Paul Stewart highlights a few of the amazing destinations perfect for yoga fans looking for some peace and quiet on their holidays.
With a rich history and deep cultural significance, yoga is more than just a fun way to spend an hour at the gym. Yoga is a group of practices that focus on the body, mind, and spirit and there are many different kinds of yoga disciplines being taught all around the world.
Yoga holidays or retreats are a great way to learn more about yoga and practice it in some of the world’s most amazing places. You’ll see the benefits of yoga much more quickly on a yoga retreat and it will give you a whole new appreciation for this ancient practice.
But the question remains where should you go in the world if you’re a yoga lover? Well let’s take a look at my top five picks for travel destinations for yoga lovers and find out, shall we?
The Indian city of Rishikesh is of great historical importance to yoga and is considered by some to be the founding place of the practice itself. Rishikesh also offers amazing views of the Himalayan mountains and is very close to the river Ganges.
So, there are some amazing local sites to see and you can explore the rich history of yoga in detail while also taking lessons inside traditional Indian temples. There is a wide assortment of ways you can practice yoga in Rishikesh from authentic and historical lessons on the banks of the Ganges to luxury spa lessons and much more.
When you consider the connection between India and yoga then it shouldn’t be surprising to see another Indian city on the list! This sprawling city is full of amazing historic sites including temples and museums and it’s a place you could easily spend weeks exploring.
For yoga lovers, there are some beautiful places to take lessons from modern gyms and spas to more traditional locations. But one place any yoga lover must visit is the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Named after the founder of Iyengar style yoga and one of the most famous and renowned yoga teachers in the world, B.K.S Iyengar. The institute is a testament to his work and teachings and a must-see for anyone who loves practicing yoga.
Massachusetts is a bit of change after the historic Indian cities we’ve looked at, isn’t it? But the western town of Stockbridge offers an amazing hidden gem for yoga lovers! You’ll find the beautiful Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in this western Massachusetts town and it offers everything a yoga lover would need.
Covering 150 acres this yoga haven offers hundreds of classes and you can even book a day pass if you’re just visiting, but for the more veteran yoga lover, you can book a full holiday there if you like. Some of the biggest names in yoga hold sessions at the Kripalu Centre so you can even time your trip to a specific session.
Sometimes referred to as the garden city Kyoto offers some amazing sites including beautiful Japanese gardens, historic temples, and even wondrous bamboo forests. Kyoto was once the capital city of Japan and there are stunning places to see that date back from Kyoto’s time as an imperial city.
For yoga lovers, there are some amazing places to visit and the most popular as to be the Reclaim Yourself retreat. Not many other places in the world can offer a relaxing yoga session, followed by a soothing hot spring bath, can they?
There’s a rich assortment of yoga classes available as well as traditional Japanese meditation, tea ceremonies and much more. If you want to experience yoga with an authentic Japanese twist, then Kyoto is the place to visit.
One of the wondrous things about yoga is how it as spread all around the world! We’ve looked at some amazing places from all around the world and for my final pick we’re going all the way to Victoria, Australia. There are some amazing yoga retreats in Victoria including spas and sanctuaries that make the ideal getaway.
The alpine mountains that surrounded Victoria offer wondrous scenery and make the perfect venue for a relaxing yoga session. Mount Buffalo and the Lake Mountain, in particular, make great places to visit.
You can also visit some amazing Australian spa towns including Daylesford which offers stunning all-natural mineral springs, lush forests and tranquil farmland. You can even visit the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens which sit on top of an inactive volcano! With so much to see and do Victoria is a great place for yoga lovers to visit.
So, that’s my picks for the top five places for yoga lovers to visit! Yoga has reached all around the world and you can enjoy practicing the many disciplines while also taking in some amazing new cultures and sites.
Paul Stewart is the owner of Uni Baggage, a specialist shipping service that makes worldwide luggage delivery convenient for holidaymakers.