There’s no denying that a regular (or even occasional) yoga practice reaps some serious health benefits when it comes to both our emotional and physical wellbeing. Yes, a 60-second Chair Pose doesn’t necessarily feel as comfy as, say, lying in front of our TV all day, but that feeling post-vinyasa? Euphoric. Which got us thinking… If we feel that amazing after a mere 60 minutes, wouldn’t a yoga retreat (aka an entire weekend—or week!) feel practically life-changing? We did some research, and apparently in the world of yoga retreats, more is more.
Think of a yoga retreat as an upgraded vacation. Whereas you may normally feel bloated, depleted, and a little worse for wear after imbibing favourite vacation staples like cocktails, greasy food, or one too many sugar-laden indulgences, after a yoga retreat, you’ll probably feel lighter and a lot more energised. In addition to taking multiple yoga classes per day, with hikes, massages, and meditations served à la carte, you’ll also be able to fill your plate with super-healthy fare (think meals that are organic, vegetarian, and sustainable). Combined with renowned yoga instructors, to-die-for locations (seriously, pick your poison), and the opportunity for some serious self-reflection, we suggest booking a trip ASAP.
From Scotland to Iceland, keep reading to see the yoga retreats Team Byrdie can’t stop drooling over.
If the words “rustic comfort” speak to you, look no further than Feathered Pipe Ranch for the ultimate yoga retreat experience. Cozily nuzzled in the Montana Rockies and surrounded by picturesque scenery and wildlife, according to their website, it’s “one of the oldest centres for conscious living and yoga retreats in the country.” Plus, it offers the crème de la crème in terms of a rejuvenating ambiance and experienced instructors, who will expertly lead you through guided meditation, yoga therapy, and mindfulness.
Price Range: $1,900 to $2,500 for seven days.
Glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls… Could you ask for a more delectable setting while practicing your downward dog and warrior two poses? Set in majestic Iceland, this amazing yoga retreat from Yogascapes combines an intimate wellness experience with inspiring food, adventure, and of course, lots and lots of yoga. A great option for yogis who love to explore, this eight-day yoga retreat travels to three different locations. You’ll start your journey in the south (to meet your quota of glaciers and icebergs) before making your way to the pulsing capital of Reykjavik.
Price Range: $4,400 to $5,700 for eight days.
Rooted in Ashtanga vinyasa, Kaliyoga’s seven-day yoga retreats are perfect for those looking to develop a more aware and curious practice, which makes it a great option for beginners and advanced yogis alike. Reviewers have praised the diverse array of activities (nutrition lectures, guided meditations, and—deep breath—colonic cleanses), in addition to the amazing amenities such as a gorgeous pool, infrared sauna, and the vegetable-rich meal options. Oh, and it all takes place in the Italian countryside.
Price Range: $1,200 to $2,000 for seven days.
If you’re looking to fall off the grid, the Scottish Highlands isn’t a bad place to land. Luxuriously set in the rolling hills of Scotland (and surrounded by lochs, rivers, and forests), the fairytale-esque Ecoyoga Centre creates the ultimate backdrop for a yoga retreat. Here’s what you can expect: heated floors, wooden outdoor hot tubs, and some of the most experienced yoga instructors in the world.
Price Range: $800 to $1,000 for five days.
A destination known for its collection of celebrity visitors, Calistoga, in Napa, California, is the dreamiest setting for grounding your yoga practice and taking the time to reset your intentions, reflect, and connect with the environment. With a breathtaking and secluded atmosphere, Maycamas Ranch offers yoga retreats year-round so that you have plenty of opportunities to get your wellness fix.
Price Range: Available upon request.
Yes, Mexico is known for its plethora of tourists and spring breakers, but the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches also make it an amazing place to get your zen on. And as it turns out, experts totally agree. Jordan Younger, creator of The Balanced Blonde & host of the Soul on Fire podcast told us that while on a yoga retreat in Prana Del Mar, she experienced some life-changing epiphanies.
“When you can get away from the everyday noise of life and be surrounded by calming, yin, communical yogic energy—huge and awesome shifts can happen.”
Price Range: $1,900 to $2,700 for five to seven days.
Set in the Berkshires, Kripalu R&R allows you to truly customise your yoga retreat experience. From workshops, to hikes, to yoga classes, you can spend your days however you like. Whether you’re looking to sculpt a leaner physique with endless yoga or tidy up your diet with helpful nutrition tips from their team, this retreat is a wonderful way to treat your inner-yogi.
Price Range: $1,200 to $2,500 for seven days.
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