16 Yoga Teachers’ Favorite Escapes

From Maui to Mexico, Bali to the Bahamas, world-renowned teachers share their favorite yoga retreats. Consider this the inspiration you need to book your next getaway.

  • Locanda del Gallo, Gubbio, Italy

    Locanda del Gallo, Gubbio, Italy

    “Locanda is remote, stunningly beautiful, deeply restful, and has 
the most glorious food and accommodations. Plus, there’s 
a gorgeous asana room with props!”
    —Gina Caputo, founder of the Colorado School of Yoga in Boulder, Colorado

    This charming, 10-room bed and breakfast is set in a remote part of the northern Umbria hills in a 12th-century mansion. With its sprawling lawns bordered by lavender and rosemary, a saltwater infinity pool and hot tub, and an organic garden that provides much of the food served on the property, there’s a good chance you’ll want to move in permanently. Learn more at locandadelgallo.it

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  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise island, Bahamas

    Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise island, Bahamas

    “I had my first experience with yoga here, and I’ll never forget the physical practice (my first Headstand!), meditation (a sense of calm), and chanting (the words and intonations embedded themselves in me). Although my style of practice has changed, this visit was the beginning of lifelong daily yoga.”
    —Bo Forbes, a yoga teacher based in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Dedicated to a lineage of classical yoga that was introduced to the West by Swami Vishnudevananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, this retreat is part 
of an international organization of Sivananda ashrams and centers. The ashram, situated on the beach across the bay from Nassau on Paradise Island, offers daily asana and meditation classes. Learn more at sivanandabahamas.org

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  • The Watershed Center, Millerton, New York

    The Watershed Center, Millerton, New York

    “I love that the staff is committed to inner transformation 
and external work for social justice.”
    —Jacoby Ballard, an Amherst, Massachusetts–based yoga teacher

    Just two hours north of New York City, The Watershed Center feels worlds away thanks to farmhouses, barns, and a yurt set on a 73-acre farm backing to hundreds of acres of state forest. Its mission as “a retreat and resource center for changemakers” is as beautiful as the grounds. Learn more at thewatershedcenter.org

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  • Lumeria Maui, Makawao, Hawaii

    Lumeria Maui, Makawao, Hawaii

    “This stunning property feels secluded, which helps foster an inclusive, interactive group dynamic. And I love both practice areas—one 
on the beach and another on top of a volcano.”
    —Laura Burkhart, a San Francisco–based yoga teacher

    Want to stay at a resort that captures the essence of Hawaii? Honolulu architect H.R. Kerr designed the complex that’s now Lumeria for a sugar-cane-farming family. It was completed in 1910, and local shamans blessed it before it opened. The property’s timeless spiritual energy creates an amazing backdrop for mindful yoga, unique spa services, and garden-to-table food. Learn more lumeriamaui.com

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  • Suryalila Retreat Centre, Cádiz, Spain

    Suryalila Retreat Centre, Cádiz, Spain

    “Suryalila was mindfully created by a yoga teacher who incorporated all of her favorite things from retreat centers around the world. The food is amazing, the yoga room is spectacular, and the cherry on top is that the staff is very helpful and friendly.”
    —Tiffany Cruikshank, a Seattle-based yoga teacher

    Located in the heart of Andalusia in southern Spain, this working olive farm exudes a sense of vastness the minute you arrive: rolling hills, sunflower fields, and lakes in front of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range offer the perfect backdrop for deepening your yoga practice. Learn more at suryalila.com

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  • Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

    Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

    “Samahita is a perfect balance of luxury and simplicity. They have all sorts of yoga programs year-round, as well as indoor cycling classes and a full range of health and spa treatments. The quality of the staff—they are caring, but not intrusive—and people who teach here is amazing, as is the food!”
    —Mary Taylor, a yoga teacher based in Boulder, Colorado, and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa

    Come to this well-known tropical 
retreat to improve your yoga technique with world-class instruction. Or, opt for one of their signature 
yoga-and-fitness hybrid programs, 
such as YogaCoreCycle, which incorporates core and cardio 
into your yoga, meditation, 
and breathwork practices. 
Learn more at samahitaretreat.com

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  • Blue Spirit, Nosara, Costa Rica

    Blue Spirit, Nosara, Costa Rica

    “I’m drawn to Blue Spirit Costa Rica 
for the gorgeous land, sea, and relaxed resonance. After teaching here, I come home so reconnected to myself, it’s as though I’ve been 
on holiday.”
    —Elena Brower, a New York City–based yoga teacher, co-founder of teach.yoga, and 
co-author of Art of Attention

    Perched on a hilltop overlooking 
the Pacific and a white sand beach that’s a protected turtle refuge, this yoga and meditation retreat center is as beautiful as it is healing, say practitioners who’ve spent time here. Learn more bluespiritcostarica.com

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  • Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, Massachussets

    Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, Massachussets

    “I love Kripalu for its consistency: The food is always good, the noon dance is always fun, and the yoga classes are always high quality. I also love its variety: On any given day, you can choose from a range of programs, lectures, activities, and healing-arts treatments, all offered by experienced, friendly, inspiring teachers.”
    —Sage Rountree, author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga

    Widely regarded as one of the best centers in the country for yoga, meditation, and holistic-living trainings and getaways, Kripalu offers customizable retreats, training programs, and even one-off classes. All-inclusive stays include lovely, minimalistic accommodations, healthy meals, and daily classes, with plenty of time for roaming the spacious grounds or hiking in the nearby Berkshire Mountains. Learn more at kripalu.org

