The Short List of the World’s Top Yoga Destinations

The world of yoga is growing and there are so many opportunities to grow your practice, to delve in deep and immerse yourself in yoga asana, philosophy, meditation and more. How do you even decide? I put together this short list of places worth checking out with three words that describe the facilities/atmosphere/etc… some are retreat centers, some are studios, some are retreat centers that offer drop-in classes. Many of the yoga centers below also offer detox and wellness practices. Now is the time to be the best version of you. Take a look.

This list is by no means exhaustive…. although I did lean more toward exotic than conventional in my destinations. Enjoy!

1. India

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Ashiyana, Goa

  • SwaSwara (sanctuary, wellness, calm)
  • Ashiyana (exotic, close to nature, detox)

2. Thailand

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Vikasa Yoga

3. Nicaragua

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Costa Dulce Beach Bungalows and Retreat Center

4. Costa Rica

Blue Osa Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Blue Osa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

5. Greece

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Itha108

6. Bali, Indonesia

Floating Leaf

Floating Leaf’s Yoga Sanctuary

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Owner, Founder, & Retreat Leader at Ambuja Yoga
Autumn founded Ambuja Yoga in 2014 to share her love of adventure, yoga, and travel with her fellow yogis. Ambuja Yoga has morphed into more than she could have ever dreamed and she is thrilled to have a "job" she loves. She is forever grateful for the opportunity to facilitate personal growth and self love through yoga while taking yogis to off-the-beaten-path destinations worldwide. Follow Autumn on Instagram @autumnadamsyoga.
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Rick Steves says “ This is a great time to travel to Greece”

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Best sunset in Greece.

Rick Steves says it’s time to go to Greece and we’re going to Ithaca for our June Greek Island Yoga Retreat. Thanks for the validation Rick Steves! Greece is cheaper than ever. According to Rick Steves article in USA Today “Hotel prices are down, the normally warm Greek hospitality has ratcheted up a few notches, and roads outside of Athens are essentially traffic-free, as higher gas prices have caused locals to cut down on inessential driving. The downsides (shorter hours at sights, reduced long-distance bus service, occasional strikes) are noticeable, but not reason enough for you to postpone a trip. All the things you’re looking for in a trip to Greece — mouthwatering food, deep-blue water, striking scenery and the thrill of connecting with ancient history — are all here waiting for you … at a cheaper price.”

Summer 2016 we’re hosting our Pure Bliss Greek Island Yoga Retreat on the serene island of Ithaca at the brand new Itha108 from June 25- July 2, 2016. And we’re offering the retreat at an awesome price (starting at $1010 USD).

Many are concerned about the influx of refugees in Greece and there is no doubt that their presence is visible on the mainland and near the island of Lesbos. The arrival of refugees in Greece, while taxing on local resources, hasn’t affected the communities on Kefalonia or Ithaca (both are in the Ionian). On the islands of the Ionian Sea it’s business as usual… beautiful seas, friendly people and delicious food. As a whole Greece remains to be a safe place to travel and is still recommended by USA Today, CNN, Time, Travel & Leisure, and the United Kingdom. Now is our opportunity to help Greece recover from its fiscal woes and support Greece’s tourism industry, which makes up a whopping 15% of their economy.

Are you traveling to Greece this summer? Here is a little travel advice summarized from the numerous articles I’ve read.

  1. Bring 3 types of payment (credit, debit, and cash).
  2. Keep an eye on your things and be mindful of petty theft, particularly in Athens.
  3. Avoid demonstrations and strikes. Most hotel operators will be able to inform you of any planned demonstrations/strikes/rallies, according to the USA today “most rallies involve zero violence”
  4. Buy travel insurance and read the fine print. Make sure it covers everything you want it to.
  5. Even if Greece returns to the Drachma it will likely be devalued and Greece will continue to be a great deal.
  6. Be prepared for occasionally long lines at the ATMs in Athens and choose ATMs within a bank or hotel.
  7. Be prepared to be welcomed warmly, tourism makes up 15% of Greece’s economy and your presence will be greatly appreciated.
  8. Plan on arriving in Greece 24 hours before your retreat or tour begins and don’t forget to confirm your flights.

Our retreat is hosted on the island of Ithaca characterized by it’s laid back vibe and unhurried feel, PLUS it’s also home to Homeric ruins. Pretty awesome. And just like all of the other Greek islands it celebrates delicious local cuisine, stunning vistas, charming hamlets and secluded beaches. If you’re interested in joining us for a week of celebrating life’s simple pleasures, erasing the pressures of daily life and enjoying world class yoga, cuisine and accommodation take a look at our retreat.

A Quote for Compassion and Understanding

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When you plant lettuce…

I was going through my quote document today and I found this quote and it seemed so poignant with everything going on in the world. Share your light fellow yogis and yoginis.

Here is the quote for those of you who aren’t able to see the image.

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I placed this quote over an image from Itha108’s site showcasing organic produce from Ithaca and Kefalonia. Itha108 is our host this year for our Pure Bliss Greek Island Yoga Retreat on Ithaca. Check it out.