Relaxation is probably the number one reason why we go on a vacation- and stress reduction is one of the most popular reasons why people turn to yoga. So what happens when you combine the calming effects of yoga with the tranquility of a beach resort? A very memorable, peaceful and healthy vacation.
Thanks to the rise of yoga, a complete yoga-inspired culture has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. So it should come as no surprise that where we choose to go for some rest and repose also has some space for sticky mats, incense and vegetarian fare.
For those who want to stay in the country or for those who want to venture abroad, when it comes to taking a yoga vacation, you have a tremendous number of options available to you.
Here are some of the hottest destinations for a yoga vacation.
The gorgeous beaches and the amazing weather in Mexico make this a hot-spot for yoga and vacation enthusiasts. Many resorts in Mexico have been transformed to yoga retreats that attract the beginner to advanced practitioner to a week filled with posture, sun and the occasional margarita. Tulum, Mexico is one such yoga-transformed region.
Similar to the beauty of Mexico, Costa Rica is also a popular pick for a yoga getaway. The Samasati Nature Retreat is a favorite among yoga practitioners, yoga couples or yoga groups. Nestled in 250 acres of virgin forest overlooking the ocean, the retreat is based on high standards of sustainable living, and is the perfect getaway for those who want to relax and rejuvenate among beautiful, natural surroundings.
No discussion of yoga would be complete without mentioning yoga’s birth land, India. Yoga retreats in India are popular among those who want the authentic experience of practicing yoga in India. From ashrams Eat, Pray, Love-style to beach-side retreats in Goa, the country is filled with places and packages that offer a chance to practice yoga on sacred yoga soil.
The East coast state is not what often comes to mind when you think yoga vacation, but Stockbridge is home to the Kripalu Center, one of the most well-recognized and well-respected yoga centers in the country. The Kripalu Center offers a number of retreats throughout the year, all of which take place amid the beautiful tranquil grounds of this esteemed yoga center. Practice yoga, learn about Ayurveda and nourish your body with delicious vegetarian meals for a memorable vacation.
The dry desert sun and the breathtaking sunsets makes Arizona another hot-spot for a yoga getaway. Sedona is one of the most popular Arizona cities for a yoga inspired vacation. You can also consider signing up for a week of yoga at a Sedona or nearby yoga studio and staying at a rental property so that you can down-dog, take a scenic hike and check out the local scene.
Wherever you decide to go on your yoga vacation, do your research well and make sure that you are visiting a reputable and well-established retreat center. And most importantly, have fun!
February 28th, 2011