Just Breathe: 10 Amazing Yoga Retreats From Around the World

There are times when life hurts . . . a lot. There are times when things get out of hand. There are times when you feel like you're spinning out of control and need to realign your center. That's when a yoga retreat can come in handy.

Whether you do yoga on a regular basis or not, the practice can help detox, debloat, and ease tension in certain parts of the body. It can also help build core strength, de-stress the mind, and relieve the effects of those stresses in the body.

Keep in mind that yoga retreats are usually set in stunning settings — from tropical rainforests to sandy beaches with inviting sunsets — that can put your mind, body, and soul at ease. Here are 10 yoga retreats from around the world to visit when it's time for a break.

Blooming Lotus Yoga

Located in Bali, Blooming Lotus Yoga Retreat is set in an island paradise. The retreat offers daily Vinyasa Flow classes, suitable for all levels, each morning. There are also workshops, meditation, and pranayama sessions. The retreat also offers personal guidance sessions that focus on eating patterns and daily routines so yogis can go home and live their most zen-like life.


Located in Tucson, AZ, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is a stunning retreat that offers workshops like mindful stress mastery, pranayama combined with mudras for mind focus, and restorative yoga for people of all levels. However, it also offers some more advanced classes like aerial yoga and private sessions, too.


Known among yogis for an experience that's second to none, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Luxury Resort and Retreat in San Diego offers more than 10 different types of yoga. Also available are meditation workshops and several different Pilates classes, both of which supplement the yoga routine.

Harmony Hotel

Located in Costa Rica, the Harmony Hotel is one of the most beloved yoga retreats in the country. It offers classes daily for both locals and guests, and the studio is surrounded by lush, stunning greenery with no walls or mirrors, so yogis only focus on the overall experience. Adjacent to the yoga studio is an additional open-air yoga sanctuary located near a lily-filled pond. At this retreat, you can try anything from body rolling to open shalala for meditation.

Fairmont Orchid

Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, the Fairmont Orchid offers yogis a real treat: Flo-Yo. That's right, the ability to perfect your favorite yoga poses in the middle of the water. Practiced on a stand-up paddleboard, Flo-Yo connects the mind, body, and breath and demonstrates the benefits of building strength through balance and resistance. Water not your thing? The hotel and spa also offers seaside flow yoga, gentle yoga/meditation, and mindfulness training.

Sen Wellness Sanctuary

Sri Lanka's Sen Wellness Sanctuary brings you the best of both environments — it's surrounded by a lush, green nature preserve, but it's also only a short walk from the beach. Yoga classes are held in its shalala, an expansive space overlooking the lush treetops, as well as on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Classes include Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga.


Located at the base of the Alpujarras in Spain, Kaliyoga's yoga classes and activities are focused on awakening the ability to know yourself deeper, according to the resort. Seven days long, the retreat includes an array of yoga classes for both beginners and advanced yogis; healthy, cleansing food; and several different natural health treatments.

Lyngen Lodge

If you've ever dreamed of a yoga retreat in the adventure zone of the Arctic Circle, look no further than the Lyngen Lodge in Norway. Run several times a year, a four-day yoga retreat is combined with northern Norway discoveries. One added benefit? There is a focus on breathing in the yoga classes to help you get the most out of breathing in the Arctic air outside. Each day starts with a 90-minute yoga class taught by Minna Skirgard, a Swedish-born yoga teacher.

Note: Dates vary, so check before you book.

Salt Spring Centre

Nestled on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, is the Salt Spring Centre. The longest-running yoga retreat on Canada's west coast, Salt Spring was founded by Karma Yogis and is still run in their spirit today. Yoga classes offered include yin/yang, Vinyasa flow, and energetic boundaries, among other offerings.

Rocabella Santorini

If one doesn't do their favorite yoga pose on the edge of an infinity pool at sunrise, has one even been on a yoga retreat at all? Set in arguably one of the most stunning settings in the world, Rocabella Santorini hosts a yoga and Pilates experience that is second to none. The retreats include rooms with either private plunge pools or expansive views and feature a one-hour yoga and Pilates session per day.