4 most beautiful spots in the world for yoga
It’s been a couple of months since we went along to the fabulous yoga festival at Wanderlust UK, and we’re still feeling inspired by it! Here are some of the most beautiful yoga locations across the world, in a brilliant guest post.
The practise of yoga has helped many people on their path towards spiritual reunification. From the Sanskrit word for ‘union’, yoga involves the merging of a person’s individual consciousness with the divine. Connecting to your inner-self and the universe can seem like a pretty daunting task, but there are certain locations that make the task of spiritual enlightenment easier to achieve. Read on to discover four of the most beautiful places in the world to set down your yoga mat and practise some downward dog!
1. Rishikesh, India
It’s impossible to make a list of the most beautiful yoga travel destinations without mentioning India. As the birthplace of yoga, India is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn about the origins of yoga and deepen your understanding of the traditional practice. If you are struggling to decide where in India to visit, it would be easy to see why, as there are simply hundreds of incredible retreats, ashrams and yoga schools to choose from! Why not start with the place dubbed the Yoga Capital of the World? Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas and right next to the River Ganga, Rishikesh offers natural beauty and traditional yogic wisdom from its many gurus and schools.
2. Silver Island, Greece
If getting completely off the grid is more your cup of tea, then you can’t get more isolated than a private island. Yes, you heard right! Just off the coast of Kanatadika, the small Silver Island is a one-of-a-kind, private island yoga retreat. Only ten guests are allowed at any one time, so if you enjoy practising asanas in perfect peace and quiet while enjoying views of olive groves and the ocean, then this is the place for you.
3. Ubud, Bali
Quickly becoming the coolest global yoga-destination, Bali is a paradise for yogis. Despite being a small collection of villages, Ubud offers dozens of yoga classes every day. With meditation, hatha, vinyasa, vin, restorative and power yoga on offer, there is something to suit every type of yoga practitioner. Bali is also a fantastic place for environmentally conscious yogis, as there are numerous eco-friendly retreats, dedicated to deepening your understanding of yoga philosophy to help with your personal transformation towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Many companies and brands, including those that sell clothing, are aware of the demand for sustainable products. Bonds, for instance,is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions by a massive 40% by 2020. Surrounded by rainforests, tropical plants, birds and monkeys, Bali is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and wildlife.
4. Big Sur, California
Chilled out and relaxed, California’s Big Sur is a rugged stretch of shore with incredible views and a famously misty coastline. Big Sur has many places to practise yoga, but perhaps the biggest draw of this beautiful area (other than the views) is the other holistic activities on offer. Meditation, massage, mystic healing, creative arts and hot sulphur springs mean that once you have finished your yoga class, you will be able to indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation. California is famous for its sunshine, of course – and what better way to accessorise your yoga outfit than with some upcycled sunglasses? You’ll be protected from the sun, stylish and – most importantly of all – eco-friendly at the same time.
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