5 sights you must see on your yoga mat

by Marie Nieves, Guest Contributor


Make your yoga mat a world traveller

This marvellous Hindu philosophy is said to be extremely beneficial to our health – both physical and mental. Numerous yogis and experienced yoga practitioners claim that it helped them achieve tranquillity and peace, which is particularly important today when everyone lives a hectic lifestyle. If you are passionate about yoga, and you love travelling and exploring new destinations, stay with us. Here are five fantastic yoga retreats that will leave you breathless, so check them out and pack your mat for the next trip.


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Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA

This surreal canyon is home to yoga and hiking retreat which is guided by an experienced program director and yoga teacher, Melissa Phillips-Hagedorn. What is great about it is the fact that it combines different kinds of this beautiful practice – Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa, with hikes through the canyon. Such a breathtaking setting will allow you to connect with nature even more, as well as to explore it and find your own peaceful state of mind.

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Bangalore, India

Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Retreat Shreyas Resort that is located in Bangalore is more than just a regular yoga retreat – it is a true life-changer. Besides ayurverdic therapies such as abhyanga (traditional Indian self-massage) and pranayama (guided breathing), it also offers different classes that will help you maintain such a lifestyle when you come back home. Consultations on how to integrate yoga into your everyday life and vegetarian cooking classes are just one part of this highly-beneficial program.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Tapas Soul Yoga Retreat and the Xinalani Retreat Centre is a great place to dig into a plethora of different yoga postures that will help you look within yourself with Satya (truthfulness). Yoga sessions are dedicated to a complete renewal and are taking place twice a day – the first one being dynamic Vinyasa flow at 6 a.m., and the second one at sunset in one of the open-air studios. Aside from yoga sessions, visitors can hike, surf, or simply lay back and enjoy the stunning ocean views.

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Living Valley, Sunshine Coast, Australia

One trip to Sunshine Coast, Australia will certainly change your world view, especially if you visit one of the most fantastic detox retreats out there – Living Valley. Acres of hills, valleys, and outstanding, pristine nature will take your breath away, and that will definitely help you relax and forget your everyday worries. Amazing views and versatile wildlife will provide a feeling of safety, which will allow you to achieve a peaceful state of mind and focus on doing things you love. Needless to say, this place is perfect for practicing yoga thanks to the atmosphere of tranquillity you will feel as soon as you set your foot in it.

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Yoga Cruise Finike, Turkey

Take the yoga practice to a whole new level by joining aboard for a unique holiday retreat. This revitalising voyage will take the whole experience to a next level, simply because yoga is literally transporting here – it takes place at a gorgeous yacht which sails along the Turkish Mediterranean coast. You will have an opportunity to go snorkelling and kayaking once you finish practicing, which is a great chance for exploring this beautiful country further on.

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All of these amazing places are truly inspirational if you are a passionate yoga practitioner, and all you have to do is to pack your mat and prepare your passport for the new adventure. Set yourself free and open your mind, and you will see that a peaceful state of mind will be achieved much easier that way.





About the author

Marie Nieves, a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. As she always loved to travel, she really loves to talk about her experiences. On her journeys she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography and regular author on several blogs. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.

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