October 21

Bakasana - the Crow Pose with different variations

Arm Balances in Yoga are important to build upper [...]

Balances in yoga are important and bakasana or kakasana is the most basic of all the arm balances.

If you already god the basic balance, there are a great number of variations of the crow pose that you can practice depending on your flexibility, strength, and coordination.

It's important that you don't overstrain yourself doing these balances and that's why you must follow a right preparation and warm-up before trying to practice them!


July 13

surya namaskar for beginners

Surya Namaskar can help you learn how to internali [...]

The solar plexus is the central point of the human body. It is behind the navel and connects with the Sun. This is the primary reason why many yoga masters suggest the practice of Surya Namaskar in the morning. The consistent performance of this method can boost the solar plexus. As a result, vitality, confidence, ingenuity, instinctive and mental abilities increase.

This technique of yoga can be a very good workout for the cardiovascular during a fast pace. On the other hand, it can be very relaxing and reflective when yoga postures are executed at a slower pace. Nonetheless, it is enjoyable to perform a salute to the sun either way. Your body will surely stretch and become flexible with regular practice.

February 15

Yoga Retreats - Find A Yoga YOGASCAPES Yoga Retreat

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February 15

YOGASCAPES THE BEST YOGA RETREATS & ADVENTURES

Creating inspiring wellness adventures and yoga re [...]
  • Handcrafted Adventures

    Every single one of our retreats is handcrafted by our small team of wellness travel experts.

  • Healing Retreats

    we seek out & indulge in the most healing & transformative places on earth.

  • Beaches

    sand between the toes. coconut in hand. sunrise meditations. sunset swims. moonlit walks. swinging in hammocks. pure rejuvenation.

  • Destinations & Culture

    Eat your way through Italy, visit museums in Reykjavik, climb mayan ruins, learn to cook, dance the tango,

  • Water Element

    Hot Springs. Glaciers. Rivers. Oceans. Cliff jumping. Paddle boarding. In water we find ourselves, so we yearn to find ourselves in water.

  • Meet Our Teachers

    handpicked world-class teachers. whether it's your first time on a yoga retreat or your twentieth, you will have a transformative, safe and unforgettable yoga experience.

Our yoga & travel experts advise us on the experiences we develop, ensuring the highest level of quality & authenticity. If you need help with anything visit our FAQ page and feel free to contact us!

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February 15

Kaliyoga - Europe's Best Yoga & Natural Health Retreat

Kaliyoga - Top 10 Yoga Cleansing Retreat in Spain [...]

"An amazing week, just what I needed to unwind & relax - amazing treatments, walks and yoga" Catherine, 2016

All weekly retreats include inspiring yoga and meditation - our gifted yoga teachers work skilfully with mixed ability, beginners and seasoned practitioners. Accommodation is en-suite (single or shared) and cuisine is cutting edge vegetarian. In your free time enjoy a natural health treatment from our world-class therapy team, or opt-in for an excursion e.g. horse riding.

"My time at Kaliyoga made me feel strong, whole and centered" Kym, 2016

All weekly retreats include two yoga and meditation classes per day for mixed ability, beginners and seasoned practitioners. Three healthy & delicious vegetarian meals per day. Comfortable en-suite accommodation (single or room-sharing). Opt-in for a mid-week trip to the beach or a cultural outing e.g. Cisternino.

NEWS: Our hearts go out to those affected by the earthquake in northern Italy.

February 15

See all our Yoga Retreats, Yoga Holidays & Yoga Weekends

Choose from our tasty range of yoga retreats, week [...]

Yoga Retreats and Holidays

Immerse yourself in yoga. Calm and revitalise your body and mind with our wonderful yoga holidays and yoga retreats. Be relaxed by massage, rejuvenated by delicious vitality foods and emerge revitalised.

Activities and yoga
For a more energetic and exhilarating yoga holiday try our activity and yoga breaks. Throughout the UK and the world we combine yoga with active pursuits from hiking and climbing…
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Detox and Yoga
Cleanse and energise with our detox yoga retreats. Stay in fabulous comfort, eat cleansing raw and warming foods and yummy super juices. Twist and squeeze all the toxins away with…
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Diving and Yoga
For those who love to dive and love yoga, or for those who only enjoy one of these activities, experience how yoga and diving perfectly compliment each other. Escape to…
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Hiking and Yoga
We can't think of two things we love more - awe-inspiring views from the top of a mountain range and the sense of achievement felt getting up there, then winding…
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New Year and Yoga
Feel the need to get away for the New Year? Want to completely unwind, immerse yourself in your yoga practice and soak up some tranquility? Join us at one of…
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Snowsports and Yoga
We began our AdventureYogi journey with our fun and exhilarating skiing and snowboarding yoga holidays in 2007. If you are a ski bum, a powder hound, a mountain goat or…
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Sunshine and yoga
Dreaming of sitting on a beach in the warm sunshine after a morning yoga class, refreshing green smoothie in hand and a book ready to go? We have lots of…
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Surfing and Yoga
If you are a surf chick, a water baby, or beach baby this is the yoga holiday for you. Whether you are a surf pro, a yoga pro or a…
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Wellbeing and Yoga
Refresh your body and mind with our wonderful yoga, meditation and wellbeing weekend yoga retreats in stunning settings ranging from stately homes to old mills throughout the UK.
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February 15

EcoYoga Retreats Scotland UK - Yoga, Wild River Bathing and Eco Living

Welcome to EcoYoga

'Hello and welcome to ecoYoga Scotland. Now in our sixth year, our tranquil river-side retreat in the Scottish highlands, is dedicated to teaching Yoga and to sustainable eco living.'

 

At ecoYoga we run courses and retreats throughout the year and we invite you to find out more about these on the retreats page. When retreats are not running stay with us on a self-catering basis and study in depth Yoga in our wonderful Yoga studio, have a hot tub, sauna or enjoy our hot wild river baths. See our holiday page for more details.

 

Come and visit. Relax, rejuvenate and learn in luxurious 'eco' style.

We are now closed until the beginning of April when the retreats start up again.

 

It can be cold up here in the winter months and we can have frozen pipes and no water. Join us in the Spring when everything starts to warm up again.

 

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We really did have a great time there; there’s something very special about the place itself but in particular it was the people who work there that really gave it such a lovely good-humoured, chilled-out and warm atmosphere.

 

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February 15

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I’m an Avid Ultra-Marathon Runner: How Yoga Helps Me Train

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Yoga has been growing in popularity among people of all interests and athletes of a diverse list of disciplines. The unique combination of strength, stability and flexibility enhancement is appealing to most that want to keep their bodies in optimum shape.

A Message to Veterans from Dan Nevins on YfM.tv

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You may have seen him on The View last week on Veterans Day or in a new commercial for Wounded Warrior Project. Dan Nevins has become a beacon in the Veteran and yoga communities, having lost both legs below the knee, as well as suffering a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in an IED explosion in… Read more »

Think You Need to be Flexible to Enjoy Yoga? Think Again.

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Yoga can be intimidating to a beginner, especially if you aren’t very flexible. But yoga isn’t just for the flexible, the skinny, or the active. Yoga is for everyone. Learn how to enjoy yoga and become more flexible.

The Balanced Body – An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics with Ross Rayburn

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Join Ross Rayburn for a series of videos that use the precision of yoga therapeutic principles to not only avoid injury but also as way to elevate your daily yoga asana practice. These videos will be helpful for those interested in healing and are also recommended for intermediate and advanced students looking to transform their practice. #YogaforMen

The entire series of videos are available at the link below.
https://yfm.vhx.tv/products/the-balanced-body-an-introduction-to-yoga-therapeutics-with-ross-rayburn

Let’s Help Get Free Yoga for Vets

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Yoga for Men has partnered with the University of South Florida College of Public Health to help conduct a clinical study on the effects of yoga and mindfulness on veterans and active duty military personnel. As part of this study, veterans and active duty personnel have the opportunity to receive free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes for a year.

There is already a large waiting list that is growing steadily, and we are raising the funds to put everyone through the study. Please visit the link above to make a contribution. We’d appreciate it if you would share this video with your family, friends, and social network.

