Nepal Yoga Retreat, Kathmandu
This rustic refuge in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley is especially conducive for a halcyon getaway, thanks to its lush natural surroundings and inspiring vistas.
Sanatan yoga (also known as Classical yoga) incorporates elements from Hatha and Ashtanga styles, focusing on disciplining the spirit through breath awareness and by immersing oneself in the natural world.
Programmes range from three to 10 days, and cater to different needs. There are post-trek retreats for mountain climbers looking to ease tired muscles, and even itineraries combining yoga and sightseeing. Shorter yoga and relaxation packages can also be tailored upon request.
Two bamboo cottages offer a total of eight rooms, with basic amenities like hot water and fresh bedding. A yoga hall, library and meditation huts can also be found on-site.
Indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage to stimulate the senses, or explore the picturesque surroundings, including the ancient town of Sankhu, on foot or by bike.
Those willing to forgo creature comforts in pursuit of deeper spiritual rewards.
Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui
Located on secluded Laem Sor Beach on the island’s southern coast, this upscale retreat offers a wide array of wellness programmes, complete with gorgeous sea views.
Restorative yoga involves purposeful movements and meditative relaxation techniques. For something more vigorous, there’s Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, where yogis flow through a series of dynamic asanas or poses.
Week-long group yoga retreats are open to practitioners of all levels. Or try YogaCoreCycle, a functional fitness programme that combines yoga and breath work with cardio, strength training and spinning.
The air-conditioned guest rooms come with WiFi and private balconies. Soak in the saltwater pool, hydrate at the juice bar or zen out in the meditation garden.
Hop on a longtail boat to the nearby islands of Koh Matsum or Koh Tan for snorkelling and swimming. Or indulge in some retail therapy at the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut.
Yogis who want to hone their practice in a comfortable, friendly environment.
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This article was originally published in the May 2017 issue of Silkwinds magazine