Top 5 Most Amazing Locations for Yoga

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If you’re a yoga junkie and have the itch to stretch and pose your way into relaxation, there are several amazing locations around the world where you can do just that. Whether you’re looking to unwind on a beach, next to a gorgeous mountaintop or surrounded by lush rainforests, these locations are guaranteed to have just what you’re looking for.

5 Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy Retreat – Surat Thani, Thailand

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It doesn’t get much better than the Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy retreat in Thailand. Housed in the Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, this retreat offers customized one-on-one yoga sessions and complementary therapy treatments, each tailored to your individual skill level. Held daily, the yoga sessions include instruction on meditation, pranayama (breathing) and asana (physical postures). During your stay at the retreat, you’ll reside in gorgeous villas overlooking the ocean in this luscious seaside locale.

4 The Body Holiday — Castries, St. Lucia

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The Body Holiday is the perfect location for yoganistas who want an all-around vacation experience. Located in St. Lucia, the resort is surrounded by lush rainforests and gorgeous Cariblue Beach. Its yoga offerings include hatha, ashtanga, restorative and vinyasa, with classes offered throughout the day and for all skill levels. When taking a break from yoga, you can take advantage of the resort’s many fitness activities like windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and dancing. Or you can venture into the heart of the island and explore the sights and sounds of the Caribbean, including great shops, eateries and cultural events like the Jazz Festival.

3 The Island Experience — Ilha Grande, Brazil

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It doesn’t get more perfect than The Island Experience. Located in Brazil’s Ilha Grande, just off the coast of Rio de Janero, this spa and fitness lodge is surrounded by 106 beaches. Specializing in adventure yoga, The Island Experience offers a seven-day program designed to detox your body and relax your mind. Its holistic approach combines a healthy detox diet and outdoor activities like hiking through the rainforest and kayaking on the sea with yoga, meditation and massage. Since yoga is the core part of the program, classes are offered every morning and evening and cover every fitness level. Guests looking to expand their spa experience can explore Brazilian culture in nearby Rio de Janero as well as through various art and cultural activities provided by the spa, such as painting, Samba and Capoeira classes.

2 Big Sky Yoga Retreat — Bozeman, Montana

If a location with rustic appeal is more your style, Montana’s Big Sky Yoga Retreat is bound to have just what you’re looking for. Located on a secluded ranch in Big Sky Country, this women’s-only retreat is the perfect place to recharge and rediscover yourself. The retreat offers a variety of yoga programs, each with a cute moniker such as Cowgirl Yoga, Eat Pray Love Yoga and Cowgirl Yogatography. The programs combine both vinyasa flow and restorative yoga with a fun, outdoor activity. For example, Cowgirl Yoga includes horseback riding while Yogatography incorporates both horseback riding and photography. Want a little hiking with your yoga? Then Eat Pray Love Yoga is for you. Whether you’re a beginner or old pro, Big Sky Yoga has something to offer every yoga enthusiast.

1 Kalani Oceanside Retreat — Big Island, Hawaii

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Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center is the perfect location for rest, relaxation and yoga. Located on the Big Island, Kalani is the largest wellness retreat in Hawaii and a popular destination site for yoga enthusiasts the world over. Known for its all-inclusive “edu-vacations,” Kalani provides a wide array of yoga classes and meditation workshops, healthy meals, luxury amenities that include hot tubs, saunas and massage rooms, and fun activities like hiking by waterfalls and botanical gardens, scuba diving and snorkeling. Setting on 120 acres and nestled between the Pacific Ocean and a tropical jungle, visitors to Kalani are constantly surrounded by beauty and culture. A black sand beach is even within walking distance along with nearby lava fields and the Volcano National Park.

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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