10 yoga retreats to celebrate International Yoga Day

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This Sunday the 21st of June is International Yoga Day! This day was officially recognised 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 fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.”

To mark the occasion and to celebrate International Yoga Day, here are 10 of recommended yoga retreats you can book to start or deepen your practice in a beautiful setting!

Luxury Yoga Weekend in Bedfordshire

Escape to the peace and tranquillity of this very special historic 17th Century Manor for a wonderfully rejuvenating and replenishing pre-Christmas yoga weekend with Jeff Phenix. This beautiful, luxurious venue offers a peaceful, rural setting perfect to deepen your understanding of yoga and meditation, nurture your body with fresh and delicious vegetarian food, enjoy gorgeous country walks and indulge yourself with a massage.

By taking time out of your everyday life you can leave feeling recharged, reconnected and able to interact with the world in a more balanced and loving way.

Over the course of the weekend there will be four meditation sessions and four yoga sessions. The morning yoga practices will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama.

The afternoon sessions will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation. This will be a deeply nourishing and blissful practise.

Your teacher Jeff Phenix has lots of experience teaching students of all levels. His depth of understanding, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely explore their edge and his love of pranayama and meditation will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.

Between yoga sessions and mealtimes, you are free to do as you wish. There is time to relax with a book in one of the comfortable lounges, chat with new friends, enjoy the lovely grounds, take a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside or if you prefer just find time be to be on your own and relax.

There will also be a therapist offering massages and other treatments so you can treat yourself if you wish. Tofte Manor also has its own labyrinth, the grounds are anchored with beautiful crystals which create a unique energy and space perfect for peaceful reflection and quiet time.


Summer in Sicily Yoga, Pilates and Meditation Retreat

sicily yoga retreat

The focus of our retreat naturally sprouts the idea of renewal and blossomings, now that Summer is calling us out to show the world and ourselves our new colours and shapes.

Through several yoga styles, meditation, pilates, cleansing foods and deep connecting to Nature we will look at our new leaves and petals aiming at a more healthy and authentic blooming.

Take a walk through plantations of almonds, olives and watermelon fields or relax in the breathtaking freshwater infinity pool that offers beautiful views of Italy’s stunning scenery.

Relax and unwind with a massage from one of our talented therapists, and of course, visit the magnificent beaches and historical Sicilian towns that are all around us. Each day we will enjoy tea and fruits, an energising brunch and a nourishing dinner.

Personal Yoga Retreat at a boutique hotel in Portugal

Spend a week in tranquil surroundings to recharge and reconnect with your true self. Immerse into daily, instructor lead yoga sessions (all abilities welcome) before breakfast or towards sunset in the hotel’s mature Mediterranean cliff top gardens above Porto de Mós beach. The week’s focus being on meditation, breathing, purification, relaxation and study.

Experience the pleasures of the organic spa and enjoy complete relaxation with a Royal Ayurveda massage (90 min). In the evening enjoy tempting food choices that include vegan and raw options with sunset views. Re-balance mind, body and spirit, at the edge of Atlantic Ocean and return home feeling reconnected and totally relaxed.


Yoga Retreat Portugal – Vale de Moses

Vale de Moses is a family run yoga retreat in the heart of the Portuguese mountains. Spend a week or more practicing yoga, receiving massage and acupuncture treatments, walking in forests, swimming in natural river pools and eating delicious nutritious food. Stay in one of the beautifully restored stone cottages, Soulpads or in a Tipi.  Our retreat home is perfect for those in need of a break, rest and relaxation. We are surrounded by nature and forests, peace and tranquility – the perfect ingredients to restore your body and mind. The combination of good food and sleep, clean mountain air and water, therapeutic massage and acupuncture, hill walking and river swimming, all create a highly restorative context in which to begin, or to deepen, your yoga practice

A variety of styles of yoga are taught at Vale de Moses through the year by some delightful and inspiring teachers who will take care of you on your mat. You will be safely and physically challenged. Please do not worry about being “good” enough. Or flexible or thin enough. Or whatever enough. We prefer to think you are perfect just as you are. Whatever your capability or experience may be, you are truly welcome. It might be your first yoga retreat, perhaps your first yoga class, or maybe you’ve been practicing regularly for decades.


Soul Medicine Kundalini Yoga Retreat

We heal the soul though connecting to nature, we heal the soul by being, by allowing, by feeling …. we heal the soul by listening to that still voice of the soul within and developing that dialogue.

The experience here is to really re-connect, to plug back in, to allow in the space to nourish, the time to replenish, the energy to open, the vibration to heal and the frequency to elevate

We go deep into exploring our connection to our purpose, our intuition, our feeling and we have an opportunity to listen to our soul and our souls calling and tune into what we really have come here to express, to make manifest, to experience, to vibrate.


Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga Retreat in Santorini


Immerse yourself deeply into a week of vinyasa yoga (with an emphasis on fun and flowing Jivamukti) and restorative yoga blended with evening practices of yoga nidra, gentle flow, mantras, and meditation.

Through the practice of yoga and meditation, you will connect with your body, mind, and soul. You will work with amazing instructors through a challenging and fun program that will leave you feeling truly rejuvenated and cleansed. Drawing from the magical energy of Santorini, you will feel connected with yourself and inspired.