If you know of any veterans or active duty personnel, men or women, from any country, who might benefit from free on-line yoga, meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, educational materials, and more, please share this video and send them to http://vets.yoga

Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being

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The following video is intended to be an educational tool about the science of yoga. The video features information on what changes occur in the body during yoga, the safety of the practice of yoga, and what the research says about whether it can help treat certain health problems. This is the second installment in… Read more »

Off the Mat, Eps 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me?

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Off the Mat, Episode 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me? Mike and Jonathan get into the nitty gritty of some different types of yoga that may benefit a newcomer to the practice. New episodes air on Mondays at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

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Without the breath, there is no yoga. Mike Fecht talks about why we practice “victorious breath” or ujjayi during our yoga practice.

Adaptive Yoga for Comfort and Ease – with Annie Okerlin

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In this Yoga for Vets video, Annie Okerlin of Exalted Warrior Foundation guides us through a free hourlong chair yoga practice designed especially for people who are, or may be physically compromised. Annie is a respected name in the Yoga for Veterans world and has extensive experience with #adaptiveyoga.

Extensive use of yoga props is demonstrated.

Wellness

I’m an Avid Ultra-Marathon Runner: How Yoga Helps Me Train

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Yoga has been growing in popularity among people of all interests and athletes of a diverse list of disciplines. The unique combination of strength, stability and flexibility enhancement is appealing to most that want to keep their bodies in optimum shape.

A Message to Veterans from Dan Nevins on YfM.tv

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You may have seen him on The View last week on Veterans Day or in a new commercial for Wounded Warrior Project. Dan Nevins has become a beacon in the Veteran and yoga communities, having lost both legs below the knee, as well as suffering a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in an IED explosion in… Read more »

Think You Need to be Flexible to Enjoy Yoga? Think Again.

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Yoga can be intimidating to a beginner, especially if you aren’t very flexible. But yoga isn’t just for the flexible, the skinny, or the active. Yoga is for everyone. Learn how to enjoy yoga and become more flexible.

The Balanced Body – An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics with Ross Rayburn

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Join Ross Rayburn for a series of videos that use the precision of yoga therapeutic principles to not only avoid injury but also as way to elevate your daily yoga asana practice. These videos will be helpful for those interested in healing and are also recommended for intermediate and advanced students looking to transform their practice. #YogaforMen

The entire series of videos are available at the link below.
https://yfm.vhx.tv/products/the-balanced-body-an-introduction-to-yoga-therapeutics-with-ross-rayburn

Let’s Help Get Free Yoga for Vets

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Yoga for Men has partnered with the University of South Florida College of Public Health to help conduct a clinical study on the effects of yoga and mindfulness on veterans and active duty military personnel. As part of this study, veterans and active duty personnel have the opportunity to receive free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes for a year.

There is already a large waiting list that is growing steadily, and we are raising the funds to put everyone through the study. Please visit the link above to make a contribution. We’d appreciate it if you would share this video with your family, friends, and social network.

If you know of any veterans or active duty personnel, men or women, from any country, who might benefit from free on-line yoga, meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, educational materials, and more, please share this video and send them to http://vets.yoga

Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being

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The following video is intended to be an educational tool about the science of yoga. The video features information on what changes occur in the body during yoga, the safety of the practice of yoga, and what the research says about whether it can help treat certain health problems. This is the second installment in… Read more »

Off the Mat, Eps 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me?

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Off the Mat, Episode 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me? Mike and Jonathan get into the nitty gritty of some different types of yoga that may benefit a newcomer to the practice. New episodes air on Mondays at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

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Without the breath, there is no yoga. Mike Fecht talks about why we practice “victorious breath” or ujjayi during our yoga practice.

Adaptive Yoga for Comfort and Ease – with Annie Okerlin

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In this Yoga for Vets video, Annie Okerlin of Exalted Warrior Foundation guides us through a free hourlong chair yoga practice designed especially for people who are, or may be physically compromised. Annie is a respected name in the Yoga for Veterans world and has extensive experience with #adaptiveyoga.

Extensive use of yoga props is demonstrated.

Fitness

I’m an Avid Ultra-Marathon Runner: How Yoga Helps Me Train

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Yoga has been growing in popularity among people of all interests and athletes of a diverse list of disciplines. The unique combination of strength, stability and flexibility enhancement is appealing to most that want to keep their bodies in optimum shape.

Think You Need to be Flexible to Enjoy Yoga? Think Again.

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Yoga can be intimidating to a beginner, especially if you aren’t very flexible. But yoga isn’t just for the flexible, the skinny, or the active. Yoga is for everyone. Learn how to enjoy yoga and become more flexible.

The Balanced Body – An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics with Ross Rayburn

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Join Ross Rayburn for a series of videos that use the precision of yoga therapeutic principles to not only avoid injury but also as way to elevate your daily yoga asana practice. These videos will be helpful for those interested in healing and are also recommended for intermediate and advanced students looking to transform their practice. #YogaforMen

The entire series of videos are available at the link below.
https://yfm.vhx.tv/products/the-balanced-body-an-introduction-to-yoga-therapeutics-with-ross-rayburn

Off the Mat, Eps 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me?

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Off the Mat, Episode 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me? Mike and Jonathan get into the nitty gritty of some different types of yoga that may benefit a newcomer to the practice. New episodes air on Mondays at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

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Without the breath, there is no yoga. Mike Fecht talks about why we practice “victorious breath” or ujjayi during our yoga practice.

Off the Mat, Eps 4 – How Often Should I Practice Yoga?

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Off the Mat, Episode 4 – A reader from Tampa writes in and asks, “How Often Should I Practice Yoga?”. Short answer: Less can be more. New episodes of Off the Mat air each Monday at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen #OfftheMat

Yoga for Athletes – Post Workout with Mike Fecht

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Mike Fecht of Yoga for Men guides you through a 30 minute Post Workout Yoga practice that will help bring you back into balance after your workout, or after playing your sport. All-levels. #YogaforMen #YogaforAthletes

Off the Mat, Eps 2 – Stepping Up Between Your Hands

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This week on “Off the Mat” we answer a reader’s question about stepping your foot up between your hands during vinyasa. New Episodes each Monday at 10Am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen. #YogaforMen

Off the Mat, Eps 1 – Reader’s Questions

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Hey, it’s our first episode of “Off the Mat” with Jonathan and Mike. Send us your questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. This week we talk about incorporating weight training into your yoga practice, and WHY Yoga FOR Men??? New episodes air each Monday @ 10am Eastern on FB and YouTube. #YogaforMen #OfftheMat #ILovetheBurg #DTSP

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6 Organic Protein Powders Ranked by Taste

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Protein powder is a good choice for many people trying to add in some more nutrition to their diet. But it can be hard to be healthy if your special protein drink tastes a little… off. With so many formulas and flavors, the consistency and taste can change dramatically between brands. And with so many different taste preferences, it can be even harder to nail down that one perfect protein powder.

Anger is Intensity – Sadhguru

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A seeker asks Sadhguru about the nature of the anger found in great Indian seers such as Vishwamitra. Sadhguru explains that anger is intensity and that intensity is good, but when you attach an emotion to intensity it can become misery. via Isha Foundation

How DDP Yoga and a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet Changed My Life

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August 2013. At 39 years old, I was 5’10″ and weighed in at 285 lbs.  My cholesterol was way too high, my triglycerides were dangerously high, and to say that I was out of shape would be an understatement.  Although I had lifted weights for much of my adult life, I lacked any discernible flexibility. … Read more »

Basic Approach to Seasonal Allergies: An Ayurvedic Perspective

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Up until 1997 I suffered from annual allergies and regular colds. Colds would last me anywhere from 7-12 days and allergies were just consistent especially during allergy season and into most of summer. I would take over the counter medications and I even had prescribe medications all of which may have provided some temporary resolve… Read more »

Pearls of Wisdom regarding FASTING/DETOXING according to Ayurveda (part 2):

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When: Eastern medicine such as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine) suggest that cleansing during the transitions of seasons is crucial. Ayurveda points out that the windows of transition, the natural progression from one season to another is September (from summer to fall), January (from winter to spring) and May (from spring to summer.)… Read more »

Pearls of Wisdom on Juice Fasting or General Fasting (Part 1)…

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Fasting during this weather/this time of year is not ideal according to Ayurveda. It’s like walking into the middle of the woods while it’s snowing and all of your clothing is quickly removed. Similarly, during the thick of winter the digestive fire must be maintained and the nervous system must be balanced, but isn’t done… Read more »

Yoga

I’m an Avid Ultra-Marathon Runner: How Yoga Helps Me Train

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Yoga has been growing in popularity among people of all interests and athletes of a diverse list of disciplines. The unique combination of strength, stability and flexibility enhancement is appealing to most that want to keep their bodies in optimum shape.

