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The Ultimate Guide to UK’s Best Yoga Destinations

Forget museums, tweed and fish and chips! While these are all nice things to experience on the first trip to the UK, maybe, this great country is about so much more than these tourist staples. The unique geography of the lands which comprise it, for example, make most sites exceptionally suitable to mindfulness and meditation. 

by Miriam Cihodariu
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Why You Should Work Meditation in Your Wind Down Routine

In the US we place a high value on things like energy and productivity. While it is important to be alert and active during the day, we tend to view any rest, relaxation, and sleep as a weakness. 

by Lisa Smalls
Interview
Eddie Stern: Why It's Important to Find Your Inner Peace & How to Do It [Interview]

In the world of yoga, referring to Eddie Stern as a ‘superstar’ would hardly be an overstatement. So when we heard that he was going to be one of the teachers at the upcoming Inner Peace Conference, a highly anticipated annual event which we are one of the proud sponsors of, we jumped at the opportunity to catch up with him and ‘pick his brains’ a bit. 

by Lystia Putranto
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The Ultimate Guide to Morocco’s Best Yoga Destinations

Craving a travel experience that takes you beyond the usual Western world destinations? Why not try the exotic lands of Morocco? It’s not only a land rich in history, culture, and beauty but also a perfect yoga destination. 

by Miriam Cihodariu
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Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in October

Autumn and Spring are the perfect times of the year to travel. The weather has either cooled down from summer or is warming up. And the crowds either left or have not yet arrived. No matter where you head to on Earth, there are a lot of things to do and places to enjoy. 

by Cris Puscas

On & Beyond the Yoga Mat

Explore fascinating yoga destinations, amp up your practice with tips and tricks from yoga practitioners worldwide. Stretch your body and mind, and unlock your true potential.

5 Tips for Taking Those Perfect Yoga Photos

Yoga is the perfectly balanced embodiment of strength and grace. Each yoga pose is an achievement and, like any other milestone, deserves to be celebrated. And what better place to share the achievements of your yoga journey than on your Instagram page? 

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in November

November brings the last fall foliage in the Northern Hemisphere, but it also brings the first flurries and cold snaps as winter is inching closer and closer. It’s the perfect time to head to warmer climates. And there are plenty of amazing choices. 

The Ultimate Guide to UK’s Best Yoga Destinations

Forget museums, tweed and fish and chips! While these are all nice things to experience on the first trip to the UK, maybe, this great country is about so much more than these tourist staples. The unique geography of the lands which comprise it, for example, make most sites exceptionally suitable to mindfulness and meditation. 

How I Encouraged Lazy Me to Do Yoga Everyday

Thanks to a host of celebrities endorsing the benefits of yoga in recent times, this ancient Indian discipline has been enjoying greater visibility in popular culture than ever before. But when I found even Kaley Cuoco – who plays the irrepressible Penny in the hugely popular sitcom Big Bang Theory – a fan of yoga, I knew I had to check it out. 

The Top 7 Health Benefits of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)

The life and energy are given by the Sun to the entire world. It is in this note that it was realized by the human beings to bow and pay their salutations to the life nourisher and sustainer. 

Good Vibrations: The Healing Power of Sound [Interview with Shanti Sounds]

Life is vibration. Everything around us vibrates, from the planets in the universe up to the last sub-atomic particles of you and me, each moving in its own pace, dancing to its own rhythm. Likewise, our bodies have their own unique frequencies.

Kevin Sahaj: An Exploration of Yoga, Meditation, and Martial Arts [Interview]

One of the best things about our job at BookYogaRetreats.com is that we get to meet and chat with plenty of likeminded minds. And on special occasions, we get the opportunity to discuss thought-provoking topics with truly impressive people. This time around, this happens to be Kevin Sahaj. His extensive experience as a yogi, his deep knowledge of various forms of Buddhism as well as the impact he’s had on an extensive community of yogis made him a highly sought-out teacher in the Netherlands and abroad. 

5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Yoga Retreat in India

India is widely considered as one of the most spiritual places on Earth and it’s easy to see why. It is home to several of the most sacred sites in the world like the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Rishikesh or the Ellora and Ajanta Caves; there is a huge number of people professing all major religions in India; it is the birthplace of Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism; and of course, it is where yoga started.

Why You Should Work Meditation in Your Wind Down Routine

In the US we place a high value on things like energy and productivity. While it is important to be alert and active during the day, we tend to view any rest, relaxation, and sleep as a weakness. 

9 Reasons to Go on a Yoga Retreat in Your 60s 70s and 80s

Did you know that yoga is the secret to aging gracefully? 

The Ultimate Guide to Morocco’s Best Yoga Destinations

Craving a travel experience that takes you beyond the usual Western world destinations? Why not try the exotic lands of Morocco? It’s not only a land rich in history, culture, and beauty but also a perfect yoga destination. 

Eddie Stern: Why It's Important to Find Your Inner Peace & How to Do It [Interview]

In the world of yoga, referring to Eddie Stern as a ‘superstar’ would hardly be an overstatement. So when we heard that he was going to be one of the teachers at the upcoming Inner Peace Conference, a highly anticipated annual event which we are one of the proud sponsors of, we jumped at the opportunity to catch up with him and ‘pick his brains’ a bit. 

10 Gorgeous Yoga Accessories You Have Never Heard Of

You can practice yoga anywhere and at any time no matter what level of practice you’re in because it requires no equipment. Yoga seems to be a hard practice to many people, but once you venture into it, you will be amazed by the fact that anyone is capable of doing it.

A Brief Guide to Yoga for Upper Back Pain

So many of us spend a great deal of our time experiencing some type of pain. It can range from distracting to debilitating, and most chronic pain sufferers claim they would do nearly anything to make the pain go away. 

How Yoga Taught Me to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

Those who have never practiced yoga before have an image of yogis as mellow, extra-flexible hippies. While you don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga, most people benefit from a more “mellow” state of mind after practicing yoga. 

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in October

Autumn and Spring are the perfect times of the year to travel. The weather has either cooled down from summer or is warming up. And the crowds either left or have not yet arrived. No matter where you head to on Earth, there are a lot of things to do and places to enjoy. 

The Skin Benefits of Yoga: Achieving an Inner Glow

Do you practice yoga? Paraphrasing a famous saying, one yoga practice a day keeps the dermatologist away! Or are you one of those people who love the idea of it but never seem to get around to actually do it 

8 Surprising Ways Yoga Improves Your Sleep Quality

Yoga is more than just a way of exercising and keeping your body fit, it is a great tool for life in general. With the busy lifestyles most of us tend to lead, it is important that we are not only considering our nutrition and exercise as part of living healthy but also the quality and quantity of sleep we are getting. Poor sleep quality can lead to lowered attention span or inability to focus, moodiness, and even poor food cravings and choices. 

10 Yoga Poses You Can Do With Your Partner

Yoga is a great way to stretch, reduce pain and other physical ailments, and increase one’s strength and flexibility. If done long-term, yoga also has the potential to aid with weight loss and muscle gain. 

How Baby Boomers Are Taking On the Yoga Lifestyle

Yoga offers countless benefits, from reduced stress to increased flexibility. But one population, in particular, has begun to take on the yoga lifestyle – baby boomers. 

What Is a Mala and Why Does It Have 108 Beads?

The mala necklace. That extra-long beaded accessory that has the look and feel of exotic beach vibes, yogi-surfer style, and mindful spirituality. But wait, what does it actually signify and why does it have 108 beads? 

Why Body-Positive Yoga Instructors Are So Important

Finding a body-positive yoga instructor is important to truly get everything you want from a yoga class. Body-positive yoga instructors can be hard to find, but they are the foundation of a body-positive yoga class and making their fellow yoga students feel at ease. 

7 tips for Remaining Young: Rejuvenation Techniques of Yoga and Tantra

There are many forms, styles, and schools of yoga like Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Hot Yoga, Isha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, etc.  There could be many reasons to practice yoga and tantra methods. Yet the universal intention behind any yogic practice could be summed up as the desire to remain young and healthy in the mind, body, and spirit until death. 

Igniting a Global Inner Revolution: Tripaneer Proudly Sponsors the Inner Peace Conference 2018

Tripaneer, the global travel company behind BookYogaRetreats.com, is proudly sponsoring the Inner Peace Conference 2018 to be held on October 6th & 7th in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

5 Reasons Why Dancing is the Best Meditation

When you dance, you engage your entire body in movement. You turn your control over to the music, and you let it take your mind away. While dancing on its own is an excellent way to stay healthy, it’s also a powerful form of meditation. Many people struggle to meditate on their own without the help of focused movements. 

Changing Your Mindset: What You Need to Know to Transform Yourself

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut either in your personal or professional life? Perhaps you are unable to move forward or to achieve the levels of success that you want. Well, if so, you are not alone. A number of people are held back by one of the biggest obstacles in their lives – their fixed mindset. 

The Ultimate Guide to Greece’s Best Yoga Destinations

Greece is one of the most popular European destinations for the general public, but it’s also an important landmark for yogis looking for unique experiences. 

The Ultimate Guide to Italy’s Best Yoga Destinations

One of the best things about Italy as a vacation destination is that it’s not something you simply scratch off your bucket list. You can return to Italy again and again and still not have enough of this picturesque land and its delicious fares, nor be bored with its history and culture. 

Will Napping Affect a Good Night's Sleep?

Who doesn’t love a good nap? I know I do! Many times we reach a point in the day when we become groggy and lethargic. Lying down and resting our eyes might sound like a great idea. 

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in September

September is the perfect month to visit Europe if you are looking to save some money. In most southern countries the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the sunshine and if you head to the islands, you are guaranteed a dip in the sea, too. 

5 Reasons to Choose Panama for Your Next Getaway

Are you looking at destinations to travel to and can’t make up your mind? 

Why You May Just Fall in Love with Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is still somewhat of a mystery to many yogis.  

Science Experiment: How 7 Days of Yoga Will Change You

What is yoga to you?

That’s a pretty difficult question, isn’t it? No matter how hard you try to explain, it’s hard to find the exact words that express how you feel about this practice. 

The Ultimate Guide to Portugal Yoga Destinations

Portugal is one of the most popular yoga destinations in Europe. While it’s a frequent travel choice for lots of yogis and non-yogis alike, it’s also a hidden gem to others. Having traveled through Portugal recently myself, I’ve put together this guide to help you get a glimpse of what yoga in Portugal looks like and what the country has to offer. 

The 7 Best Prenatal Yoga Poses for Pregnant Women

It’s important, both for your health and that of your baby, to stay active during pregnancy. If you manage at least 3 hours of activity weekly, or 30 minutes a day, as a minimum bar, you will weather the pregnancy and delivery much easier and it will also be a quicker bounce back into shape after birth. 

The Plant-Based Diet to Enhance your Yoga Lifestyle

We all love how yoga makes us feel; light, energized, grounded, connected, euphoric.

Perhaps we have also noticed physical benefits as well; glowing skin, toned muscles, beautiful posture, increased confidence… 

How Yoga Can Help with Depression

Depression is a huge problem today and is the world’s leading cause of altered life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is ranked as the third highest global disease burden, especially in China, India, and the USA. Even more so than other ailments like arthritis, asthma, and diabetes. 

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in August

Traveling in August: you either love it or hate it. The weather is gorgeous in the Northern Hemisphere. The hot weather in Europe and North America means crowds and high prices but also a lot of things to do. Whereas in South East Asia, it’s monsoon season which is a great excuse to travel during the low season and save some money.

8 Low Carb Lunch Recipes to Energize Before Yoga

Yoga is a lot of movement, twisting and turning. The last thing you want before a class is a stomach ache, cramping, or gas,” says Lisa Hayim, a registered dietician and founder of The WellNecessities. 

45 Years of Yoga: Interview with Yogini Oona Giesen

Oona Giesen has been organizing yoga retreats for the past 25 years. She has a fascinating backstory with yoga, dating back to the beginnings of Iyengar yoga in Europe. 

Identifying and Exiting from Your Zone of Comfort

India. Greece. Morocco. Costa Rica. Mexico. Bali. 

8 Great Reasons to Go to Yoga with Friends

You don’t need us to tell you that doing things with friends is fun. When you have company for something that you would have enjoyed by yourself as well, it’s double the fun, because you get to share it with someone you care for. When it’s something you don’t quite feel comfortable doing for whatever reason, co-opting a friend will make it fun. This is why we, Miriam and Cristina, decided to go to a wine and face yoga workshop together. 

