There is no longer a single definition that can be applied to precisely define yoga. It has become tremendously diffuse in modern times, particularly as diverse forms of ‘modern’ yoga, like Hatha and Bikram, are becoming staples of modern exercise and wellness regimes.
What we do know is that yoga, in essence, is characterised by spiritual discipline, breathing control, stretching and posturing, all with the aim of relaxing and promoting good health. This, in part, is what has caused yoga to become so popular with a modern audience looking for ways to get healthier and achieve a better quality of life.
The increasing popularity of yoga has given rise to a number of luxurious retreats around the world that cater to the needs of first timers and well practiced yogis equally. Here, we wanted to share with you our favourite luxury retreats, hidden in some of the most idyllic locations around the globe. These retreats are truly perfect to promote wellness of the mind, the body and the spirit.
Unwind at Ananda Yoga, India
Seeing as the word yoga originally comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language, we wanted to stay true to its heritage by selecting the first retreat on our list from the Asian sub-continent.
Located in the mountains at the foot of the Himalayas, the Ananda Spa is a place entwined in natural beauty, with a panoramic vista so perfect it could have been conjured by the brushstrokes of Claude Monet.
As well as offering a full spectrum of yogic disciplines, ranging from Pranayama to Ajapajapa, this beautiful resort also offers a 6-hole golf course, treks, nature walks, steam/sauna facilities and birdwatching.
It is also an adult-only facility, adding to the tranquility and caters to solo-friendly travellers with many other individuals frequenting the resort on their own personal wellness programmes.
For a serene, peaceful and relaxing experience in the birthplace of yoga, we couldn’t recommend the Ananda resort any higher.
Rooms start from $550 for a 3 night stay – all prices can be found here.
Be serenaded by the waves at Paradis Plage Yoga, Morocco
Located on a private beach, the ocean views offered at this yoga retreat in North Africa can only be described as breath-taking. What’s more, each of the classes take place inside a building with panelled wooden flooring and panoramic glass windows. This creates a truly immersive yogic experience that is hard to match anywhere else in the world.
There are three classes per day at Paradis Plage, beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset. The teachers have created a structured class that embraces more modern, creative forms of yoga, but this is blended with the values of traditional yoga. As the resort claims:
The harmonization of the movement, the alignment of posture and the consciousness of breath will guide your postural practice. The awakening and arising of energy, the presence in relaxation and the concentration will open the doors of meditation and peace.
To be serenaded by the waves as your body unwinds on one of the most stunning beaches in the world is a magnificent experience. We’d love for you to have that experience as well.
Rooms start from $204 per night with additional charges for yoga sessions – all prices can be found here.
Immerse yourself in thermal waters at Adler Thermae Yoga, Italy
One of the finest yoga retreats in Europe, Adler Thermae is famous for its natural springs and thermal waters, where yoga classes are often taught alongside pilates and other wellness activities.
The hotel itself plays host to some stunning scenic views of the d’Orcia valley, with the architects of the resort, Hanspeter and Hugo Demetz, capturing the essence of the rolling Italian valleys perfectly in the private terraces where guests stay.
To get the most of the yoga classes held here, guests are advised to participate in the classes that take part in the thermal water that elevates the resort from an excellent facility to a wonderfully unique and world-class experience.
Rooms start from $300 for per night, depending on the season – all prices can be found here.
Find peace at Silver Island, Greece
Located a few kilometers of the Greek coast, Silver Island is so exclusive that only 12 people can be accommodated at a time. The 60 acre island, also an olive farm, hosts every format of group yoga that a person could think of. A quote on the website sums up the qualities of the retreat perfectly:
A retreat can invite change and renew inspiration in our lives. It gives you the gift of time, time to focus on yourself, your needs and what makes you happy, reconnecting you to your life’s purpose.
So, if you’re looking to treat yourself to a yoga retreat that is wholly calm, peaceful and untroubled away from the worries of the world, then this Greek resort will suit you perfectly.
Rooms start from $1767 per week ($250 per night) – all prices can be found here.
Where are you going to practice yoga?
These are only a few of our favourite hidden yoga gems from around the world and we’d love to know where your favourite location is to practice yoga. Please do let us know.