The Golden Gate Bridge vs Disneyland; Yosemite vs Joshua Tree; Stanford vs USC. California is so big that its diversity has created somewhat of a mild debate about which end is cooler. But which one is better for a yoga retreat?
Nothing like pancakes, fried eggs, a cup of coffee and a couple of Downward Dogs to start the day. Yes, yoga’s popularity has increased so much in the USA that now this Indian practice feels as American as apple pie.
California is one of the biggest melting pots in the world. Its diversity, nice weather and open-minded people created a fertile land for yoga to grow. And boy did it flourish! Nowadays, it’s arguably the best place for yoga in the Western Hemisphere.
California was the epicenter of the hippie culture in the 1960s, a movement that perfectly aligned with the spiritual ideology brought by several yoga gurus to America during that decade. It was just a perfect match that was well adopted by the Golden State; since then, California has never looked back and is the trendsetter when it comes to healthy living and wellness.
Yogi Bhajan might be one of the most famous. He settled in California in 1968 to teach Kundalini Yoga. He not only introduced this yoga style to the USA, but he was also actively engaged in various political and religious issues that contributed to the expansion of the yoga practice in the west.
Literally, you can find any sort of yoga holiday in California. From budget retreats, to the most luxurious getaways; from breaks for beginners, to courses for yoga teachers. And all kinds of yoga styles are also here; indeed, it is said that the Vinyasa Flow was invented in Los Angeles!
San Francisco International Airport was the first one to have a yoga studio for travelers to practice before their flight.
May to October
Encinitas, Santa Margarita, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Joshua Tree
Liberation Yoga (Los Angeles), Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, The Pad Studios, (San Francisco)
California has one of the highest ratios of yoga studios per square miles in the US
Bhakti Fest (Joshua Tree, CA in September), Sat Nam Fest (Joshua Tree, CA in April), Wanderlust (North Lake Tahoe in July)
Stretch your body, relax your mind, and nourish your soul on a yoga retreat in California. Known for offering yoga in combination with meditation and healing sessions, spa and massages, and wine tours or Full Moon Yoga, a yoga retreat in California is often affordable and restorative - the ultimate trip to recharge your spiritual batteries. With its breathtaking hills and beaches, popular destinations are national parks as Yosemite, yoga retreats in the Big Sur or in Palm Springs. Discover what works best for you and find your favorite yoga retreat in California!
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