6 Benefits the Elderly Can Gain from Doing Yoga

Movement is essential to keeping the body strong and functioning well, far into old age. This can be a bit tricky when our bodies decide to go against us as we age, causing stiffness, soreness, and loss of mobility. 

Bulgaria: Land of Treasures, Beauty and Spirituality

You have all heard about the the magnificent temples of India, the serene Tibetan monasteries and the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids. Perhaps many of you have also felt the intense energy that those places posses. 

7 Magical Yoga Festivals to Celebrate this Summer

The summer solstice does not only mark the start of the new season, but it has also been adopted as one of the main celebrations in the yoga community: The International Day of Yoga. As 2018 is the fourth year that we commemorate this important date, we think that a yoga festival is a perfect idea to celebrate the occasion.

Top 10 Simple Yoga Poses for Knee Pain and Joint Relief

Knee pain and joint complications can be an acute condition. Unfortunately, this kind of problem has become very common in the modern lifestyle.

It is mostly seen in the elderly and teenagers and it can cause serious health conditions if not addressed. Swelling and stiffness are common problems that affect the knees and joints, and this can restrict your movements and lead to a decline in general body health. 

The Good Morning Goddess Ritual of Self-Love

Self-love, the Saint-Graal of our modern society. Everyday, we get hammered by advertising messages asking us to take care of ourselves, to follow our dreams, to take that holiday, or leave that job. They ask us to do it, but it is always through the acquisition of a thing. 

Daily Yogi Routine for Your Well-Being

As a retreat organizer, I am often asked by the people I teach to give them advice on what they can do to enhance their well-being. Time is limited for everyone, of course, but many look to me for learning the little things, the litte secrets that can make their lives better naturally. 

A Sneak Peek into a Circus and Yoga Retreat

Have you ever wanted to just leave it all behind, live in a far-off land on top of a mountain-side and run away with the circus?  Well, now you can! 

How to Promote Gratitude Without Keeping a Journal

Gratitude is a powerful state. When you live a life of gratitude, you’re happier with yourself and the world. It means you’ve made a conscious effort to focus on and be happy with what you have, instead of constantly worrying about what you don’t. 

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in July

While July is mostly known for the sparks that fly on Independence Day and Bastille Day, it is also one of the most active months when it comes to festivals all over the world.

It is peak travel season in Europe and across the Northern Hemisphere. Expect crowds, high prices, but also a lot of things to do no matter where you travel to. 

Interview with Upaya Yoga Teacher Rohil Jethmalani

Rohil Jethmalani is a Lead Teacher for Upaya Yoga. He began his journey into yoga by coming into contact with meditation 6 years ago. In a quest to find his true Self, he visited many masters and guides from different parts India. Soon the realization dawned that the real Guru is within, and other masters are simply mirrors. 

The Benefits of Mixing Yoga with Some Boxing Moves

The benefits of mixing yoga with some boxing moves are so many that this method is considered to be one of the most effective exercises of today. 

5 Actionable Ways to Overcome Morning Fatigue

You try to stick to bedtime habits: you're smart about what you eat and drink before sleep and you never go late to bed. All in all, you have a good night sleep. 

But, from time to time, you still wake up still feeling tired and irritated.

For a variety of reasons, you face morning fatigue. Suffering from morning fatigue means having a decrease in energy levels, and it negatively affects your entire day and mood.

The Meghan Markle Yoga Routine: How to Achieve Her Glow

Last week, the Royal Wedding of the British Royal Family made the headlines of all the major magazines and media outlets of the world. We, on the Tripaneer team, also got emotional, alongside millions of fans and admirers worldwide, seeing the beautiful photos of the wedding party and of the parade. 

Yoga for Relaxation: 8 Poses to Cool Down

Cooling down after a yoga session, or dancing, or exercise routine is very important. A gradual slowing of your pace allows your heart rate to return to normal, prevents muscle soreness, and improves relaxation. Abruptly stopping your exercising will not achieve the same effect. 

We Were Scared of Hot Yoga Before We Read These Tips

Are you a beginner and afraid of hot Yoga? This post is for you.

If you are starting something new you might be anxious, especially when other people are saying it’s hard. 

Easy Home Remedies from Ayurveda and Naturopathy

We all suffer from time to time from some health issues, minor most of the time (hopefully). 

Couples Who Do Yoga Together Stay Together

As a guy in a relationship with another guy, sometimes I have often heard that it must be easier for us to get along as we must share a lot of interests, passions, and have a similar mindset.

It couldn’t be more wrong. We do share some passions, that’s for sure. We both like to follow a healthy and active lifestyle and we also appreciate videogames and reading but the list of interests that we don’t share is way larger.

[Cheat Sheet] Yoga Poses to Slim Down & Tone Specific Body Parts

If you’re looking for a fun yet potent way to achieve an overall fit and tone body, we strongly believe that consistent yoga practice is the answer. That said, it’s important to note that some yoga poses can slim down and tone specific parts of your body more effectively than others.

6 Awesome Ways Yoga Can Benefit Men

Most men enjoy typical “manly” sports like football, hockey, basketball, and weightlifting. While men in general benefit greatly from strength training and cardiovascular exercise, yoga offers several distinct benefits men should look into. 

How to Stop Procrastinating and Regain Control of Your Life

Over the years, procrastination proves itself to be the worst enemy of our productivity. 

The Best-Kept Secret in Playa del Carmen, Mexico [My Mini Yoga Retreat]

A few dozen palm trees north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, there is a well-kept secret: fine white sand, lush tropical vegetation and turquoise water all coexist in the same paradise to shape one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean: Playa del Secreto.

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in June

June is one of the few months that are perfect for visiting Europe. If you want to head to the Mediterranean, it’s not yet too crowded or too hot, whereas the Northern regions offer pleasant weather. And although it’s still technically spring, the temperatures are summery, and many large cities see peak travel season just about now. 

What Yoga Style Is the Best for Your Health Condition?

One of the reasons yoga has become so popular during the last decade is the fact that medical studies have started to confirm what yoga instructors had been claiming all along.

Four Delicious Ketogenic Drinks You Need to Try

When you're on the keto diet, you're going to need a concrete plan that ensures the successful results. But you shouldn't only focus on the good you're going to eat but what you can drink! Smoothies, alcoholic drinks, or juices are still allowed in the diet as long as you use the right ingredients. But what kind of ketogenic drinks can you have?

Read on as I show you the list of keto drinks you can try out today. 

5 Yoga Poses to Help You Focus

Sun is out, birds are chirping, you’re daydreaming of that beach vacation, counting down the days to the weekend… if it sounds way too familiar, then your brain is probably not focused on the task at hand and you need a solution. 

My Experience with Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica (Personal Story)

My experience with yoga retreats in Costa Rica made me select just a handful of them, where I felt most at peace. 

10 Great Mothers Day Gifts for Yoga Moms

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and our dearest person in the world deserves to be pampered on this special date. Though a big hug and a tender kiss are usually enough for her, it’s always a great idea to spoil her with something special to show much appreciation for all she’s done for us, either as your own mother or as the mother of your children.

Why Go on a Yoga Pilgrimage in Washington, USA?

Going on pilgrimage is an ongoing ancient practice within the yogic tradition. In Sanskrit it is called tīrtha-yātrā, meaning “of the river, the ford …a place of spiritual crossing”, as explained by Diana L. Eck in India: A Sacred Geography

The Effects of Yoga Practice in School Physical Education

Yoga practice comes with an enormous influence on children. Yoga for children, sculpts young thoughts and bodies, giving equipment which will enhance and support kids to be balanced, innovative, and grow into calm people with a strong feeling of who they are in relation to the world. 

5 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Self-motivation at Work

Meditation is one of the single best tools to help you stay focused. It may feel weird the first few times, if you haven’t practiced it before, but you will soon be able to feel its healing powers for yourself. Meditation is the simplest activity which can easily be attempted by everyone. 

Buti Yoga: Combining Yoga and Dancing in a Rhythmic and Passionate Way

You may have heard about Buti yoga; lately, it has been all the buzz. Thanks to social media sharing and, of course, to the celebrity attention it has garnered, this new yoga style is presently among the most popular ones. 

The Workouts You Can Do After a Car Accident

Car accidents can result in serious injuries that may take longer to heal. However, there are some workouts that when performed accordingly can help you recover much faster than expected. 

5 Reasons Why Your Next Retreat Should Be in Barcelona

Barcelona is a different kind of retreat with all the elements in place for yoga plus art, culture, and the diversity of a great European city. 

Yoga Stretches: Time to Feel Great

Not sure about many of you, but, I honestly find stretching incredibly boring. I need it before my tango classes, but usually get away with a few shoulder rotations and toe touches. 

5 Surprising Benefits of Cork Yoga Mats

The majority of the worlds yoga mats are made from mass-produced throw-away plastics like PVC, that end up being incinerated or buried in landfill. This leads to the release of harmful toxins or their breakdown into micro plastics that leach into our oceans. Sadly there is no safe way to dispose of plastic yoga mats. 

Tips for Creating a Steady and Beneficial Yoga Practice at Home

Yoga is one of the most beneficial practices and habits we can develop for our minds and bodies. You probably already know many things about the benefits of this ancient and yet modern practice, but we will do a brief recap. 

Yoga for Stress Release: 5 Chair Yoga Moves You Can Do at Your Desk

Guess what I’m doing while writing this article? Sitting at my desk, of course! And while I’ve tried to combine my treadmill with my desk for a DIY standing desk, that didn’t work well for me. 

8 Steps to Easing Back into a Fitness Routine after Birth (#3 is the best)

If you’re under the impression that getting back into your fitness regime post-delivery is going to be an easy task, you’re wrong. But you’re at least in the right place to change that opinion. In this post, I’m going to discuss 8 steps to easing back into a fitness routine after birth.

Yoga and Snowboarding Holiday in the Carpathian Mountains [Own Experience]

Any person in this world most probably has a favorite place. I have visited around 20+ countries in my life and around 40+ different cities.

8 Superfoods Your Body Can Benefit From

You've probably heard of Superfoods before, and even though they don’t wear little capes and run around saving people, superfoods can have amazing benefits for your overall health when eaten regularly. 

How to Pack for a Yoga Retreat

A yoga retreat is a great way to recharge your batteries, learn new things and inspire yourself to live a healthier life when you get back home. If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the pace of modern life then spending some time focusing on your own body and mind can be a life changing experience, they don’t call them retreats for no reason, you are literally taking a step back from the outside world and regrouping.

 

How Yoga Can Improve Your Motivation Skills

Life is a continuous cycle of good and bad things. When life brings us constant trouble, we tend to get discouraged and demotivated. Waking up each morning stops being a bless and turns into a burden. Some of you may experience this right now. I bet that when the sun comes up and you have to get up, you frequently wonder how to avoid today’s responsibilities and challenges. 

Yoga for Weight Loss: 5 Poses to Build Your Fitness

Spring has sprung and with the increase in degrees outside our anxiety for showing more skin also increases. What’s there to do? Build our fitness with yoga! 

A Complete Ketogenic Diet Meal Plan For Your Weight Loss Journey

So, you've decided to follow the ketogenic diet, known for its major health benefits and fantastic weight loss results. The question is: Where should you start? 

Sun Salutation: Step by Step Asanas [Infographic]

Because we know how important Sun Salutation is in every yogi's life, we’ve put together an infographic with everything you need to know about the energizing sequence. Here is how to do a proper sun salutation step by step. 

How a yoga retreat changed my life

Ok, so maybe ‘changed my life’ is a bit dramatic. But it did alter my path in a big way. So, here’s my story.

The Best Guide to Yoga Equipment for Beginners

Are you just picking up yoga and wondering where to start? We envy you for delighting in this magical time of discovery; each of us remembers the serendipity moment when everything seemed to come together perfectly in order to push us in the right direction. 

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in May

Ah, May! Spring has finally settled in the Northern Hemisphere, while Down Under, fall is painting amazing colors in nature. It’s time to take your activities outdoors and take advantage of the longer and warmer days. 

Yoga for Sleep: Poses that Help You Catch Better ZZZ’s

We already know that getting enough quality sleep plays an important role in our health. Have you ever felt cranky in the morning just to realize you tossed and turned all night? Or maybe you track your sleeping patterns with an activity monitor and realize you barely get any deep sleep. Whatever the problem is with your rest, yoga can significantly help make things better.  

