Healthy and Beauty: Yoga Right About Now

Parts of the weekend didnt’ turn out how I expected – with my stress level elevating to highs so out-of-control that my body simply shut down. This is of course stress upon stress of every-day life and  some not-so-normal  nonsense. I realized after taking a step back and deep breaths, that I needed to re-start my yoga classes – without coming up with a dozen or more excuses that I need to be elsewhere first taking care of anyone else but myself.

So the first thing I did, was add a weekly reoccurring calendar reminder for Fridays at eleven in the morning for me to simply disconnect from my life,  and go do yoga, followed by deep meditation. And naturally the internet sensing my needs, added a site for amazing yoga retreats to consider, to keep the momentum going.  Here are the ones I am seriously considering:

Located in Bali, Blooming Lotus Yoga Retreat is set in an island paradise. The retreat offers daily Vinyasa Flow classes, suitable for all levels, each morning. There are also workshops, meditation, and pranayama sessions. The retreat also offers personal guidance sessions that focus on eating patterns and daily routines so yogis can go home and live their most zen-like life.

Located in Tucson, AZ, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is a stunning retreat that offers workshops like mindful stress mastery, pranayama combined with mudras for mind focus, and restorative yoga for people of all levels. However, it also offers some more advanced classes like aerial yoga and private sessions, too.

Known among yogis for an experience that’s second to none, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Luxury Resort and Retreat in San Diego offers more than 10 different types of yoga. Also available are meditation workshops and several different Pilates classes, both of which supplement the yoga routine.

Located in Costa Rica, the Harmony Hotel is one of the most beloved yoga retreats in the country. It offers classes daily for both locals and guests, and the studio is surrounded by lush, stunning greenery with no walls or mirrors, so yogis only focus on the overall experience. Adjacent to the yoga studio is an additional open-air yoga sanctuary located near a lily-filled pond. At this retreat, you can try anything from body rolling to open shalala for meditation.

Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, the Fairmont Orchid offers yogis a real treat: Flo-Yo. That’s right, the ability to perfect your favorite yoga poses in the middle of the water. Practiced on a stand-up paddleboard, Flo-Yo connects the mind, body, and breath and demonstrates the benefits of building strength through balance and resistance. Water not your thing? The hotel and spa also offers seaside flow yoga, gentle yoga/meditation, and mindfulness training.

Located at the base of the Alpujarras in Spain, Kaliyoga’s yoga classes and activities are focused on awakening the ability to know yourself deeper, according to the resort. Seven days long, the retreat includes an array of yoga classes for both beginners and advanced yogis; healthy, cleansing food; and several different natural health treatments.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a yoga retreat in the adventure zone of the Arctic Circle, look no further than the Lyngen Lodge in Norway. Run several times a year, a four-day yoga retreat is combined with northern Norway discoveries. One added benefit? There is a focus on breathing in the yoga classes to help you get the most out of breathing in the Arctic air outside. Each day starts with a 90-minute yoga class taught by Minna Skirgard, a Swedish-born yoga teacher.

If one doesn’t do their favorite yoga pose on the edge of an infinity pool at sunrise, has one even been on a yoga retreat at all? Set in arguably one of the most stunning settings in the world, Rocabella Santorini hosts a yoga and Pilates experience that is second to none. The retreats include rooms with either private plunge pools or expansive views and feature a one-hour yoga and Pilates session per day.

Go here for the rest of the list

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