A Message to Veterans from Dan Nevins on YfM.tv

Posted by

You may have seen him on The View last week on Veterans Day or in a new commercial for Wounded Warrior Project. Dan Nevins has become a beacon in the Veteran and yoga communities, having lost both legs below the knee, as well as suffering a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in an IED explosion in… Read more »

Think You Need to be Flexible to Enjoy Yoga? Think Again.

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Yoga can be intimidating to a beginner, especially if you aren’t very flexible. But yoga isn’t just for the flexible, the skinny, or the active. Yoga is for everyone. Learn how to enjoy yoga and become more flexible.

The Balanced Body – An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics with Ross Rayburn

Posted by

Join Ross Rayburn for a series of videos that use the precision of yoga therapeutic principles to not only avoid injury but also as way to elevate your daily yoga asana practice. These videos will be helpful for those interested in healing and are also recommended for intermediate and advanced students looking to transform their practice. #YogaforMen

The entire series of videos are available at the link below.
https://yfm.vhx.tv/products/the-balanced-body-an-introduction-to-yoga-therapeutics-with-ross-rayburn

Let’s Help Get Free Yoga for Vets

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Yoga for Men has partnered with the University of South Florida College of Public Health to help conduct a clinical study on the effects of yoga and mindfulness on veterans and active duty military personnel. As part of this study, veterans and active duty personnel have the opportunity to receive free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes for a year.

There is already a large waiting list that is growing steadily, and we are raising the funds to put everyone through the study. Please visit the link above to make a contribution. We’d appreciate it if you would share this video with your family, friends, and social network.

If you know of any veterans or active duty personnel, men or women, from any country, who might benefit from free on-line yoga, meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, educational materials, and more, please share this video and send them to http://vets.yoga

Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being

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The following video is intended to be an educational tool about the science of yoga. The video features information on what changes occur in the body during yoga, the safety of the practice of yoga, and what the research says about whether it can help treat certain health problems. This is the second installment in… Read more »

Off the Mat, Eps 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me?

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Off the Mat, Episode 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me? Mike and Jonathan get into the nitty gritty of some different types of yoga that may benefit a newcomer to the practice. New episodes air on Mondays at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

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Without the breath, there is no yoga. Mike Fecht talks about why we practice “victorious breath” or ujjayi during our yoga practice.

Adaptive Yoga for Comfort and Ease – with Annie Okerlin

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In this Yoga for Vets video, Annie Okerlin of Exalted Warrior Foundation guides us through a free hourlong chair yoga practice designed especially for people who are, or may be physically compromised. Annie is a respected name in the Yoga for Veterans world and has extensive experience with #adaptiveyoga.

Extensive use of yoga props is demonstrated.

Mindfulness

A Message to Veterans from Dan Nevins on YfM.tv

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You may have seen him on The View last week on Veterans Day or in a new commercial for Wounded Warrior Project. Dan Nevins has become a beacon in the Veteran and yoga communities, having lost both legs below the knee, as well as suffering a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in an IED explosion in… Read more »

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

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Without the breath, there is no yoga. Mike Fecht talks about why we practice “victorious breath” or ujjayi during our yoga practice.

Off the Mat, Eps 3 – Yoga and PTSD

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This week on “Off the Mat” we answer a question from a friend about what kind of yoga is good from someone suffering from PTSD. The answer is a little different than you might think because this person is wheelchair-bound. New episodes air each Monday at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and Youtube.com/YogaforMen. #YogaforMen

Progression in Your Yoga Practice

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Yoga is a practice of intention, mindfulness, and paying attention to what is happening with your body and breath – moment by moment. By understanding the reason behind what we’re doing – and why – we can then begin to ask the deeper question of “Is this what is right for me in this moment?”

Ahimsa in Your Yoga Practice

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Mike Fecht discusses the yoga concept of Ahimsa, which is non-violence or non-harming, not only towards other but toward ourselves as well. The way you treat yourself on the yoga mat can often be a reflection of how you choose to operate in the world.  

Yoga, PTSD, and Personal Growth

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From the very beginning of Yoga for Men, we made sure to focus on veterans. Why is that? The number one reason for me personally is my post traumatic stress connection to them. My experience with PTSD is the result of having seen things that I can’t unsee and experience things that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Mala Beads, Yoga, and Meditation

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First created in India over 3,000 years ago, mala beads are a mysterious aspect of yoga culture. Available in a wide range of colors and materials, these beads are worn to help the user focus on meditation as well as for their beauty and character. Curious about what mala beads are and how they are used in yoga and meditation? Let us help.

Using Mindfulness to Get in the Zone

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Everybody, sports fan or not, is familiar with this expression. But what, exactly, is this “zone” that we speak of? “The Zone” is that special place where an athlete is so focused on the game that nothing else exists. This state of being is called mindfulness or “flow.” A regular yoga and meditation practice teaches us how to access this state of being – to get into “flow,” both metaphorically and literally.

Relationships

TOUCH…and Healing on Many Levels (let’s get personal, real and deep)

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Yoga practice of asanas, cuddling, affection, physical attention, sensuality, sexuality and emotionality – mentality – spirituality are all tied in to touch on many levels. It always surprises me and never surprises me when, as a massage therapist and with over 20 years of experience, I learn of people not ever having had a session or even liking… Read more »

Yoga: It’s an Inside Job

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Answer: It’s an inside job. Question: What is Sex? If I read one more article that dumbs down the benefits of a yoga practice for guys to meeting someone to date or hook up with, I’m going to puke. Peep this…a yoga practice cleans out the clutter in your life—physical, emotional and mental. The benefits to… Read more »

Woody Harrelson on Yoga

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“Yoga is the best thing for your sex life! It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that… I think yoga is a great way to force your outside of… Read more »

Lifestyle

A Message to Veterans from Dan Nevins on YfM.tv

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You may have seen him on The View last week on Veterans Day or in a new commercial for Wounded Warrior Project. Dan Nevins has become a beacon in the Veteran and yoga communities, having lost both legs below the knee, as well as suffering a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in an IED explosion in… Read more »

The Balanced Body – An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics with Ross Rayburn

Posted by

Join Ross Rayburn for a series of videos that use the precision of yoga therapeutic principles to not only avoid injury but also as way to elevate your daily yoga asana practice. These videos will be helpful for those interested in healing and are also recommended for intermediate and advanced students looking to transform their practice. #YogaforMen

The entire series of videos are available at the link below.
https://yfm.vhx.tv/products/the-balanced-body-an-introduction-to-yoga-therapeutics-with-ross-rayburn

Let’s Help Get Free Yoga for Vets

Posted by

Yoga for Men has partnered with the University of South Florida College of Public Health to help conduct a clinical study on the effects of yoga and mindfulness on veterans and active duty military personnel. As part of this study, veterans and active duty personnel have the opportunity to receive free yoga, meditation, and mindfulness classes for a year.

There is already a large waiting list that is growing steadily, and we are raising the funds to put everyone through the study. Please visit the link above to make a contribution. We’d appreciate it if you would share this video with your family, friends, and social network.

If you know of any veterans or active duty personnel, men or women, from any country, who might benefit from free on-line yoga, meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, educational materials, and more, please share this video and send them to http://vets.yoga

Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being

Posted by

The following video is intended to be an educational tool about the science of yoga. The video features information on what changes occur in the body during yoga, the safety of the practice of yoga, and what the research says about whether it can help treat certain health problems. This is the second installment in… Read more »

Off the Mat, Eps 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me?

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Off the Mat, Episode 5 – What style of yoga is the best one for me? Mike and Jonathan get into the nitty gritty of some different types of yoga that may benefit a newcomer to the practice. New episodes air on Mondays at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen

The Importance of Breath in Yoga

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Without the breath, there is no yoga. Mike Fecht talks about why we practice “victorious breath” or ujjayi during our yoga practice.

