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We’re taking the #treatyourself trend to a whole other level. Yoga retreats are an opportunity to take your practice off of the mat and into the jungle, onto the beach, or even onto a sailboat! There is so much value in stepping out of your comfort zone, traveling to a new place, and deepening your yoga knowledge.
If you’re one of those yogis who likes to vacation in luxury, though, you’re in luck. Not all yoga retreats are done dorm-room style. In fact, the following high-end getaways offering everything from catered organic, farm-to-table meals overlooking the French Riviera to 28-day health immersions should be inspiration enough to start saving or at least get lost in your daydreams.
1. LUXYOGA Retreats, South of France
Retreat Season June 21–July 27
Possibilities are endless when you arrive in the South of France for a LUXYOGA retreat. Depending on your price range, you can choose a simple room or a master suite overlooking the Riviera. Each retreat is led by two instructors, each of which have something unique to bring to the retreat. Imagine waking up to a day greeted by a warm vinyasa flow, followed by a refreshing and nourishing breakfast, an afternoon excursion or cooking class, finishing off with a relaxing dinner. Join our #YJInfluencers Benjamin Sears and Erica Mather as they co-lead the Grace and Gratitude Yoga Retreat in early July.
Up to $1,242 per night, luxyoga.com
2. 8 Days Private Sailing and Yoga Adventure on Crete Island, Greece
Any week in July
Embrace the power of the Mediterranean sea in this intimate, 4-person wellness retreat. Whether you’re a beginner yogi or spend most of your time on your yoga mat, you’ll be in for a new, perspective-shifting experience. Imagine spending your days sailing the sea, fishing, hiking, and flowing in rhythm with the water. And your nights in a picturesque seaside villa. This is an opportunity to rest, unwind, and rejuvenate.
Up to $1,147 per night, bookyogaretreats.com
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3. Big Sky Yoga Retreats Yoga and Vineyard Retreat in Tuscany, Italy
October 14–20, 2018
This six-night girl power retreat is for foodies and travelers alike. Stationed in Tuscany, Italy, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of farm-to-table heaven. What makes this retreat so special is the focus on both vinyasa yoga and culinary art. You’ll experience behind-the-scene winery tours with unique tastings surrounded by goats, sheep, and other adorable farm animals. Each day, you can look forward to a daily vinyasa flow and restorative yin yoga on the fresh, green grass in the pastures. And when you’re not adventuring or glued to your yoga mat, you’ll be able to go horseback riding, olive picking, and get a “taste” of an Italian cooking class.
Up to $866 per night, bigskyyogaretreats.com
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4. Yin & Yang Yoga Immersion in Kamalaya, Thailand
Over the last decade, there has been a rise in the popularity of yin yoga to balance our more yang vinyasa practices. This combination celebrates the balance of hatha with both sun and moon, masculine and feminine, action and stillness, and physical and mental. Expect this retreat led by Simon Low to build energy, strength, and flexibility while simultaneously highlighting the importance of listening to your body. Each morning offers meditation, and each day offers new opportunities to relax, explore and learn. Sign us up!
For this one-of-a-kind retreat, a yogi can expect to pay a pretty penny for a double occupancy room. This does include four nights of accommodation, full board of Kamalaya’s inspired cuisine, roundtrip airport transfers, 3 massages, and both yin and yang yoga classes, daily.
Up to $923 per night, kamalaya.com
5. The Farm at San Benito Wellness Program in the Philippines
Looking for a retreat that restores mind, body, and soul? The Farm at San Benito has a perfectly tailored package for you. There’s plenty of relaxing to be done: golf, massages, exploring, and so on. But make no mistake that this retreat is for the dedicated yogi. Daily yoga, meditations, and wellness assessments are just a few things to expect at The Farm. Also available is colon hydrotherapy, body salt baths, nutritional microscopies, even psychoemotional clearing. This experience is for those who are serious about coming back from their retreat a fully changed individual.
The most comprehensive package does include a detox cleanse and weight management help, as well as daily yoga. There are a multitude of add-ons, as well, so you can tailor the retreat to your needs, wants, and desires.
Up to $1,720 per night, thefarmatsanbenito.com
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6. Hypnotherapy & Spa Retreat in London
The only way to find out what it feels like to be treated like a true queen or king is making a trip to London for this weekend retreat. Indulge in a weekend of personal transformation, making over your life by changing your mindset, reprogramming your subconscious mind, and boosting confidence and clarity. Relax in the luxurious Langham Hotel with posh decor and spectacular views of the city while you work with a certified hypnotherapist, receive spa treatments, and practice yoga daily.
Up to $2,097 per night, paris-st-cloud.com
7. Ananda Yogic Detox in the Himalayas
A full-fledged yogic detox includes of asana, pranayama, meditation, an Ayurvedic diet, along with shatkriya, or practices to purify the body, to lead to profound feelings of vitalization and harmony.
The yogic detox retreat program at Ananda uses the various shatkriya to detox in a natural and effective way. This retreat is one of the only yogic cleanses of its kind in India and around the world. It’s no wonder yogis come from all around the world to take in all that this facility has to offer!
With packages of 7, 14, and 21, an indulgent and dedicated yogi can spend up to $52,290 for a total three-week package. This does include personal ongoing checks with on-staff doctors and spa consultants, as well as an Ayurvedic and individual wellness consultation.
Up to $3,840 per night, anandaspa.com
8. Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Thailand
This retreat is priced for the yogi who spares no expense on their health and well-being. Stay for an entire month to come home feeling like an entirely new person. Smaller packages are available, with daily yoga and the option of group classes or one-on-one instruction. This retreat focuses on self-discovery, mindfulness, and peace of mind.
Whether you intend to stay for three days or a month, you can create a program that works for you at Chiva-Som. For the most extravagant plan, you’ll be enjoying a 28-day stay in the Leelawedee single room for a handsome $108,830. Take one-on-one tutorials and refine your skills or more than 20 yoga classes. You can also look forward to jala neti, shirodhara and multiple intensely relaxing and hydrating abhyanga massages.
Up to $3,886 per night, chivasom.com
9. Wellness @ Capofaro in Sicily, Italy
September 30–October 7, 2018
Join yoga teacher Elise Joan on the island of Salina, in Italy, a place “created from the love… for wine and sea.” Spend the week practicing fitness-inspired flows, touring through the breathtaking parts of the island, and consuming fresh-ingredient cuisine from the local chef. Free time not spent by the sea, you can visit the massage area or sip wine through the emerald vineyards.
Up to $1281 per night, capofaro.it