It's difficult to quantify the best yoga retreat centers because so many factors make up the individual experience. But, if you're looking for some suggestions for retreats, this article is a good place to start.
Options for Yoga Retreats
Here are some of the most notable yoga retreat centers.
- Esalen Institute - In Big Sur, California, this is one of the most renowned centers for expanding human potential. One of its primary attractions is the Annual Yoga Festival in June and the numerous yoga workshops throughout the year. There's a detailed "Information" page on the site that outlines the various workshops and work-study programs.
- Kripalu Center - Few centers in the world compare to the multidimensional Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. Each week, there are myriad opportunities to study yoga and a more healthful lifestyle. One peek at the center's calendar gives you just a quick idea of the many options you'll have here. Learn more about lodging, meals, and amenities by clicking the "Guest Information" tab on the website.
- Parmarth Niketan Ashram - Located in Rishikesh, India, this ashram has a rich and revered history. Throughout the year, the ashram hosts many events, including the annual International Yoga Festival. Get more information by reviewing the ashram's website under the "Reservations" categories.
Talk with local yoga instructors or other members of your studio for additional suggestions. Perhaps someone visited an ashram in India and highly recommends it, or spent a week on a retreat in Mexico and thinks you'd love it just as much. Ask someone to share his or her travelogue with you and extend tips.
Attending a yoga conference is another great way to learn about retreat centers. You'll not only experience a mini-retreat by attending different sessions, but also have the opportunity to hear where others have gone and talk one-on-one with instructors about possibilities.
Many popular yoga instructors also lead retreats. This option may appeal to people who have followed the DVD instruction of a particular teacher and would like to study with him or her in person. For example, Simon Low conducts retreats all over the world, as do Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Kate Potter, Baron Baptiste, and a host of others. While some instructors may not be at a particular center, you'll benefit from their years of experience and hands-on instruction.
You might find additional ideas in travel books, too. If you're looking for more of a yoga/spa/relaxation getaway, review the book 100 Best Spas of the World by Bernard Burt and Pamela Joy Price.