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Top Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Yoga Adventure

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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From North to South and East to West, the United States of America offers a wide variety of locations that are absolutely incredible for a yoga vacation.

The USA features a diversity of landscapes and climates that range from vast desert to rainy redwood forests, alpine meadows and wonderful beaches. It has amazing national parks, spiritual sites, historic cities, delicious food and stunning landscapes.

In other words, if you’re an American, you don’t need to leave your own country to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily routine; the US has it all for the perfect yoga retreat!

Want a few recommendations on where to go? Below you’ll find which are the top destinations for a yoga retreat in the USA.

Florida

 

yoga retreat in Florida

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With 10 months of warm weather, the world’s best themed parks and a notable artistic scene, the “Sunshine State” is the ultimate destination for a yoga holiday in the United States.

From the upscale boutiques and irresistible beaches of Palm Beach to the lively nightlife, historic sites and charming architecture of Key West, the remarkable surf breaks of Cocoa Beach and the terrific yoga and sailing holidays in Sarasota, Florida really has something for every taste.

Plus, if you want to take your practice to the next level and start a journey towards self-discovery, here you can find very good options to start a new career and do your yoga teacher training.

Most popular places for a yoga retreat in Florida

 

 

California

 

yoga retreat in California

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California is arguably the best place for yoga in all the Western Hemisphere. Thanks to its diversity, nice weather and open-minded people, yoga has grown and flourished in these lands like in no other place!

From the idyllic climate of San Diego to the beautiful landscapes of Santa Barbara and the cozy town of Santa Margarita, practically any little spot in California is a yogi’s paradise.

And if you can’t wait until your next vacation to unplug and reap all the benefits of a yoga retreat, don’t worry, there are great options for a weekend yoga retreat in California all year long.

Most popular places for a yoga retreat in California

 

READ MORE: Northern California vs Southern California: Where to go for a retreat?

 

Hawaii

 

yoga retreat in Hawaii

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Full of amazing beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, abundant reefs, nice weather, delicious food and chilled positive vibes, Hawaii is another favorite destination for a yoga retreat.

The Aloha spirit of the island aligns perfectly with what yoga is all about, recognizing the divine in each other. So, here, you can achieve lokahi (harmony) in your life by practicing yoga, meditation, or any wellness activity you choose.

In addition, Hawaii is an excellent place if you want to combine yoga with surfing. Thus, if you’re looking for a more thrilling adventure, this is the place to go.

Most popular places for a yoga retreat in Hawaii

 

READ MORE: Embrace Yoga to its Fullest in Beautiful Hawaii

 

Arizona

 

yoga retreat in Arizona

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Arizona may not be the first place that comes to your mind when you think about yoga, but you should know that the Grand Canyon State is well known amongst yogis as one of the most spiritual places in the USA.

Due to its vortexes (the energy centers that arise from the Earth’s natural electromagnetic power), the serene vibes and its spectacular rock formations, this area attracts spiritual leaders from all over the world.  

They particularly choose Sedona, where yoga retreats are famous for providing life-changing experiences thanks to the many health-boosting therapies and exceptional meditation sessions they offer.

And, of course, a big plus is the opportunity of doing a Downward Dog in the Grand Canyon, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World.

 

Maine

 

yoga retreat in Maine

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Maine features some of the most beautiful landscapes you can find in the USA. With mountains, beaches and forest all in the same state, it makes for an excellent place to recharge your batteries surrounded by nature and doing some yoga.

With over 6,000 lakes and ponds, the best tasting lobster, historic sites and tales of haunted places, the Pine Tree State is a very intriguing travel destination. Island Falls, Camden and Industry are some of the most popular places to do yoga in this state.

 

New York

 

yoga retreat in New York

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New York City might not be the quietest place for a retreat, but Upstate New York has great locations to find peace and soothe your mind to escape the busy streets of the Big Apple.

A couple of hours north of the city, the Catskill Mountains host some  tranquil yoga holidays where you can relax on a weekend getaway. And just a few miles east, Sullivan County is another nice spot where you can find some yoga programs especially designed to help you boost your immune system.

And while you’re exploring Upstate New York, maybe you could take a quick trip to Niagara and be stunned by the deafening power of the falls. 

 

 

Virginia

 

yoga retreat in Virginia

Image credit: Eupepsia Wellness Center​

Any vacation should be about doing the things you love. And if you choose to come to Virginia for your next yoga holiday, you’re definitely in for a treat!

Old Dominion has plenty of luxurious holidays with breathtaking mountain views, world-class restaurants, exquisite wines, wide-open beaches and, of course, wonderful yoga retreats

And if you like hiking, there’s arguably no better place for you to go, as yoga and hiking retreats in the Appalachian Mountains are among the very best in Virginia and the whole country.  

READ MORE: Your guide to yoga retreats in The USA

 

Washington

 

yoga retreat in Washington

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Known for its coffee, software companies and music culture, the Washington State is a very good option for any type of vacation – and that includes yoga holidays.

Due to its geological diversity, ranging from mountains to deserts and from rainforests to the Pacific coastline, the Evergreen State is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Just a visit to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area or the Olympic National Park, will make the trip worthwhile.

However, if you prefer to discover the city, you also get plenty of options. From the Pike Place Market Foundation to the National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Pop Culture, there are tons of different attractions to complement your yoga vacation.

 

Two alternatives to do yoga abroad

 

Now, if you’re looking for a more tropical destination to relax and unwind, there are a couple of great options not too far south of the USA. Mexico and Costa Rica are just a short flight away and offer top-notch retreats at affordable prices to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Here’s all you need to know about these alternatives:

 

Mexico

 

yoga retreat in Mexico

Image credit: Beyond Yoga Retreat

From the colorful atmosphere of Mexico City to the scrumptious food in Oaxaca and the spectacular beaches all throughout its coastlines, Mexico is a true paradise for a yoga holiday.  

With a unique culture, impressive resorts, exquisite food, and charming music, this country will help you completely disconnect and make you feel as if you’ve traveled to another dimension where you just need to have fun and embrace your yoga practice.

Plus, a yoga retreat in Mexico is a good opportunity to explore some of the many ancient ruins and cultural heritage sites all over its territory.

Most popular places for a yoga retreat in México

 

READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Mexico’s Best Yoga Destinations

 

Costa Rica


yoga in Costa Rica

 

 

Image credit: Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat Costa Rica

A bit below in Central America, Costa Rica offers breathtaking natural scenery, stunning beaches and one of the most vibrant cultures you can find in the world.

But it’s not just that. Yoga teacher training courses in Costa Rica have gained popularity around the world thanks to all the instructors that have come to this tropical paradise to start teaching. Maybe it’s the Pura Vida spirit that’s so attractive – a mindful way of living that’s perfectly aligned with the philosophy and a good incentive to embark on a yoga experience in Costa Rica.

Most popular places for a yoga retreat in Costa Rica

 

READ MORE: Why Should You Do Your Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica?
 

*Cover image credit: Zen Den Yoga School


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