International Yoga Day: Best yoga retreats for an enriching experience

  • AFP, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2016 12:39 IST
International Yoga Day is observed on June 21 every year across the world. (Istock)

It is that time of the year again when dust covered yoga mats will be taken out from the deep obscure corners of the house. Since you will be taking the effort to get your asanas right, why not do it in a way that leaves a lasting impact?

This International Yoga Day (June 21), we bring to you five award-winning yoga retreats from around the world that will help you achieve a blissful body, mind and soul union.

These retreats were awarded in the Best for Yoga category at the latest edition of the Global Wellness Travel Awards.

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Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Set in the foothills of Northern India on a 100-acre space estate, guests find peace and serenity among graceful Sal forests. The resort’s signature yoga program is the Ananda Detox program which includes ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation and Dosha-Specific Ayurvedic diet to help detox, reduce stress and improve overall health. The program runs 7, 14 and 21 days.

Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

At the Kamalaya Koh Samui, guests can enroll in private one-to-one yoga sessions that are customized for each individual. And it’s not just really bendy, expert yogis who need apply. The resort is also beginner-friendly, with sessions tailored to guests’ skill levels and goals. The property itself also sets the mood, as the resort is located around a monk’s cave, which once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat.

St. Anne’s Spa, Grafton, Ontario, Canada

Yoga is known to have a positive impact on a person’s physical and mental well-being. (Shutterstock)

About an hour and a half outside Toronto is a quaint countryside resort that offers yoga and meditation classes all day for tired city rats. While not exactly the most exotic or tropical locale, the property draws guests for its gardens, stone-built inn and country charm. For busy yogis who might only be able to manage a weekend getaway, the inn offers a two-day retreat that includes four yoga practices and four meditation classes.

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

In the cacophony of ringing slot machines, and bachelors and bachelorettes unleashed, yogis can find a little serenity at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, which offers a mix of group and private yoga classes for guests of all levels. The fitness program is overseen by resident “Yogini” and personal trainer Mary Jane Kleiman and classes take place at the studio which overlooks the pool deck.

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SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain

In addition to being named the best resort in Europe, the SHA Wellness Clinic was also named one of the best yoga retreats at the Wellness Travel Awards. Best known as one of the world’s best medical spas, programs are designed by physicians, osteopaths, psychiatrists and psychologists. In addition to private yoga lessons, participants can also learn meditation techniques, tai chi, and Pranayama breathing techniques. The resort also features pools, waterfalls, and tropical gardens spread across 4,000 square meters.

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