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

yoga retreat in India

Ashiyana, Goa

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

2. Thailand

Yoga retreat center thailand

Vikasa Yoga

3. Nicaragua

costa dulce yoga studio

Costa Dulce Beach Bungalows and Retreat Center

4. Costa Rica

Blue Osa Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Blue Osa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

5. Greece



6. Bali, Indonesia

Floating Leaf

Floating Leaf’s Yoga Sanctuary

Autumn Adams
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YTT Packing List for Bali

Lord Ganesh at the Yoga Barn

Lord Ganesh at the Yoga Barn

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into your favorite teacher’s teacher training in Bali. Now what??? Time to start planning and packing for your trip to the tropics. Here is my packing list for my month long teacher training with Zuna Yoga at The Yoga Barn in tropical Ubud.

I may have overpacked compared to some of the other girls in the training, but I used everything I brought. And of all the things I packed I shared the tennis balls the most. Who doesn’t like a little self massage during lecture?

I packed thinking I would want to have enough clean clothes to last me until our first day off, which was about 10 days in. My husband and I were in Bali for nearly 7 weeks and did laundry about once per week. I didn’t always change my clothes after morning practice, but I would recommend packing enough that you have the option to change into clean clothes after a sweaty practice. The Yoga Barn has showers that you can use as well.

I had a hard time finding a good packing list when I was preparing for my trip to Bali, so I hope you find my YTT packing list helpful.

Yoga Stuff

  • Manduka or Jade Yoga Mat (1)
  • Yoga Rat Yoga Towel (2)
  • Manduka Yoga Hand Towel (2)
  • Buddha Nose Mat Spray (1)
  • Strap (1) (not necessary, but was nice to use early mornings before practice)
  • Block (1) (not necessary, but was nice to use early mornings before practice)
  • Yoga Books for Required Reading

 Yogi Self Care

  • Foam Roller (1)
  • Tennis Balls (2)
  • Theracane

Essential Oils

  • Immune Support Blend
  • Homemade Grapefruit, Bergamot, Clary Sage Energizing Spray
  • Vetiver, Frankinsense and Lavender for Sleep

 Yoga Clothes and More

  • Yoga Leggings/Yoga Capris (10-15)
  • Fitted Yoga Tops (5)
  • Loose Yoga Tops (5)
  • Sports Bras (10)
  • Thong Underwear (10)
  • Regular underwear (10)
  • Yoga Shorts (2)
  • Loungey/Loose Yoga Pants (2)
  • Sarong (1)
  • Bra (1)
  • Skirt (1)
  • Shorts (1-2)
  • Dress (1)
  • Tanks (3)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Cardigan (1)
  • Lightweight Long Sleeve (1)
  • Lightweight Hoodie (for the plane)
  • Rain Jacket (1)
  • Socks (2)
  • Trail Runners (1)
  • Flip Flops/Sandals (1)
  • Swimsuit (2)
  • Rashguard (1)
  • Wetsuit Pants (1)
  • Sweaty clothes bag (1)


  • Earplugs
  • Eye Mask
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Tongue Scraper
  • Floss
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Neem Soap
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Weleda Calendula Face Cream
  • Neem Mask
  • Homemade Neem-Castor Oil Blend for Face Cleansing
  • Vit C Facecream
  • Concealer
  • Blush/ blush brush
  • mascara
  • eyeshadow (1)
  • Lip Balm (2)
  • Angelina Skincare’s natural muscle rub (it’s amazing)
  • Arnica (cream/gel and tablets)
  • ibuprofen
  • anti-inflammatory
  • deodorant
  • hair-ties
  • headbands (2)
  • bug spray
  • coconut oil or almond oil
  • sunscreen
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Washcloths (2)
  • Razor and Shaving cream
  • Tummy meds
  • Antibacterial ointment (or use tea tree or neem)
  • Bandaids

Snacks and Supplements

  • Chia Bars or Lara Bars(1 box)
  • Tea (green and chamomile)
  • Multivitamin
  • Glucosamine MSM
  • Protein Powder
  • Magnesium Supplement
  • Melatonin


  • Mac+charger
  • Phone+charger
  • Camera+charger
  • GSM phone (buy a SIM card in Bali)


  • Flight Itinerary
  • Airbnb reservation
  • Places to eat
  • daily schedule
  • things to do


  • Pencil case with Pens, pencils and higlighters(1)
  • Yoga bag that can fit books, manuals, snacks, water bottle, sarong, and change of clothes.
  • Passport with Visa
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Pics of Pets/kids/family (on phone)
  • Movies on computer
  • Shout Pen
  • Snorkel, mask, fins
  • headlamp
  • debit/cc
  • journals (1-2)
  • Moon Guides Bali Guidebook
  • Magazines (2)