Yoga travel vacations are an amazing way to merge two of life’s most wonderful gifts, yoga and travel. Imagine a vacation characterized by the calm and serenity of a savasana after an exhilarating yoga practice. Achieve physical and mental balance in a mountain retreat in the Berkshires. Enjoy delicious, organic, local food on the beach in Costa Rica. Become present as you set aside your cell phone in a quiet ashram in southern India. Whether your goal is to expand your yoga practice or simply relax with some like minded yogis, yoga travel is one of the most potentially life-changing rewards you can give yourself.
Yoga travel options include vacations, retreats, detoxification programs, and conferences. Getaways can be found for all styles and levels. No matter what your purpose, this article will help you decide on a yoga travel experience tailored for you and how to go about finding it.
How to choose a yoga travel retreat
There are a few recommendations to keep in mind as you choose your dream vacation.
First, start with the destination. Options can range from quiet mountain ashrams to resort style beach getaways. If time and money are constraints, one option is to take a weekend getaway to a nearby location. If a more lengthy retreat is desired, one can find yoga travel destination almost anywhere in the world. Many retreats can be found in the most beautiful locations in the world: Bali, India, Thailand, New Zealand, Brazil.
What kind of yoga would you like to study? Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga? Make sure the yoga style matches up with your goals and level of experience. Check the daily schedule of the programs. Make sure there is a a good balance of relaxation, meditation, and physical practice that is suitable for your desires. Some retreats can be highly focused on relaxation and pampering, while others can take a more disciplined approach with rigorous schedules. Keep in mind that some programs may include a daily practice of 3 or more hours, which may be more than your body is ready for. Use your intuition and listen to what your body needs.
Pre-purchased packages are an easy turn-key solution for handling your tickets, lodging, and yoga practice in one purchase. For more experienced travelers, it is always possible to do your own booking, coordinating around the specific program of your yoga getaway. Another option is to choose a pre-packaged themed retreat. For example, yoga surf retreats in Australia.
Is there a specific teacher that you would like to train with? Perhaps there is a yoga-celeb that you’ve always wanted to learn from. Gurus commonly do training programs at various locales, so stay in the loop. Our final piece of advice, the time is never right for a vacation. The everyday duties of life will always present themselves as roadblocks. Take a leap, make arrangements, and plan to go within the next six months.
How to find yoga travel retreats
The first place to ask would be your local yoga studio. Ask your favorite teacher about upcoming events or recommended retreats, as he/she will certainly be familiar with your preferred style and level of practice. Secondly, ask the internet. Google terms like “yoga travel”, “yoga retreats”, and “yoga vacations.” An incredible amount of yoga travel information and pre-packaged retreats can be found on the web for specific destinations, programs, and styles.
Congratulations on taking the first steps to honor yourself with the gift of a yoga travel vacation. Many blessings. May your journey be enlightening.