How meditation rewires your mind for less anxiety and faster learning

It’s instilled in our nature to worry. We’re on the constant lookout for danger.

12 Yoga-Inspired Jewelry for Channeling Inner Peace

To many, many yogis or yoga practitioners who like to take pride in their lifestyle, yoga is more than a fitness choice or a relaxation choice. It’s a life choice that can be taken partially or totally, with full immersion or with baby steps.

How to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work (Infographic)

While it can be challenging, learning how to remain calm under stress is a valuable trait that will serve you well throughout your career. 

How to Organize an Awesome Yoga Retreat in 10 Steps [Infographic]

Have you ever thought about organizing your own yoga retreat? We know that it could seem like a daunting task to take a group of people to one place to practice yoga for a few consecutive days, and thinking about everything that’s involved in the process of the organization of a retreat could be a bit overwhelming. But it might be easier than you think!

11 Fabulous Tips to Cultivate Self-Love

Are you ready to LOVE yourself, fully, unconditionally and radically? Then, enjoy our Self LOVE tips and start with being your own Lover, it all starts with you.

Yoga for Flexibility: Poses for Tight Hips

Remember when you were a kid and didn’t have restrictions in movement? How do you feel now? Yeah, tight! As we age, due to the sedentary lifestyle and specializing in certain types of moments, we lose some of the flexibility.

A Journey: Moroccan Scents and Their Uses for Yoga Retreats

Morocco is a sensory explosion! There is so much beauty in all that you see and experience. It’s really true that setting foot in that country almost immediately captures your senses and mesmerizes them.

Why Yoga is Perfect for the Freelance Lifestyle

“Are you a freelancer?” is the first question I’m asked whenever I travel. “How do you earn your salary? It must be easy to work online, right?” The proper response to these questions would be “Yes, I am a freelancer, and I earn my living by working hard and staying committed to my tasks constantly. It is a challenging job that requires a lot of dedication and perseverance.” But how many people would actually understand the meaning behind my words?

Sculpt Your Body with Yoga: A Simple 6 Poses Workout

Strength training has been proven to prevent diseases and degenerative conditions, increase energy, decrease anxiety, increase bone density, build a strong heart, and reduce blood pressure. Typically, when you talk about sculpting the body, you think about HIIT circuits and the weight room. And yoga is, wrongly known, only as a good option for warm-up, stretching, and never seems to be considered a workout.

Joy Is Moderation and Mindfulness

It’s no secret that we live in perhaps the most stressful times there ever were. Even if our material comfort is perhaps greater (for those of us privileged enough), the daily grind takes a higher and higher mental toll. Only the levels of information we absorb daily are a huge and incredible source of mental strain, never mind the emotional pressure.

The 6 Tweaks Needed to Eliminate Stress and Negativity

Stress, and its physical symptoms, affects 77% of the population as reported by the American Institute of Stress.  Over 90% of doctor visits can be traced back to stress in some way from poor digestion, disrupted sleep, increase heart attack/stroke risks, compromises our immune system, increase in anxiety symptoms and more.  

How Can Yoga Help People with Eating Disorders?

The contemporary lifestyle is strained by a number of fleeting ailments – some accidental, some habitual, and others quite fatal. In this array of disorders, eating-related disorders are quite common.

How Can Moms Take Time Out for Yoga?

Busy moms often think it hard to take time out from their hectic schedule and get on the yoga mat. They believe so because yoga requires one to remain in peace, in spite of the chaotic surrounding. Practicing yoga also requires one not to be bothered by distractions.

Top Yoga Destinations to Travel to in April

While March saw the first signs of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, April is a bit of an awkward mix of temperatures. It’s not yet hot enough to hit the pool but you don’t have to wear too many layers either. Pack that waterproof jacket as it’s quite certain it will rain. As for the Southern Hemisphere, autumn is at its most beautiful so grapes picking, and gorgeous foliage will make you pack your bags.

The Yoga of Synchronicity

7 years ago, I began to travel around the world. My main purpose was to meet spiritual teachers and learn from them.

How I met most of them has always been through magical coincidences or as Carl Jung calls it, through Synchronicity…

The Benefits of Yoga and Raw Food Retreats

Staying healthy is something we are all interested in, particularly after a certain age. Since exercise and diet are the one two key actions through which we can preserve our health, it’s no wonder that any activity that combines both can become very popular. 

What's the best breakfast for weight loss? 8 Great Food Choices

Breakfast isn't just what is eaten in the morning. No, there is more to it. Breakfast helps to set the tone for the day. It determines our mood for the rest of the day, and this explains why it is important to eat healthy especially in the morning.

Stay Fit with Yoga: Full Body Workout

The general belief is that yoga is amazing for relaxation and flexibility but not exactly a tool for staying fit. To achieve that, you’d need to combine it with an activity known to keep you fit, like weight lifting or running. Or isn’t that the case after all?

5 Things You Won’t Say after Going to a Yoga Festival

Everyday, millions of people from all over the world get on a yoga mat to experience the union of the body, mind and soul that the asana practice provides. Can you imagine this feeling being multiplied in company of hundreds of other yogis practicing in the same place as you? Just imagine, breathing in synchrony with them, listening to the same sounds as you, doing the same poses… talk about sense of unity!

The Benefits of Aerial Yoga and How Practicing Makes You Feel Like

How about hanging upside down on a fabric like a swing or a hammock? Can you imagine something more relaxing and exciting at the same time? Welcome to an Aerial Yoga class. It is a mix of pilates, aerial gymnastics, and yoga movements that will give you more strength and flexibility in a fun and twisted way. 

What's the Difference Between a Yoga Holiday and a Yoga Retreat?

Well as a writer and a yogi I don't really know. Are there more chants and Oms or more josh sticks and Buddha's plastered everywhere? Do 2 sessions of yoga daily make it a retreat? Does it have to be in silence with the only spoken words be in Sanskrit to be considered a yoga retreat?

How Do Yoga and Tango Work Together?

More and more, tango dancers – whether they tango socially or take it up a notch and go for professional practice – are looking into how yoga can help improve their dancing.  

What Can You Expect from Your First Yoga Retreat? (My Own Experience)

I flicked on the kettle and waited for the water to boil. Sunlight filled my kitchen and I looked around me as if looking at my apartment for the very first time. I felt content to wait. My mind was clear, my heart full, and my limbs stretched. I felt fitter and more stress-free than I could remember in my adult life.

The Science of Tantra: Path of the Goddess

Yoga can seem mysterious or even weird at times, when seen from afar. This is especially true the more spiritual the yoga practice gets, or the deeper we delve into Antar Yoga, further away from yoga as a well-being practice focused on the body. One of the highest forms of yoga is tantric yoga, especially the one focusing on the inner goddess

The 8 Effective Ways to Wake Up Without an Alarm: Get Quality Sleep Now!

There are two types of people when it comes to sleep. The ones who would jolt awake from the sound of a loud alarm, forcing them to get up and face the day groggily. And the others would wake up naturally before or without an alarm, feeling like they have the right amount of sleep.

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in March

March is a lovely month to explore the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter starts to loosen its grip and the first signs of spring can be visible; while in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is drawing to an end, leaving room for colorful fall.

Why You Should Try a Vegetarian Diet (7 Reasons to Make the Switch)

Why are more and more people drawn to vegetarianism? Well, some of them simply want to live longer and healthier lives. Others have made that incredible switch to preserve our planet’s natural resources or simply from a love of animals and an ethical opposition to eating them.

How Yin Yoga Helped Me Win Ironman

It had been over two years since my last Ironman (the 2013 World Championship in Kona, Hawaii), when I pondered the idea of signing up for another Ironman, this time in Nice, France.

How You Can Achieve a Positive Mindset with 7 Useful Tips

Positivity is more than just an attitude; it is a force and an energy that can turn any situation around and bring about good change and happiness to those truly seeking it.

My Amazing Yoga Retreat in the Carpathian Mountains (9 Things You Should Never Forget)

There is no such thing as  a “wrong time to visit the Carpathian Mountains". This beautiful place is stunning during any time of the year. Full of green colors, blossoms, and fresh air in summer and spring. In fall, it looks like a gold mine because trees turn bright yellow and red. And in winter, it is a real fairy tale. Recently, I was really lucky to visit this amazing place on a yoga retreat to contemplate a true winter wonderland.

Everything You Need To Know Before Your First Yoga Class

Are you ready to jump on the yoga bandwagon? That’s an amazing decision and you will certainly enjoy the positive effects if you prepare properly for your first yoga class.

Get Pampered the Way You Deserve: Top Luxury Yoga Destinations in the USA

If you are looking to utilize your time away to soothe your body and mind, yoga retreats are the best bet for you. They are not just good for your body and mind, they refresh your soul as well. There are many places in America where you can crash for a quick yoga session. However, yoga is not about crash courses, it's a lifestyle!

7 Gadgets and Apps all Yogis Should Try

It is already 2018, and there are still a handful of people that think yoga is an antiquated practice. C'mon guys! We are all aware that these special practices and learnings have ancient roots, but this doesn't mean that they never evolved. 

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Actually Healthy for You?

The internet has been on all rave about gluten-free diets for the past year or so. We’re seeing supermarkets having a separate section for gluten-free products and the idea of a “gluten free diet” is more publicized by celebrities than ever.

The Best Yoga Retreats in Fiji Islands

Famous yoga instructor Sharon Gannon once said, “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.

The Wonderful Benefits of Mindfulness in the Modern World (According to Science)

Today’s modern people are always rushing. Due to the high-paced lifestyle that the majority of us have, the stress factor is always present in our lives. And when there’s stress, problems will follow. 

10 Quick Tips that Will Be Very Useful to Start Your Meditation Practice

Many people think that meditation is very easy, others find it very complex and difficult. The truth is that it all depends on our mental state. If you are overactive and your mind is restless, meditating could be very frustrating.

5 Outstanding Self Improvement Skills You Should Start Using Today

Self-improvement or personal development is a conscious effort that is focused towards getting yourself out of the mundane banalities of life. This is when a strong desire prevails that takes you where you want to be, helps you grow into the person that you have been longing for and allows you to elevate your life by bringing positive changes.

7 Remarkable Beach Yoga Retreats & Holidays in the United States

Yoga retreats are becoming a popular form of travel. People are often taking breaks from work and go on yoga retreats for their vacation to improve their wellbeing and health. If your idea of being in a state of perfect happiness is doing yoga on the beach or meditation on a hilltop overlooking a lake or ocean, then you’ll be thrilled to know that the United States offers plenty of places to do so.

How to Make Your Travel Safe for the Environment

There sure is a lot to think about when you’re traveling. Where are you going to go? How will you get there? What will you do for accommodation? Where will you eat? Who will you go with? And so on and so forth.

Using Nature as a Guru [3 Non-Human Spiritual Teachers You Can Learn From]

You meet many people along your spiritual path. Often, you cycle through looking up to different figures for inspiration and knowledge as you develop a deeper understanding of the world.

Yoga for Kids: 5 Reasons Children Should Be Taught Yoga from an Early Age

Yoga is no longer an adults-only thing. People’s increasing interest in this field is pushing them to explore the many benefits and branches of yoga and unveil its vast scope. There was a time when people used this practice to relieve stress, cope with depression and maintain a healthy body. 

Why Rishikesh Is Considered The Yoga Capital of the World?

The Beatles put the spotlight on Rishikesh when they visited the small Indian city back in 1968, but the truth is that saints, yogis and students have been visiting the place for ages to practice yoga, seek solace, and even attain enlightenment.

Top 6 Off-the-Radar Yoga Destinations in Latin America

Are you uninspired by your current go-to yoga spot? Or maybe you need some new, unique energy? Often overlooked, Central and South America are home to some incredible places that inspire the most relaxation and make great locations for a yoga retreat.

7 Yoga Exercises that Help Accelerate Hair Growth

Losing our hair undoubtedly feels awful and it creates a great havoc on our mind. Due to a sedentary lifestyle, both men and women suffer from hair loss. Especially when it comes to the latter, every woman wishes for long, healthy and shiny hair.

