The lights are dim, the incense is burning and you’ve rolled out your mat. As you salute the sun, it begins. Buzz, buzz,buzz.You ignore it and focus. Moving through to downward dog, another interruption looms. Once again, you focus on your breathing and block out the outside world. These days, distractions are ever present. Your routines become out of whack and the time you take for yourself starts to diminish. The desire for a new direction, rejuvenation and sense of calm wellbeing engulfs your thoughts and you know something needs to change.Whether you’re looking for a refreshing weekend away or a spiritual journey, here are five of the top destinations for yoga holidays.
Nepal continues to captivate the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world. The untouched landscape and mighty mountain ranges creates an enlighteningjourney for all yogis. The expert yoga practitioners of Purna Yoga and Treks allow and encourage you toexperience all that Nepal has to offer through a gentle combination of trekking and yoga tours. With Purna Yoga and Treks you will follow a gentle trekking schedule, healthy yogic food, exercises to stretch muscles and ease breathing, en route massages and time to relax, reflect and enjoy the location.
You don’t have to go far to revitalise. As most Australians know, our rural landscapes are truly one of a kind; drive a few hours and you’re in another world. As far as yoga holidays go, the one that is a cut above the rest is Gaia Retreat and Spa, an award winning sanctuary nestled in the peaceful region of Byron Bay. Unlike other health retreats, you can attend at any time of the year and choose from a huge range of personalised packages.
When you think of ideal destinations for a yoga vacation, Ireland normally wouldn’t be at the top of the list. However, we can’t go past Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre. Set on 240 acres of untamed wilderness, this haven is one of those all-too-rare centres run by true yogis. The philosophy at Clare Island Yoga Centre is sustainability, with solar panels, wood burning stoves, an organic farm and a private spring for fresh water. With a clear focus on Yin and Ashtanga yoga, it’s the ideal place to get to know yourself again without any technological interruptions.
A country rich in wildlife, Costa Rica is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world. What’s even better, is that the creator of Prana Flow VinyasaYoga, Shiva Rae, holds a Winter Solstice and New Year Retreat every year in an amazing jungle and surf spot,Nosara. Shiva binds movement, myth, music, devotion and energy into her daily yoga sessions which bring the roots of yoga alive for modern day yogis. Along with a daily sunrise meditation, some adventurous jungle surfing, the Winter Solstice and New Year Retreat is one for the bucket list.
The epitome of spirituality can be found in India. My Adventure Store has an incredible Mountains and Mystics tour that will take you out of the hustle and bustle to navigate through the foothills of the world’s highest mountains. This tour is known for giving people an in-depth understanding of India’s complex and diverse history whilst enchanting you by a land balanced between the physical and spiritual worlds. Follow this link to view their superb tour.
A yoga holiday will give you a chance to recharge your batteries while discovering or deepening your practice. Tell us in the comments below what your favourite yoga destination is! Namaste.