No matter how long you've been practicing, these mountain yoga retreats will launch you and your yoga practice right back to the honeymoon phase. We scoured the country to find yoga vacations for every level, from a mountain town with a quaint but tradition-rich yoga studio to a full-fledged ashram. Find your fit and start planning your personal retreat.
Why the mountains? Monica Mesa, owner of Yoga For the Peaceful in Crested Butte, Colorado—the first stop on our list—tells us: “I was born at the beach, so I’ve always been an ocean girl. But there’s something so grounding about yoga in the mountains. It becomes very intuitive to draw inspiration from the solidity of the mountains when we stand tall in Tadasana, and the wildflowers bending in the breeze teach us the slow, flowing pace of surya namaskars (sun salutations).”
Plus, take a cue from professional athletes. Because the body requires more efficient use of oxygen at altitude you will optimize your workout time, so you can spend the rest of your retreat dining, enjoying wildlife, and reading in the shade guilt-free.
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