“Quiet your mind. Free your body.”
I started practicing yoga a little more than a year ago. Yoga just makes you feel better. Practicing the poses, postures and breathing exercises improves muscle tone, strength, flexibility, and stamina. The meditation aspect forces us to be mindful and refocus our priorities.
If you’ve ever wanted to go on a yoga retreat, here is your chance. Below are 6 spectacular yoga retreats to practice your Zen.
Utah-Zion Yoga Retreat, Under Canvas
If you are looking for a rustic yoga retreat against the spectacular backdrop of Zion National Park, Under Canvas is for you. Guests have the choice of Safari or Deluxe tents. Commune with other Under Canvas yogis. Enjoy an adventure day hike, and relax under the starlit nights of Utah. Yoga retreats run about $999-$1499 and are usually all-inclusive. For more information, call 406-551-9093.
Calistoga, California- Solage Resort
Solage, a Forbes Five-Star Napa Valley Resort, provides a full range of spa services including fitness and yoga classes. Treat yourself to an opulent getaway. Solage has a spacious yoga studio and offers several yoga classes. Choose from Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Hour, Restorative Yoga, Core Flow Yoga, and Yoga Hour. Mindfully stretch and move through poses designed to cleanse the body. Finish with calming poses and deep relaxation breaths designed to ease the mind. Certified yoga professionals are also available for one on one training. Prices depend on the services.
As an extra treat, experience the Mudbar and Bathhouse. Switch up the traditional Calistoga mud bath for a three-part detoxifying treatment (cleanse, nurture and restore); the mineral-enriched mud, geo-thermal mineral waters and the state-of-the-art sound chair. For an unparalleled luxurious experience, check out Solage.
Kripalu offers several R & R packages. Unwind and unplug. Combine vacation, and personal time to recharge. Kripalu has a special R&R introductory package for first-time visitors. You can check out workshops, outdoor activities, yoga, and movement classes.
Practice self-care with gentle yoga or vigorous vinyasa yoga classes. Soothe sore muscles in the sauna or enjoy a relaxing massage. Kripalu has something for everyone whether you want to go alone, with a friend or a group of girlfriends. R&R packages include accommodations and delicious all-natural meals, daily yoga and Kripalu YogaDance® for around $400+. To register call 800.741.7353
Marfa, Texas- El Cosmico
For the hippy in you, experience the truly free-spirited El Cosmico. The laid-back venue hosts an eclectic smattering of lodgings from vintage trailers, yurts, tepees, and safari tents to the spacious Brite Building.
May 25-28, they hold a Marfa Yoga Retreat. Get your “Wild West” on with Black Swan Yoga. Experience heavenly food, good vibes, and inspiration. Glamp in Safari Tents. Enjoy the rented 3 outdoor hot tubs each evening and outdoor showers. There will be a dedicated indoor yoga space for morning yoga practice with Madilyn McCarthy (@yoga.barbie). Take advantage of the afternoon healing chakra crystal meditation. Recharge your creativity, improve your attitude and build community! Email them if you have any questions! Black Swan Yoga Retreat
California- 1440 Multiversity
Get away for a 3-day yoga retreat at a world-class faculty. The 75-acre campus is tucked in California redwoods near Santa Cruz. The Lodge is the center of campus. There you will find the registration desk, a café, and offices. The Lodge offers several places to relax, from plush leather chairs and cozy couches to outdoor patio seating. Enjoy a morning coffee or glass of wine in the evening.
April 6 – 8, Multiversity is offering a Reset, Renew, Release, Recharge retreat. Join yoga instructor James Higgins for a mindful, meditative yoga practice weekend. The retreat is designed to holistically engage. James uses asana instruction, guided meditation, yoga nidra, pranayama, visualization, and periods of restorative rest to revitalize you. Practice focus, engagement, release, and rest in this incredible retreat.
Yosemite – Balanced Rock
If you love hiking, photography, and yoga, Balanced Rock might be for you. Experience Observing Breath And Beauty, a 3-day photography and yoga camp-out. June 1-3, 2018, Patrick Bremser and Heather Sullivan will guide you on an exploration of Yosemite through the creative lens of photography. Each day offers yoga and meditation as ways to connect breath and landscape. The weekend mixes a sense of play through photography while enjoying the fantastic landscape of Yosemite. This is a beginner friendly experience. For more information click on Weekend Camping Retreats. $495, but tuition assistance is available.
Bonus! Willka T’ika Peru willatika.com
Willka T’ika is a luxury wellness sanctuary nestled in Peru’s Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Explore ancient Inkan ruins, ceremonial sites, and temples. Packages include organic gourmet vegetarian cuisine, Andean spa services, authentic Andean rituals, and guided adventures to Inkan sites.
Willka T’ika is home to the treasured Chakra Gardens, filled with exotic plants and native medicinal plants. The gardens are designed and cultivated to correspond to the seven chakras of the body. It is the perfect backdrop for meditation and reflection. Set within the gardens are two state-of-the-art and fully equipped, sun-splashed yoga studios. Willka T’ika is environmentally mindful and is professionally staffed by local Quechua. Willka T’ika offers several yoga retreats throughout the year for a transformative experience. Prices depend on the retreat and the extent of your stay.
Have you been on any yoga retreats? What was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.