Adaptive Yoga for Comfort and Ease – with Annie Okerlin

Posted by

In this Yoga for Vets video, Annie Okerlin of Exalted Warrior Foundation guides us through a free hourlong chair yoga practice designed especially for people who are, or may be physically compromised. Annie is a respected name in the Yoga for Veterans world and has extensive experience with #adaptiveyoga.

Extensive use of yoga props is demonstrated.

Off the Mat, Eps 4 – How Often Should I Practice Yoga?

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Off the Mat, Episode 4 – A reader from Tampa writes in and asks, “How Often Should I Practice Yoga?”. Short answer: Less can be more. New episodes of Off the Mat air each Monday at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and YouTube.com/YogaforMen #YogaforMen #OfftheMat

Yoga for Athletes – Post Workout with Mike Fecht

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Mike Fecht of Yoga for Men guides you through a 30 minute Post Workout Yoga practice that will help bring you back into balance after your workout, or after playing your sport. All-levels. #YogaforMen #YogaforAthletes

Off the Mat, Eps 3 – Yoga and PTSD

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This week on “Off the Mat” we answer a question from a friend about what kind of yoga is good from someone suffering from PTSD. The answer is a little different than you might think because this person is wheelchair-bound. New episodes air each Monday at 10am on Facebook.com/YogaforMen and Youtube.com/YogaforMen. #YogaforMen

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February 15

Yoga Thailand, Detox & Ashtanga Retreat Koh Phangan | The Yoga Retreat

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The Yoga Retreat, Thailand

HAS CURRENTLY BEEN CLOSED DOWN FOR ONE YEAR RE OPENING 1ST NOV 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERESA AND KES KENNARD

Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher level 1 with kpjayi.org

THE OWNERS OF THE YOGA RETREAT

ARE NOW OFFERING AN AMAZING ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT IN MALLORCA
14-18th April 2017
  

 

 

This retreat is a chance for you to enjoy the practice of Ashtanga yoga and enjoy other activities such as hiking, Pilates, and meditation. Indulge in an outdoor shala or yoga deck located within a valley and discover the secret corners of the amazing Tramuntana mountains. Fly in to Palma airport (PMI) 30 mins drive from airport to retreat. 

The accommodation options are on private and shared double room basis. The place is stylish and elegant, recently refurbished with sustainable local materials and with an enormous respect for the original features of the Mallorcan house. There are two fully equipped and separate bathrooms for ladies and men, as well as separate toilets.

You will also have access to the kitchen, dining room, living room, and meditation room. There is a private garden with a shala or yoga deck to practice yoga or Pilates, as well as an eco-fun shower overlooking the mountains. There is also a barbecue facility. The Retreat is digital detox, so there is no Wi-Fi available in the house. However, there is a cafe restaurant within walking distance if you need to access the internet.

Regarding meals, breakfast goodies are included, fruit, juices, eggs, bread, cheese, tomatoes, coffee, tea, cookies, milk (cow, almond and soya), marmalades, cereals, etcccc. All organic. There are 3 restaurants in Orient well worth visiting.

 

DATES: FRIDAY 14TH - TUESDAY 18TH APRIL 2017


Includes twice a day yoga, Pilates or hiking. Breakfast and farewell meal
4 nights accommodation shared room £427
3 nights shared room £348
Private room 4 nights £698 or 3 nights £610 
There is a chance of 4 private rooms, or 8 sharing in one house.

Plus another house with one double and 8 bunk beds 

 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE PLEASE EMAIL
yogaretreatphangan@hotmail.com

 

THE NEXT RETREAT IN THAILAND WILL START 1ST NOV 2017

Located in the Northwest of Koh Phangan, Thailand.

The Yoga Retreat is nestled in the jungle just ten minutes away from Haad Salad beach and provides a nurturing environment to develop your practice and cultivate a better life.

We believe in self healing and that students are their own best teachers. Our aim is to provide you with the tools to deepen your own personal awareness. Whether you are a beginner or professional yoga teacher, the Yoga Retreat is the perfect compliment to a relaxing tropical holiday. We encourage you to listen to your body and will guide you through your own individual transformation. You will learn tools to change your life positively: yoga, chakra healing, detox, pranayama and meditation. 

The Yoga Retreat Owners, Teresa and Kes Kennard, created their family home and business in Thailand in 2000. Bringing together their love and experience in yoga and dance to create a balanced -realistic- approach which they believe to be the secret of true transformation.

We offer free wifi to our guests that wish to use it.     

What people say

All of the staff were so welcoming, friendly & helpful.

Craig Halpin

I just want to thank you for a wonderful 5 days of yoga and philosophy. I appreciate your down to earth yet comprehensive approach to all aspects of yoga.

Brady

I feel the retreat embodied everything yoga should be about- energy, spiritually, peace and growth

Stacey Ly

I am so thankful to have made some positive changes which were lacking.

Marley

Your retreat is really lovely and i really appreciated the Astanga classes having practitioners who really know their stuff.

Steph

My lasting thought of the retreat, and one which I use constantly, is sitting at the end of a practice gazing out into the forest with a feeling of utter joy and calm.

Val

I had a big breakthrough during practice and know this is only the beginning of a life long journey of self discovery.

Sandra

After 3 weeks at the retreat, my yoga has improved greatly due to adjustments which i have never received at home.

Heidi

I can say hands down, that the food at your retreat was better than any of the food I ate on the island.

Sarah
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February 15

818 Beginner Yoga Courses in Europe | BookYogaRetreats

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Experience a unique holiday by joining beginner yoga courses in Europe. Check our great selection of beginner yoga courses now and book yourself a beginner yoga course in Europe.

Start learning yoga from scratch with yoga holidays for beginners

Beginner yoga retreats are quite common. Most yoga holidays cater to all levels, from beginners to the most advanced. And if you are fairly new to yoga, your instructors will guide you all the way to complete your first replenishing yoga sessions. It is the best way to deepen your practice and take it to the next level. Book a beginner yoga holiday now and discover the amazing world yoga has to offer!

8 Days Island Yoga Retreat in Spain

Available all year round

Speaks English

from £425

Excellent 10/10

Based on 4 reviews
from £425
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 4 reviews

5 Days All Inclusive Luxury Yoga Holiday in Spain

Feb | Mar | Sep | Oct | Nov, 2017

Speaks English

from £374

Great 9.7/10

Based on 71 reviews
from £374
Price for:

5 days / 4 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 71 reviews

Speaks English

from £566

Great 9.9/10

Based on 97 reviews
from £566
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.9/10

Based on 97 reviews

7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Canary Islands, Spain

Available from February till December

Speaks English

from £314

Excellent 10/10

Based on 34 reviews
from £314
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 34 reviews

Speaks English

from £552

Great 9.9/10

Based on 30 reviews
from £552
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.9/10

Based on 30 reviews

8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Spain

Available from February till December

Speaks English

from £506

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review
from £506
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 1 review

7 Days Relaxing & Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Bulgaria

May | June | July | August | September, 2017

Speaks English

from £450

Excellent 10/10

Based on 20 reviews
from £450
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 20 reviews

4 Days Eco-Friendly Yoga Holiday in Portugal

Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Sep | More…

Speaks English

from £149

Great 9.4/10

Based on 5 reviews
from £149
Price for:

4 days / 3 nights

Great 9.4/10

Based on 5 reviews

4 Days Sun Salutation Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Available from February till September

Speaks English

from £221

Great 9.9/10

Based on 10 reviews
from £221
Price for:

4 days / 3 nights

Great 9.9/10

Based on 10 reviews
Limited availability
8 people currently interested

Great 9.9/10

Based on 11 reviews

Speaks English

from £553

Great 9.9/10

Based on 11 reviews
from £553
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.9/10

Based on 11 reviews

Speaks English

from £359

Great 9.4/10

Based on 5 reviews
from £359
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.4/10

Based on 5 reviews

7 Days Sun Salutation Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Available from February till September

Speaks English

from £481

Great 9.9/10

Based on 10 reviews
from £481
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Great 9.9/10

Based on 10 reviews
Limited availability
12 people currently interested

Great 9.9/10

Based on 34 reviews

7 Days Snow, Outdoor and Yoga Retreat in Austria

Feb 26-Mar 4 | Mar 5-11 | Apr 3-9, 2017

Speaks English

from £638

Great 9.9/10

Based on 34 reviews
from £638
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Great 9.9/10

Based on 34 reviews

7 Days Energizing Yoga Retreat in Greece

Available from February till December

Speaks English

from £477

Excellent 10/10

Based on 6 reviews
from £477
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 6 reviews
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Yoga Retreats, Holidays and Escapes | Destination Yoga

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Inspiring yoga holidays

Wonderful group yoga retreats in stunning venues or tailor-made yoga holidays at beautiful hotels on dates to suit you.

