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7 Destinations to Visit for a Yoga Trip

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Travelling is a time to step out of your comfort zone and explore new sights, cultures and create an experience that you can grow from and remember. With the rising global popularity of yoga, we no longer need to stress about packing a travel yoga mat - you can find a variety of yoga experiences abroad, ranging from all-inclusive retreats to drop-in classes. Design and experience your yoga trip abroad by exploring these unique destinations to connect with your practice and immerse yourself in another culture.

Sri Lanka

The South East Asian island of Sri Lanka is an incredible destination for biodiversity and yoga diversity. The island is easy to get around (by tuk tuk or train), and yoga is readily available in the mountainous towns of Kandy and the surfing and yoga hotspot on the Southern Coast, also popular with surfers. Supplement your practice with delicious morning moringa - a local traditional superfood - and egg hoppers, another delicacy.

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Not to be overshadowed by the yoga-centric Bali, Gili Trawangan (known as “Gili T”), one of the three Gili islands, offers a variety of yoga experiences. With less footfalls than yoga hotspots like Ubud, Gili T is popular for snorkelling and diving - so lots to explore off the mat too! The islands are accessible by boat from Bali or Lombok.

Cornwall, UK

The county of Cornwall in England is a popular destination for Brits to explore hundreds of sandy beaches, surfing, yoga and a cheeky Cornish pasty. The establishment of surfing culture has naturally allowed a yoga culture to bloom. After all, what surfers don’t need a post-wave catching stretch? They also have great Cornish ice-cream worth sampling!

Dharamsala, India

Dharamsala is located at the base of the Dhauladar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh. The area is made up of a few key epicenters: Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj, Dharamkot and Bhagsu. One of the gems of Northern India, the city of Dharamsala is ironically where the least amount of visitors go. Approximately 5 kilometers up the road sits the primary tourist draw: McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama.

Dharamkot and Bhagsu are both smaller towns up the road from McLeod Ganj and great for yogis looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Nature is dramatic and abundant here with walks, hikes and treks at every turn. Dharamsala caters to many needs and is an ideal place to practice yoga.


Peru is an increasingly popular place for yogis to retreat and travel to. With options for adventurous hikes to the famous Macchu Picchu site, vegetarian cooking classes, stunning hikes in nature and adorable llamas, it’s truly a unique place to explore and experience yoga. Challenge yourself by taking a class in Spanish - you may surprise yourself!

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located in the North part of the country, Chiang Mai is a cultural hub of Thailand boasting over 300 wats (Buddhist temples), stunning nature and the chance to see Asian elephants. When you aren’t practicing yoga or meditating, indulge in a traditional Thai massage, which, in many ways, is like a yoga practice in and of itself. And don’t forget to try Kao Soi, a tasty, local dish that will sustain you on your adventure.


Just off the coast of mainland Tanzania sits the stunning island of Zanzibar, birthplace to Fred Mercury and a unique escape to practice yoga. The island is renowned for its beautiful beaches and spices, and those white, sandy beaches make it an incredible place to practice and enjoy yoga as well. The island is a melting pot of cultures. Enjoy some local chai and a trip to the famous Stone Town market, where ‘zanzibar’ pizza is a must try!

posted Jul 22, 2019 by Archana.s

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It was when I started to practice at home that my relationship to yoga changed. It went from something that I did in class to an experience that was profoundly personal, and an integral part of the way I lived. At first, I was unsure of what to do and whether I was doing it right, but I soon realized that the uncertainty is part of the process. It was in practicing just for me, without seeking the approval or validation of anyone else, that I fully understood what people mean when that say that it's "your" yoga practice. 

My advice to you is to keep it simple at first and get used to how it feels to practice on your own. Here are seven poses I recommend starting with.

1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Stand with your feet parallel, either together or hip-width apart. Spread your weight evenly across the soles of your feet and lengthen your spine, as if you’re being pulled up by the crown of your head.  There are few poses more centering and strengthening than mountain pose. For added challenge, close your eyes and feel all the micro-adjustments your body makes just to keep you upright. 


2. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

From tadasana, bend your knees, taking your hips back and lengthening your tailbone toward the ground. Reach both arms up and overhead. 

In utkatasana, you are cultivating a feeling of reaching up and finding strength and space at the same time as being pushed down and grounded by your lower body. As well as being a powerful lower body strengthener, it is a great place to tune into your own resilience and mental fortitude.

3. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)

Fold your body forward over your legs, keeping feet hip-width apart. Resist the temptation to shift your hips back, instead keeping weight in the balls of your feet. Scoop your lower belly in and up to find more space and support for the back of your body. 

This can be a powerful and intense stretch for the hamstrings and back. Take it gently, especially at first; and to soften the pose, bend your knees, allowing your torso to rest on your thighs. 

4. Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Pose)

Come into a lunge with the front knee bent, knee stacked over ankle, and the back leg straight with knee lifted. Reach the arms up, bringing the palms together and taking your gaze to your thumbs. To go deeper, lengthen the front of your body to arch into a gentle backbend. Hold for five breaths. 

This is a great pose for releasing the abdominal muscles and hip flexors. It helps you to feel more energized and present, and can support you to cultivate feelings of love and gratitude. 

5. Natarajasana (Dancer’s Pose)

From a standing position, reach back with your right hand and lift your right foot, taking hold of the inside of your foot. Reach your left arm up, then press the right foot into your hand to help you to open into a backbend. Allow yourself to pivot forward, reaching the torso and your left arm out in front of you. 

This beautiful pose is a graceful way to open the front of your body, strengthen your legs and improve your balance. If you are struggling, you can loop a belt around your foot. (To help, here are 6 Tips to Maintaining Balance on the Mat.)

6. Upavistha Konasana (Wide Angle Seated Forward Fold)

From a seated position, take your legs apart to a wide angle. Then lift both arms up and hinge forward from your hips, taking your chest toward the ground. At the point you feel the stretch and opening, hold here, supporting yourself on hands, forearms or a bolster.

With every inhalation here, find more length in your spine; and with every exhalation, release and soften toward the ground. This is a powerful hip and inner groin opener, and can be intense for tight hamstrings, so go gently. 

7. (Happy Baby Pose)

Lie on your back, lifting your feet like you are squatting on the ceiling. Hold the outsides of your feet, letting your knees come down toward the sides of your body. Lengthen your tailbone down and deepen your breaths

Happy baby pose is the ultimate stress reliever. It opens the hips in a gorgeously supported way, releases the lower back, and helps you to calm your body and mind. To maximize its benefits, get playful, rocking side to side to massage your lower back. 

There's No Place Like Home

Finally, remember that the advantage of home practice is that you are free to set the pace. Tune into what your body needs, adapt to and respond to it. And if you want to spend a bit longer in a pose, do! You're in the driver's seat here. Enjoy and, most importantly keep practicing!

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