Yoga is an amazing and peaceful activity that helps us find body and mind balance. It can be done anywhere, from a yoga studio to a hotel room. So get ready to take your downward dog around the world on a yoga mat.
There is no better place to practice yoga than in the very cradle of its philosophy. Munnar is a town in the Indian state of Kerala, the most sought after tourist destination in South India. It is special because it is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams. By practicing yoga there, you can enjoy the unique tranquility, the amazing landscape, pure air, and diverse flora and fauna. It also has a centuries old tea plantation, so you can complete the experience with a cup of the finest tea.
For this destination, your yoga mat will be especially grateful. The village cluster of Ubud, far removed from the beach parties of Kuta, is famous for its remarkable natural and architectural sites. But, it has also become popular because of the famous novel, and then movie, “Eat, Pray, Love”. The town is exploding as a luxury and culinary destination. Stay at the new Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve property.
Kin Kin, Australia
If you are looking for your quiet place in Australia, look no further than UNESCO listed Noosa Biosphere Reserve, the village of Kin Kin. Valleys, lush green trees, and staggering countryside will make your yoga experience even better. The Living Valley Spring Resort takes advantage of the natural setting for those looking for a health retreat to go with their yoga.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui offers an idyllic ocean backdrop for your stretching and bending. You can enjoy yoga independently or find a yoga retreat, well if you are a dedicated yoga lover. A number of resorts focus on daily yoga practices, which include early rising and dedication. You can find more moderate options (a couple of lessons per week) or enjoy yoga on your own terms.
The city of Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Mayans. Surprisingly, it is an incredibly well preserved archeological site. The breathtaking ruins tower over the sea, the coastline is spectacularly colored with white sand, and the water is a light shade of jade green– what else can a yoga practitioner ask for? This spectacular combination of nature and history also has a yoga retreat if you are up for some group lessons.
Calistoga, California, U.S.A.
Calistoga is a town located in Napa County, California. During the Spanish colonial era, it was a city filled with indigenous people called the Wappo. If you go a little further from the city, you will notice an astonishing view just waiting for you to spread your yoga mat. Because the region is renowned for its savory wine, you can even join a wine tasting or two.
These destinations will truly elevate your yoga experience and reconnect you with Mother Nature. It is the perfect time to take your yoga mat for a trip, right?