Whether you're combining yoga with winter sports in the Swiss Alps or meditating below Tiger Cave in Bhutan, one thing's for certain: by the time you fly home you'll be relaxed, happy and bursting with inner peace.
Sirsasana practice in Italy
Astanga Vinyasa yoga retreats focusing on sirsasana – aka the headstand – are held at La Campine, an eco-masseria in Italy’s Salento region. Nicely decorated apartments, organic food from the property’s vegetable garden and a lovely swimming pool all make for a deeply rejuvenating break.
Yoga Travel organises yoga holidays in Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and Thailand. In the idyllic Dahab retreat on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, daily yoga is taught by highly experienced teachers, and you can also undertake various adventure-type activities. A range of budgets are catered to.
Start the day with asana practice to warm up your muscles for a day of skiing, snowboarding or snow walking. Later, return home for another yoga class to wind down and stretch those aching muscles. This unique retreat, based in the lovely village of Wengen, aims to show how yoga can complement and enhance skiing and other sports.
For a cheaper, no-frills but authentic yoga retreat in the discipline’s homeland, head to India’s Surya Thejus Advaita Yoga Centre, near Kaladi in Kerala, where yoga classes are taught by local teachers. Vegetarian satvik food is provided, and rooms are basic but clean.