As much as we love practicing yoga at The Space Between and seeing your lovely faces in class, there’s something especially invigorating about settling into tree pose surrounded by lush jungle or getting into dolphin on an eco-friendly island. Whether you occasionally practice yoga and your favorite pose is Savasana or you’re a dedicated yogi and can’t wait to get in a full bind (or you find yourself somewhere in-between), here are the top 10 places to practice yoga around the world.
If you want to see where it all began:
If you’re going on a yoga pilgrimage, Rishikesh (the birth place of yoga) is a good place to start. Legend has it that a great rishi called Raibhya practiced intensive yoga here and was rewarded by the appearance of the god Vishnu. Rishikesh has one of the world’s largest concentrations of ashrams (spiritual retreats) which will be sure to get you your yoga fix. If you’re a fan of The Beatles, you might think Rishikesh sounds familiar…and you’d be right. The band traveled there in 1968 to study transcendental meditation and write music. You can even visit the ashram they lived in during this time (how many people can say they practiced yoga in The Beatles’ ashram??)
And if you’re really looking to explore your practice in the birth country of yoga, other notable places to check out: Kerala (where you can find some of the world’s best Ayurveda centers), Mysore (home of Ashtanga Yoga), and Khajuraho (to experience the country’s most sacred temples).
If you’re looking for a little surf and turf (and by turf we mean yoga):
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Whether you’re a surfing pro (in that case, we envy you) or it’s something you’re interested in trying for the first time (we fall under this category), Costa Rica is a beautiful place to get your surf on…and also to get your sun salutations in. Surfing and yoga actually have a lot in common – breathwork, concentration and patience. So, if you’re looking for a beachside yoga experience and are all about that surf life (even if you’ve never stood up on a surfboard), you’ll want to check out Santa Teresa.
If you want to pair your yoga with hiking (and gelato):
Amalfi Coast, Italy
When you think of Italy, yoga probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, any quick Google search of “Amalfi Coast” will have you booking the next flight out. With the drop dead gorgeous views, ridiculously delicious food and friendly locals, this is the perfect vacation regardless of whether or not you brought your yoga mat. You can get a true spiritual experience by hiking the Path of the Gods (which will give you insane views of the coastline and Capri). Whether you want to go all in on a yoga retreat in Positano or Salerno…or you simply want to practice a few poses before your gelato-filled day, you won’t ever regret going to the Amalfi Coast. Trust us.
If you’re interested in ancient shamanic traditions:
Sacred Valley, Peru
With family-owned accommodations and ancient shamanic traditions, Sacred Valley is the perfect place to slow down and recharge. From sweat lodge ceremonies to the ancient Inca practice of San Pedro (a psychedelic cactus), Sacred Valley is the ideal spot for an immersive spiritual experience.
If you want to feel energized (quite literally):
If you loved our month of all things “woo woo” then you’ll love Sedona. Known for its “vortex center,” you can feel the energy swirling through this Arizona town. There are four vortexes (vortices) in Sedona where its said you feel the energy the most, and there are several vortex tours you can take (some in a pink Jeep!) to experience them all. There are many wellness-focused hotels with yoga, meditation and some of the most incredible spas in the country. Plus, the views of the red rocks will leave you breathless.
If you want to practice on a private island (because who doesn’t?):
Silver Island, Greece
Can you imagine waking up on a private island surrounded by cerulean seas and practicing yoga each day? Thanks to Silver Island, it’s absolutely possible. Silver Island is 60 acres of rolling hills, olive groves and cypress trees with a family-owned yoga center that allows you to experience it all. Being completely off-the-grid and running 100% on solar power, this eco-friendly retreat will have you feeling rejuvenated and reconnected. We like to support those making conscious efforts to better our planet and Silver Island Yoga does just that.
For the ultimate yogi experience:
If you’re looking to eat, pray and yoga then Bali is the place for you. With a plethora of yoga retreats (over 200!), classes and teacher training – Bali is the ultimate destination for a true yogi. With Ayurvedic centers, vegan restaurants, and amazing spots, Ubud is the hub for all things health and wellness. Take a class at The Yoga Barn, tour the jungle in an old Land Rover, and learn how to cook traditional Balinese cuisine (then head back to The Yoga Barn…it’s that good).
For an authentic experience without leaving the country:
Chopra Center in California
As much as we’d love to see how many airline miles we can rack up while practicing yoga, we can’t all take two weeks off of work to Warrior 2 around the world. So if you’re looking to keep it domestic, you can’t go wrong with the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. Nestled between LA and San Diego, the center is located on the grounds of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. This is a place where you’d make special trip and stay for at least a few days. During your experience here, you can find a variety of mind-body healing classes, programs, and authentic Ayurvedic massage treatments.
If you’ve always wanted to Tadasana in the mountains:
Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado
Mountain pose in the mountains? Sign us up. Although we are partial to the beach and waterfront yoga, there’s something about the mountains that’s super invigorating. Located at 8,000 feet above sea level in the Northern Colorado Rockies, Shambhala Mountain Center’s gorgeous 600-acre landscape is worth the trip alone. If you’re looking to hit the reset button and you enjoy being in the mountains, this one’s for you. With several programs ranging from meditation and yoga to arts and social impact, this is not only a center for wellness but a place to learn and self-explore.
If you just want to be surrounded by water:
Thanks to Instagram, the Maldives has been on the top of our travel bucket list due to the fact that you are quite literally surrounded by the ocean. These aren’t oceanfront properties, you are literally in it…and there’s no other place like it in the world (that we know about at least!) Compromising of 26 atolls and over 1,000 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is truly a special place. If you just want to be surrounded by water, The Maldives offers a unique opportunity to practice yoga and meditation in an overwater shala or on a private sandbank. So, basically The Maldives = living your best life.
Have you practiced yoga in any of these places? What’s been your favorite destination you’ve practiced yoga? Let us know in the comments!