Camping Yoga: The 7 Most Beautiful Places in the USA to Do Outdoor Yoga

The Chinese call the United States Mei-Guo, which means “beautiful nation.” It's an appropriate moniker, considering the country is renowned for its amazing sights and beautiful locales. Millions of people have taken advantage of these sights by preparing the car, going off into the great outdoors and having a great camping adventure in America.

5 Tips to Set Up a Morning Routine That Boosts Your Mind

How do you start your day? For many people, mornings are the worst time of the day. Think about the days you oversleep. You get out of bed with a mind that is rushing. There are so many tasks that need to be completed before you can leave for work, and yet so little time to complete them in time. That’s why setting up a morning routine that boosts your mind can be beneficial to improve your whole day.  

Fix the Damage Your Desk Job Is Causing to Your Body with these 5 Yoga Poses

Research shows that the average American adult spends 9-10 hours sitting every day and those in the telecommunications industry spend about 12 hours sitting every day. Sitting in a chair all day can have a negative impact on your body; fortunately, yoga is here to help!

Why You Need to Stick to Yoga this Winter

Even those who are otherwise enthusiastic about fitness and health are easy prey for the winter blues. It is evidently easier to be active during the warmer seasons when the weather encourages us to be outdoors. However, maintaining these activities turns harder when we move onto the fall and winter.

The Next Big Thing: Travel Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Ran out of exciting ideas on where to go or what to do on your next vacation? Popular tourist destinations no longer tickle your fancy? 

You’re not alone. The trends are shifting, and what might have seemed like the ultimate travel craze last year, may no longer be of interest for many today. This is why we at Tripaneer.com are always trying to stay one step ahead by identifying the emerging trends before they hit the headlines. 

How Yoga Helped Me Get Through My Breakup

Some relationships aren’t meant to last forever, and I learned it the hard way. A breakup can be rough, especially when you are completely blindsided by it, and you are left swimming in sorrow and pain. Thankfully, I found a great ally to overcome the grief: yoga.  

6 Common Stretching Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Stretching is an integral part of maintaining a flexible and active body. There are several ways on how you can integrate stretching into your everyday activities and even into your workout routines. The main point in stretching is to prepare the body for other activities by increasing the flexibility of the muscles and the joints.  

6 Tips on Practicing Yoga at Home (And Keep Your New Year's Resolutions)

It’s the New Year, which means New Year resolutions. Does your New Year resolution include a commitment to regular yoga practice? Does this commitment lessen come the second or third month of the New Year?

What to Expect From Your Yoga Teacher Training & Tips to Go Well-Prepared

Before I left for my yoga teacher training at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City in 2013, I took a picture of myself and posted it on social media. “I’m about to leave for my yoga teacher training adventure. I took a picture just in case I come back completely changed,” I captioned the image jokingly.

6 Ways Walking Can Boost Your Mental & Emotional Health

Walking has always been touted as the most beneficial of exercises. It can help to get your body moving, work out your muscles and improve your overall health. But did you know that it can be just as good for your mental and emotional health as it is for your physical health?  

Surrendering Yourself to Nature Will Bring Magical Results in Your Life

Oscar Wilde once said, “It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little”. This well-spoken statement is especially relevant in today’s context when the world is bracing itself to enter into a more advanced era.

5 Fruit Seeds That You Should Never Eat to Control Your Appetite (They Could Even Be Fatal)

Modern society is obsessed with healthy eating (or at least pretends it is). We count our carbs, avoid fats, and stock up on proteins to get a better body. We avoid junk food and prefer healthy snacks to control our hunger. Like nuts and seeds, for example.

All Life Is Sacred: Reflecting on My 49-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

Where is the door to sacredness?,” I asked the Heart. The answer came when I was watching some birds during a sunset walk: “Sacredness is the simplicity of life.” 

2018 Top 10 Yoga Destinations

It’s that time of the year again when we plunge into our statistics to predict which will be the top yoga destinations in 2018. But this time we’ve taken it a bit further and have come up with a list of cities and/or regions (instead of countries in general) that have everything a yogi can ask for to live an unforgettable yoga retreat experience.

8 Amazing Benefits of a Thai Yoga Massage

I have always been impressed and inspired by eastern forms of therapy and medication. For many years now, I have been a firm practitioner of Zen meditation and it has brought many positive changes in my life.

How The 8-Fold Path Of Yoga Teaches You What Food You Should Eat

Yoga is a philosophy based on science and ancient knowledge, it’s not just a physical practice that stops on the mat as you may already know. The philosophy that it comes from is called the Ashtanga yoga philosophy -the eight-fold path laid down by Patanjali. And guess what? It teaches you what to eat too!

Living with Awareness: Be the Solution, Not the Problem

Why do we feel so bad? Is it because life has been so unfair to us, throwing in our way delusions and difficulties while we are trying our best to be a good person? 

Useful Tips for Switching to a Vegetarian Diet

Being a vegetarian has now become mainstream. Many people of all ages from all over the world choose not to eat meat, while others eliminate fish and dairy products altogether, opting for a plant-based diet. 

5 Festivals in India You Just Can't Miss!

One of the most spiritual countries in the world, India is known for celebrating plenty of religious and cultural festivals. So, if you are looking forward to visiting a place which can exhibit the coexistence of people belonging to different religions, caste, and culture, India should be on top of your list.

Travel Tips: I Cannot Make My Flight. What Can I Do to Get My Money Back?

You missed hearing the alarm and, as result, you get to the airport after your flight has departed. Oops. Or, you get to the airport on time, but the flight is delayed. Whether you miss a flight, the flight end up being canceled, or for one reason or another, you cannot make your scheduled flight, when dealing with the situation, how to get at least part of the money back is what every traveler needs to know.

6 Valuable Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep while Traveling

Traveling can be exciting and a lot of fun for many people! Those who have been bitten by the travel bug want to see as many new places as they can. Others enjoy the occasional trip, but prefer to be at home most of the year. No matter how often you travel, there are certain obstacles that can be difficult to overcome.

6 Ways Yoga Could Help You Learn a New Language

Did you know that when you started practicing yoga, you also started learning a new language? Sanskrit, that is. Think about it: Savasana, Ahimsa, Ayurveda, Paschimottanasana… Should we go any further?

Top 5 Remote Yoga Retreats in the US

If you’re feeling the strains and stresses of everyday life, why not escape from it all at one of the many remote yoga retreats in the US? Yoga has been increasing in popularity in the country over the past decade, meaning there are now dozens of world-class teachers across the country.

How a Short Yoga Retreat Can Immediately Boost Your Mood

It’s starting to get to you. Every day, you wake up, spend most of your time working, and then try to squeeze a little fun into your schedule before the family demands your attention. You’re an adult, and you know this is part of life. But it sure would be nice to stop feeling so irritable and tired.

7 Reasons Why Yoga Is So Good for College Students

Trying to drop the freshman 15 but the gym doesn't appeal to you? Well, yoga could very well be the answer! There are all kinds of benefits that you may not even know about. It does not only help to get in shape, but it will also do wonders to your mind; you’ll perform better, get good grades and feel fresh even after long night writing papers.

Pros and Cons of Drinking Water during Yoga (+ Helpful Tips)

Is it okay to drink water during yoga practice to quench that burning thirst, or do you better wait until class is over before you have your next refreshing sip? This has been an ongoing debate among yoga students, teachers, and gurus. 

Who Are the Most Influential Yogis On the Web? (Top 5 Yoga Influencers)

It’s no secret that yoga has completely taken over the western hemisphere during the past few decades. You can find an abundance of yoga studios almost everywhere, you are likely to have at least a couple of friends who practice yoga, you’ve probably heard of at least one famous yoga personality, and it feels as if there is a new yoga style coming up every other day.

The WoMan: A Yoga Retreat To Embrace Our Masculine and Feminine Side

Although western yoga has gained a reputation for being a female-dominated practice, classic yoga was initially a male-only philosophy. It was not until relatively late, in 1937, that Indra Devi, also known as ‘the first lady of yoga’, was accepted to study under Sri Krishnamacharya.

6 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

There are many different ways to tackle sleeping problems. However, more often than not we neglect the most important piece of the puzzle: the mind! That’s where mindfulness comes in.

The Divinity of Laughter: The Natural State Is a Playful State

“To me, there is nothing more sacred than love and laughter, and there is nothing more prayerful than playfulness.” –Osho

7 Innovative Ways to Incorporate Turmeric into Your Diet

Turmeric is well known for its health benefits and research has shown that it is free of side effects when consumed in prescribed limits. Finding turmeric in local stores is also very easy, and you may get it in both fresh and dry forms. 

No More Excuses! Follow My Tips & Go On Your First Yoga Retreat

Have you ever thought about going on a yoga retreat, traveling the world, or doing an intensive exotic yoga teacher training? Has the idea fluttered into, and then right out of your brain, because it seemed like too much work, or too stressful to find and plan and book one of these trips?

7 Most Popular Yoga Destinations in Europe

The Old Continent is home of some of the most attractive destinations for yoga practitioners all over the world. Yoga retreats in Europe might not have the same ancient yogic tradition as the ones in Asia, but they sure have learned how to organize a great yoga holiday that combines this millennial yoga knowledge with the characteristic European flavors, a very rich culture and the magnificent places of the territory. 

The Virtues of Silence and Stillness: How to Be Quiet in Today’s Society

"Silence is a source of great strength". –Lao Tseu

"All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a room quiet and alone" –Blaise Pascal

Yoga with Your Kids: How to Effectively Bond & Keep Stress at Bay

When a child is born into this world, everything is new. They see the world around them with an impressive sense of fascination and wonder. They want to understand. They want answers. That’s why they are so playful and curious. 

12 Top Yoga Retreats to Relax Any Time of the Year

Want to go on a yoga retreat but you don’t want to spend much time to look for the best one? No worries, we feel you. There are too many options available and it can be overwhelming sorting out the yoga holiday that suits you.

Green Tea: The Best Beverage to Enjoy After Yoga (7 Benefits)

Following a session of yoga, the body becomes invigorated as inner peace settles in. Nothing probably beats the rejuvenation that comes with a successful yoga exercise.

4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

In times of sickness, it can be hard to keep your morale high. Medical conditions can make it difficult to get on with your normal routine. No wonder people undergoing any sort of treatment have to look for ways to keep them busy in order to enjoy their time. A positive attitude and motivation are necessary to get on with your life and stay calm.

Yoga Playlist: Relaxing Sounds for a Soothing Practice

Want some extra help to get completely relaxed? Get a yoga playlist ready with calming sounds for your practice!

Boost Your Career: 5 Ways Yoga Helps Your Professional Life

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.” - Amit Ray

You probably know the positive impact of yoga on your physical health, mind, spirit and emotional well-being. But have you heard that it can be particularly beneficial for your career success as well? 

5 Yoga Poses to Burn Lower Belly Fat

If there’s one thing that most of us want to get rid of, it would be our lower belly fat. We develop a flabby tummy over the course of time because of our unhealthy eating habits, erroneous lifestyle, high stress levels and sedentary lifestyle. 

Top 3 Prestigious Yoga Locations in Thailand

Asia’s number one tourist destination, Thailand is on every travelers’ bucket list. There are so many things you can do here, from lazing on the superb beaches and tasting the local street food to visiting the many temples and exploring the natural parks and wildlife. However, yoga in Thailand is something you shouldn't miss.

Why You Should Start Having Early Dinner Tonight

Let’s touch upon one aspect of the yogic lifestyle: having your dinner early. There has been a lot of research on this subject and most results show that having your last meal within half an hour after the sunset is the best eating habit you can stick to.

How Yoga Helped Me Improve My Relationship with Food

It is said that our eating style is a reflection of our internal state – if you are stressed out, it's likely that your eating style will be affected by it. Eating was once a joy to me, and I remember how I would eat until I was full, without a care in the world. 

Mountains vs. Beaches: 8 Fresh Yoga Destinations for Both Preferences

Are you a mountain person or a beach person? And how about when it comes to a yoga retreat? Would you rather do your best asanas feeling the sand between your toes or smelling the fresh scent of pines? Both are an excellent experience, and the best part is that there are yoga holidays for both!

What I’ve Learned From Yoga in Just 2 Months of Practice

I started practicing yoga because I wanted to be healthy and look good. I have known advanced students of yoga who keep sharing their positive experiences and that was enough inspiration for me to enroll in a yoga retreat.

4 Healthy Eating Habits to Boost Your Yoga Practice

As with any physical activity, dialing in your nutrition will bring you even greater benefits from your yoga practice. The human body is incredibly intelligent, and we often just need to supply it with the correct raw materials so it can perform optimally. 