Beautiful yoga spaces

From beach-studios with views out to sea to magnificent domes and outdoor decks in nature, our yoga spaces are all beautiful and inspiring to nurture your practice

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Our retreat locations and selected hotels are all charming, stylish boutique, properties in lovely settings

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Hosted group yoga retreats

Join one of our group yoga retreats across Europe and beyond, which combine beautiful venues with excellent teachers to deliver you an experience that will leave you feeling stronger calmer and uplifted. During your stay, your accommodation will be exclusively reserved for yoga guests, ensuring you a welcoming and friendly environment during your holiday

Tailor-made yoga holidays

If the dates of our hosted group yoga retreats don’t work for you or you’d simply prefer a bespoke yoga holiday, we can suggest wonderful yoga holiday options on dates and destinations to suit you. Below are some reasonably nearby destinations, but we can also recommend some fabulous options in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Bali, Costa Rica or the Caribbean…

Paradis Plage with Zoe Knott

Yoga overlooking the beach, with an amazing & knowledgeable teacher- couldn’t have asked for more! Hotel is beautiful, rooms are clean and comfortable, the food was very tasty and well presented. Would definitely recommend Destination Yoga and will certainly be booking again!

- Natalie Beckham

Suryalila in the sun

Suryalila worked its usual magic and we had an outstanding teacher in Kristi. She creates an encouraging and supportive class in which to grow your practice and builds confidence and strength through her Forrest Yoga teaching. Huge thanks also to Cristiana who assisted her – we will all remember our Italian sun salutations!

- Carolyn Didsbury

Yoga in Puglia with Caroline Gamble

The retreat at La rosa dei quatri venti in Puglia was simply wonderful. I don´t now what to praise most, Caroline´s amazing classes, the gorgeous (and healthy) food, the lovely accomodation or the great company. The week still resonates within me.

- Silke Wettach

A haven in the Adalucian Hills

Suryalila is a haven in the Andalucian hills – the perfect place to go to relax and restore. The yoga teaching by Vidya was world class, and also included additional restorative and Yin classes from a range of resident teachers. The vegetarian and vegan food is consistently inventive and delicious and the massage therapists were excellent. I couldn’t help but relax, and came away with added inspiration for my yoga practice.

- Vicky Addinall

April in Puglia

Puglia is wonderful. Just back from the April week and can find no fault. Beautiful place (gorgeous wildflower meadows), superb food, excellent teacher (Caroline Gamble) and warm caring hosts. I shared it with Begona and other lovely yoginis (plus one other yogi). Superb.

- Pete Croudace

Can’t wait for the next trip

Had an amazing time at the Shanti Som resort. It was my first yoga holiday and the yoga classes, the hotel, the food and company were fantastic. I felt much healthier after the trip and can’t wait for the next one.

- Angela Mycock

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…ideal for everyone who wants to spend time learning or developing their yoga practice, and would like to do so in beautiful, peaceful locations with some of the world’s best teachers.

What every self-respecting yogi is looking for: a week of challenging classes with expert teachers – the type who inspire, motivate and lend life wisdom – without the ashram-type suffering and soggy cabbage.

Benefits of our yoga retreats

There are hundreds of reasons why you should choose Destination Yoga for your next retreat,
but based on the reviews we get from our customers, here are the top 4:

All Levels and Abilities

Whether you’ve been practising yoga for years or are interested in trying it for the first time, we’ve got a retreat that will suit you

Personal service

Our team practises what they preach, so with our in-house yoga knowledge, we can ensure we find you the perfect experience

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February 15

11 Affordable Yoga Retreats for 2016

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11 Yoga Retreats You Can Actually Afford

Think there’s no way you can swing a luxe yoga getaway? Then you haven’t seen these retreats. We did the research and found 11 trips that will cost you $250 per day—or a lot less. Stop dreaming and start booking your yoga vacation to Utah’s Red Rocks or Portugal’s cliffy coastline.

A vacation is great, a yoga retreat is even better. While they often seem pricey, retreats simply offer more value than traveling on your own. Not only do you get to chill in a zen location for a few days, but the retreat package price typically includes vegetarian, possibly organic meals, meditation and yoga classes, personal growth workshops and even an occasional spa treatment.

For the best deal, bring a friend (or, make new ones) to share a room with. “You can typically save around 25 percent by sharing dorm-style accommodations,” says Sean Kelly, co-founder of BookRetreats.com, a yoga retreat booking site. “It makes sense that staying in a private room is going to cost more.”

Planning in advance can also save you between $100 and $500, depending on the price of the retreat. These early-bird specials are listed about two to three months prior to departure, Kelly adds. Keep in mind, some early-bird specials are given to the first few spots, and once they are filled, everyone else pays the full price.

If you’re on a really tight budget, reach out to the retreat leader to see if there is any room for negotiation—a rustic location may give you a slight discount if you bring your own tent, or perhaps you can ask about bundle pricing if you sign up with a few friends. “It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you may be surprised by a positive response,” Kelly says.

Ready to book a trip? We found some of the best retreat deals—from Red Rocks of Utah to lush gardens of Thailand—that cost $250 per day or less.

11 Affordable Yoga Retreats

  • Chill’Asana Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico

    July 2–9, 2016

    The hand-built Haramara Retreat Center, nestled on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean coastline and the Sierra Madre Mountains, is a jungle gem. The property is a perfect setting for this Yin/Yang-style retreat that incorporates both yoga and martial arts. “Yoga and martial arts complement each other physically and spiritually,” says retreat co-leader Nathania Stambouli. “Yoga can strengthen and lengthen the body to make certain martial arts movements more accessible, and martial arts’ attention to precision applies beautifully when translated to poses on the yoga mat. Both practices are inherently about mindfulness, awareness and consciousness on the mat and in life.” Stambouli, who also has a background in circuit training and a master’s degree in psychology, will lead two yoga classes and one martial arts session each day, along with Paul McCarthy, aka the “British Ninja” who has studied movement and martial arts for over 20 years and holds several black belts. In between, expect goal-setting workshops and hikes.

    From $128 per day,

    See also Kathryn Budig: Yoga + Martial Arts = Perfect Match

  • Glamping Yoga Retreat in Ithaca, New York

    August 5–7, 2016

    You’ve heard that practicing yoga in nature can really enhance your practice. Jennifer Hess, owner of Finger Lakes Yogascapes, agrees. The Baron Baptiste-trained vinyasa instructor is hosting an all-women’s retreat with the help of Firelight Camps, a nature-meets-nurture campground that provides just enough luxury to be comfortable (plush robes and beds with crisp linens), yet maintains its adventurous spirit (waterfall hiking and foraging excursions). In addition to three vinyasa and one restorative yoga sessions, the retreat embraces the true spirit of camping with nightly s’mores and stargazing.

    From $211 per day,

    See also 30 Yoga + Adventure Retreats Calling Your Name

  • Gratitude & Manifestation Yoga Retreat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    November 26–December 3 & December 3–10, 2016

    In addition to daily yoga and guided meditation classes with international vinyasa teacher and happiness coach, Silvia Mordini  incorporates kayaking, snorkeling and sea turtle hatchling release in her outback yoga itinerary. Your hub: The beachfront Prana Del Mar, an intimate eco-resort and with three yoga studios just outside of Cabo San Lucas. You’ll stay in luxe rooms with pillowtop mattresses and oceanview balconies, lest you want to meditate to the waves in your free time. Hopping into the Baja surf on a board is another idea. Prana del Mar will also reward you for your eco karma: Purchase carbon offsets for your flight, and they’ll credit that amount toward a spa service, surf lesson, or other excursion.

