Yoga is one of my favorite activities and I think an excellent way to stay fit while traveling. The world is your oyster and any beach towel, sarong or hostel floor can become your mat. Yoga can be challenging, calming and everything you need it to be in between. In this day and age studios have popped up everywhere from urban metropolises to remote little islands. While I love the ease of practicing wherever I am in the world, there is nothing quite like going somewhere specifically to immerse myself in my practice and a new location. With that in mind, I have put together 5 unique yoga retreats that will take you all over the world and home – to yourself.

This Modern Nomad – Tinghir, Morocco

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This Modern Nomad, Stacey Hoshimiya, fell in love with Morocco when she first lived there during a stint with the Peace Corps. The magic of the country immediately enticed her and now she not only loves to return but thinks it the perfect place for a spiritual yoga retreat. Tinghir offers desert and mountain views or as Stacey calls it, a place to take a journey into your heart, in peace, and without judgment, in the heartland of Berber culture. Though not only the stunning surroundings should inspire you but also her daily yoga and meditation classes.

All classes are held by her or Inge Veldscholten, two teachers that are very different yet complimentary in their styles, ensuring diversity in pace, theme, and expression. Special sessions on Ayurveda, history of yoga and anatomy of meditation are held too.

This retreat is for everyone, according to Stacey, floating gurus, and fledging explorers alike. In addition to all classes, you will also take an overnight camel trek into the desert, have delicious vegetarian meals included and get squeaky clean from the outside too in a proper Moroccan hammam (hot steam bath).

 

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This Modern Nomad retreat is happening 1-10 of October and Stacey kindly extended her early bird special until July 15th. Check out her website here for details. 

Yoga Sailing Holidays – Croatia

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We at Travelettes are big fans not only of yoga but also of all things ocean and charming islands. Combine all of them and we have found our version of heaven. If you feel the same I would like to introduce you to Yoga Sailing Holidays, the ultimate way to find your bliss on the mat and on the water.

If regular yoga is not your cup of tea how about doing classes on a beautiful sailing boat while you cruise the turquoise waters of Croatia? Achieving a balanced body and mind is the motto and with that fun in the sun is nicely matched by daily yoga and meditation classes. And while you hop from island to island and posture to posture no prior sailing or yoga experience is required. Headteacher Donna Freakie believes that inner peace and well-being should be available to everybody. She has not only been an avid practitioner and teacher for the past 10 years but is also a philanthropist and adventurer – cue the idea to do yoga on a sailboat.

Take your mat, your boat shoes, yoga pants, and swimsuit and set sail for the ultimate yoga retreat in the blue. Sorry, landlubbers should rather stay on shore!

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For upcoming cruises with benefits check Yoga Sailing Holidays website here

Sole Yoga Holidays – Tel Aviv, Israel

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Shari from Sole Yoga Holidays actually led my very first yoga retreat and I immediately loved her concept of connecting a deep vinyasa practice with the discovery of a new place. While locations like Morocco and Italy are regularly available, she is now offering a unique luxury retreat in Israel.

Split between Tel Aviv and the wine country of Jerusalem Hills you will have a twice daily flow class led by Shari. Forget about your regular indoor yoga routine – here you will set up mat on the beach, a panoramic rooftop or a leafy park!

When you are not on your mat, you can enjoy the vibrant city of Tel Aviv as well as a private tour of Jerusalem. The second half of the retreat moves you to a 5-star spa hotel in the beautiful countryside. Here it is la dolce vita in Israel: amazing food and wine meet massages and more yoga. In addition, you will head to Madasa, a stunning UNESCO world heritage site as well as take a dip in the Dead Sea, complementing your inner bliss with some outside beautifying.

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Sole Yoga Holidays’ Israel retreat runs from 2 -8 September and offers 12 spaces. For more details and to find out about other upcoming retreats check their website here

Yogaspirit – Ubud, Bali

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Are you already in Bali and looking for a place to disconnect from the world for a couple of days? Then join Kate Ball from Yogaspirit on her retreat next week. Kate is the amazing, spirited owner of my favorite Cape Town yoga studio, Yogaspirit. It was her vinyasa classes that first convinced me to give any other yoga style than Bikram a chance and I can’t wait to take her class as soon as I get back to town. If Cape Town isn’t next on your agenda now is the time to meet her as she takes the spirit of Yogaspirit overseas.

In her Ubud retreat, she offers a unique mix of energizing vinyasa in the morning and calming yin classes in the evening. Kate’s yoga approach is both playful and challenging, providing something for all levels. Classes bookend days filled with sunshine, ocean, exploring and timed after the tides to give the most time for those of you who want to spend the rest of the day in the water or on a surfboard. To make this retreat the perfect way to start or end your Bali adventure, you will enjoy the Balinese hospitality of an original homestay.

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The retreat runs 6-12 of July in Ubud, check out details here and email kate@yogaspirit.co.za for more information – there are still spaces available!

Buddha Retreats – Portugal

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A regular yoga practice compliments all kinds of sports but some go together especially well like yoga and surfing. So it comes as no surprise that Buddha Retreats has specialized in combined yoga & surf retreats in Portugal. Now in their 3rd season the experienced instructor team Carlijn, Frits, and Stephan run retreats from March until November featuring practice on and off shore.

In the picturesque village of Columbeira, 70kms away from Lisbon, they offer a place where guests can relax and recharge and slow down from an often fast-paced daily life. Buddha Retreats are one of the few places offering a pure Iyengar yoga practice, a dynamic and physically intensive form of yoga that focusses on correct alignment of the asanas. With a team that is equally passionate about surfing as they are about yoga, you will get the best of two worlds, on land and in the water. And in case you worry about sustenance for more than your soul – fear not because yummy and healthy food plays a big part of your overall well-being at Buddha.

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Check their Facebook page and website  for retreats in Portugal & also in Morocco for the first time coming November. 

Are you ready to join us in our love for yoga retreats? Have you done a yoga retreat that you can recommend to fellow Travelettes? Let us know in the comments below. 

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