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  • Haramara Retreat , Nayarit, Mexico

    Haramara Retreat , Nayarit, Mexico

    “There’s so much to love about Haramara: cabanas above the Pacific Ocean, outdoor yoga platforms 
that overlook the water and the jungle, and 
candlelight everywhere. It’s magical.”
    —Jeanie Manchester, a Boulder, Colorado–based yoga teacher

    This secluded resort on the Pacific coast near 
the quaint town of Sayulita was designed with 
the environment in mind: Every structure was hand-built, and there’s minimal electricity, so you can feel the spirit of the jungle, beach, and ocean. Learn more at haramararetreat.com

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  • Rythmia Life Advancement Center, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

    Rythmia Life Advancement Center, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

    “Rythmia brings state-of-the-art healing modalities into the retreat experience. The first thing you do is meet with a staff doctor who creates a plan for your stay, and there are massages and treatments for your specific custom journey.”
    —Shiva Rea, founder of Prana Vinyasa

    Known for its plant-medicine ceremonies, workshops, and life-purpose coaching, Rythmia offers a range of holistic healing experiences in the tropical setting of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, a region that’s considered one of the world’s “Blue Zones”—a place where people live measurably longer lives. At Rythmia, you’ll have access to spiritual healers and naturopathic doctors, an onsite spa with massages and volcanic mud treatments, daily Prana Vinyasa classes, and organic farm-to-table meals. Learn more at rythmia.com.

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  • Manchebo Beach Resort, Aruba

    Manchebo Beach Resort, Aruba

    “Aruba is my second home—I have citizenship there—so I love leading retreats on this island, which is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with yourself. At Manchebo, the yoga deck is right on the beach, so you 
can watch the ocean and sunsets as you practice.”
    —Kat Fowler, a New York City–based yoga teacher

    This modern resort located on Aruba’s blissfully quiet 
Eagle Beach boasts large, clean, quiet rooms, a freshwater pool, and plenty of beach cabanas for lounging post-yoga by the Caribbean Sea. Learn more at manchebo.com

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  • Gaia Retreat Center, Ubud, Bali

    Gaia Retreat Center, Ubud, Bali

    “Gaia offers the best of both worlds: It’s quiet and peaceful, with really incredible views, yet it’s also walking distance from the city center and some of the best restaurants in Ubud.”
    —David Magone, a Boston-based yoga teacher and founder of PranaVayu Yoga

    This open-architecture, modern-style home is just minutes from yoga hotspot Ubud, the artistic and cultural heart of Bali. With spectacular views of rice fields and palm trees, the eight bedrooms, infinity pool, and gorgeous outdoor spaces in this boutique-feeling retreat center inspire deep relaxation. Learn more at gaiaretreatcenter.com

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  • Sattva Retreat, Rishikesh, India

    Sattva Retreat, Rishikesh, India

    “This is a magical place nestled in the sacred foothills of the Himalayas. The center is quiet and has practice spaces that are large and bright, with windows overlooking the mountains and river.”
    —Terri Cooper, founder of Connection Coalition, a nonprofit that brings yoga and meditation to schools, jails, shelters, and foster homes

    Located on the outskirts of Rishikesh—
a city alongside the holy Ganges River that’s revered as the birthplace of yoga—Sattva Retreat offers a unique blend of ancient and contemporary offerings: yoga, meditation, nature hikes, Ayurvedic cooking classes, and even bungee jumping and ziplining. Learn more at thesattva.com

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  • Villa Ananda, Punta Mita, Mexico

    Villa Ananda, Punta Mita, Mexico

    “I love how personal retreats feel at Villa Ananda. The staff has been the same for the nine years I’ve been teaching here, and we often see whales while practicing outside on the pool deck right on the ocean.”
    —Jamie Elmer, a yoga teacher based in Grand Junction, Colorado

    An Ayurvedic destination spa and retreat center, Villa Ananda offers weeklong programs that include Ayurveda consultations, daily yoga and meditation, personalized daily treatments, and delicious food. With retreats maxing out at 14 people, a stay here feels both intimate and deeply healing. Learn more at villaananda.com

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  • Santa Sabina 
Retreat Center, San Rafael, California

    Santa Sabina 
Retreat Center, San Rafael, California

    “This sanctuary of deep stillness has spacious meeting rooms for yoga, meditation, and dialogue. I love the high-quality meals, inner courtyard that always holds silence, and outer courtyard with picnic tables and a grassy area for walking meditation.”
    —Richard Miller, president of the Integrative Restoration Institute and developer of iRest Meditation

    Built in 1939 as a house for women preparing to join the community of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, this center honors its heritage as a place of study, prayer, and community. Learn more at santasabinacenter.org

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  • Feathered Pipe Ranch, Helena, Montana

    Feathered Pipe Ranch, Helena, Montana

    “This place comes from an era before yoga went luxury: just good people, good food, and good vibes, all set in the beauty of a national forest.”
    —Lizzie Lasater, a Salzburg, Austria–based yoga teacher who leads restorative yoga 
workshops and designs online education for yoga teachers

    Tucked in a dense forest in the majestic Rocky Mountains, this quaint retreat offers a variety of lodging options, including tents, tepees, yurts, and suites with private bathrooms. Outdoor activities include horseback riding and hiking, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife- spotting (deer, elk, beavers, ducks, and more). Learn more at featheredpipe.com

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