Yoga Vacations Around the World

Yoga poses on the limestone rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre Courtesy Burren Yoga Centre
By Carrie Havranek; edited by Hannah Norman

For the times when you need to rejuvenate, a yoga vacation can be the perfect escape. From Mexico to Ireland and India, many of these vacations are at all-inclusive, retreat-style establishments offering a range of yoga styles. High-caliber instruction, vegetarian-friendly meals, and the use of saunas are typically included at each of these locales -- leaving you little choice but to focus on destressing.

Photo Caption: Yoga poses on the limestone rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre. Courtesy Burren Yoga Centre.
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Meditation at SwaSwara yoga retreat in Karnataka, India. Courtesy of SwaSwara Photo courtesy of SwaSwara
What: SwaSwara

Where: Karnataka, India

The Details: SwaSara means "my own rhythm," and so the pace at this resort is designed accordingly. The resort is on a clifftop overlooking OM beach, where you can do yoga as the sun rises and relax in your own villa. Yoga, meditation, vegetarian meals, art classes, cooking instruction, and transfers from the Goa airport are all included. An attention to local, organic, and seasonal food defines the menu.

When: The resort is open year-round.

More Info: www.swaswara.com

Photo Caption: Meditation at SwaSwara yoga retreat in Karnataka, India. Courtesy of SwaSwara
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Yoga classes at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Photo courtesy of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health Photo Courtesy of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
What: Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Where: Lenox, Massachusetts

The Details: Kripalu has grown over the years, including the recent addition of an eco-friendly dormitory to its campus in the Berkshires. Come here for different workshops and classes with top instructors in yoga and wellness. To experience the essence of the place, however, try a Retreat and Renewal, where you create your own itinerary at your pace. Hike, walk, do yoga, take tai chi, learn about nutrition, and more.

When: Retreat and Renewals take place year-round.

More Info: tel. 866/200-5203; www.kripalu.org

Photo Caption: Yoga classes at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Courtesy Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
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Outdoor yoga at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre in Kinvara, County Galway. Courtesy Burren Yoga Centre Courtesy Burren Yoga Centre
What: Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Where: Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland

The Details: Famous for its limestone rocks, rolling hills, and extensive archeological history, the Burren lies south of Galway in County Clare. When you're not practicing various yoga poses at this center -- located on the edge of the Burren -- you can enjoy long walks and soak up some of Ireland's most scenic countryside. Depending on the time of year, retreat lengths vary from weekends to weeklong retreats.

When: The schedule varies. For example, weekend-only courses are available through late May; six-day retreats start in the end of June through September.

More Info: tel. +353-91-637680; www.burrenyoga.com

Photo Caption: Outdoor yoga at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre in Kinvara, County Galway. Courtesy Burren Yoga Centre
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Pacific coastline near Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Photo Haramara Retreat Haramara Retreat
What: Haramara Retreat

Where: Sayulita, Mexico

The Details: Escape for a week at the secluded Haramara, situated between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Accommodations are in private palapa cabanas that merge the indoor-outdoor experience. At Haramara, yoga and meditation classes take place in the open-air pavilion, where you'll feel cooling ocean breezes. The curriculum includes a range of yoga styles, including Iyengar, vinyasa, and Yin Yang.

When: Saturday-to-Saturday retreats run throughout the year.

More Info: tel. 888/494-3688; www.haramararetreat.com

Photo Caption: Pacific coastline near Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Courtesy Haramara Retreat
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Instructor Erich Schiffmann teaching at Feathered Pipe yoga retreat. Photos courtesy Feathered Pipe Ranch Courtesy Feathered Pipe Ranch
What: Feathered Pipe

Where: Helena, Montana

The Details: This is strictly a retreat place, so you're not able to stay for just a couple of nights. That's fine though, because you'll want to soak up the beauty of the Rocky Mountains -- when you're not in downward-facing dog, that is. Devotees come from all over to enjoy the workshops from visiting teachers, such as Sherri Baptiste and Brooke Medicine Eagle in June and Erich Schiffmann in July. Accommodations range from indoor rooms at the ranch to tents, teepees, or yurts, depending on what sort of experience you prefer.

When: Workshops are held throughout the year.

More Info: tel. 406/442-8196; www.featheredpipe.com

Photo Caption: Instructor Erich Schiffmann teaching at Feathered Pipe yoga retreat. Courtesy Feathered Pipe Ranch
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Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Kerala, India. Photos Courtesy of Somatheeram Courtesy of Somatheeram
What: Soumatheerman Ayurveda Resort

Where: Kerala, India

The Details: Designed to maintain and protect your health, Ayurveda -- a sister science to yoga -- was developed in India thousands of years ago. Somatheeram has been around for more than 20 years and is said to be the first Ayurveda resort. There are several types of packages to choose from, ranging from stress management to rejuvenation. Yoga classes at various levels, along with Ayurveda treatments and vegetarian meals, are all included for those who stay a week.

When:
Facilities open year round.

More Info: tel. +91-471-2268101somatheeram.in

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Vineyard in Tuscany. Frommers.com Community
What: Tuscan Way

Where: Seggiano, Italy

The Details: Spend six nights at the country estate of Villa Gaia, where you receive three to four hours of yoga instruction daily. All of your meals are prepared for you, but the program also doesn't ignore the fact that you came to Tuscany for a reason. Expect planned activities such as cooking classes, organic olive grove visits, and wine tastings -- all with leisure time built into the schedule.

Information: tel. 800/766-2390; www.tuscanway.com

Photo Caption: Vineyard in Tuscany. Photo by Ryan Kenner/Frommers.com Community.
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