Happy International Day of Yoga! This day was officially recognized on December 11, 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate and increase awareness to the benefits of yoga. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being.”
Here are six yoga retreats to deepen your practice in a beautiful setting!
Our classic yoga retreat is where all the elements of the yoga practice will be explained and explored in a simple yet profound way. Hatha flow, alignment, yin yoga, pranayama, meditation and yoga psychology. Jenny and Igor entered into Hatha Yoga through Ashtanga Vinyasa, loved the feeling of committing to practice and that of giving movement to the meditative process. Over the years they have slowed down and so has their practice, moving in softer styles, such as Yin or slow flow asana.
They are most interested in finding their voice. Which practice suits me today? Practicing like this, asana becomes a vehicle for not only awareness but also joy and creativity. Their first meeting with meditation was through Vipassana and it is still a relevant part of our awareness training but we are also open to any self revelatory practice that offers a direct link to the heart. More information and special offers.
Yoga + meditation + relaxation + lush and delicious vegetarian food all surrounded by amazing oceanic environment. This holiday is all about having fun with yoga and will also teach you how to benefit and enjoy the vitality and good health that the yoga lifestyle has to offer.
5 hours of yoga daily in the form of meditation, asanas and pranayama, yoga related theory and philosophy, and deep relaxation techniques. There is also time to relax at the pool, walk to the beach, swim in the ocean, and spoil yourself silly with massages.
Diana is the founder of Algarveyoga and teaches some of the Yoga Delight holidays. The others are taught by Lauren. Both teachers teach Hatha yoga. They love yoga and the yogic lifestyle, meditation, energy work and deep relaxation techniques and they love to pass on their knowledge. More information and special offers.
Yoga Rosa Retreats offers 8-10 day yoga therapy retreats with mindfulness, good nutrition and pranayama meditation. The journey to the retreat home takes you through Ibiza’s winding lanes, past aromatic vegetation and deep in to the pine forests. The retreat is quiet, hidden and emanates a sense of calm.
The gentle and nurturing Healing Yoga Therapy is strongly rooted in Indian culture, there’s no competitive element. We focus on a deeper level of self-healing to strengthen our immune system. We free the body from restrictions and fixations, and gain increased suppleness and higher vibration. Pranayama meditation is part of everyday teaching at the retreat. Deep breathing work allows us to freeing our body, open our lungs and heal our respiratory system. Through breathing we truly create a meditative state. Yoga therapy is a way of life, and Yoga Rosa is for those who wish to learn and experience more. More information and special offers.
Christmas/New Year Yoga Retreat in Thailand 23- 30 December/30 December – 6 January
This yoga retreat is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced students. Modifications will be offered for pregnant women and attending the retreat qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education hours. Every morning we will practise sitting and breath work practices. We will offer a number of levels of yoga asana classes from self-practice, guided vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes to restorative afternoon sessions.
In the first week, there will be an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops, with more philosophical focus in the second week. Contemplate closing the old year and opening the new, with both weeks focused on the breath. There will be special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve celebrations with a delicious gourmet feast, musical performances, and fundraiser for our local charities. More information and special offers.
Join us for a 7 night summer yoga holiday in Corfu! Offering a beautiful yet tranquil alternative to the bustling, cosmopolitan beach of Acharavi, Almyros is a peaceful paradise escape, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just Relax is a Greek yoga retreat, which allows guests to unwind in its tranquil environment. We welcome couples, solo travellers, and friends who’d like to combine their love of yoga with a sunshine holiday.
Located within the stunning Greek island of Corfu, our experienced and inspiring yoga teachers will challenge your mind and body, encouraging you to enhance your overall wellbeing through daily practice of yoga techniques. We offer different styles of yoga, depending on the teacher and we are for all levels. More information and special offers.
Yoga retreat in Kerala, 30th November – 10th December
This idyllic yoga retreat in Kerala is hosted by Yoga Detox Holidays, the retreat focuses on enjoying yoga (asana, meditation and yoga philosophy) whilst still relaxing having free time to relax in this tropical setting. There will be two blocks of four days of yoga with one day free to discover the local area. The venue is situated in the seaside resort of Kovalam.
Lauren Manning is the retreat leader and yoga teacher. She has been teaching for 20 years and heading retreats for 14. Her classes combine various styles that have influenced her own Yoga journey, some classes may be gently dynamic with a vinyasa flow element, others may be more yin/restorative. Her classes are suitable for all levels. In a retreat setting, classes are ‘progressive’ and on a detox retreat, specific asanas, sequences and kriyas (cleansing exercises) are practised to assist with the cleansing process. Reward your body, strengthen your spirit, and connect with yourself, surrounded with other yogis. More information and special offers.