Best destinations to practice yoga

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Best destinations to practice yoga
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If you are looking for relaxation or if you are a yoga fanatic, here is the list – it is not exhaustive of course – of the best places in the world to practice yoga.

Traveling is a great opportunity to discover new cultures, but also to break the routine and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. That’s why more and more people are dedicating part of their trip to practices that help them achieve the well-being and spiritual peace they so desire. Yoga is, without a doubt, one of the best disciplines to achieve this.

Rishikesh, world capital of yoga

Best destinations to practice yoga - Rishikesh
Rishikesh

Rishikesh, India, is known as the yoga capital of the world. For many, it is also the birthplace of yoga. Located at the foot of the Himalayas and bordered by India’s holiest river, the streets of Rishikesh are filled with centers offering hatha and ashtanga classes.

Its stores sell all kinds of yoga equipment, as do the ashrams, spaces dedicated to spirituality and meditation. Also, you will see gurus on both banks of the Ganges, performing many spiritual ceremonies. And the icing on the cake… Once a year the International Yoga Festival takes place, one of the most important yogic events on the planet.

Ibiza, the most spiritual side of the Balearic island

Best destinations to practice yoga - Ibiza
Ibiza

This idyllic Balearic island is not only known as a place for partying. Its Mediterranean landscape is the perfect source of inspiration for thousands of travelers looking to connect with their inner selves.

Ibiza hosts hundreds of yoga retreats each year, and even if you only want to attend a few classes on your island getaway, there are many yoga and holistic therapy schools to suit your needs in the more touristy areas.

Ubud, yoga on the island of gods

Best destinations to practice yoga - Ubud
Ubud – ©Photo: Jon Flobrant

Although yoga is not part of the Balinese tradition and culture, the harmony that the people of this Indonesian island exude, combined with the nature, creates a zen atmosphere and ideal for the practice of this discipline.

In Ubud in particular, it is possible to find a magical place, although it has been a very touristy destination for years. Perhaps it is due to the fascinating ceremonies organized by the locals, or the intoxicating scents of the incense sticks? Or the breathtaking natural setting of rice fields and volcanoes? Whatever the reason, this city is full of yoga studios and schools where you can learn the best postures to relax your body and mind.

Tulum, the perfect Mexican paradise to connect with your inner self

Best destinations to practice yoga - Tulum
Tulum – ©Photo: Anna Sullivan

This tropical paradise surrounded by beautiful beaches and a tranquil atmosphere is without a doubt one of the best destinations for yoga. The city, located on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, has always been considered a magical place where many visitors have come to seek peace.

Tulum is also known for its preservation of the environment and the importance it places on sustainability. In many of its hotels and schools, you can practice different types of yoga.
Ashtanga, hatha, vinyasa… As if that wasn’t enough, Tulum not only has beautiful beaches, but also a large number of Mayan ruins perfect for learning about the history and culture of the area.

The Algarve and its Atlantic landscapes, the best place to practice yoga

Best destinations to practice yoga - Algarve
Algarve (Portugal)

Another of the best destinations for yoga is Portugal, especially in the southern part of the country, the Algarve. This region is popular with yogis because of its spectacular Atlantic scenery and mild climate for most of the year. It is also one of the best surfing spots in Europe for its world famous waves. Lagos, Faro, Albufeira, Tavira… If you’re looking for a destination that combines yoga and surfing, the southern coast of Portugal is the perfect place to indulge yourself.

A little further north, in Cascais, just outside of Lisbon, there are also plenty of opportunities to participate in morning yoga sessions and then relax on the beach. Overall, this country is a great place to relax and practice mindfulness.

Koh Samui and Ko Pha Ngan, yoga in the most paradisiacal islands of Thailand

Best destinations to practice yoga - Koh Samui
Koh Samui – ©Photo: Kiki Siepel

The island of Koh Samui is considered one of the best yoga destinations in the world. It is home to many retreat spaces offering yoga and detoxification programs, all facing the sea. You can learn different types of yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and even enjoy hydrotherapy centers and saunas.

Hawaii, yoga in the middle of volcanoesFor those looking for something even more remote, another must-see island on this list is Ko Pha Ngan, known for its Full Moon Party. This medium-sized island in the Gulf of Thailand is the perfect place to combine a beach vacation with yoga classes. It has a number of spiritual retreat sites accessible only by boat.

Hawaii, yoga in the middle of volcanoes

Best destinations to practice yoga - Hawaii
Hawaii – @Photo: Karsten Winegeart

Hawaii is a place full of spirituality, with towering volcanoes, waterfalls… In short, an incredibly diverse nature and a pleasant climate all year round. It is not surprising that it is one of the best yoga destinations in the world. A volcanic archipelago steeped in magic wherever you go!

The Pacific tropics are said to have a special, mystical energy. That’s why many tourists travel to these islands to get a feel for it. Gradually, yoga studios and schools have also sprung up to help visitors connect with the harmony that emanates from them.

Costa Rica, yoga in its purest form!

Best destinations to practice yoga - Isla Tortuga
Isla Tortuga – ©Photo: Atanas Malamov

Thanks to its immense natural wealth, and because it is the destination par excellence for nature sports, this Central American country has become the ideal place for this discipline. There are a growing number of spiritual retreat centers and yoga schools that are committed to taking visitors away from all forms of distraction.

One of the best destinations in the country is Santa Teresa, in Puntarenas. This small bohemian town is full of yoga centers that offer classes to make their students true professionals.

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