The Beginners Guide to Acupressure Massage Therapy

Worry not! There are no needles involved in acupressure. Don’t be fooled by the similarity of the words “acupressure” and “acupuncture”. 

So, You’re Already a Yoga Teacher. And What Now?

Yoga is so popular today that more and more people from all over the world not only do it for wellness or fashion but also in order to obtain skills to start a career as a yoga instructor.

Yoga Retreat Packing Checklist for Women

So, you’ve finally found the perfect retreat to start or boost your yoga practice. Congratulations! You’ve already won half the battle because finding the right place for yoga amongst the plethora of retreats that are out there can be daunting. 

Why You Should Write a Yoga Diary (10 Ways It Helps Your Practice)

So, you are among the yoga believers. You see how these exercises help you relax, fine-tune your mind and body, and let your thoughts wander after a hard day at work. And then, your yoga instructor brings up an idea of writing a diary…

Yoga & Hiking: Improve Your Fitness and Enjoy Every Trail

If you consider yourself an avid hiker, you will certainly agree that trekking trails can become quite excruciating – they will not only push you to your fitness limits, they will also expose your weaknesses and muscle problems. Luckily, this physical strain is within your control, and yoga is one of the best ways to tone all those weaker body muscles that we might not even know of.

Onions, Garlic, and Ayurveda: What Restricted Vegetables Can Show Us about the Yogic Lifestyle?

There’s nothing as mouth-watering as the smell of garlic and onions simmering in a pan full of spices, which makes it a bit disappointing (for me, at least) when you start practicing yoga and hear that you’re not supposed to eat them. 

From Soma to Psyche: The Body-Mind Connection Explained (+ An Exercise to Reconnect)

We all have to deal with our emotions one way or the other. However, the particular way we choose to do it may very well define our overall well-being and happiness. Some may have their emotions largely on display while others keep them so tightly lid that they themselves are no longer aware of their existence.

Empathy, Forgiveness and Compassion: 3 Guaranteed Things You’ll Find on a Yoga Retreat

One of the most common questions I'm asked by prospective guests on the retreats I organize is whether they're too old/young/unfit/inexperienced to come. My answer is always the same: it's the diversity of people on the retreat that makes it such an unforgettable experience.

Mindful Parenting: 3 Ways Yoga Helps You in Become a Better Parent

Parents will agree that raising a child is a full-time job. Children have their own demands, quirks and vulnerabilities; problems that sometimes even parents do not have the answer for. 

Why A Yoga Retreat Is for Everyone: My First Yoga Retreat Experience

I have been working for the largest yoga travel site for over 2 years now but have only just enjoyed my first multi-day yoga retreat last week. My experience at the retreat has since sealed one conclusion for me - that everybody should go on a yoga retreat, and especially so if you are a complete beginner.

Which Low-Carb Diet is the Best to Lose Weight? (And Yes, there Are Several)

Various low-carb diets have taken the health and fitness world by storm in the last few years. Suddenly, you can’t mention carbohydrates without a shameful hiss from every dieter in the office. Although there is some misinformation out there, low-carb diets have proven to be effective for losing weight through numerous studies and thousands of happy, successful dieters.

7 Ways Yoga Can Help You Find Your Creative Soul

Can you get creative in Ustrasana? Well, maybe not if you just strike a pose and wait for a miracle to happen. If, however, you practice yoga and meditation every day, you may very well experience its effects on your creative soul!

Are You Drinking Water Correctly? This Is the Proper Ayurvedic Way to Hydrate Yourself

Ayurveda is an ancient system of natural medicine that tries to relocate the body within nature. Water is the largest component of our body, so you can imagine just how important it is to drink it correctly. 

12 Wishes – 12 Yoga Retreats to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

We’re entering the home stretch of an intense 2017. And what better way to end the year on a high note than taking the time to reflect, meditate and being grateful for all the blessings that we’ve received over the past 12 months? A yoga retreat has the perfect setting for it. It is an excellent way to recharge, create resolutions and get ready to make 2018 memorable.

4 of the Best Yoga Retreat Destinations in Cambodia

Known as the gateway to one of the world’s most important heritage sites - Angkor Wat, Cambodia is not only a destination brimming with wonders but also an ideal destination for self-discovery, healing and transformation. 

Tackle Hypertension & Other Heart Diseases with Yoga

Don’t let the lack of “symptoms” fool you - hypertension is a very real and prevalent danger to many people. In fact, an estimated 1 out of 3 adults over 20 in the U.S. has high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. Without monitoring and treatment, chronic high blood pressure can damage your heart and vascular system, increasing your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and a host of other conditions.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Quitting Your Job and Starting a Career as Yoga Teacher

Training to be a yoga teacher appears to be the ultimate life-hack. The question you might be asking yourself is ‘Am I good enough to become one myself?’ Of course you are! Yoga is for everyone and, as long as you are able to pass on your knowledge and passion for the practice onto others, then you’re on the right track!

Transform Your Working Life: Expressing Your True Self with the Throat Chakra

Throat chakra, located between the third and fifth vertebrae, is also known as the Vishuddha chakra and it’s the fifth primary chakra of the human body. The purpose of this chakra is to express truth originating from one’s soul. It’s the epicenter of communication and speech. It also balances hearing and listening.

How a Single Paddle Board Can Be Your Own Yoga Studio

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports to come out of the millennia, but did you know that paddle boards can be used for yoga as well? It is a bit of an odd combo when you first hear about it but they are actually a perfect match!

Should I Go On a Yoga Retreat? [Spoiler Alert: Yes, You Should]

Retreats can teach you how to be in harmony with yourself, to eliminate anxiety and physical or mental ailments through the use of different techniques and connection to nature. So, if you’re reading this article, the short answer is: “YES, you should.”

5 Yoga Poses for Weight Loss You Must Try Today

Yoga is known to be more of an exercise for the mind and soul. But did you know that some yoga moves can be for the body too? 

3 Safe Ways to Improve the Look and Health of Your Skin

Let’s face it; when we look good, we feel good. Your face is almost always the first thing others see when they look at you, and it is likely the first part of your body you look at each morning. 

Back to Basics: Why All Holidays Are Meant to Be Retreats

The word Holiday comes from the old English Haligdaeg. These were consecrated days, religious anniversaries that were set aside to allow us to celebrate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. The concept of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to attend to religious duties associated with particular dates.

Time to Change: Positive Changes Take Time and Effort

The moment that we truly start to change is also the moment that our external experiences transmute from ‘ something that is happening to us’ to ‘ something that is happening through us’. With this awareness, ‘what is happening’ no longer matters as much.

6 Chronic Diseases You Could Overcome with Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic ancient practice and its healing power is undeniable. Yoga is a great way of life that can help you feel happier and even overcome certain chronic diseases.

Yoga for Seniors: 4 Amazing Benefits

There’s plenty to be happy about as we get older – with age comes maturity, wisdom and experience. We’ve lived through difficult times and survived them, we’ve learned what truly makes us happy and we’ve had the chance to share what life has taught us with others. However, along with the positives come reduced mobility, a higher risk of illness and an increased propensity to put on weight.

Why You Need to Give Yourself a Break Before It’s Too Late

I caught myself in the grocery store earlier. I was doing it again. Despite the fact that I’d spend my morning yoga class obsessing over buying milk, faced with the prospect of procuring said product, I was now thinking about laundry and wandering the isle, directionless.

How to Find Your Inner Spirituality by Reading the Right Books

Spirituality is getting mainstream, isn’t it? Well, that might be a good thing. The more people get to it, the better. We’re seeing everyone doing yoga, meditation, tai chi, and other disciplines that weren’t this popular before. These are not just hobbies. Some of us might start for fun, but if we stay committed to a discipline, it brings us on the path to spirituality. 

How Yoga Tones and Builds Your Muscles (+5 Poses to Do So)

Lifting weights at the gym puts unnecessary stress on your muscles and bones. It does slim you down and adds muscle mass, but the process involves the tearing of muscles and healing which can be painful for beginners. So, why not try yoga instead?

How to Treat Insomnia Naturally

It's not unusual to have a rough night of sleep every now and then, but people with insomnia can regularly find it difficult to get a good night's rest. Without enough sleep, it's tough to function properly, both physically and mentally. But with natural treatments for insomnia, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of insomnia without using prescription medications.

Hey, Student! Here Is a Secret to Get Better Grades in College: Do Yoga

You’re doing your best to study for the exams. You’re trying to tackle few papers in the meantime. At the same time, you mustn’t forget about your social life. Isolation in the library and dorm room isn’t the way you imagined your life at college would be. Why is education so stressful?

My Weekend with Jivamukti: 3 Valuable Life Lessons any Yogi Can Apply

When I first entered the studio for my Jivamukti yoga workshop, I brought with me zero expectations. I hadn’t had the slightest idea what Jivamukti was about, much less what it taught. I was curious, intrigued, and slightly nervous. How different is Jivamukti from the styles of yoga that I was used to? 

How to Make Yoga an Integral Part of Traveling (Obstacles and Benefits)

When planning a trip, it's easy to make plans to practice beneficial yoga every day. We feel confident that, because we’ve set these goals, we will stick with them. But, once you are on the road, it can be hard to find the time and ideal place to do your asanas.

7 Simple Tips for a Healthier and Happier Life

A healthy lifestyle is important not just for your own well-being, it influences others’ lives as well. Today, with the way physiological and mental health problems have become a mammoth concern in the world, it is of a paramount importance for all of us to revisit our lifestyles.

5 Benefits of Practicing Yoga During & After Addiction Recovery

Addiction can be one of the hardest things one could deal with in life, but it doesn’t have to become an impossible giant to beat. While attending recovery, there are many things we can learn about dealing with all the difficulties that come with the process, in a better way. From finding new hobbies to working on our social sphere, most of the actions we can take to improve ourselves and our lifestyle come along once our mind is ready and starts gaining the strength it needs to push through the whole program.

4 Secrets Hidden in Women's Sleep You Should Know About

Sleep is a basic human physiological need and, if neglected, it can have very dangerous effects on yourself and as well as others. When we're pressed for time, it is usually our sleep that has to be sacrificed. This is generally okay – we all do it once in awhile. The danger is when you get caught in a cycle of stress and lack of sleep. This results in a higher risk of accidents because of daytime sleepiness, poor performance at work or in school, plus an increased risk of weight gain and certain illnesses. 

Which Yoga Style Works Best for Your Needs (5 Types of Yoga You Must Consider)

Have you tried yoga yet? If so, you may already know that this ancient practice is perfect for relaxation, to stretch your body muscles, improve athleticism, minimize stress and it’s even good for sex! However, with so many yoga styles to choose from, it might be a bit complicated to pick the one that better suits your needs.

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting to Your Yoga Practice

As the pressures of daily life increase, more and more people turn to spirituality in a bid to find inner peace and tranquility. Fasting is a century-old tradition practiced by many cultures for both spiritual and physical cleansing purposes. However, in our modern society, one of the most commonplace uses of intermittent fasting is to lose weight. 

Water Fasting to Increase Your Concentration

Some time ago, I met a very peculiar woman. She’s one of those mood-lifting people, always with a contagious smile on her face and lots of energy. But don’t assume this story is about how I dated her (I never did, she’s 15 years older than me), it’s about one of her curious habits. One day I found out something about her that caught my attention: from time to time, she does water fasting for 24 hours due to her religious beliefs.​

Boost Your Energy Levels with these 7 Simple Healthy Eating Tips

By boosting your energy levels, you will also improve the quality of your life. Although it might seem quite challenging to increase your energy due to our modern world’s hectic lifestyle, there are a few simple tips you can follow that will definitely help you to fulfill your goal.

What to Eat and Drink After a Yoga Session

Have you ever found yourself at the nearest drive-thru restaurant on the way home from an intensive yoga session? If so, don’t be ashamed -- even the most avid yoga practitioners will sometimes fail to follow up their training with the healthy, nutritious foods their bodies and minds crave.

Feeling Lazy? Try these 4 Yoga Poses that You Can Do in Bed

Are you feeling lethargic? Do you hate stepping out for your bed to practice any physical activity? Or perhaps you can’t find enough time to practice yoga in your busy schedule? Then, this article will surely get you to practice yoga, no matter how lazy you may be feeling. 

