This is a guest post by Nicole, a lifestyle blogger passionate about travel and healthy living. She enjoys sharing her experiences and ideas on how to lead a happy and healthy life. For her articles, she often consults qualified yoga instructors from Santosha Yoga Institute. Find her on Twitter and FB.
Nowadays, it seems that a healthy lifestyle is gaining on popularity faster than ever.
Not only do people care about eating healthy food, doing sports, but they also have started trying incorporating these healthy habits into their traveling.
Since there’s no better place for a vacation, than a place in which you can relax the whole body and relieve all the accumulated stress, we have singled out some places to choose from if you’re passionate about yoga and wanna travel and stay healthy at the same time.
Popular Destinations for Yoga and Meditation Vacations
The Bahamas is one of the most beautiful coral-based archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean.
If you want to add some adventure to your trip, go snorkeling and exploring these beautiful coral reefs in Nassau Paradise Island.
Aside from its magical nature, the Bahamas offers yoga retreats that attract thousands of tourists, who come here to relax their bodies, open their souls and find Zen.
Some of the most popular retreats are the luxurious Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and The Island House in which you can practice the traditional yoga under the guidance of well-qualified experts, as well as to build your strength with Pilates in the exclusive fitness centers.
Another perfect destination for you is Hawaii. This volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean will offer you a full body and mind experience.
In its lavishing retreats you can try different types of yoga, including ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, hot yoga etc.
Some of the most visited yoga resorts are the Four Seasons Resort Lanai’i at Manele Bay and the St. Regis Princeville Resort in which you can get a personal training program including daily yoga, pilates, fitness etc.
Other options for adventurous tourists are different Hawaii tours. You can visit the world’s most active volcano Kilauea, or you can go swimming with dolphins and experience something unforgettable.
Mexico is another perfect place for a healthy and active holiday.
It’s famous for the Mesoamerican ruins, cultural festivals, colonial cities, nature reserves, the beach resorts and luxurious yoga destinations.
For example, in Cancun there is the Live Aqua Cancun resort which offers the yoga programs that are focused on ashtanga and vinyasa classes. Another possible destination is The Resort at Pedregal Luna Y Mar where you can enjoy private yoga classes at the beach and the moon meditation.
No matter which resort you choose, you will feel reborn.
Bali is an Indonesian Island known for beautiful temples which attract hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Pura Besakih is the most important and the holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali where you can experience spiritual enlightenment.
Another reason to come is that Bali offers high-quality yoga retreats. For example, the Floating Leaf Resort offers yoga classes at all levels.
You can also take part in different seminars and workshops in which you can learn about the principles of healthy living.
However, if you think of yourself as an experienced yoga lover, you can even apply for a yoga teacher training in Bali . You will have an opportunity to learn from the best experts who will ensure you get all the attention you deserve.
If you want an ultimate yoga experience, nothing makes more sense than coming to India, the place from which yoga originated.
It was developed 5000 years ago by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. Today, India is famous for its magnificent resorts such as the ITC Grand Bharat. At this place you can enjoy traditional Indian therapies and Ayurvedic practices.
Some other resorts, with an extremely rich offer of different yoga programs in India, are Purple Valley, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center, etc.
After the yoga vacation, you will be relaxed and ready to see all the wonders of India including Taj Mahal, Meenakshi Amman Temple, Araku Valley, Belum Caves, etc.
6. French Polynesia
Our final suggestion is French Polynesia.
Aside from the awe-inspiring nature, the islands of French Polynesia offer many places where you can refresh through a relaxing yoga holiday.
One of the resorts is the Sofitel Mo’orea la Ora Beach Resort located at the Mo’orea Island. This island is known for its magical volcanic mountains, sandy beaches and as one of the most favourite places for a honeymoon due to its stunning scenery.
Here visitors can enjoy daily yoga on the beach and spa treatments which are simply irresistible.
As you can see, health does not necessarily exclude fun and owing to these wonderful destinations you can have them both.