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5 Luxury Yoga Retreats 2017

Oct 11, 2017 | Parisian Eye

The beauty of yoga is that it can be done anywhere, including at home. Nonetheless, when things get too overwhelming, escaping to a tropical location could be just what you need in order to rejuvenate yourself. To help you plan your next yoga escape, let’s look at five luxury yoga retreats where you can recharge your body and mind.

Parrot Cay Retreat

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The Richest declared Parrot Cay Retreat as the most luxurious yoga retreat in the world today. It’s located in the Turks & Caicos Islands, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. The place gives guests the opportunity to practice yoga on one of the islands’ idyllic beaches.

The retreat’s facilities include a lavish spa, Japanese bath, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. You can avail of either Western-style or Ayurvedic treatments and indulge in Asian and Western cuisine to refuel your body after all the physical activities.

Blue Spirit Retreat

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Yoga Journal describes Blue Spirit Retreat as a mix of yoga retreat and nature reserve. This yoga escape in Nosara, Costa Rica puts you right at the centre of a jungle, but it’s just a short walk away from the beach. You can hear the sounds of wildlife, which make the atmosphere even more relaxing.

Environmentally-conscious yogis will appreciate the eco-friendly amenities, from its eco-cottages to the solar-powered main building. Most of the culinary offerings at Blue Spirit Retreat are for vegetarians such as grains and fruit smoothies, although they also serve fish.

Xinalani Yoga Retreat

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Xinalani Yoga Retreat is another escape with beautiful views of the ocean. Its remote location in Mexico allows guests to surround themselves with the beauty of nature, even as they get into their yoga practice. When not in class, they can enjoy swimming, kayaking, or surfing at the centre’s private beach.

The relative isolation makes it a haven for celebrity yogis who want to enjoy a private retreat. For instance, LPR previously reported that Heather Graham, a long-time yoga practitioner currently seen on Foxy Bingo TV, went on a retreat here for a full week.

Kamalaya Koh Samui

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Kamalaya Koh Samui also provides yogis with respite in a tropical paradise. Situated in the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, the retreat centre offers group classes and individualised yoga programmes for visitors. Guests also gain access to a steam cavern, swimming and plunge pools, and fitness centre, among other amenities. Personal wellness consultations are also included in their packages.

Yoga Magic

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Yoga Magic is one of the best in the world, and it’s found in the birthplace of yoga – India. It features tented eco-lodges built in the middle of beautiful gardens. Yoga instructors are local practitioners who provide guidance rooted in ancient traditions. You can choose among Ayurvedic and homeopathic treatments.

Tips to make the most out of your yoga retreat

– Make sure that the retreat you choose fits what you are looking for. Find a programme that suits your needs, especially since there are different types of yoga.

– Make friends with the staff as well as other guests. They can provide you with companionship and serve as your support system during your holiday. Depending on the course offered, the group size can range from 10 to 50 people. Don’t be afraid to chat with them – you might even foster friendships that may last a lifetime.

– It’s wise to condition your mind and body a few days ahead. We Travel advises getting enough rest so you are ready for the activities and the sudden break from your normal lifestyle.

– Keep an open mind. Even though you have done your research on what to expect during your yoga retreat, it is still possible that you may find yourself facing something unexpected. After all, it’s one of the basic principles of yoga which makes you receptive and appreciative of everything about the trip.

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