Life’s responsibilities are no small task. Between work, school, finances, and family, it’s easy to understand how one can become to feel overwhelmed. There are healthy and enjoyable ways, however, to renew your energy and optimism. Yoga and meditation have both proven to have countless physical and emotional benefits. Yoga, for instance, helps protect your spine and prevent the breakdown of cartilage and joints. Additionally, meditation can lessen anxiety and depression, and help develop positive social interactions.
With the variety of benefits offered by both of these activities, it’s almost silly not to explore them further. So where do you go for such retreats? They’re popping up everywhere, both in the US as well as across the world, rapidly gaining in popularity and offering a host of luxurious accommodations. While you should do a bit of research into the best retreat for you, we did some of the homework already and found six yoga and meditation retreats around the world that have received glowing reviews.
1. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
With breathtaking Stockbridge, Massachusetts as its backdrop, Kripalu offers daily yoga courses, delicious natural-foods cuisine, massage, hiking, saunas, a private beach, and even a labyrinth. And with the scenic view of mountains and lake, getting into a more peaceful state of mind is guaranteed.
2. Esalen Institute
This retreat center and educational institute in Big Sur, California boasts cliffside hot springs, a farm and garden, an art center, and overall, 120 acres of beautiful land resting between mountain and ocean. Where do we sign up?
3. Eat Pray Move
Eat Pray Move hosts retreats all over the world, with upcoming trips happening in India, Iceland, Morocco, and Croatia. The best part about this organization is its “Give Back” retreats, where 10% of the profits go to global non-profits. Eat Pray Move brings so much more than yoga and meditation, like in-water massages that take place in lagoons.
4. Kalani Oceanside Retreat
This Hawaiian eco-community provides farm-to-table meals, workshops, hula classes, lauhala weaving, qigong, tai chi, and a variety of other classes and activities. The swimwear optional half-Olympic pool, heated saltwater pool, jacuzzis, and sauna are just the cherry on top.
5. Pravassa RetreatWell
Pravassa retreats take you everywhere, from India and Indonesia to Thailand and throughout the US. Raw food classes, herbal spa remedies, mud lounges, and bio-dynamic wine are just a few things they offer to help you unwind and recharge your battery.
6. Miraval Resort & Spa
Travel to Arizona for yoga, fitness, hiking, meditation, lectures, hot stone massages, and loofa cleanses — and this is barely scratching the surface. Miraval has been recognized by Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Andrew Harper.
It’s so important to your health and happiness to make time for yourself. Turn off your phone, don’t worry about checking your emails, and focus on your own well-being. Have you experienced any kind of retreat? Let us know where you went and what you thought of it!