Ready for a mind and body retreat? Look no further. These destinations will leave you feeling blissed out and bendy to boot.
Itching for some time to unwind but feeling stifled by practicing yoga in the same humdrum studio? Take the opportunity to book a trip that’s equal parts relaxing and challenging. Practicing yoga in any of the following locations all over the world will help you recharge and give you the tools to combat the stresses of your daily life—plus, the new scenery will reinvigorate you. Before you step out the door, pack everything—including your spandex and your grippy socks—in the No Matter What Duffel so you won’t be bogged down by heavy travel gear.
Known as the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh is located near Tibet and at the bottom of the Himalayas. The town is host to plenty of yoga centers, as well as meditation centers, if you’d like to turn your trip into a calming retreat for the soul. (Fun fact: The Beatles stayed at an ashram here back in the day!) Not sure when to book? Aim for early spring, which is typically when the International Yoga Festival takes place there.
Chiang Rai, Thailand
The Museflower retreat in Thailand is open all year round, offering daily yoga classes, organic meals, and spa packages for the ultimate experience. Plus, while you’re there you can explore all the fun stuff that Thailand has to offer, such as elephant tours and bazaar shopping. Bring a large suitcase, because you’re bound to come home with lots of souvenirs.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
For a yoga escape that’s a little closer to home, hop a plane to Mexico to the Maya Tulum resort for sand and sun salutations. Retreats are offered all year and, depending on when you go, you’ll get to see the sights such as the Mayan ruins or the beginning of sea turtle hatching season while scoring a tropical getaway at the same time. Whether you’re into mindful meditation, asana, or beginner’s yoga, there’s a retreat for everyone. Check out the resort’s calendar to find the best fit for you.
This Caribbean destination is postcard-perfect, and at The Body Holiday resort you have nothing but time and fantastic weather to practice yoga. Classes are often on the beach or in a tree house surrounded by lush greens and wildlife. This creates a serene setting so you can focus and be present in the moment. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit! And bring a clean/dirty cube in your luggage so that a damp swimsuit doesn’t get the rest of your clothing wet. Just avoid going there in the summer, if possible, so you don’t get overheated.
Though it might seem odd to pick a place as bustling as New York City to practice yoga, the city is one of the most popular locations for the Wanderlust festival, which brings together yogis from all over the country for a mind and body triathlon. The fall event consists of a 5K, a live DJ yoga session, and meditation all in one day. By the end, you’ll feel calm, cool, and collected while standing in one of the noisiest boroughs in the city—proving that there’s nothing you can’t handle.
Don’t be afraid to use yoga as an excuse to explore the world. There are so many opportunities at your fingertips, so take advantage!
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