Yoga spa vacations offer a great way to combine fitness with relaxation, lifestyle improvement, healthy eating and rejuvenation. Many spas in the U.S., in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world now offer some form of yoga practice. Guests can choose from scheduled classes and private sessions on their vacation.
Yoga improves strength, relaxation and flexibility through exercise and proper breathing. It increases blood circulation and keeps your spine in proper alignment. Yoga rejuvenates your body by reducing stress and slows down the aging process.
There are over a hundred different schools of Yoga. The most known are Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Karma Yoga. The best way to get started with Yoga is to take lessons from a qualified teacher. Below is a collection Yoga retreats that offer Yoga instruction.
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, offers daily yoga classes which includes a series of postures, balancing poses and breathing exercises. Classes are appropriate for all levels. The retreat also offers a fitness center, a heated outdoor pool and spa services.
Rancho La Puerta is a destination spa with a week-long comprised of challenging exercise, stretching, relaxation, and healthy spa eating. Since every program is tailored to each guest's particular needs, you can do as much yoga as you like. Spa treatments at Rancho La Puerta include aromatherapy, scrubs, scalp treatments, facials, hot riverstone massage, hydrotherapy and wraps.
Canyon Ranch Berkshires has a 100,000-square-foot spa complex with yoga studios, an indoor swimming pool, and spa treatment rooms. This destination spa offers 4-day or longer programs. For more health spa vacation ideas see our main Spa Vacation page.
More and more travelers are realizing that they need to do something to relax while on the road. Kimpton Hotels give their guests a wide variety of ways to unwind while away from home. "Om Away From Home" program allows guests to get quality yoga instruction in the privacy of their own rooms via the Yoga Channel, which is offered on in-room televisions free of charge. There is no need for guests to carry their own yoga supplies while they travel. Guests can request delivery of a complimentary yoga basket from the hotel operator. The basket includes a yoga mat, a block, a strap and the most recent issue of Yoga Journal Magazine. Once you've got your basket your free to stretch out and unwind until your heart's content.