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    5 Stunning Places To Practice Yoga Around The World

    5 Stunning Places To Practice Yoga Around The World

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    The increasing popularity of yoga around the world means you won’t have any trouble finding new and gorgeous locations to enjoy from your downward dog. And even if you’ve never stepped foot on a yoga mat, you might be surprised to discover a yoga retreat is exactly what your mind, body, and soul have been craving.

    Ready to get started on your yoga adventures? Don’t miss these five beautiful places to practice around the world:

    1. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica


    Blue Osa will always hold a special place in my heart. It was one of the most memorable places I visited on my first trip to Costa Rica. It was where I later participated in a 30-day yoga teacher training immersion program. And it is where I one day hope to lead a yoga retreat of my own.

    Blue Osa is located in one of the most pristine and preserved places of all of Costa Rica, often referred to as the country’s last remaining ‘Wild, Wild West’: the Osa Peninsula. As you go for walks on the secluded beach or lounge by the pool, you can expect daily encounters with scarlet macaws, monkey families, and colorful toucans.

    But not only does Blue Osa boast a coveted location with ample wildlife, the retreat center also offers fresh farm-to-table cuisine, eco-friendly spa treatments, and the most beautiful open-air, ocean-view yoga studio I’ve ever encountered. If you’re looking for a place to truly escape from it all, then this haven in Costa Rica is for you.

    2. Pure Yoga, NYC

    If you prefer the concrete jungle to the actual jungle, then look no further than a trip to New York City. Yoga is extremely popular in the city that never sleeps, and you’ll have no shortage of studios from which to choose.

    On our most recent visit to New York, we opted for a visit to Pure Yoga. The moment we entered the doors, we felt a wave of calmness sweep over us. Though it’s conveniently located in the East Side, you’ll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle around you. At Pure Yoga, you can expect a spa-like atmosphere, complete with lounges, well-equipped locker rooms, and eucalyptus-scented towels.

    There is a variety of classes available every day, ranging from hot power flows to guided meditations.

    3. The Yoga Barn, Bali

    Yoga Barn restaurant view

    Photo by Siim Teller via Flickr

    In many ways, The Yoga Barn is what began my yoga journey. We had just arrived in Ubud, the spiritual center of Bali, and I felt a compelling urge to practice yoga as much as I possibly could. We rented a room from a small family just outside of the city center, and I bought my first ever ten-class yoga card.

    If you’re going to begin practicing yoga, The Yoga Barn is one great place to do it. Created by its founders for "the sole purpose of bringing together community and giving back to the island of Bali," there are classes, workshops, and events for all levels and backgrounds. The surrounding rice paddies and rich culture of the region certainly don’t detract from the overall experience.

    4. Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

    Yoga might have been developed in ancient India, but Grace Cathedral is showing that people from all faiths and backgrounds can gather to practice. Every Tuesday evening, Darren Main (one of the most amazing yoga teachers I’ve had the opportunity to practice with) leads a gentle yoga sequence for all levels inside the vast and gorgeous cathedral. It’s the perfect opportunity to tune in to your inner-self in a uniquely beautiful and spiritual place.

    Of course, while you’re in San Francisco you can also use the opportunity to check off iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the marina and the trolley cars.

    5. Greece


    Photo by Theophilos Papadopoulos via Flickr

    Greece is a destination that’s been hot on our radar for quite some time. Though we’ve yet to make it there ourselves, we can think of no better way to experience the country than via a yoga retreat! Pelagos Hotel Oia is famous for its peaceful seclusion and renowned organic Mediterranean cuisine—two perfect complements to any yoga getaway! And though the hotel isn’t known as a yoga studio, you will find yoga retreats and teacher training happening there.

    To get the most out of your Greek yoga escape, pair Oia with a visit to Silver Island Yoga. This retreat includes accommodation in traditional whitewashed, blue-shuttered houses and excellent views of the privately owned island. Gentle rolling hills, magnificent olive groves, and picture-perfect coves are what you can expect to explore when you’re not moving through your sun salutations.

    You can’t go wrong with a yoga and wellness vacation anywhere in the world! Explore a new place and come back feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on whatever life throws you!

    Have you taken a yoga or wellness retreat around the world? Share your experiences in the comments below!


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