When you’re on the road it can be hard to keep up your usual exercise routine. Lugging a backpack around takes its toll on your body and navigating planes, trains and dodgy buses can leave you frazzled. Finding a great yoga centre is the ideal panacea. Here are the best yoga studios in the world for when you’re travelling. Meet like-minded people, stretch those tired muscles and calm your monkey mind by visiting one of these heavenly resorts and festivals around the world.
The Sanctuary, Koh Phangan, Thailand
This sociable wellness resort offers cleansing detox retreats or, if you’re happy to feast, a comprehensive international vegetarian menu. Set in a secluded bay that can be reached by long-tailed boat, make the journey here and you will forget the rest of the world.
For accommodation in nearby Haad Rin, a short boat ride from the Sanctuary, click here.
For more activities on Koh Phangan and the other islands, read my guide to the best beaches and activities in Thailand here.
The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Every week, they hold ecstatic dancing, kirtan, movie nights and meditation, as well as regular cleansing and Ayurvedic retreats. One of the Yoga Barn’s founders is behind Ubud’s BaliSpirit Festival, an annual international celebration of yoga, dance, and music that takes place every March or April.
For the most beautiful places to stay in Ubud, close to the Yoga Barn, click here.
Elsewhere on Bali, if you’re looking for yoga in Sanur, pay a visit to this beautiful beachside studio.
Bhakti Kutir, Palolem, Goa, India
This wellness resort in Goa is a secluded oasis for experienced yogis or beginners looking to drop by for an open-air yoga class. Hidden among the jungle groves behind Palolem beach, the serene atmosphere, relaxed staff, excellent organic food and great WiFi connection at Bhakti Kutir make it an ideal place to spend time.
What sets its yoga offering apart is Swami Yogananda Saraswati, who visits every November to March from his ashram in North India. His daily yoga classes place emphasis on pranayama (breath) and creating flexibility in your body to help you master the traditional yoga flow poses.
To find your perfect accommodation in Palolem close to Bhakti Kutir, click here.
If you are planning a solo trip to Goa, check out my full guide.
Bikram Yoga Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand
If you’re flying to New Zealand and hot yoga is your thing, pay a visit to Auckland’s super-stylish Bikram Yoga Britomart.
Here you can sweat your heart out, before enjoying a revitalising shower with complimentary toiletries.
Browse and book the nearby accommodation in the heart of Auckland here.
For practitioners of Hatha, Ashtanga and Bhakti yoga at the nearby Loft Yoga Lounge a tasty communal vegetarian meal is served after class.
Across the ditch in Australia, there’s a fantastic Bikram yoga studio in Sydney where I first discovered the practice – find out more here.
Valle Tierra, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Located in the vibrant Palermo Soho neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Valle Tierra is a contemporary and welcoming yoga centre with a roster of yoga and meditation classes six days a week, including Kundalini and Iyengar.
Teachers include the wonderful Lucas Casanova, who teaches exclusively at this studio in both Spanish and English. Indulge in a massage in the on-site spa or let yourself go with a lively 5Rhythms dance class set to music – an uplifting and liberating experience for the body and mind.
Stay in the studio’s Palermo Soho neighbourhood in one of these great accommodation options.
Wanderlust Festivals, various locations
The Wanderlust Festivals take place annually across North America, Asia and Europe. Despite the name it’s not just for travellers, but for all lovers of mindful living.
The festivals celebrate all things yoga, with large open classes run by teachers on stage, who are adored like celebrities. There’s a separate tent for thought-provoking speakers, while catering tents supply festival goers with local, sustainable food.
The event is concluded with lively music performances by talented singers and bands for a dance-induced high as the sun sets. The aim of Wanderlust is to leave you a more enriched person than when you arrived — “with new ideas, new friends, newly discovered abilities, and greater peace”.
Read more about the Wanderlust yoga festival.
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