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19 Feb

Spirit Yourself Away To a Yoga Retreat

Yoga beach holidayLook After Your Body And Mind With A Spiritual Getaway

If you’re looking to improve your health and well-being, a yoga retreat offers the perfect opportunity to switch off, relax and recharge your batteries.

Holidays are often seen as an opportunity for indulgence and excess – a time where we drink too much, eat too much and get too much sun. However, a quiet revolution has been taking place, and more and more people are choosing holidays that have a focus on improving health and wellbeing.

If you’re looking for a healthy and relaxing holiday, a yoga retreat could be the perfect choice. Yoga is great for improving both strength and flexibility, and it also has a focus on mindfulness and wellbeing, helping you to switch off from the stresses of modern life and recharge your batteries.

Yoga holidays can also be a really good option if you’re traveling alone. Classes usually take place in groups, so it’s pretty easy to meet people and make new friends.

Planning Your Yoga Holiday

When deciding on a yoga holiday, there are a number of things you need to take into consideration. The most important of these is the type of yoga you would like to practice. There are six main forms of yoga and these vary in intensity and difficulty. Hatha yoga, for example, has a focus on restoration and relaxation and is ideal for beginners, whereas Ashtanga yoga is physically demanding and more suited to experienced practitioners.

Most yoga retreats cater to a wide range of ages, but more and more initiatives are popping up with services specifically targeted at people of or near to retirement age. Marigold Yoga Holidays is one such enterprise. With retreats in both India and Nepal, Marigold Yoga offers yoga courses that are especially suitable for older people.  The British yoga trainer, Meg Lee, offers a programme of easy poses and basic relaxation and breathing techniques, that even a complete beginner will be able to master.

You also need to think about what proportion of the holiday you want to dedicate to yoga. Is this the main focus of your trip, or would you also like to combine it with other activities or sightseeing opportunities?

Where To Go?

When it comes to deciding on a location for your spiritual retreat, the world is your oyster. Yoga retreats have popped up all over the world, including Thailand, Spain, Morocco and the French Alps.

Bali is a particularly favourite destination for yoga enthusiasts – and with attractively low prices, a serene, welcoming atmosphere, and beautiful scenery, it’s not difficult to understand why. The country is host to a large number of yoga retreats, many offering the chance to practice your moves while overlooking picturesque bays or emerald green rice fields.

Ubud in Bali is also home to the annual ‘Bali Spirit’ festival which hosts a programme of yoga workshops – the perfect event for stressed-out city dwellers.

For those who prefer to practice their yoga a bit closer to home, UK-based retreats such as Littleton Mill in Wiltshire and Lovely Yoga in Cornwall could be the answer.

Yoga Cruise

If you’re looking for something a little different and would like to combine your yoga holiday with a bit of sightseeing, why not try a ‘yoga cruise’? There a number of companies operating throughout the Mediterranean, but Yoga Cruise in Turkey claims to be the original one, and is currently ranked amongst the top ten in the world.

The great thing about yoga is that it’s suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. So whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned professional, you can benefit from a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga holiday. Just remember to take out a travel insurance policy which will help you to maintain that tranquil state of mind should anything go wrong.