Holidays and vacations are usually considered the best way to take a break from the constant buzz of life and the monotony of everyday stress. They are a much-anticipated event but can become stressful themselves. So, consider adding an element of true relaxation and health to your next trip by visiting a location that’s not only a great party destination or an awesome spring break escapade, but somewhere that can be a recharging spiritual journey. No matter whether you’re an expert yoga practitioner, or if you’re just getting started in the ancient practice, these destinations around the world will fulfill your mind and body’s need for meditation, exercise, and self-reflection.
Rishikesh is considered to be the Yoga Capital of the world and is a must-visit for yoga students, aficionados, and expert yogis to feel where it all began. This popular yoga destination is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is considered to be a holy city. The numerous yoga ashrams are scattered all over the place and welcome thousands of people every year. Some of its most famous visitors include The Beatles back in 1968. Another spiritual advantage of this town is the fact that the River Ganges goes through it and it’s home to the International Yoga Festival every year.
Goa has the perfect balance for visitors looking to delve into the spiritual and traditional practices of yoga, but who are also looking to enjoy a great holiday surrounded by luxury and paradise landscapes. Located in India’s western coast, Goa manages to harmoniously balance its sophisticated Portuguese and European heritage with the characteristic Hindu spiritual traditions. So, you can elevate your mind and body, while still relaxing and enjoying great beach destinations such as Morjim or Agonda.
Located in Mexico’s famous Yucatan peninsula, Tulum is a quiet, tropical little town home to some of the country’s most beautifully picturesque beaches and locations. This town has become very popular for some of the world’s most renown yoga instructors who appreciate the calm and gorgeous natural landscapes of Tulum. The list of yoga retreats here grows continuously; we recommend Yoga Dicha and Tribal Yoga.
Ibiza may be most famous for being one of the world’s best party destinations but the island is also incredibly popular for yoga travelers. Enjoy the comforts and amenities of a top-tourist destination while still having access to a quiet and relaxing atmosphere surrounded by sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and warm weather. It’s not by chance that Ibiza was named as one of the top 4 Yoga destinations in 2017.
Bali is synonymous with yoga paradise. The island is home to over 500 yoga retreats, 1,200 spas to get pampered and relax, an enormous abundance of yoga centers, a palpable Zen atmosphere, and an ever-present culture of healthy living manifested in numerous vegan, vegetarian and raw food options all over the island. No wonder yoga practitioners from all over the world visit by the thousands each year. Top off your visit by attending a must for all yogis, the yearly BaliSpirit Festival. You can also become a yoga instructor in one of the many certified teaching training programs.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Koh Phangan has something to offer to every different kind of yoga traveler, including those who are true yogis, those backpacking through the region, those who also want to party, and even casual tourists who happen to get sucked in by the yoga atmosphere. Filled with inspiring beautiful locations, Koh Phangan has become highly popular among yoga instructors and practitioners alike. Enjoy the temples scattered all over the place and use its incredible scenery to reflect and practice your best asanas.
Hawaii’s atmosphere is already flooded by the islands’ positive vibes, so it’s no surprise Hawaii’s fabulous natural location has become extremely popular among yogis and yoga practitioners from all over the world. The many yoga retreats that can be found here adapt to all types of yoga enthusiasts and many also include the chance to enjoy numerous activities like surfing, snorkeling, and hiking.