    From$232 (with $150 discount code YJBAJA),

    See also 23 Sun-Kissed Yoga Retreats

  • Restorative Yoga Retreat in Rhinebeck, New York

    June 3–5, 2016

    Just walking through the verdant grounds of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is restorative—signing up for Gillian Arthur’s workshop will take you to an entirely new level of decompressing. Arthur, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and practitioner in the Krisnamacharya tradition, incorporates breathwork and yoga nidra to not only help you release anxiety during the retreat, but teaches how to implement this restorative practice back home. When you’re not in the workshop, you’re free to wander the 250-plus acre campus and take complimentary tai chi and meditation classes or simply paddle across the lake. Good to know: Omega’s laidback atmosphere makes this an ideal retreat for pregnant women.

    From $170 per day,

    See also Shhhhh… 10 Silent Retreat Centers

  • Reset Mind-Body-Soul Yoga Retreat in Negril, Jamaica

    August 27–31, 2016

    Unlike the rest of touristy Negril, Jackie’s on the Reef is anything but. Tucked away on the cliff side of west Negril, stepping onto the grounds of the yoga center is akin to being in a bubble of tranquility. This five-day getaway is lead by Dynesha Henderson, a certified yoga teacher, who also happens to be a licensed couples and family therapist. She implements yoga as a tool to connect mental and physical health. During the retreat, Henderson will facilitate two workshops: one on wellness and the importance of community, the other on creating a happiness plan. In addition to cleansing your body with light fare from Jackie’s garden (try the soursop juice, made from the delicious local fruit with anti-inflammatory benefits), you’ll get two spa treatments as the ocean waves lull you into la-la-land.

    $250 per day,

    See also Yoga Retreat: Explore and Restore in Hawaii

  • Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

    May 15–21 & October 9–15, 2016

    Mars may not be hosting yoga retreats any time soon, but Utah’s canyon country is a good alternative. Yoga in the Wild program director and retreat leader and yoga teacher Melissa Phillips-Hagedorn, who has been road tripping and camping since before she could even drive, mixes vinyasa, hatha, and yin yoga with guided hikes through the red rocks. “These classes are inspired by nature and the landscape and encourage the attendees to cultivate mindfulness of the present moment,” says Phillips-Hagedorn. Think: candlelight meditation in the otherworldly slot canyon Chamber of the Basilisk—not something you’ll find in a yoga studio. You’ll also get plenty of canyoneering adventures and time to explore the valley on your own. Camping among surreal sandstone spires called goblins is definitely what we call a change of scenery.

    From $217 per day,

    See also Find Your Bliss: Yoga Retreat in St. George, Utah

  • The Art of Living Happiness Program in Boone, North Carolina

    Year-round

    While you won’t be sweating through asanas during your stay at the Art of Living Retreat Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this weekend course will teach you meditation and breathing practices to help you focus on the present. You’ll learn Sudarshan Kriya, a breathing technique that helps you sync with your body’s natural rhythm to eliminate stress, fatigue, and other negative emotions. As you let go, break away to wander through the outdoor labyrinth—a metaphor for a pilgrim’s journey—to maintain that sense of inner balance.

    From $178 per day,

    See also Yoga Escape: Meditate in the Mountains of Asheville, NC

  • Yoga & Wellness Cruise departing from Camden, Maine

    August 7–10, 2016

    Sun salutations aboard the 95-foot Windjammer Angelique take on an entirely new meaning. Over the course of this three-day cruise, guests will get to enjoy about 6 hours of sailing each day in the Penobscot Bay, then anchor in a new spot each night, perhaps a historic town like Castine, or a fishing village like Stonington. On one evening, everyone goes ashore a deserted island along the Maine coastline for a beachside lobster bake (with plenty of vegetarian options). This wellness cruise is led by two local yoga instructors, Brenda Cyr and Tania Zuckerman. Cyr specializes in blending Yamuna body rolling with yoga and is also a licensed physical therapist, who can help you work out any kinks. Zuckerman has over 10 years of somatic breath therapy experience (aaaah, fresh ocean air) under her belt and focuses on vinyasa and restorative yoga. At anchor, guests can borrow rowboats and stand-up paddleboards—we dare you to downward dog on the water.

    $250 per day,

    See also Need an Urban Detox? Plan this Yoga Retreat

  • Kundalini Yoga Detox Week in Sagres, Portugal

    March 6–13, 2016

    You can cleanse your body, and your past, during this Kundalini retreat at Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel that is surrounded by the cliffs of Alentejo coastline. The detox week is led by Munich-based Andrea and Andre Danke, who completed their Kundalini Yoga training with Yogi Bhajan. Each session partners a yoga session with a meditation to cleanse a particular organ—from liver to lungs. You’ll also participate in mental detoxification by addressing fears and negative blockages that may hinder your general outlook on life. Between workshops explore the beach and the wonders of Natural Costa Vicentina Park or head to the spa for an Ayurvedic massage.

    From $180 per day,

    See also Replenish Your Energy on an Island Yoga Retreat in Greece

  • Heart-Opening Weekend on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

    June 24–26 & July 22–24 & August 19–21, 2016

    Think of Sun Lotus, a 7-acre spiritual sanctuary in the Cowichan Valley, as a magic garden of yoga where you can meditate under a giant maple tree, practice asana in the breeze, munch on sustainable Guatemalan chocolate, and wrap it all up with a free-spirited chanting dance party that puts you in touch with your chakras. This weekend retreat is co-lead by Sun Lotus owner Anita Rafidi, a self-proclaimed yoga activist and teacher. Her approach to the retreat is to “connect like-minded seekers.” You’ll also meet Joanna Pardhy-Casey, the retreat’s shamanic healer who will teach you all about plant medicine at the property’s organic farm. When you’re done with on-site activities, tubing on the nearby Cowichan River is just another way to go with the flow.

    $93 per day,

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  • Museflower Retreat & Spa Yoga Retreats in Chiang Rai, Thailand

    Year-round

    The best part about booking a yoga retreat at Museflower is that you can do it on your own terms. Consider visiting in September or October, after the rainy monsoon season, when the weather cools and nature is at its greenest. Plus, the airfare isn’t as high as the peak season which starts in November and goes through January. Each holistic retreat package—whether it’s three, five, or seven days—includes two daily hatha yoga classes, an organic vegetarian farm-to-table meals, and a massage. Amenity not to miss: the Himalayan crystal salt pool. You’ll stay in lakeside cottages surrounded by misty hills and have easy access to hill tribe villages, cultural excursions to temples and bazaars, amd even elephant-trekking tours.

    From $143 per day,

    See also 13 Yoga-Friendly Resorts for Your Next Vacation

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25 of the best yoga holidays and retreats

Yoga trips can change lives but finding the right one may sap your core strength before you’ve even started. Our picks – from Goa to Greece via Yorkshire – will make your quest more relaxing

Shaping up nicely … a Kaliyoga retreat

You can’t move for downward dog opportunities these days. The explosion of yoga in western countries means there’s a studio on every other street and such a variety of styles and options, that choosing a holiday or retreat can be overwhelming. So where to start? It makes sense to try a weekend away before committing to a whole week. One possibility is to choose a teacher you know or like the sound of and see if they’re running anything that suits. Or you could pick a venue you fancy and see what teachers are hosting holidays there. Think about what you want too – some combine yoga with other activities (maybe good for those with non-yogi partners), some are vegan, some don’t ban booze – it’s always worth asking before you book.

Most retreats will cater for all levels, with teachers listening to individual needs, but I’ve marked those particularly for beginners suitable with a B. We think all the places we’re covering here offer good value, but those that stand out price-wise are marked with a £.

There is a glossary of yoga terms at the end of this article.