It will be the experience of a lifetime, with a chance to immerse yourself in the life-changing practice to connect with your teachers in this relaxed and tranquil retreat setting.

Not only will you be taught by experts, you will also find yourself rebalanced by the beautiful nature of Santorini, with inspiring walks and views all around. Take in the stillness, soak up the Greek sunshine, and enjoy the energy of this special island, allowing yourself the time and space to invite relaxation and wellbeing in.

Between sessions there is time to discover the island and its natural magnificence, or simply to relax, sunbathe and swim in the comfort of the retreat setting.


Yoga and Excursions Retreat in Spain

Begin your day with yoga practice, continue on with a delicious brunch after it and then you are off to a great start with the right energy for the rest of the day! Some afternoons we will go hiking along the beach or inland through protected pine forests.

Other afternoons we practice a recuperative yoga practice (Yin Yoga, or Yoga with focus on healing sounds, organs, glands and chakras).

During these sessions we also refine our breath and discuss interesting issues on yoga-philosophy. Every day there will be enough time to experience local scenery and its beauty with all senses and fill up your body with new energy. The mild, mediterranean climate energises all year round. Get to know a different Spain, away from mass tourism!

Altafulla has a mild, mediterranean climate all year round with a lot of sunshine. The summer heat rarely reaches above 30 °C and there is always a pleasant sea breeze blowing.

You will deepen your yoga practice no matter what you have learned and practiced so far. You will get to really understand the basic concept of yoga and learn to be your own teacher.


7 Day Sahara Desert Retreat in Morocco

This 7 day Sahara Desert retreat is a journey to the heart and an immersion for the self, that will get you unplugged from modern society and challenge the status quo that influences your life. You will open your inner eye — the seat of your intuition, and learn to navigate your life with a soft, confident double-grip on the cosmic wheel.

During your stay in the desert, Leo Cosendai will take you through the sonic and yogic practices that have changed his life and opened up his horizons.

You will experience the transformative power of sound, kundalini yoga, breathwork and chanting at the best time of the year: you will uncover a desert that has inspired many to open their heart, tune into their intuition, and make the changes their life has been asking for.

On the day of arrival you will be flying into Marrakech in the morning to be greeted and met by Leo’s team who will take care of you and take you aboard their 4×4 peace convoy to our first stop, the ethereal yet earthy Casbah Aït Benhaddou, an igrehm along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, and a UNESCO heritage site since 1987.

You will get to explore the Casbah and its surroundings staying in a cute hotel with a prime view on the edifice for our first night together. The next day will see us make our way to our desert home where we will stay until it’s time to say goodbye to the shooting stars and camels. All levels are welcome.


Food, Yoga and Wine Retreat in Verona

Join us for our 7 day Food, Yoga and Wine Retreat in Verona. The timeless beauty of Villa dei Cipressi, nestled on the highest hilltop of the Sona Village, is both enchanting and inviting. Her classically elegant architecture and design are said to date back to the end of the 9th century.

Spacious rooms are tastefully decorated with antique furniture including many beautiful art deco pieces, original art works, exquisite lighting, ancient tiles, linen drapes and luxurious bedding.

We will begin each day with a beautiful morning yoga practice (90 minutes) in the panoramic sun room facing the park. The grand estate, recognised as a Heritage Site, spreads out over 28 hectares including vineyards, olive groves and gardens with Villa dei Cipressi centred as the crown jewel.

Just outside the villa are ancient coniferous and cypress trees, a rose garden, lily pond with fountain, bamboo grove with an outdoor pizza oven, expansive lawn, swimming pool, and several cozy seating areas to relax, contemplate and enjoy the breathless views of the Verona Valley with a delicious glass of wine cultivated right on the property.


Adventure Yoga Retreats in Spain

Our handcrafted Adventure Yoga Retreats combines daily vinyasa flow and restorative yoga classes with super exciting activities in beautiful setting of Andalusian Natural Parks.

From canyoning in the stunning Green Gorge, kayaking in a local lake, cycling the Green Road, hiking in Grazalema National Park, Via Ferrata in Ronda and visit to historic Ronda town, relaxing and detoxifying in Suryalila’s own salt water swimming pool and sauna, to learning how to dance flamenco and enjoying delicious organic meals every day, you will love it all.

The goal of this retreat is to help you deepen your yoga practice in a beautiful retreat environment while exploring the Spanish countryside through outdoor activities here in the breathtaking nature of Andalusia. Classes will be focused on alignment, moving with integrity, powerful breathing and meditation practices. The morning sessions will be vigorous and uplifting and the afternoon classes rejuvenating and relaxing, with a strong focus on breathing. The yoga holiday is ideal for active people and nature lovers.

There could not be a better way to experience all that Andalusia’s magnificent nature and culture have to offer! Suryalila exudes a sense of vastness the minute you arrive: rolling hills, sunflower fields and lakes – the perfect backdrop to deepen your yoga practice.

With its beautifully decorated rooms, gorgeous rolling hills & olive groves, salt water pool and nourishing meals, Suryalila ensures you will be completely satisfied. This trip is open to all levels of yoga experience, all ages, families, couples, friends and solo travellers.


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