The Best Yoga Retreats to Zen Out Your Life

Updated 08/09/17
Byron Younger

There’s no denying that a regular (or even occasional) yoga practice offers some serious health benefits when it comes to both our emotional and physical well-being. Yes, a 60-second Chair Pose doesn’t necessarily feel as comfy as, say, lying in front of our TV all day, but that feeling post-vinyasa? Euphoric. Which got us thinking… If we feel that amazing after a mere 60 minutes, wouldn’t a yoga retreat (aka an entire weekend—or week!) feel practically life-changing? We did some research, and apparently, in the world of yoga retreats, more is more.

Think of a yoga retreat as an upgraded vacation. Whereas you may normally feel bloated, depleted, and a little worse for wear after imbibing vacation staples like cocktails, greasy foods, or one too many sugar-laden indulgences, after a yoga retreat, you’ll probably feel lighter and a lot more energized. In addition to taking multiple yoga classes per day, with hikes, massages, and meditations served à la carte, you’ll also be able to fill your plate with super-healthy fare (think meals that are organic, vegetarian, and sustainable).

Combined with renowned yoga instructors, to-die-for locations (seriously, pick your poison), and the opportunity for some serious self-reflection, we suggest booking a trip ASAP.

From California to Arizona, keep reading to see the yoga retreats Team Byrdie can’t stop drooling over.

Montana

If the words “rustic comfort” speak to you, look no further than Feathered Pipe Ranch for the ultimate yoga retreat experience. Cozily nuzzled in the Montana Rockies and surrounded by picturesque scenery and wildlife, it’s “one of the oldest centers for conscious living and yoga retreats in the country,” according to the ranch’s website. Plus, it offers the crème de la crème in terms of a rejuvenating ambiance and experienced instructors, who will expertly lead you through guided meditation, yoga therapy, and mindfulness.

Price Range: $1500 to $2000 for seven days

Iceland

Glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls… Could you ask for a more delectable setting while practicing your Downward-Facing Dog and Warrior II poses? Set in majestic Iceland, this amazing yoga retreat from Yogascapes combines an intimate wellness experience with inspiring food, adventure, and, of course, lots and lots of yoga. A great option for yogis who love to explore, this eight-day yoga retreat travels to three different locations. You’ll start your journey in the south (to meet your quota of glaciers and icebergs) before making your way to the pulsing capital of Reykjavík.

Price Range: $3500 to $4500 for eight days

Italy

Rooted in Ashtanga vinyasa, Kaliyoga’s seven-day yoga retreats are perfect for those looking to develop a more aware and curious practice, which makes it a great option for beginners and advanced yogis alike. Reviewers have praised the diverse array of activities (nutrition lectures, guided meditations, and—deep breath—colonic cleanses) in addition to the amazing amenities such as a gorgeous pool, infrared sauna, and vegetable-rich meal options. Oh, and it all takes place in the Italian countryside.

 

Price Range: $1000 to $1600 for seven days

Scotland

If you’re looking to fall off the grid, the Scottish Highlands aren’t a bad place to land. Luxuriously set in the rolling hills of Scotland (and surrounded by lochs, rivers, and forests), the fairy tale–esque Ecoyoga Centre creates the ultimate backdrop for a yoga retreat. Here’s what you can expect: heated floors, wooden outdoor hot tubs, and some of the most experienced yoga instructors in the world.

Price Range: $650 to $800 for five days

California

A destination known for its collection of celebrity visitors, Calistoga in Napa, California, is the dreamiest setting for grounding your yoga practice and giving you the time to reset your intentions, reflect, and connect with the environment. With a breathtaking and secluded atmosphere, Mayacamas Ranch offers yoga retreats year-round so that you have plenty of opportunities to get your wellness fix.

Price Range: available upon request

Mexico

Yes, Mexico is known for its plethora of tourists and college spring breakers, but the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches also make it an amazing place to get your zen on. And as it turns out, experts totally agree. Jordan Younger, creator of The Balanced Blonde and host of the Soul on Fire podcast, told us that while on a yoga retreat in Prana Del Mar, she experienced some life-changing epiphanies: “When you can get away from the everyday noise of life and be surrounded by calming, yin, communal yogic energy, huge and awesome shifts can happen.”

Price Range: $1500 to $2200 for five to seven days

Massachusetts

Set in the Berkshires, Kripalu R&R allows you to truly customize your yoga retreat experience. From workshops to hikes to yoga classes, you can spend your days however you like. Whether you’re looking to sculpt a leaner physique with endless yoga or tidy up your diet with helpful nutrition tips from the Kripalu R&R team, this retreat is a wonderful way to indulge your inner yogi.

Price Range: $1000 to $2000 for seven days

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