By Gretchen Healey, Epicure & Culture Contributor
Most of us want to kick off each new year with a renewed commitment to better self care. In that spirit, Epicure & Culture would like to inspire you with 10 ideas for yoga fusion wellness escapes in 2017. Whether you want your yoga to come with a side of jungle zip lining adventure or carving a path down a pristine mountain covered in snow, we have something for every yogi.
Global Good Tip: Don’t forget to also check out how you can use your yoga practice to give back to those in need. It’s easy, good for you and good for someone else!
1. Yoga & SUP (California)
Check out this new twist on yoga that takes advantage of the huge popularity of stand up paddleboarding. You can visit La Jolla, California for a yoga and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) retreat. This isn’t just yoga and SUP – this is yoga on a SUP! Non-SUP yoga is also part of the daily offerings, as are nature hikes, kayaking, beach walks and nutrition coaching. Meals are designed by your instructor and most dietary restrictions and needs can be catered for.
The 5-day retreat starts on February 16th and pricing starts at $1,800. More information available here.
2. Yoga & Wine (California)
This is a combination we were skeptical about at first, but health experts do say that wine in moderation is good for you, right? Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California hosts a monthly Vinyasa yoga class led by in-house yogi Lauren Harvey, followed by a Champagne or mimosa brunch at their family-run estate. Classes are held on the grounds of the vineyard or indoors with vineyard views, depending on the season. Castoro also offers day-long retreats, combining yoga, massage, craft-making, food, and wine tasting.
Classes are held on Sundays. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
3. Yoga & Hiking (Colorado)
Find harmony among the towering peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on this weekend retreat. The getaway includes 1-2 yoga sessions daily, a group hike with healing ceremony and a Puja ritual to help you celebrate the the weekend and your commitment to wellness. The lodge facilities also include a historic bath house, a sauna, fitness room and spa. It also has multiple different hot springs for therapeutic soaking. The retreat includes five healthy meals, snacks and drinks, activities mentioned above and easy access to the mountains for exploring.
The yoga & hiking retreat takes place from May 5 – 7th and pricing starts at $510. More information can be found here.These #yogafusion retreats are more than just #downwarddog! #wellnesstravel Click To Tweet
4. Yoga & Cooking (Hawaii)
Get more wellness bang for your buck on a yoga and cooking retreat in Kauai, Hawaii. Daily yoga and meditation sessions are complimented by educational workshops, health classes and cooking instruction. Raw vegan meals are served three times daily, and raw food preparation is also the focus of the culinary classes. There is ample time mid-day for exploration of beach and water activities. The 6-day retreat focuses on holistic nurturing of mind, body and spirit.
The culinary yoga retreat runs from June 18 – 24th and starts at $2,100. Details can be found here.
5. Yoga & Safari (Tanzania)
Escape to Tanzania where you can practice your flow alongside the great wildebeest migration. You’ll enjoy traditional safari game drives and hikes, plus lots of extras. The trip allows for both instructor-led and self-guided yoga in special places, including under towering acacia trees on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, on the savannas of the Southern Serengeti as the Great Migration passes your camp, and in beautiful lodge settings. A guided meditation overlooking the Rift Valley will be offered, as well as a silent, contemplative nature walk.
The retreat runs from March 10 – 19th and starts at $7,395. Click here for more information.
6. Yoga & Jungle Survival (Costa Rica)
This unique retreat offers daily yoga practice along with a smorgasbord of other interesting activities. You’ll have the chance to learn how to assemble an herbal traveler’s first aid kit, explore permaculture gardens, take a medicinal plant tour while learning jungle survival skills and get your groove on at an ecstatic dance class with a live DJ! The trip takes place in a sustainable eco-retreat in Costa Rica and includes three organic, vegetarian farm-to-table meals daily.
The 5-day retreat takes place February 17 – 21st. Pricing starts at $1,800. More information and booking here.Which of these awesome #yoga fusion retreats will you book in #2017? #wellness Click To Tweet
7. Yoga & Adventure (Belize)
Head south as the days are getting shorter and spend a week in Belize practicing yoga and meditation up to twice daily while filling the rest of your time with non-stop adventure. You’ll stay in two different lodges over the week – one in the jungle, the other in cabanas overhanging the Caribbean! Workshops, jungle zip lining and beach time (including snorkeling) are offered through the week, as well as unstructured time for exploring the forest and waterfalls on hikes or swimming.
The retreat runs from November 5 – 11th and pricing starts at $1,700. More information here.
8. Yoga & Skiing (France)
Soul Shine Retreats offers week-long yoga and skiing/snowboarding retreats in the French Alps. These intimate trips are open to no more than 10 guests, and offer twice daily yoga sessions (including a fireside practice in the evenings), and days are free for downhill mountain activities in two countries, spa treatments, soaking in the hot tub or meditation. Daily continental breakfast at the private chalet comes with a cleansing fresh juice, while evenings feature three course meals of regional specialties that incorporate superfoods.
Retreats begin on Sundays and rates start at $1,350 (ski pass additional). Click here for more information.
9. Yoga & Bellydancing (Morocco)
Amp up your fitness on a retreat that combines daily yoga practice with bellydancing instruction at a Moroccan seaside resort. Dance classes are offered for beginners to experts and are designed to not only improve physical health but psychological wellbeing through movement. You’ll also have the chance to get a taste of Morocco through a visit to a local souk (market) and on a coffee tour. Several beaches are within walking distance and optional activities include camel rides, surfing and horseback riding. Meals are chef-designed and focused on sports nutrition and include a special cous cous night with dance show as well as a barbecue night.
Retreats are offered throughout the year and pricing starts at $459 per person. More information can be found here.
10. Yoga & the Midnight Sun (Iceland)
You can practice sun salutations any time of day if you choose Yogascapes’ Iceland Yoga Retreat in the Midnight Sun. Daily yoga classes are offered in the “global heartland of geothermal energy,” and you will also have the chance to travel throughout the country for hiking, glacier and hot springs adventure activities. The retreat visits three different areas in Iceland and the near constant daylight allows travelers to maximize their time connecting with nature. They haven’t forgotten food, either – in a country more well known for fermented shark meat, Yogascapes have found the best of Icelandic cuisine that focuses on health.
The trip runs from June 22 – 29. Prices start at $3,495. Full trip details are available here.
Which of these yoga fusion retreats would you like to join in 2017?
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