Five Of The Best – Yoga Retreats
It can be easy to forget the fundamentals of yoga in the hustle and bustle of a busy class wedged in your local community centre. So if you’re having trouble separating your Upward Facing Dog from your Chaturanga and you think your Sun Salutations could do with a bit of finesse, why not give yourself a break and book yourself onto a luxury yoga retreat?
With so many to choose from it can be hard to know where to start, so Hotel Price Scanner has picked five of the best to help you on your way.
1. Yoga Barn, Bali
The Hindu island of Bali offers one of the widest ranges of yoga retreats in the world, catering for styles from Vinyasa Flow and Bikram to Hatha Yin and Iyengar. For an upmarket retreat, head to the Como Shambhala Estate. Located around an hour from the hustle and bustle of south Bali on a breathtaking tropical jungle estate in Ubud, Como has an superb selection of luxury accommodation with private treatment rooms, vitality pool, studios and a yoga pavilion with stunning jungle views.
2. Juicy Mountain, Turkey
Juice Guru Jason Vale’s juicing, yoga and fitness retreat is a great choice for a first timer keen to get healthy and lose weight without committing to a hard-core yoga retreat. Situated in the charming village of Gocek, southern Turkey, Juicy Mountain is a juice-only retreat, with juices made from the finest locally grown ingredients, freshly extracted and served throughout the day with high-quality supplements to facilitate your cleansing and detox treatment. Accommodation is in charming stone villas or luxury tents and activities range from one-on-one and group yoga sessions to more conventional pursuits such as swimming in the gleaming turquoise waters of the pool, hiking in the rugged greenery of the surrounding hills, group volleyball, table tennis tournaments and circuit classes.
3. The Yoga Farm, Costa Rica
This yoga centre and sustainable living project is situated amidst a lush tropical rainforest on the southernmost Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Yoga Farm invites yoga devotees from all over the world to come and reconnect with mind, body and nature in a sustainable environment within one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. Unwind, slow down and get back to basics in paradise. Who can argue with that?
4. Simon Low at the Lotus Yoga Retreat, Goa
Take the trip of a lifetime, explore the beauty of Goa and rediscover your inner self. Lotus Yoga Retreat is perched at the southern end of the peaceful Patnem beach in Goa. Enjoy yang morning practice sessions, dynamic afternoon yin yoga and informative teachings about Chinese medicine, philosophy and personal growth courtesy of Primrose Hill’s most famous yoga export.
A short hop from the Costas finds you in the undulating hills of the Alpujarras, right in the foothills of Spain’s highest mountain range. Visitors to KaliYoga benefit from abundant sunshine, stunning scenery and delicious gourmet vegetarian and raw-food meals, all wrapped up in a programme of restorative yoga and meditation. In-house accommodation is charming if not luxurious, and the ambience makes this one of the most friendly and relaxing retreats around.