Are There Really Affordable Yoga Retreats in the USA?
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The USA might not be the first destination you think of for an inexpensive yoga vacation. However, being such an important place for the development of yoga, it has seen tremendous growth since its arrival and, as a consequence, there are tons of retreats for all budgets.
Today, 36 million Americans practice yoga and there are up to 6,000 yoga studios in the country. In just four years, from 2012 to 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%. So, there’s no doubt that the USA is a land where the seed of yoga has given the highest amount of fruits in a short period of time.
One can find all kinds of yoga retreats here, from luxury holidays to yoga teacher training and wellness retreats. And although it has the reputation of being an expensive country, you’ll be surprised by all the affordable yoga retreats the US has to offer. After all, it’s not called the land of opportunity for nothing!
So, if you aren’t looking for a luxurious setting but still want to get a high level of instruction and an excellent program, you’ll certainly find something that suits your needs in the United States. Want a few recommendations? Here are 5 where you probably won’t get lobster for dinner, but you’ll still get all the benefits of yoga, plus the amazing sights and the guidance of professional teachers.
If you want to know more about yoga in the USA, take a look at this guide to yoga retreats in the USA.
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- Cost per day: from US$40
- Duration: 2 Days
- Location: New York
This yoga retreat, available year-round, is designed to help you replenish your energy. During your time here, you’ll be able to relax and detoxify in the wood-burning sauna, take a walk around the green countryside and practice Karma Yoga.
For those who aren’t familiar with Karma Yoga, this is the first of the four paths of yoga, consisting of unselfish action. It’s based on the principle that a spiritual seeker should act according to dharma, without being attached to the results.
To help you establish a solid foundation for a life of peace and happiness, during this program you’ll have 2 yoga practices, 1-hour karma yoga, 2 silent meditation, mantra chanting and 1 contemporary spiritual lecture; plus, organic vegetarian brunch and dinner every day. In other words, you won’t find better value for your money!
You’ll get the opportunity to transform your life in a traditional ashram set on 77 acres of beautiful wooded land in the Catskill Mountains. Here, you’ll return to a simpler way of living where you can really focus on yourself. In addition, you can participate in complementary activities such as learning how to cook delicious vegetarian food, enjoying the performances of special music guests, taking hot stone therapy and much more!
Looking for a more luxurious setting? Maybe you should read all about luxury yoga retreats in the USA.
- Cost per day: from US$91
- Duration: 3 Days
- Location: Hawaii
Discover the power of yoga and add some Aloha to your daily practice on this healing yoga retreat. It’s held in a meditation and ecological center in Hawaii, located on the eastern tip of the Big Island, very close to the ocean. A perfect place to do yoga, go swimming, snorkeling or exploring the newly created lava fields.
This spiritually uplifting environment is enhanced by its beautiful yoga studio and meditation pavilion. It offers daily morning and evening yoga sessions, locally sourced organic breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can also complement your experience by visiting some of the most extraordinary natural sceneries in the world. Such as the Black Sands Beach at Kehena, the Steam Vents Natural sauna caves, the Volcano National Park, the Lava Tree State Park and the Kalapana Volcano.
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- Cost per day: from US$100
- Duration: 3 Days
- Location: Maine
Learn how to live a fulfilled life on this yoga retreat in Maine. It has a great setting for a digital detox that will give you plenty of time to reconnect with yourself. You won’t have Wi-Fi, but you’ll have full access to a yoga shala, meditation temples, wood-fired sauna and miles of woodland walking trails.
With 2-hour daily yoga classes, morning and evening group practices and delicious meals, you’ll be able to release negative emotions and rejuvenate. And if you want a little upgrade, you can get a Nadi Vaidyam yoga wellness consultation or several therapeutic treatments for an extra fee.
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- Cost per day: from US$100
- Duration: 15 Days
- Location: Florida
If you feel ready to become a yoga teacher, then you should look no further and take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with Yogi Hari. A well-known master of Sampoorna Yoga and one of the few living yoga masters, he’s also part of the reputable Sivananda lineage.
With 40+ years of experience teaching, Shri Yogi Hari has trained thousands of yoga teachers around the world and now is offering his acclaimed Sampoorna Yoga Teacher Training Courses at an incredible price; starting at USD 100 per day!
Sampoorna Yoga consists of an integration of the six main systems of Yoga - Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Gyan and Nada Yoga. It works on harmonizing and bringing balance to the whole being, physically, emotionally, mentally and intellectually.
There are meditation sessions, asana and pranayama exercises, traditional teachings from a guru on Ayurveda, Hatha Yoga, Nada Yoga and Raja Yoga, plus Vedanta philosophy and Bhagavad Gita studies. After two weeks of training, you’ll be equipped with the necessary knowledge, experience and confidence to teach yoga.
The Sampoorna Yoga™ Teacher Training Course is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. This means that once you complete the course, you’ll get a 200 RTA certificate along with an extraordinary transformation.
There are plenty of options for teacher training in the USA. If you feel ready to take the big leap, here’s this guide to yoga teacher training in the USA.
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- Cost per day: from US$59
- Duration: 3 Days
- Location: California
If spirituality is at the top of your personal list, then this yoga retreat is for you! Prepare yourself to transcend your limits and become a better person. With daily yoga practice, mindfulness meditation, singing crystal bowl sound healing meditation, spiritual group discussions and daily detox drinks you’ll be all set to kick start a new life!
During this retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to hike in Santa Ysabel Preserve, go on the largest walking labyrinth in California, enjoy the native-plants botanical garden and contemplate the amazing mountain sunsets.
You’ll also get a signed copy of the book "Letters from Love Cafe: 47 Letters of Love on Living" by Memo Ozdogan. Plus, you can reserve a private counseling session and life coaching session.
If you feel like pampering yourself, then nothing goes together better than wellness and yoga. Indulge yourself with a yoga and wellness retreat in the USA.