Wellness Wire
Sunday, September 8, 2013

YogaTrail: A new website for mat-toting travelers

Yoga_travel_websiteLots of yoga practitioners are devoted to one studio that makes them feel at home, but sometimes, they need a new place roll out their mats.

YogaTrail, a new website that launched at the end of July, wants to help them find the perfect spot for their practice, whether they’re in Los Angeles or Laos. (It’s like the website version of Lululemon’s Om Finder app.)

The site, founded by a husband-wife team based in Thailand, is an international directory of yoga studios and teachers, and also includes retreats, events, and teacher trainings—the first of its kind we’ve seen. So far, it’s added about 1,500 studios and 4,000 teachers.

The search and sort functions are super useful—you just enter a location and are given a list that you can sort by distance, name, or a Yelp-style rating (though at this time there aren’t enough to help make a decision that way). And each studio has a user-friendly page with information like its address, yoga styles, class price, and social media links, plus associated teachers.

YogaTrail

“We want to include everyone, regardless of which country they’re in,” explains co-founder Alexandra Jaton of the worldwide yoga directory. A map that shows the concentrations of listings, however, reveals that some places have plenty of yoga—”Obviously, New York is a very dense region for us,” says Jaton—while others aren’t quite fleshed out and you’ll be doing your best at self-guided Ashtanga. —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, visit www.yogatrail.com

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