Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or have no experience whatsoever, you can still experience all the joys and benefits of a yoga vacation.
Practicing yoga can be expensive, but the good news is there are affordable retreats out there, so don’t let price deter you. If you’ve been thinking about taking a vacation, consider a yoga retreat instead.
You will get all of the relaxing benefits of a vacation that allow you to get back on the road to productivity when it’s time to return to work, school, or life. But on top of relaxing, you will also return feeling more connected to your mind and body, and feeling lighter and stronger.
On a yoga vacation you can take the vacation with you when you leave. You will learn practices that go far beyond that one long weekend.
The breathing and movements are useful in your everyday life for relaxing and relieving stress, and you will learn how to practice yoga on your own time, especially if yoga classes are too expensive for you to attend regularly. Unlike yoga classes, you’ll practice outdoors.
And unlike most vacations, your days are structured, you’ll eat well, be treated like a houseguest, and stay active without it feeling like a punishment.
Start planning a yoga vacation now at one of these affordable yoga retreats under $500, and leave feeling better than you came.
Restorative Yoga Retreat in Rhinebeck, New York
June 3-5, 2016
From $170 per day
Book At: https://www.eomega.org/
In this restorative yoga retreat led by Gillian Arthur, you will experience relaxation and melt stress in a fully supported environment of other people seeking the same restorative yoga vacation that you came for.
Gillian Arthur incorporates simple pranayama (breathwork) and gentle therapeutic movements to help you cultivate a deep connection of body and mind.
Restorative yoga is a unique practice that uses props like blankets, bolsters, and chairs to support the body during deep relaxation and quieting of the mind.
Throughout the retreat you will learn a complete restorative practice, create your own home practice, explore poses for your individual needs, and release stress and anxiety to help improve sleep and daily function.
You are free to enjoy the lush grounds of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a 250-acre campus. During free time on the retreat you are welcome to take complimentary tai chi and meditation classes or paddle across the lake.
If you aren’t experienced with yoga, don’t worry. This retreat is great for beginners, women enjoying a healthy pregnancy, and yoga teachers or healthcare professionals who want to incorporate restorative yoga into their practices.
Heart-Opening Weekend on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
June 24-26, July 22-24, & August 19-21, 2016
$93 per day
Book At: http://sunlotus.ca/offerings/
Sun Lotus retreats have a lot to offer, including chakra dancing, ceremonial cacao, yoga, sacred music, group walks, cooking demos, and lots of playtime.
For $260 you get 2 nights of shared accommodation and vegetarian meals. As part of the retreat you will experience meditation and chanting in Nature’s Cathedral, daily asanas and posture practice, spiritual guidance and counseling, and a sacred music massage.
Led by Sun Lotus owner Anita Rafidi and shamanic healer Joanna Pardhy-Casey, your instructors follow the approach to “connect like-minded seekers.”
They will teach you about plant medicine at the property’s organic farm, in addition to all of the daily sessions included in the retreat. And in your free time, take the opportunity to go tubing on the nearby Cowichan River.
The 7-acre spiritual sanctuary that makes up Sun Lotus is located in the Cowichan Valley, a magic garden of yoga where you can meditate under a giant maple tree, practice asanas in the breeze, and munch on Guatemalan chocolate, then join in a free-spirited chanting dance party that will put you in touch with your chakras.
Museflower Retreat & Spa Yoga Retreats in Chiang Rai, Thailand
From $143 per day
Book At: Museflower
At the Museflower, choose between 3 day (under $500), 5 day, and 7 day retreats that include 3 vegetarian meals per day, 2 daily hatha yoga classes, a daily meditation class, and optional spa treatments and holistic therapy sessions.
On the retreat you will take in the beautiful and natural settings while rejoining the body, mind, and spirit. The Museflower also has a Himalayan crystal salt pool that can’t be missed.
For this retreat it is best to visit in September or October after the rainy monsoon season has ended and before peak season hits in November through January with higher airfare prices.
Included in your retreat package, you will stay in lakeside cottages surrounded by misty hills with easy access to hill tribe villages, cultural excursions to temples and bazaars, and even elephant trekking tours.
Leave with released tensions and newfound strength and flexibility from the yoga classes, and feel lighter and more energetic after cleansing your body with the delicious vegetarian meals.
You will experience deep and lasting changes that will keep you energized and focused long after your vacation is over.