Quit Stressing and Start Stretching: How Yoga Combats Anxiety (According to Science)

It seems that there is never enough time within a day to get anything done anymore. Everything seems to be thrown at us, without more than a moment’s notice, from work to family obligations to having to rush to the vet because Tinkerbelle decided to go and dig for things she shouldn’t in the garden (We need to get better with our dog names).

Useful Tips & Tricks to Help You Improve Your Posture

Having a good posture will make you look more confident, slim and tall. Yes, this looks like a simple thing to do, but most people have lost their posture over the years. 

5 Days of Splendor at the International Festival of Yogic Heritage: A Transformation for Life

This October, India- the land of Yoga, is not just going to celebrate the exotic glimmer of Dusshera in Mysuru, there will be something more to it, something distinct, unique, something extraordinary. A truly one-of-a-kind yoga festival is set to create a memorable saga.

7 Ways to Live a Life Free from Pain

Every day, countless people suffer from pain, caused by either physical injuries or various physical or mental diseases. Managing pain is not an easy task. Living with pain is one of the most disturbing things an individual can go through because it affects all aspects of life. 

Alleviate Sleep Apnea: Catch Your Breath with These Pranayama Exercises

Sleep apnea affects somewhere between 3% to 7% of people worldwide. This condition leads to an increased risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. The problem is that many people suffering from apnea aren’t even aware of that.

7 Amazing Ways Yoga Helps You Stay Fit While Traveling

Traveling is food for the soul. Not just for the quintessential ‘wanderers’, but for every living soul on this planet. It keeps us yearning for more and eager to explore this beautiful planet called Earth. However, the journey towards the destination is not always as comfortable as we’d expect. 

5 Tips to Fully Immerse into Yoga that Every New Practitioner Needs to Know (And Experts Too)

Yoga is the eastern practice of blending body and soul while feeling your connection to the universe.

5 Fun and Gentle Yoga Poses for You and Your Baby

Being a new mom is a special and overwhelming experience, both emotionally and physically. There are a ton of questions you’ll want answers to ever since the day you realize you are pregnant.

Take Care of Your Feet with Yoga: Poses for Foot Care

Foot pain is a natural consequence of too many strenuous activities that we put our feet into. Though our feet can literally take us into places, we’re doing some unconscious habits that hurt them, just by walking or standing on our feet for hours, or simply wearing uncomfortable shoes. No wonder we feel a throbbing pain in our foot area the moment we take our shoes off.

Here’s How You Can Be More Attractive Through the Power of Your Mind

I was just speaking to a beautiful young lady about what she's been up to and, as I heard the words falling out her of mouth about the nine-month sabbatical and the countries she has been to, I could not help but sense the quiver in the voice and the stress in her eyes. There was a tension in her body and it was closing down her natural beauty and radiance. 

6 Places All Yogis Must Visit in Ubud, Bali (Insider Tips)

Whilst traveling for an extended time or a short vacation, I have found that every place has its gems and little treasures held close to the heart. 

Simple Ways to Make Your Yoga Retreat a Real Success

Great businesses are built on great relationships. This was one of the first tips that I learned from books and took as a primary advice from people who had mentored me when starting hosting yoga retreats around the world; it was one of the best insights that I applied, not only from a business perspective but also for personal growth.

3 Mistakes of a Vegan Diet that Won’t Lead to a Healthy Lifestyle

Many people choose to have a vegan diet because they think this is a good way out of an unhealthy lifestyle. But having a vegan diet is not easy, there are many nutrition risks, and if you are not well informed, it can even lead to health problems.

Top 5 Beach Yoga Retreat Destinations for the Summer [2018]

Nothing like the beach to spend one of these good hot summer days. What else could someone ask for? Sand, water, sun, party, and of course, yoga. It’s no secret that practicing yoga on the beach is one of the most wonderful things to do, and for very good reasons: the warm weather allows you to wear your most comfortable outfit; you can get the yummy feeling of the sand between your toes in your favorite asana; and all this while hearing the relaxing sound of the waves crashing onto the shore.

5 Meditation Tips for an Overactive Mind

Many gurus, spiritual teachers and psychologists talk about how meditation is easy, relaxing and soothing. This may be true for some people. However, for those of you, like myself, who have an overactive mind, meditation doesn’t come as easy and, sometimes, it is not exactly relaxing either. 

6 Mindful Tips for Meditation While Running (+Other Tips for Moving Meditation)

Running is an excellent exercise, both for the body mind. Studies have shown that regular running helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. When you go for a daily run, you have a perfect opportunity to be alone with yourself, and get some rest from the daily problems and distractions. It is also a time which you can spend meditating.

Nurture Your Inner Self with Outdoor Yoga

Nowadays, stress from work and a hectic lifestyle is taking its toll. Modern society’s number one diseases are mental illnesses caused by stress. Our minds are running wild, the body is responding and stress is daily ‘food’. 

Yoga Talk: A Memorable Night in Amsterdam with Yoga Experts

While enjoying a delectable dinner and drinks at Razmataz restaurant, we had fun exchanging ideas, sharing trends and chatting about everything that is related to yoga, wellness, and life in general.

How Is Your Cell Phone Affecting You? (Impact On Your Body & Brain)

The cell phone is one piece of technology that is nearly required in order to function in the modern world. Since the mid-1990s, cell phones have become increasingly popular among everyone to the point where the ownership of a cell phone or smartphone is considered the norm. Despite their widespread use, there are still some concerns as to what kind of effects cell phones might have on the brain and lifestyle of the user.

Yoga in Your Neighborhood: How to Choose the Ideal Place

Are you as excited about yoga as we are? Do you love practicing every day? If yes, do you have an ideal place for doing yoga? We are here to help you find your perfect little quiet corner where you can abandon yourself to yoga.

Yoga Joes, the Deadly Peaceful Toys that Bring Men into Yoga: An Interview with the Creator

If I ask random people in the street what’s the first thing that comes to their minds when they think of yoga, it’s quite possible I get answers like: yoga mats, sophisticated postures, workout for girls, yoga pants; or maybe if I come across some yogis, they’ll probably use a more Zen-ish terminology and say union, balance, focus, energy, etc. One thing is certain, it would be really hard to find someone who relates yoga with a soldier (yes, a soldier!). Unless, of course, I conduct my survey in Dan Abramson’s neighborhood in San Francisco.

6 Healthy Habits that Will Change Your Life

Modern life is full of stresses and frustrations, most of them caused by the repetitive patterns we often find ourselves trapped in, as well as the many prejudices and stereotypes we must face. Letting go of all these modern issues if far easier than you might think. 

Are You Actually Resting or Just Tumbling into Bed? (Relax Your Tiredness Away)

Relaxation doesn’t just happen; you have to work for it. But let’s not confuse relaxation with tiredness. These are two different beings. Often, we are so busy trying to accomplish all we need to do, that we don’t even realize how tired we are. We also may fail to realize at the end of the day that we are not actually relaxing; we’re just pausing, simply tumbling into bed at night from pure exhaustion, mentally, physically or both.

8 Simple Daily Habits that Will Make You Happy and Successful

What does it take to be happy and successful in life? We all want these two things, but we also know how elusive and hard to they could be to achieve.

How to Hold Yourself Accountable for Your Health Choices (and Have Fun Doing It)

Some days it feels next to impossible to get yourself to the gym or resist that burger and fries. When you’re juggling a busy work schedule, maintaining a social life, and still trying to find somewhere in between for “you time,” holding yourself accountable is a herculean feat – or so it seems. 

What's the Secret Behind Yoga that Is Helping Some of the World's Best Athletes?

In recent years yoga has been creeping into the world of sport and I want to look at why. Ryan Giggs brought to the world’s attention the use of yoga for sports performance in the later years of his career. In his mid to late 30’s, when most football players are retiring from the game, he was getting better and better. He put this down to yoga, and later, he even published his exercise routine.

How to Steal Time for Yoga [When You Are Super Busy]

Do you find it difficult to take some time out to indulge in any sort of physical workout? Many of us do, but you should know that getting involved in any type of physical activity is of the utmost importance to sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 

Because I am Everything: An Inspiring Story About Nothing

Since taking the step out of someone else's dream and launching our own dream in the form of our, ‘How Are You Really? Yoga retreats’, I have had many well-meaning friends asking how I'm going to market it? How am I going to ‘brand’ myself? Who’s my ‘target audience?’ Am I going to create some new form of yoga?

3 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Surf Yoga Retreat

Surfing and yoga go together on retreats like peanut butter and jelly these days. Just about anyone who hosts a yoga retreat near a beach will name it ‘Surf and Yoga’. 

5 Ways Writing Can Make You a Better Yogi

Yoga’s current image may make it seem like an exercise trend, for young women to get flat abs and perky butts. However, as any novice or advanced yogi knows, yoga is about so much more than your body. It’s your breath, your mind, and your spirit. You unlock your potential, challenge yourself and get to grips with all of your feelings.

Yoga with Goats is the New Craze (Have You Tried it Yet?)

‘Goat Yoga’ is not a term that typically crops up in casual conversation....until now. Suddenly, in what appears to be a clear outgrowth of the overall increased interest in eco-conscious everything, goat yoga is everywhere.

5 Locations where Yoga Has Been Banned

Many people practice yoga for peace of mind, to reduce chronic physical illnesses, to be better at certain sports or just for the sake of feeling good. Though certain individuals see yoga as an exercise and meditation activity, there are others who think that this endeavor creates a new breed of religion and spirituality that is often perceived as taboo.

9 Simple & Effective Ways to Reduce Neck Pain

Our neck is a marvelous and extremely complex structure, and one of the most used parts the human body. It is also very fragile and stress, poor posture and long hours in front of the computer can stiffen the neck. When this happens, blood supply to the brain is reduced and energy levels drop. Furthermore, you might experience pain that will make daily habits more strenuous and uncomfortable. 

Wanderlust 108: The Worst Saturday Ever (Or Was It the Best?)

Saturday, 6:00 am. My alarm rings and I open my eyes wondering why am I waking up so early to start my precious weekend. I prepare to go back to bed when I suddenly remember that I had stupidly bought tickets for Wanderlust 108 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Turns out I’m even running late, registration is at 6:30 and I’m still wearing my pajamas!

The Amazing Feeling of a Yoga Retreat on a Boat [A Unique Experience]

Wellness travel has lately become so popular that some might even feel as if it was another of those fleeting trends. However, at Yoga Weeks they don’t think yoga holidays are just a fad. They firmly believe that the reason for this increasing popularity is simply that more and more people are becoming aware of the healing power of yoga retreats.  

4 Fitness Exercises that Will Make a Great Difference in the Way You Practice Yoga

The results from practicing yoga are truly beneficial so there’s really nothing strange about the fact that this Eastern body-mind tradition is nowadays becoming a real trend among many fitness enthusiasts. The practice of yoga might seem complicated and even overwhelming at first, but once you learn enough about it, you are able to understand the ins and outs it a lot better.

5 Ways Yoga Can Transform Your Workplace

Regardless if you are a seasoned tycoon or a small-business owner, both your employees and business (and even you!) can gain peerless benefits when you integrate yoga into your wellness program and day-to-day work routine.

A Simple Healing Yoga Sequence to Try in the Morning (Video)

With 100,000 miles (160,000 km) of blood vessels, a heart that produces enough energy in a day to power a truck for 20 miles (32 km) and 25 million new cells being born each second, the human body truly is brilliant. Our noses can remember 50,000 different scents, our eyes can distinguish about 10 million different colors and our minds produce around 40 thoughts per minute. 

Switching Off the Fight-Or-Flight Response with Yoga

Are you finding it difficult to switch off these days? It’s getting hard to switch off not only from your laptop, notebook, and smartphone but also from the worries that keep you awake in the middle of the night? All the stress that doesn’t let you sleep well, nor digest. And maybe in spite of all the yoga practice, you still find at times you can’t breathe too well either, your breath is often restricted and short, and your mind is so busy.

Our Life-Changing Experience on a Yoga Detox Retreat in the Philippines

"Yoga detox retreat in the Philippines? Why the heck did you go? But hmmm what did you do there?" These are only a few questions we got asked after coming back from our vacation in the Philippines. With the aim to provide some answers and wish to inspire you, we wrote down our thoughts and outlined our experience. 

