The Best Yoga Retreats in the World

Posted by Danny Rhodehamel on

Have you been wanting to find a good yoga retreat?  Chances are you have thought about it, but just couldn't figure out the best trip for you. There are several types of yoga retreat centers.  It's can be hard to find the one that's the perfect fit.  Maybe you're looking for a place to relax, or perhaps somewhere you can dive deeper into your yoga practice. 

I have been traveling the world for the last 5 years, going from one yoga retreat center to the next.  I have come up with a list of my top 4 yoga retreats that I feel would be perfect for the yogi that is searching for a great place.

Samahita - Koh Samui, Thailand

Go Deeper into your Practice
Samahita is one of the best retreats I have experienced.  In fact, I have attended a total of 7 times.  It's a great balance of yoga and relaxation.  When I leave this place I feel like a better person.  Samahita's staff offers an abundance of knowledge and experience.  Throughout the year you can choose from several types of workshops from beginner to advanced.  Yoga greats like Richard Freeman, Michael Hamilton, and Kino Macgregor will lead workshops in this tropical spot.  

The knowledge base of this center has been built by Paul Dallaghan.  His many years of deep practice have lead him to guide others on their journey in exploring deeper aspects of yoga through Asana, Pranayama, and Kriyas.  It provides a great opportunity to  focus on yoga studies and self discovery.

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Anamaya - Montezuma, Costa Rica

Relax and Have Fun
This is the perfect retreat to add some fun to your yoga!  It is a great place to get away, check in with yourself, and explore a variety of activities.  Anamaya not only has lead asana twice a daily, it also offers a wide range of optional extras.  You can choose from zip lining, surfing, snorkeling, or just lay around and zen- out with one of the best tropical views on the planet.  Delicious, healthy meals are served 3 times a day by their friendly, personable staff.  Anamaya also has a visitor- friendly farm nearby that provides much of the food you'll eat.  It is a breathtaking place where you come home refreshed and recharged.

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One World Retreat - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Experience the Culture of Bali
One World Retreat offers a nice introduction to the spiritual city of Ubud in Bali.  If you are new to the yoga world, it is a great immersive retreat.  The instructors move in a very meditative flow.  They will guide you through a simple practice that blends nicely with the rest of the retreat activities.  One of my favorite things was when a Balinese priest took us to the water temple and demonstrated the importance of the offerings we brought.

Another great thing about One World is the massage sessions that are included in the retreat package.  A day of silence is observed that includes 3 excellent meals.  The combination of all their offerings gives a feeling of calmness to your soul.    You will feel the warmth of Ubud in the presence of the friendly Balinese.  

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Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute - Mysore, India 

Learn the Traditional Ways of Yoga
If you are a true yogi you will want to visit Mysore, India to pay respect to some of the true masters of yoga.  One of the best places to check out is the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.  Founded by Pattabhi Jois, it is now run by his nephew R. Sharath Jois.  The Ashtanga series is strictly practiced here.  The series is taken very seriously so a full knowledge of the sequence is suggested before going to the center.  It is a great place to learn the traditional ways of yoga and discipline from dedicated teachers full of experience and passed- down knowledge.

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