The Best Yoga Destinations To Visit Around The World
Love yoga, wellness and travelling, but don’t know where to start? You don't have to book into a yoga retreat to perfect your practice when travelling. With the YOGO Ultralight Yoga Travel Mat you can bend, stretch and OM absolutely anywhere. However, If you're a super chill kind of traveller, then you might be looking to backpack your way to a dreamy yoga destination. From Greece to Sri Lanka, here are some unique places to get your downward dog on and perfect your sunset Insta-pose.
Yoga in Europe
Yoga Rocks in Triopetra, Crete is a good one to try if you love the beach too. This affordable retreat includes an en-suite room with views of the Mediterranean, awesome yoga teachers and delicious vegetarian food made with local Cretan produce.
It’s also a great place to snorkel or hike in the mountains before strolling to a traditional taverna for some ouzo. A great combination that you might not have thought of is yoga and photography. (yogaholidaysgreece.com)
Charlie Morgan (@charliemorganyoga), a well-known London yoga teacher who teaches The Harlequins rugby team as well as at top London studios like Heartcore, Hot Pod Yoga and The Life Centre, takes regular yoga and photography retreats out to the Greek island of Zakynthos. Her trips are ideal for yoga junkies and avid or budding photographers.
Lots of UK teachers offer trips, so it pays to ask a yoga instructor you like what they recommend, and to find out if they organise any retreats abroad, too. Marcus Veda (@goodlordveda) is another one of our favourite UK yogis. He runs amazing retreats in places like Ibiza and even Sweden when he’s not teaching at UK festivals like Soul Circus or Wilderness, or at Yogarise in Peckham or Triyoga in Camden.
If you want to combine your trip with something a bit different, The Castle Climbing Centre in north London has been organizing yoga and climbing holidays for over ten years with Climb Catalunya. Most of them are based in the Abella de la Conca Eco-Refugi in Spain, a 200-year-old ecologically renovated refuge in a beautiful mountain village, a location which allows for easy access to a number of crags. (castle-climbing.co.uk)
Yoga in Thailand
Beyond Europe, if you're heading to Thailand and fancy combining your travels with some zen time, head to Relax Bay Resort, south of Krabi. The eco-friendly resort has its own private stretch of the glorious Phra-Ae Beach and offers Bedouin style sun loungers, massage huts and vinyasa yoga classes at an affordable rate. (relaxbay.com)
The Banpu Resort and Spa in Trat is also pretty heavenly. Think lakeside wooden cabins surrounded by mangrove forests, exotic wildlife, glorious sunsets and fisherman in long-shaft boats, all on a backpacker's budget. Treatments range from traditional massage to aromatherapy and herbal steam baths, and the Suanpu Restaurant is popular with both locals and travellers for the affordable fresh seafood. (banpuresorttrat.com)
If you’re after something a bit more more exhilarating and you like martial arts too, then make sure you check out Rick Tew's Academy in Koh Samui, where you can mix yoga up with multi-martial arts on a 4 week course. (totalwarrior.com)
Yoga in Bali, Indonesia
If you want to combine your yoga trip with surf or with stand-up paddleboard yoga, then Bali should is perfect. Some of our favourites in Bali include Intuitive Flow (a studio in the middle of the rice fields), Gili Yoga (which also provides freediving classes) and H20 Yoga, which takes place in an open-plan pavilion. (intuitiveflow.com, giliyoga.com, h2oyogaandmeditation.com)
For stand-up paddleboarding and paddleboard yoga, SUP Yoga Bali ranks high and was created by a group of water loving yogis who aim to share their passion of the ocean and yoga with others. While you’re in Indonesia, you might even want to consider Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training - many organisations offer 20 hours with the Yoga Alliance, which will leave you with an exciting new teaching qualification in something you love. (supyogabali.com)
The Yoga Barn in Ubud organises the Bali Spirit Festival, which hosts hundreds of workshops, concerts, dance performances, a market and lots more. (theyogabarn.com)
The Island in Bali is a boutique backpackers paradise with a choice of either airy 12-bed dorms or private loft apartments. Aside from use of the infinity pool and a range of beauty and therapy treatments, it’s also only five minutes walk away from the beach. You can enjoy a cold brew from the rooftop terrace bar at sunset or curl up on a beanbag for one of their alfresco cinema nights. (the-island-bali-id.book.direct)
Yoga in Sri Lanka
Yoga in India
The birthplace of yoga, however, is India and if you’re really serious about yoga, you might want to book into a traditional ashram. Immersive experiences like this are a big commitment, so obviously it pays to do your research, to get recommendations from like-minded travellers and to book at least three months in advance. If instead you’re after detox juices and fast Wi-Fi, with access to the world’s best yoga teachers, then Purple Valley in Goa is the place to go.
Yoga in New Zealand
Although not a traditional bucket list destination for yogi backpackers, there are also great retreats and yoga holidays to be found in less likely countries such as New Zealand.
The Aro Ha Wellness Adventure provides travellers with the chance to discover New Zealand’s iconic landscape on an eye opening yoga and hiking holiday. You can combine vinyasa yoga and meditation classes with a series of sub-alpine hikes there that will make you feel on top of the world. (aro-ha.com)
Also in New Zealand is the Solscape Eco Retreat, on the edge of the Tasman Sea and just a bush walk from Ngarunui Beach. This quirky retreat is affordable, ethical and educational. You can choose from tipis, recycled railway carriages called cabooses, cosy earth domes, cottages or eco cabins. In addition to yoga classes and massages, other activities include guided bush treks, surfing and kayaking. (solscape.co.nz)
When on the road we like to use the Yogo ultralight travel yoga mat for our morning sun salutations, taking some inspiration from our favourite Yogi Instagrammers and bloggers like Rachel Jones of @hippieinheels (a Goa expert), the gorgeous Rachel Brathen of @yoga_ girl, and Caitlin Turner @gypsetgoddess.There are also loads of male yogis who are killing it on Instagram these days - give Londoner Adam Husler @adamhusler, Dylan Werner at @dylanwerneryoga or wanderer Sean Phelps @seanphelpslife a follow too, because yoga isn’t just for girls.