Among some original types of tourism, we find one that is not only very sought after by people around the world, it’s also very therapeutic and beneficial. We’re speaking of yoga tourism. We know you’d love to find a place where you can practice yoga during vacation. That’s why this list is going to show you some of the best places to practice yoga around the world:
Grand Canyon, Arizona (US)
If there’s one place where you can find inner peace and balance, it’s definitely in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Let the wildlife embrace you and practice your beloved yoga workout between the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful red-striped canyons. Arizona has become a major yoga destination and there are several scheduled activities to go with a group to the very heart of the canyon and connect with the earth. If you’re in the area you can visit Sedona, Arizona, a place which the Native Americans considered as a sacred region for healing and spiritual renewal.
Bali, Pemuteran village (Indonesia)
A hidden, small fishing village located in the southwest coast of the island is one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Surrounded by a few high-end beach resorts you will have no problem finding the perfect spot to snorkel and dive. But let’s get to the point, if you’re after the best spot in all of Bali to practice your yoga poses and get in touch with your inner self while enjoying a breathtaking view, you found it. Pemuteran village has soft-sand beaches ready for you to place your mat and do your morning stretches. If you prefer the inner experience, there are also several resorts with heaters to assist a hot yoga class but still admire the view.
Any beach in Costa Rica
There’s something magical about Costa Rica that makes the most notorious yoga and health coaches in the world keep coming back. Maybe it’s the sandy and quiet beaches, the rainforest visions right next to the crystal-clear waters or just the whole Caribbean vibe going on. But if you’re eager to do a yoga workout on a beautiful beach this country has a wide variety of them. If you’re still looking for a specific post to connect with your body, check out Santa Teresa, Puerto Jimenez or Montezuma beach. Meet some exotic wildlife, feel the sea breeze in your face and inhale pure calmness in any beach you stumble upon in Costa Rica.
Khajuraho temple, India
Only a person who is completely devoted to yoga will find the attractiveness in practicing this method in its very birthplace. The state of Kerala (located in the Southwestern region of India) is where Ayurveda, the alternative medicine system and “sister” of yoga was perfected. To be more specific, globetrotters recommend visiting the Khajuraho temple, to connect deeper to the sense of devotion and service that are strongly felt between its walls. Check out one of the many wellness holistic programs that not only include guided yoga classes but also alternative medicine treatments and even cooking classes to heal body and mind.
Sacred Valley, Peru
Machu Picchu might be the most popular spot for tourists to visit in Peru, and of course it should be on your bucket list. But if you’re looking for the ultimate spiritual experience on your trip to this Latin American country, you should take a little detour to the Sacred Valley in the Andean highlands of Peru. Let nature and miles and miles of green color delight your eyes and your mind as you practice the ancient art of yoga while connecting to Mother Earth, or Pachamama. You can find several yoga centers in this region and they’re all family owned, so you’ll feel a warm welcome and receive guidance through your spiritual journey.
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (US)
Located at 8,000 feet above sea level, Red Feather Lakes was almost specially made by nature as a place where you can find the ultimate relaxation and connection with yourself and whatever surrounds you. Practice yoga and live in the now at one of many lavish resorts like the Shambhala Mountain Center, a 600-acre alpine property with specialized programs for your needs and several yoga classes and meditations for both pleasure and healing of different conditions. Nearby, if you hike a bit around the property, you’ll find the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, a Buddhist structure said to promote health, harmony and freedom.
Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)
This place, which name literally means “medicine”, jumped to fame thanks to the 2010 movie Eat, Pray, Love. Ever since people got to see the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere in Ubud, it has become a popular spot among yoga enthusiast to visit and practice their yoga poses as well as find a deeper connection to the activity they love. Ubud is the perfect place to do yoga for beginners and improve your skills. Whether you feel like going on your own and finding a perfect spot among rice fields or a silent spot in their rainforest, or you’re more into group activities and want to join one of the many guided sessions indoors and outdoors; this magical place has something for everyone.
Acadia National Park, Maine (US)
One of the top 10 visited National Parks in the US, Acadia National Park is a place that fills your lungs with fresh pine smell, caresses your skin with sea breeze and recharges your battery with the amazing energy from nature. Even if you’re still doing yoga for beginners, perfect your skills in front of some of the most breathtaking views and enjoy the goodness of each season. Whether you do yoga in the snow at wintertime or in a clear spot in front of the waves, let the good vibes run through your body.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a warm weather kind of person, if you prefer the altitude of a mountain, the lightness of a beach, or even if you like to practice yoga indoors; yoga can be anywhere and anytime. So, pick your favorite spot and don’t forget to pack your yoga mat because you’re going to need it!