BEST UK RETREATS

Moor walks, North Yorkshire

The yoga weekends at The Orange Tree, a lovely small retreat in the North York Moors, are led by personable owner Edward Harpin and his sister Helen. They teach hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation in two or three sessions a day, which may include music, periods of silence, mantras, breathing techniques and a gong bath to enhance relaxation. There’s an outdoor jacuzzi and sauna, massages and time for moor walks before a three-course homemade veggie supper and yoga nidra prior to bed.
• From £365pp sharing for 2 nights, 14-17 guests. Next runs 3-5 Feb, theorangetree.com B

Go with the flow, Kent

Jean Hall and Liz Lark are among the UK’s most experienced and inspiring yoga teachers. They draw on a range of yoga styles in their teaching, and on their joint retreats they offer tuition for beginners and more advanced students in separate classes. Their Oxon Hoath base (near Tonbridge) is a stately home on a country estate where participants can expect one pranayama class in the morning and a couple of two-hour flow classes late morning and late afternoon. Mix in walks, massage, open fires and veggie meals – with wine allowed.
• From £295pp sharing for 2 nights, 40 guests. Next runs 10-12 March, yogajeannie.com B £

Doze in the Downs, East Sussex

At the end of a long country lane on the South Downs, elegant Tilton House near Lewes offers weekend yoga retreats all year round, with up to three classes a day from a changing roster of teachers. They include affable Stewart Heffernan, a former actor who teaches vinyasa and yin-based classes to all levels. Between classes, guests can go hiking, doze in the sauna, read by an open fire, have a massage or visit the Bloomsbury group’s Charleston Farmhouse nearby. Meals use ingredients from the orchard and kitchen garden.
• £349pp sharing for 2 nights, 14 guests, tiltonhouse.co.uk B

Solar and sauna, Argyll, Scotland

The rustic retreat of Ecoyoga at Inverliever Lodge features a bath by a wild river, an underground sauna and a solar-powered hot tub for some mindful cold plunges and hot soaking between classes. Mainly ashtanga-based teachers run retreats here all year, including the ashtanga and mindfulness expert Scott Johnson, who teaches a self-practice method and encourages you to practise on your own during the retreat. There are usually two, two-hour-long classes a day with chanting, talks on yoga and healthy veggie meals (including raw chocolate cakes, naturally).
• From £595pp for 4 nights, 12-18 guests. Scott’s next retreat is 20-24 April, ecoyoga.org

Kriya me a river, south-east Devon

A light-hearted, instinctive teacher, London-based Tania Brown leads seven, one-hour classes over a weekend at comfy, organic Trill Farm near Lyme Regis. Wake up with traditional kriya (cleansing techniques), then after a nourishing breakfast and a walk, join in dynamic yoga in the middle of the woods. There’s also massage, foraging and a restorative yoga and meditation session each evening. Meals by a River Cottage chef are seasonal and organic. Detox or indulge in organic wines.
• From £350pp for 2 nights, 10 guests. Next runs 21-23 April, trillfarm.co.uk B

All the right ingredients, East Sussex

Popular restorative and yin yoga teacher and personal development coach Julie Bickerton and yogi and cookery writer Mary Gwynn have teamed up to launch new retreats in East Sussex. Based at a studio in Hartfield village, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, they combine five yoga sessions designed to help deal with seasonal changes, and two cookery demos that focus on sourcing and cooking food that is in season. Largely vegetarian meals will include wine, cake and caffeine. Rooms are split between the hub and a boutique B&B in the village.
• From £448pp sharing for 2 nights, 10 guests. Next runs 17-19 March livelife.org.uk B

BEST FOR ACTIVITIES

Snowdon walks, North Wales

Photograph: Lucy Devereux

On the Isle of Anglesey Zest Life Retreats teams yoga with wild swimming, standup paddleboarding, hiking on Snowdon, walking, detoxing, relaxation, fitness and seashore foraging for engaging, restorative weekends. The base is a secluded, country house estate, and the two, 90-minute classes a day include music, meditation and pranayama either with vinyasa flow with Zest Life founder Laura Bell or yin with partner and dru yoga teacher Kate Hamilton-Hunter.
• From £375pp sharing for 2 nights, 15 guests. Next runs 10-12 Feb, thezestlife.co.uk B

Alpine aura, France

Photograph: Vanessa Fry Photography

AdventureYogi has been offering a great choice of yoga trips for the past 10 years, including fun, intense healthy weeks in the French Alps. Wake up at 7am with an energising hour of hatha yoga with Chetana Thornton, enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding, then unwind with a sauna or a good book by a roaring fire before a 90-minute early-evening restorative class. Your base is an apartment by the slopes at Sainte Foy. Three-course gourmet vegetarian feasts include local organic wines. All levels of yogis and skiers welcome.
• From £989pp sharing for 7 nights, 14 guests. Runs 12-19 and 19-26 March adventureyogi.com B

Ionian inversions, Zakynthos, Greece

Soulfood London runs a creative retreat combining daily yoga and photography lessons at Villa Zaharoula, which overlooks the Ionian sea. There’s a fast-paced but accessible 90-minute yoga class to music each morning, and relaxing meditative classes each evening with dynamic vinyasa flow teacher Charlie Morgan. Professional photographer Chloe Read finds something new to inspire every day, from still life to moving waves, and there’s a trip to a hilltop town and wild swimming in a quiet cove. Organic meals include meat and fish.
• From £349pp for 3 nights, 12 guests. £825pp yoga and photography week 25 Sept-2 Oct, soulfoodlondon.com B

Circle of relaxation, Norway

Photograph: G Austick, Florian Kraler

This four-night retreat is pricy, but there’s nothing else like it. At this site above the Arctic circle, four 90-minute dynamic vinyasa flow yoga classes with Swedish-born teacher Minna Skirgård are followed by four personally guided adventures, including a boat safari and a trek along scenic paths. Expect to flow, sweat and connect with uplifting tunes, pranayama and mindfulness sessions. Boutique Lyngen Lodge has a sauna, outdoor jacuzzi and mountain views, and local, seasonal meals include fish from the fjords and local reindeer.
• From £1,355pp sharing for 4 nights, 16 guests. Next runs 14-18 June, scandoir.com

Heavenly Himalayas, India

Run by Tamsin Chubb, founder of popular Little French Retreat, this fabulous adventure features a two-hour classical hatha yoga class each morning, plus mountain walks, tiffin-style packed lunches, sunset meditation and workshops on local bio-diversity, organic farming, cooking and yoga philosophy. Tamsin teaches a relaxing, calm style of yoga inspired by sivananda and yin practices, and your base is a homely forest retreat – the Foundation for Contemplation of Nature’s Himalayan Centre – in the Almora district with a timber-framed studio and organic, vegetarian alcohol-free meals. You get to see the Taj Mahal and Delhi on this trip too.
• From £1,395pp sharing (excl flights), 8 guests. 4-17 November, littlefrenchretreat.com B

Align your anatomy, Italy

Set on a private hillside estate near Ponte a Moriano, Reclaim Yourself’s fun-filled healthy week features classes with jivamukti expert Emma Henry and alignment-based vinyasa teacher Adam Husler. Start with a power smoothie and a 2½-hour flow class each day with Adam or Emma, then in the afternoons work with Adam on anatomical alignment, turn up the volume in an advanced class with Emma or take a healthy cooking class with chef Sabar Rahbar. There are trips to nearby Lucca and Florence and vegan feasts under the stars.
• From £895 pp for 6 nights, 24 guests. 20-26 August, reclaimyourself.co.uk

BEST FOR SUN

Hatha in Ithaca, Greece

International teachers lead different weeks between May and October at Itha108, a gorgeous island retreat just five minutes from the Ionian sea, where accommodation is split between a Venetian-style house and five Mongolian-style yurts. All levels will enjoy weeks with Laura Gilmore, director of Bristol City Yoga, who teaches two, two-hour long hatha yoga classes a day, the second being a restorative class. Fish is served for those who want it, alongside the veggie meals.
• From £925pp (in a yurt) sharing for 7 nights, 20 guests. Next runs 1-8 July, bristolcityyoga.co.uk B

Life of Pi, Costa Brava, Spain

Photograph: Emmanuel Heurtier

With hammocks and a saltwater swimming pool just a 10-minute stroll from a beach, Pi Blau is an eco villa which enjoys 9-11 hours of sunshine a day during the summer, when Destination Yoga runs retreats here. Twice-daily, one-hour yoga classes are led by visiting experts, including vinyasa flow teacher Joanna Najduch (in June) who is particularly patient with beginners. Between times there’s walking, massages and healthy veggie meals. Guests can detox or enjoy local wine and beer.
• From £995pp sharing for 7 nights, 16 guests. Next runs 10-17 May. destinationyoga.co.uk B

