6 top yoga vacations for fall
There are a slew of top yoga teachers who'd love to whisk you away to special locales made for sun salutations and sight-seeing this fall.
These top retreats will require a bit more travel time than your annual refresher in the Catskills, but the pay-off is obvious. Think a helicopter ride to practice on a glacier. Yoga-sailing the Turkish Coast. Or a vegetarian yoga retreat on a private Greek island.
Yes, you’ll have to come back eventually. But you'll be thoroughly rejuvenated when you do. —Lisa Elaine Held
Photo: QiYo Yoga in Bali
Los Angeles-based Liz Arch, founder of Primal Yoga, brings her yoga and martial arts fusion method to gorgeous Maui, where she'll lead you in two classes a day and teach workshops on topics like arm balances and back bends. When you're not surfing, sunbathing, or hiking to waterfalls, you'll be served vegetarian meals with produce sourced from the resort's own organic garden. www.thetravelyogi.com
Spend a whole week living on a yacht, exploring the coast of Turkey. On-board yoga with Shiva Rea-protege Simon Park and Yoganonymous-founder Dan Wilf will automatically up your game when it comes to balance poses (good luck finding a non-rocking point to focus your drishti on). And you can expect incredible Mediterranean food filled with fresh vegetables and fish, plus a free yoga outfit from the trip's sponsor, Be Present. www.yogascapes.org
October 6–12 or 13–19
This exclusive ten-guest retreat pairs daily yoga and meditation classes taught by Canadian Nectar Yoga founder Andrea Clark with nutrition education and fresh, vegetarian meals prepared by holistic nutritionist Andrea Palen. It all takes place in the sparkling blue Mediterranean, on Silver Island, a private Greek isle home to olive groves, cypress trees, and wildflowers. Expect extreme relaxation, but no cell service. The island's so off the grid it only gets electricity via a generator. www.nectaryoga.ca
Luxe New Zealand accommodations on a lake surrounded by alpine peaks are just the beginning. Yoga classes, hiking, and wine tasting are all part of this 7-day adventure, which begins when a helicopter drops you onto a glacier. And you can have confidence in your guide, Claire Robbie, who is not only a renowned Los Angeles yoga instructor, but is also a native Kiwi. www.jackandoliveretreats.com
October 19–November 19
If you're looking for an Eat, Pray, Love moment, this may be it. You can stay for a week or complete a 30-day teacher training at this Balinese resort, where you'll study under yogi Swami Agung (the creator of Qi-Yo yoga) and Balinese masters. Treat yourself to Balinese massages, meet with shamans and energy masters, and forget whatever New Yorker problem was bringing you down stateside. www.seekretreat.com
Soul seekers take note: This 10-day trip to Thailand includes lots of meditation, yoga (with New York-based instructor Liza Laird), and visits to spiritual destinations, like Buddhist temples in Bangkok. You'll stay at a hotel that's only accessible by boat (let the relaxation begin!), and visit markets and festival celebrations. There will also be opportunities to play with elephants and visit tigers. Not at the same time. That would be overwhelming. www.pravassawellnesstravel.com