The Top 5 Yoga Retreats

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a yoga newbie or longtime enthusiast: Everyone needs a little rest, relaxation and serenity pose every now and then. What is considered the best yoga retreat can vary from person to person, but there are a few locations that always seem to land at the top of everyone’s list, no matter whom you ask. From Montana to India and everywhere in between, the top yoga retreats are often located in the most beautiful places on Earth.

5 Anahata Yoga Retreat (Golden Bay, New Zealand)

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Rounding out our list at No. 5 is the Anahata Yoga Retreat in South Island, New Zealand. Located on a mountain with views overlooking Golden Bay, this Ashram-inspired retreat believes in providing a supportive and inspiring yoga experience. It focuses on the Satyananda method of yoga, which incorporates Hatha yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga, among others. Meals are prepared with local ingredients, from either local farms or the retreat’s garden. Anahata is eco-friendly, open year-round and offers nightly to monthly stays.

4 Maya Tulum Resort (Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

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Coming in at No. 4 is the Maya Tulum Resort located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, just 90 minutes south of Cancun. Maya Tulum is a popular destination for yoga retreats, hosting more than 50 each year. Whether you arrive as part of a group or explore the resort on your own, there are numerous yoga options available to you, like Hatha, Yoga Flow, Power Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Anusara. Maya Tulum also offers numerous spa programs, one of which is the Mind, Body and Spirit program available for either five or seven nights. It includes multiple spa offerings, yoga sessions, day trips, various massages and vegetarian meals.

3 Yoga Breaks (Alicante, Spain)

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The third member of our best yoga retreats list is Yoga Breaks in Alicante, Spain. Located in a small country hotel near the ocean, Yoga Breaks offers yoga twice a day and is suitable for all fitness levels; however, those looking for more can sign up for private yoga sessions. When not striking a yoga pose, there are other activities visitors can indulge in, including a private bike tour, meditation, coastal hiking, Spanish cooking lessons, kayaking, massages and facials, and mountain biking.

2 Shreyas Yoga Retreat (Bangalore, India)

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Coming in at No. 2 is Shreyas Yoga Retreat in Bangalore, India. If you’re in the mood for a more upscale yoga experience, Shreyas is where you want to be. Spread across 25 acres of lush green gardens, the retreat is fashioned with an Ashram style and uses modern conservation methods such as solar heating, organic farming and waste disposal, rain forest harvesting, and ayurvedic and medicinal herb fields. However, the hippie feel doesn’t stop there. Shreyas offers a completely vegetarian menu, with many ingredients pulled from the retreat’s own gardens. The resort has Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, Ayurvedic treatments like Abhyanga and Shirodhara, chanting classes, meditation and massage. And when you want non-yoga related relaxation, Shreyas also has a hot tub, steam room, infinity pool and walking trails.

1 Big Sky Yoga Retreats (Bozeman, Montana)

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Consistently named as one of the best yoga retreats in the world is Big Sky Yoga Retreats in Bozeman, Montana, an hour north of Yellowstone in Big Sky Country. This women-only yoga retreat is all-inclusive and caters to every fitness level, from the yoga novice to advanced pro. Big Sky Yoga offers a variety of programs, complete with names only a girl could appreciate, like Cowgirl Yoga, Eat Pray Love Yoga and Hike, Cowgirl Yogatography, Winter Wonderland, Cowgirl vs. Cancer, and Luxe Cowgirl. With the mountainous outdoors serving as the retreat’s backdrop, each program focuses on different styles of yoga while incorporating a particular activity, like horseback riding, photography or hiking.

Stephanie is editor and publisher of the progressive blog The Sauda Voice and author of the forthcoming novel "Losing Faith." When not writing or exposing her silly side for all to see, she routinely works as a policy analyst and legal consultant. You can follow Stephanie @SaudaVoice and @StephanieWatts.

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  1. The top 5 yoga retreats are taken from Gayot but how does a retreat get onto a top 5 or 10 list from gayot, they pay ! Yes that is right, we approached gayot and other so called top ten retreat sites, and Yes you just pay to get on the list. Is this right !

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