by EMILY FROST
6 of the best destinations for yoga travel
Whether your downward-facing dog is rock solid or your warrior pose is a little wobbly, we’ve collated six of the world’s best destinations for a yoga holiday.
Nestled in the Himalayan foothills on the sacred River Ganges, where locals gather at dusk for the nightly river worship ceremony – it’s hard to fathom a place more conducive to spiritual healing.
India is the birthplace of yoga, and Rishikesh’s pedigree in the ancient art is well known, thanks, in part, to a certain Liverpudlian quartet, who visited an ashram here in the 60s.
Ease into this yoga heartland with a class (or lengthier stay) at Parmarth Niketan, one of India’s top yoga centres offering Pranayama and Vedic healing for all abilities.
For total rejuvenation, try Phool Chatti ashram. Standing strong after 120 years of practice, this centre draws on Hindu traditions in a programme of yoga and holistic renewal.
Still proudly sporting its badge of honour as one of the world’s most established party destinations, Ibiza is perhaps an unexpected addition to this list.
A swathe of new wellness retreats channeling Ibiza’s liberal soul and natural beauty now provides a salubrious yin to the island’s hard-partying yang.
For a more conventional experience, the YogaRosa retreat offers a tranquil stay in a traditional, whitewashed villa, with daily guided practice and meditation sessions.
Sacred Valley, Peru
Burrowed into the slopes of the Andean highlands and dotted with Incan citadels, rural weaving villages and airy, colonial towns, the Río Urubamba Valley is better known as ‘Sacred’ for a reason.
This is a spiritual place, with the energy of Pachamama (Incan Mother Nature) tangible in every cloud-shrouded mountain peak, waterfall and alpaca, drawing yogis from all corners of the globe.
Whether it’s the spirituality or the scenery that appeals, there’s a miscellany of centres scattered throughout the valley, offering a variety of classes.
Nidra Wasi offers daily Andean and Hatha yoga sessions – and longer teacher training courses – in a beautiful studio with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as an on-site sauna and spa.
Elsewhere, Paramatma Holistic Healing centre in the ancient Incan city of Cuzco runs Asthanga Vinyasa yoga and meditation workshops for all abilities.
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