Breath Yoga – Simple Yet Effective Pranayama Exercises to Improve Your Yoga Practice

“The mind is the king of all senses and The breath is the king of the mind”

– Shri B.K.S. Iyengar

No one can deny the power of mind or the breath in doing competitive sports or excelling in any physical activity that requires endurance and concentration before one can achieve excellence. 

5 Simple Tips To Start Your Sadhana Practice

If you’re looking for a yoga practice that will help you to improve your energy and health at the beginning of the day, Sadhana is definitely one of the best variants for you to take into consideration.

You'll Never Miss Meat with these Top Vegan Dishes in Asia

​It is no secret that Asia has cooked up some of the best food the world has to offer. Not only that, but it has got to be some of the best-travelled food, with takeaways and restaurants popping up the world over. In this piece, we will discuss some of the best ways to enjoy the best food cruelty-free - by taste testing the top vegan dishes in Asia! Surely you will join me, right? Let's go!

11 Reasons Why You Seriously Should Be Drinking More Water

Yeah, yeah. You’ve been told many times that you should be drinking more water. Growing up, your mom would insist that you eat your vegetables and drink water. In school you learned about the food pyramid and how many glasses of water you should be drinking each day. Your doctor has instructed you to drink water on a regular basis. 

How to Create Your Own Yoga Retreat in Bali

For a long time, I have dreamed about going on a yoga retreat in Bali, but my traveler budget wouldn’t allow this. Instead of giving up on my dream, I decided to create my own yoga retreat on this magical island. 

8 Effective yet Practical Ways to Develop Healthy Fitness Habits

It is very easy for anyone to say “I will eat right and work out more”. However, sticking to a healthy fitness plan is hard. If it were simple, we would all be in shape. The fact is that you are not lazy, and forming new habits can be challenging but not impossible, so you just have to suck it up and make it work.

An Easy Yoga Sequence for Weight Loss & Fitness

Summer is well on its way! With warm weather heading our way, most of us are starting to plan our trips to the beach for a much-needed date with Vitamin Sea.

Upside Down: Everything You Need to Know About Inversions in Yoga

Many people tend to cringe when they hear the topic of inversions brought up. Going upside down can be really scary for a lot of people. This is understandable – we have to get comfortable with falling, which, let’s be honest, is probably going to happen a lot along the way.

4 Amazing Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughter itself keeps the heart alive and those who laugh more tend to stay happier. There is no doubt that it is no less than a medicine and when it is combined with yoga, it cures all the diseases of body and mind altogether. The more you laugh, the happier you are. It happens because of the chemicals that the brain releases which promote the health and happiness of a person.

The BaliSpirit Festival: A Divine Celebration of Yoga, Dance, and Music

With spring in full swing and summer just around the bend, yogis around the globe are rejoicing because the yoga festival season has officially begun! Though I would hardly call myself a yogi, this past March, I consider myself fortunate to have attended one of the world’s most anticipated annual yoga festivals – The BaliSpirit Festival.

Yoga for High-Intensity Interval Training Recovery

Whether you’re looking to cut weight, build muscle, or improve your cardiovascular fitness, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is an effective way to reach your goal. This type of training is known for pushing you to constantly become stronger and healthier than you were before, testing you physically and mentally as it takes you to your personal limit and beyond.

6th Element of Yoga Practice: Building Strength

The 6th element of your yoga practice is building strength. And whether you are training the core or the limbs, the steps you should take to building strength must always be progressive.

This 20-Minute Morning Workout Will Rev Up Your Metabolism

With spring finally here and the warm months of summer quickly approaching, it only makes sense that you’d be thinking about ways to turn up the dial on your weight loss routine. Not only do you want to look fantastic in your spring attire, but you want to be fit enough to enjoy all your favorite warm weather activities as well.

5 Wellness Travel Trends to Watch In the Second Half of 2017

Health and well-being are at the center of most conversations among people today, as individuals are increasingly willing to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Wellness has been incorporated into various aspects of people’s lives, including travel. As such, wellness travel - where people travel to improve their health and wellbeing - is becoming a popular way of traveling. In fact, it’s becoming the ‘it’ way to travel today.

Yoga Retreats Are a Remembrance of Your Higher Purpose

Time is an illusion, isn´t it? Now, using your imagination, take a journey back in time to the Island of Vis; imagine sunbathing on a hot summer day, immersing your body into the crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. 

5 Easy Partner Yoga Poses for You and Your Kids While Traveling

Is there anything better than traveling to a new country—exploring, learning, and connecting with a different culture? And no doubt, you’re excited to share the gift of travel with your family, too!

Meditation 101: The Beginners Guide to Start Meditating

Meditation is training the thoughts in the mind to slow down and let the mind rest. But is it that simple to slow down? Can we just turn the switch and stop the hundreds of thoughts passing through the mind?

The Science Behind a Perfect Night’s Sleep [Infographic]

When you’re busy working and living your busy, hectic life, it’s easy to neglect your sleep. It’s often only when our sleep pattern becomes seriously disrupted that we realize just how important a good night's sleep really is. For many of us, getting a consistent amount of sleep every night is a challenge at the best of times. 

The Benefits of Yoga for Your Baby

You’re never too young to start doing yoga. Did you know that yoga practice can be very beneficial for babies? With proper precautions and care, it can be really helpful for their mental and physical development.

Yoga Retreats for Travel Foodies

Is the way to your heart through your stomach? Do you center your travels on food? Then you're in luck, as yoga retreats often provide lip-smacking delicious vegetarian food.

15 Most Popular Yoga Styles Explained [Infographic]

Have you ever found yourself confused about all the various styles of yoga out there? With so many names, schools, lineages, etc. it can be overwhelming and you’re wondering where to even begin!

Will Yoga Ever Die? You Decide!

Yoga is not just a physical exercise where the body is twisted and stretched. Rather, it embodies spiritual loftiness and emotional integration, which flush out negativity from the body. Practicing yoga heals the mind and soul, all the while keeping the body fit and toned.

Yoga to Conquer the Untapped Power of the Mind

You are in your favorite yoga class. Your body movements are synchronized with your breath as you glow through sūrya namaskāra and other poses that you handle without any stress. There is no sign of worry, no distracting thoughts. After a most amazing Savaasana, you hear ‘Om shāntih shāntih shāntihi!’ As you roll your mat, you are relaxed, rejuvenated, an embodiment of peace and calm! 

Why You Should Wear Natural-Fabric Yoga Clothing

We all know how important it is to eat healthy, organic foods and how our diet choices affect our bodies. We are also much more aware about how using natural skin products and makeup is good for our skin. We are even starting to use more natural home products such as detergents, but have you thought about how important it is to also wear natural-fabric clothing?

All about Detox Water: 7 Savory Recipes for a Healthier You

When it comes to health and wellness, separating the fact from the fiction can sometimes be quite the challenge. How can you be sure something you want to try will really work the way you want it to? Is that hot new health trend everyone’s been talking about on social media something with real staying power or just another flash in the pan that’s better off ignored? Most importantly of all, is the option you want to try really right for you and your unique set of needs?

The WINNER of "A Yoga Retreat of a Lifetime" Is...

Over a month ago, we ran a giveaway, promising the chance to win a yoga retreat or a yoga teacher training of a lifetime by simply sharing with us why and where you’d like to go.

Why Fully Integrating Yoga into the Health Service Could Be Good for Everyone

It’s no understatement to suggest that the modern world is at radical odds with human evolution. Social and technological revolutions have fundamentally changed the way we all work, communicate and go about our daily lives. While some advancements have undoubtedly been for the better, others have had a drastic effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals throughout the world.

Yoga Unites: A Yoga Retreat in Cuba

If you spend a day watching 24-hour news channels and scrolling your social media feeds, you may notice that there is an incredible amount of attention spent on highlighting the differences among people. Differences of political ideologies, religious beliefs, income levels, family values, geography, haves and have nots... It's exhausting. But, as human beings, our similarities far outweigh our differences.​

5 Striking Yoga Poses for Strong and Powerful Abs

The true essence of yoga lies in connecting mind, body and soul by elevating the life force. It comprises a series of physical and mental techniques, which are vital for our health. These various exercises are also known as “asanas” and here you’ll understand why yoga poses for the abdominals are so important.

5 Ways to Find Inner Peace

Our world can be a beautiful, crazy place. There are moments of despair, and sometimes life feels like it’s moving in fast-forward. Inner peace can seem like something reserved for a monk sitting crossed-legged on top of a mountain. 

Yoga for Drug Abuse Recovery

Yoga is one of the new alternative treatment approaches that has achieved great reviews for its benefits. Amazingly, using yoga to complement an addiction recovery program is not only effective but also easier on the pocket. 

A Deeper Look into Yoga & Spirituality [Infographic]

At BookYogaRetreats.com, we’ve conducted a survey to help us get to know our visitors a little better. We were curious to know how yogis perceive the practice and how they relate yoga to spirituality and religion. 

City2Sand Festival: Yoga, Music & Relaxation

Amanda Fletcher is a yoga teacher who has always wanted to help people become better versions of themselves and embrace life as it is. She has been organizing yoga retreats for 11 years, and that’s how she realized that beyond touristic activities, a lot of people were looking to spend their vacations having a great relaxing time time with friends, wine and music. So, after hearing the advice of many of her retreat guests, she came up with a fantastic idea: a yoga festival!

6 Easy-to-Do Meditations to Unwind After a Stressful Day

Stress is inevitable. As humans, we encounter different forms of stress on a daily basis, and how we choose to handle them can determine our long-term physical and emotional wellbeing. 

Is Yoga a Religion? We Asked, You Answered

Is yoga a practice closely related to religion? Is it just a bunch of exercises to gain flexibility? Or is it something in between? To be honest, when I was a teen and didn’t know much about yoga, I used to think of it as a stretching sequence that a lot of people (mostly women) did as an alternate to real workouts. Little did I know about the spirituality and philosophy behind it.  

5 Yoga Poses to Help You Bond with Your Baby

We can all agree just how amazing yoga is! It boosts your stamina, improves your flexibility and helps you stay healthy and energetic. To make the practice even more enjoyable, we should include the people we love in the activities we like the most. Let’s start with your baby!

Restorative Yoga: 6 Poses for Restful Slumber

Sleeping has become such an ordinary routine in our lives that we often underestimate the vital role it plays in our general wellbeing. Just look at how we feel after a bad night’s sleep!

Gyana Yoga: The Secret to Health, Wellness & Happiness

Maharishi Patanjali –the Father of Yoga– said in his Yoga Sutras that the objective of Yoga is “Chitta Vritti Nirodha,” which means the removal of the patterns of consciousness and that one can experience pure awareness.

5 Reasons to Go on a Wellness Retreat in Siem Reap

With so many things going on around us, we rarely (sometimes never) get the chance to enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation. Most of us are busy juggling work and life that we tend to forget how to really live. 

Yoga and Rock Climbing (A Personal Story)

My heart is pounding as I’m fighting for the next move. I’m getting close to that difficult sequence I was unable to pull off the last time. Will I make it? Am I strong enough? These thoughts have no business being here, so I chase them away. I try to control my breath and focus on my position. It has to be perfect, otherwise it won’t work. I must clear my head. One move at a time, one more move…

Female Beauty: 4 Ways to Keep Your Body in Shape

Media, men and society require women to take care of themselves and look their best. We must invest in ourselves if we want to be beautiful, but if you do, you must always remember to do it for yourself and not for anyone else.  

Yoga in Sydney – Escaping the City Buzz

When you are encased in a concrete jungle it can be hard to find some solitude and peace. You often find yourself spending weekends surrounded by hoards of people, and ultimately losing out on the alone time that you need.

The Benefits of a Personalized One-on-One Yoga Retreat

We are living interesting times. But for many of us, the rhythm of our lives feels high-paced and stressful, as if life is demanding too much from us. If you are experiencing anything like this right now, then I am so glad you are reading this!

10 Health Benefits of Acai Berries, According to Science

In the depth of Amazonian forests, there’s one of the most powerful super foods in the world. Well-known for naturally treating certain health conditions, we’re talking about acai berries.

Face Yoga: 8 Facial Exercises to Keep Your Skin Fresh

Face yoga is an alternative to surgery and Botox, which is, most importantly, non-invasive. These exercises are meant to work all the layers of your skin: the hypodermis, which is the lower layer; the dermis, which is the middle layer; and epidermis, which is the upper layer.

