. At the festival you can learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch the free stage performances, join a free meditation session and taste some delicious health foods.

Escape Haven, Byron Bay 

This retreat is a special break away in luxury in a beautiful rainforest retreat in magical Byron Bay. The retreat is complete relaxation with yoga and meditation techniques for optimum health coupled with 5-star pampering and healthy nutritious food. This 4 night wellbeing escape is done in partnership with world-renowned Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

Gwinganna, Queensland 

Australian owned and operated, Gwinganna in the Hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast provides scenic views of the coast and surrounding valleys. A health retreat stay here combines organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with delicious organic cuisine and vital wellness seminars in a dedicated low tech environment.

Billabong Retreat, New South Wales

Eco nature retreat with treehouse cabins, yoga retreats, meditation retreats, mindfulness retreats and health retreats near to Sydney in NSW Australia.

Maud Leger, Victoria

away from the hustle of the city, far from the constant stimulations of your everyday concerns Maud Leger provides an affordable retreat with dreamy nature accommodation. The retreat is a weekend dedicated to your self-care, to switch off, to restore, and to rejuvenate. Practise yoga and meditation in a stunning designer house, sleep under the stars in luxury glamping tents surrounded by nature, eat nourishing food, swim in the Yarra River, go on bush walks and connect with like-minded people.

 

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