Yurts and yin, Turkey

Sunshine is almost guaranteed from May to October in the secluded Huzur Vadisi Yoga Retreat in its mountain valley 10 minutes from the coast. Guests stay in yurts among olive groves, and do two classes a day with a changing roster of expert teachers in a spacious shala. Yin yang teacher Simon Low runs a retreat here each year, while other experts include the Scaravelli-influenced (gentle, gravity-based yoga) duo Tuesday McNeill and Marc Woolford. Between classes, guests can sunbathe, swim, walk, read, go to the beach or take boat trips. Food is mostly veggie, with fish or chicken twice a week. All levels.
• From £690pp sharing, 28 guests. Next runs 26 Jun-3 Jul (Low), 10-17 Jul (McNeill/Woolford), huzurvadisi.com B £

Restorative riad, Morocco

Come to riad-style Hotel Tigmi in a laid-back Berber village outside Marrakech for yoga with vibrant Jonelle Lewis in May, whose classes are often set to an urban soundtrack, or for an insightful week with iyengar-trained Jim Tarran and Khadine Morcom in June. Twice-daily, 1½- or two-hour classes are punctuated by swims in the two pools, trips to the souks of Marrakech, a massage or hammam and local walks. Veggie and meat meals, cake and alcohol are all on offer.
• From £795pp sharing, 20 guests. Next runs 20-27 May (Lewis), 10-17 June (Tarran/Morcom), yogaexplorers.com

Mediterranean meditation, Crete

On a cliff on the island’s southern coast, where the sun shines almost continually from May to October, is Yoga Rocks. Swim, sunbathe or hang out in a hammock between classes and pick a teacher who feels right to you. Reema Datta, from 13-20 May, teaches a gentle style that incorporates yoga philosophy, chanting, meditation and her own music, while Sky Akasha Tobias in September runs a funky, immersive retreat influenced by tai chi and dance. Expect gigantic vegetarian buffets including cakes.
• From £750pp sharing for 7 nights, 20 guests. yogaholidaysgreece.com B £

Feel the magic, north Goa, India

India, the spiritual home of yoga, is a great place for escaping the British winter and there’s a multitude of yoga holidays to choose from. Yoga Magic is a bit special, with tented eco-lodges in beautiful gardens. There’s yoga twice a day in a shala made from mud with a palm leaf roof, led by great local teachers drawing on a range of traditions, and incredible organic Indian cuisine. There’s a natural pool and Ayurvedic and homeopathic treatments available too.
• From £450pp sharing for 1 week yoga holiday B&B, (high season price), yogamagic.net B £

BEST HOLISTIC RETREATS

For mums and children, Derbyshire

These new yogic glamping breaks from Pachamama Yoga Retreats give tired mums – Pachamama means mother earth for indigenous Andean people – time to bond with their little ones (of any age) in a Peak District woodland setting. Stay in luxury safari tents and wake up with two hours of vinyasa flow each morning with the honey-voiced Kerry Wilde while your children enjoy forest school. Afternoons are free, then there’s a 90-minute yin yoga session each evening plus meditation, massages, vegan food and an African dance workshop.
• From £1,100 for a mother and child for 6 nights, 12 guests. First runs April. pachamama-yoga.com B

Peak peace, Oleiros, Portugal

Restorative retreats at family-run Vale de Moses in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountains offer a morning silent meditation walk along rivers and through forest before an invigorating two-hour yoga class suitable for all levels. There’s also therapeutic massage and acupuncture, workshops exploring aspects of yogic life, meditation and wild swimming, while some retreats focus on sleep. The main yoga teacher is owner Barbados-born Vonetta Winter, who teaches dynamic hatha yoga focusing on strength, balance and stability. Meals are vegetarian and Ayurvedic.
• From £670pp sharing, up to 16 guests. Weekly between March and October. valedemoses.com B £

Wellbeing in the raw, North Yorkshire

Photograph: PR

The women-only Healthily Happy Retreat, led by raw food expert Dr Claire Maguire at Split Farthing Hall, the 18th-century countryside base of Raw Horizons, mixes a daily 90-minute class of kundalini yoga with two daily 90-minute sessions covering wellbeing coaching, chakra balancing, aromatherapy and healthy chocolate-making. Guests can soak in the outdoor hot tub, use the far infrared sauna, have a massage or put their feet up in the cosy library. Meals are cleansing and raw, alcohol- and coffee-free, and yoga includes music.
• From £995pp sharing for five nights, 10 guests. Next runs 29 Jan-3 Feb, rawhorizons.co.uk B

Alpujarras ashram, Spain

At Kaliyoga’s base in the Alpujarras you can pick from a variety of activities to mix with your yoga, including hill walking, raw food cleansing and juice fasting with nutrition lectures, colonic cleanses and guided meditation. Chill by the pool, have a treatment, use the infra-red sauna and take two yoga classes a day. Resident teachers include Lely Aldworth, who teaches dynamic yoga, encouraging guests to experience yoga as a moving meditation. Alcohol-free meals are veggie and vegan.
• From £895pp sharing for 6 nights, 15 guests. Weekly from 26 Feb to 18 Nov, kaliyoga.com B

Fruitful stays, Sri Lanka

At the soulful Sen Wellness Sanctuary, in a nature reserve, there are yoga classes on breathtaking Rekawa beach as the sun rises, followed by breakfast of fruits and a fresh coconut, and ayurvedic treatments or sessions with a resident osteopath before sunset yoga in the shala overlooking mangroves. Excellent acupuncture is available, and meals are veggie with some fish. Yoga teachers in residence in 2017 include kundalini teacher Maren Lander and Pleuni van Hulten, who teaches two Scaravelli-inspired vinyasa flow and yin yoga classes each day, giving a lot of useful hands-on adjustments. All meals are ayurvedic Sri Lankan curries, and you’ll see wild monkeys in the trees.
• From £330pp for 3 nights, 16-20 guests. senwellnesssanctuary.com B £

Healing hotspot, Thailand

At Sanctuary, a jungle and beach retreat on Koh Phangan, guests can indulge in spa treatments, use the steam room, have a healing session at a Tea Temple, take a Pilates class and follow an intense detox programme. Choose a three-, seven- or 10-night yoga retreat with visiting expert teachers, who include Peter Clifford, an Australian yoga master who teaches a flowing classical hatha style. Veggie and seafood meals can be healthy or indulgent, and there are movies under the stars.
• From £290pp sharing for 3 nights, 15 guests, thesanctuarythailand.com B £

Detox and cleanse, Wiltshire

On its retreats at 17th-century Littleton Mill, Jiva Healing cleverly mixes yoga with detoxing and healthy eating a few times a year. Choose the Creative Cooking, Conscious Eating and Yoga retreat for nutrition talks and cookery demos, or the Juice Fasting and Yoga retreat to cleanse with organic juices and coffee enemas. On each retreat, daily hatha yoga classes are taught by Chetana Thornton, whose husband Will plays live relaxing music throughout. There’s also bodywork and vegan meals.
• From £325pp sharing for 2 nights, 14 guests. Retreats run April and August. jivahealing.com
Caroline Sylger Jones is the founder of queenofretreats.com

Yoga lingo

Ashtanga yoga: athletic, quite demanding

Dru yoga: a type of yoga based on flowing movements

Gong bath: being “bathed” in gong vibrations

Hatha yoga: broad term for classical yoga

Iyengar yoga: precise and alignment based

Jivamukti yoga: a vigorous hatha-style yoga form

Kundalini yoga: a spiritual practice focused on raising energy

Pranayama: breathing exercises

Shala: a place of yoga; a studio or platform of wood or mud

Sivananda yoga: classical practice based on 12 basic poses

Restorative yoga: slow and supported poses

Vinyassa flow: flowing from one pose to the next

Yin yoga: slow, long-held poses

Yoga nidra: “yogic sleep”, gentle/meditative yoga

The caption for the leading picture was amended on 2 January because, as two commenters have pointed out, the picture is of the Kaliyoga retreat in Puglia, Italy, not its retreat in Andalucía.

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