Why Yoga Retreats Are Better Than Holidays

Yoga retreats are on the rise. In a nutshell, they represent time well-spent to maintain balance in a world that, on some levels, has gone a bit mental in terms of lifestyle and time deprivation.

10 Awesome Reasons Why Retreats Are Healing Musts

Ever reached that point when everything around you is falling apart and you need a serious break? Most of us, especially in busy cities with equally busy lives, feel that way! I hit the wall a few times a year, when I know I need to unplug completely – from my surroundings, my phone and even people around me. When we get to that point, most of us would normally say that we need a “vacation.” But is a vacation enough?

Too Busy To Start Something New? Try these 6 Tips to "Gain" More Time

Do you dream of change but feel you are you too busy to start something new? What about that painting you’d like to finish one day or that book you’re writing in your head? You do nothing as you continue to stress and worry that life is passing by all too quickly.

5 Cheap Airports to Fly into the Best Yoga Destinations

“How far away is it?” and “How am I going to get there?” are normally two of the most crucial factors we consider when deciding where to go on a yoga retreat. And more often than not, with so many beautiful destinations all over the world, the answers to these questions are: “quite far” and “by airplane.”

5th Element of Yoga Practice: The Core

The past decade has seen an incredible amount of focus placed on core development throughout fitness and wellness. But what exactly is the core? The core muscles are the muscles found in the trunk of the body. Take away the limbs along with the head and what is left over is the core. The major muscles of the core are in the abdominal and mid to lower back. They act as the foundation for all leg and arm postures right up to head standing.

5 Ways to Start Your Day Right

Those first few minutes after we have awakened our bodies and minds are of the utmost importance. What we do, hear and see can truly affect the way we feel for the rest of our day. There are many ways we can begin our day on the right foot, so choose what works for you and discard what does not. My morning routines have changed dramatically over the years and will continue to do so as I develop. 

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Yoga for Travel

Often when we go away on holiday or travel somewhere new, we arrive at our destination feeling less than relaxed. Sometimes, it can take several days to get into the holiday mode and really feel rejuvenated. 

The Yamas of Parenting: Ahimsa

How many times have you thought to yourself "I'm the WORST mom/dad"? How many times have you looked at someone’s parenting skills and had negative thoughts, judging them too harshly? It happens. And it's okay. Yoga teaches us to forgive and love ourselves.

Essential Digital Tools for Yogis [Infographic]

Creating your online presence can be daunting. With so many tools and services to choose from, if you are not very tech-savvy, it can truly be overwhelming!

10 Thrilling Yoga Retreats All Adventure Addicts Should Try

If you’re anything like me, then you probably have trouble staying in one place for too long and repeating the same patterns day after day. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine. As a yoga practitioner with itchy feet, I often find myself struggling to create a balance between the static and dynamic movements in my exercises as well as in my everyday life.

Why I Don’t Find Yoga Boring Anymore

I must admit that in the past I found yoga quite dull. I didn’t understand the purpose of doing all those postures and spent most of the time thinking “am I breathing correctly?” and “what am I supposed to do now?” or “this is boring!”

The Insider’s Guide to Travel in Thailand Like a Yogi

Thailand is an amazing country with much to offer for all sorts of travelers. Nature lovers rejoice in its beautiful beaches and astonishing landscapes; party animals won’t find a better nightlife than the one in Bangkok; foodies can treat their palates to the delicious Thai cuisine; backpackers find ease in their pockets with the affordable lifestyle of Thailand; and yogis are delighted with the deeply ingrained spiritual culture in this part of the world.

Soul-Based Partnerships for Personal and Professional Growth

2017 is a new age for the world of work – the Age of the Personal Brand. Instead of the traditional model of spending your adult life with a soul-sucking nine-to-five job in a beige cubicle, we’re advancing with visionary, meaningful and deeply personal work. This exciting new frontier is filled with passion and purpose, but it’s not always easy. 

A Guide to India's Spiritual Retreats

Some things in life, such as work, stress and maintaining a sane family life, can leave us feeling deflated, to say the least. It is in times like these that we need somewhere to escape to, somewhere we get to kick back and catch up with our inner selves… Perhaps somewhere like India.

The Power of Kula – Living in a Sacred Community

The rise in consciousness throughout the world calls for deep reflection and true revelation in order to create sustainable change. Many of us are questioning previous standards of society and choosing to live more mindfully, from a place of compassion and love. 

7 Tips to Enjoy Your Hawaii Yoga Retreat

Going to the Big Island, Hawaii can feel like you are even further away than traveling from America to Europe. The energy, the air, the water, the feeling of being there is in many ways more exotic.

Four Lower Body Poses for Cyclists

Yes! Cycling and yoga do go together! And it seems to be more than a passing trend. Even as the two exercises might seem at odds, they truly do complement each other. For instance, cyclists often have extremely tight hips and hamstrings and suffer from being hunched forward for long periods of time in the saddle.

I Went to My First Hot Yoga Class and I Sweat Buckets

I’d always been interested in yoga. In college, I did some DVDs, Yoga for Dummies, this and that. A few months ago, I decided to take it to the next level and actually attend a yoga class. It was nice, but my schedule prevented me to return and instead I found Pilates, which I absolutely adore! 

The Art of Breathing – Joy of Yoga Explains Pranayama

The first thing we do when we are born is breathe. As adults, we take between 12 to 20 breaths per minute, thus supplying oxygen to our cells and also eliminating toxins from the body. Yet most of us don’t give much attention to it.

15 Health Benefits of Almonds (According to Science)

Almonds have an amazing profile of antioxidant and nutritional benefits, making them a great candidate for fighting disease. They can improve brain function, hinder the onset of cancer, and much, much more.

What Happens to Your Brain When You Regularly Practice Yoga [Infographic]

You’ve probably already heard of the many health benefits of yoga, both physical and psychological. They all come from one place – your mind, the body’s strongest muscle. 

What to Pack for Your Yoga Retreat

Learning and practicing yoga is a cleansing, beautiful and invigorating experience for anyone, but taking things one step further by attending a yoga retreat can be truly magical.

Yoga for Patients With Cancer

Yoga is an ancient practice that combines movement, specific poses, controlled breathing, relaxation and meditation. It is also a philosophy and a way of life. You don’t have to be completely devoted to yoga to take advantage of its benefits. Practiced weekly or even daily, it can relieve pain, help maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and much more.

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness and Spiritual Fulfillment

Lasting happiness. Freedom from suffering. We all want these. And this is what you can find in the yoga book True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment. It is an inspirational guide through the Yoga Sutras outlining ways to overcome difficulties and create enduring happiness and we’re fortunate enough that the author, Jennie Lee, let us publish an excerpt of this fantastic work.

Yoga Sequence to Build a Strong Immune System

A strong immune system helps not only fight off viruses and bugs, but is essential to respond to stress and health challenges when they come. When we are resilient and responsive to change we feel happier, more engaged and productive at work and generally make healthier life choices.

I Turned Vegetarian for a Month. Here’s What Happened

If there were a distinction between a good yogi and a bad one, I would most probably fall into the latter category. After all, I am a wine-drinking, meat-eating individual who happens to practice yoga on a daily basis. 

Enjoying Every Step On a Hiking Yoga Retreat

Do you enjoy walking? Just walking around, without any particular purpose?

Living in the city, walking usually takes us from point A to point B. In between, our minds are filled with things to do... we even walk and text to ‘save’ time! The urban lifestyle treats walking for walking’s sake mostly as a waste of time, or at best, a quirky luxury. But is that really so?

5 Great Ideas to Make Your Morning Routine More Active

Hibernation feels like an ideal solution when temperatures drop. On days when the polar winds rip through even the fluffiest of down puffer coats, hiding under mounds of warm blanket cocoons beats scraping webs of frost from windshields.

A Simple Rejuvenating 3 Minutes Yoga Sequence to Start Your Day (Video)

For most of us, getting a good start to our mornings can be a challenging task. We often feel sluggish and tired, likely caused by a lack of good sleept the night before.

The Path of a Yoga Teacher: An Interview with Marianne Wells

A yoga teacher” is probably not the first answer you will hear from most kids when you ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. So how is it that someone decides to follow this path? How do you realize that teaching yoga is your passion and you want to live out of it?  

5 Tips to Deepen Your Yoga Practice

When you begin a yoga practice, an entirely new world opens up. For many, it feels as if you are rediscovering your body, mind and heart for the first time. These shifts occur at different times for each practitioner, depending on the consistency of practice, engagement and receptivity.

6 Rules of Safe Pregnancy Exercise

Although some ladies will avoid exercising during pregnancy due to varying reasons, most health experts recommend it. Exercise does not only lift a pregnant woman’s spirits, but it also helps to prepare her for labor and birth.

How to Have an Affordable Yoga Vacation [Tips]

My passion has been traveling since my early high school years. As I started traveling independently, I was often asked how I could afford to travel and do so on a low budget. It is quite easy. There are quite a lot of small things that add up to make any vacation – and yes, even your yoga vacation – affordable.

6 Efficient Ways to Relax and Stay Young

I used to associate relaxation with being lazy. And even being a yoga teacher who understands the importance of it to lead healthy, long, youthful lives, I still catch myself seeing relaxation as a lazy act. Can you relate to this too?  

The Humility of Time: Shared Memories Are All That Last

As yoga teachers (and as humans) it is often hard to see where we are judgmental, critical and unkind. Or maybe we see it, but these characteristics are whitewashed in a sea of people telling us how ‘Great!’ our class was.

4th Element of Yoga Practice: Preparation of the Joints

In the 4th of the 10-part series on the elements of yoga practice, we talk about the preparation of the joints. A joint is any part of the body in which two or more bones make contact. They are quite sensitive and one must take care of them properly to avoid injuries.

3 Ways to Connect with Your Authentic Self

In today's world, it's harder and harder to find time for ourselves. Between workweeks that get longer each year and the demands of raising a family, most people find they have little time to connect with their authentic self.

A Couch Potato Lifestyle Increases Anxiety. Get Active!

Not long ago, it was an accepted biological phenomenon that brain loses its plasticity —the ability to form new brain cells— as one becomes an adult. The theory was that after adolescence, the shape of the brain cells becomes rigid. However, recent neurological evidence has shown that a brain cell can change its shape throughout its lifetime.

Yoga Facts All Yogis Should Know

It is good that many people are aware that yoga and meditation are needed for a healthy and happy life. However, people still have many dilemmas regarding the origin and the essence of yoga. That’s why I’m here to provide some authentic information and yoga facts to dispel misconception among yoga lovers.

Following My Gut to My First Yoga Retreat (and Yoga Session) Ever

As soon as 2016 came about, I made myself a deep and powerful promise - I was going to prioritize my health, my wellbeing & my recovery. I’ve had severe mental health issues ever since I can remember that had never properly been resolved.

Living with the Sense of Wonder of a Child: An Interview with Susan Verde

There is something quite special in yoga that helps you to appreciate other things in life even more. There is something in the practice that allows you to enjoy the process of anything you do, no matter the results. Or to put it simple, something happens when you step on the mat that just brings out that inner child that pushes you to be more present and not take yourself too seriously.

Top 50 Yoga & Wellness Blogs Worth Following

The internet is full to the brim with information about yoga, travel, meditation and wellness. But with so many websites available, how do we choose the best ones? At BookYogaRetreats.com, we’ve narrowed down a list of 50 blogs that cover different specifications which we consider important to make them great. 

6 Foods You Should Eat for a Better Night's Sleep

Lack of enough sleep and poor sleeping habits come with myriad health issues including diabetes, obesity, high-blood pressure, and depression. Although everyone would wish to get enough sleep every night, sometimes it is not always possible.

What Yoga Style Should You Take Up? [Infographic]

Thinking about practicing yoga for the first time? This infographic will show you which yoga style to choose. Or if you are already an experienced yogi, you might be curious to know if your style aligns with your personality and interests. 

10 Most Popular Yoga Articles in 2016

2016 is now gone but it didn’t pass without leaving useful learnings to help us live a plentiful life. At BookYogaRetreats.com we were fortunate enough to count with the collaboration of many expert writers who shared their knowledge and experiences with us. Thank you all for providing with such valuable information to the yoga community. Check out which articles were the most popular ones throughout the year!

10 Essential Tips Not to Miss Out while Planning a Yoga Vacation

How do you picture your perfect vacation? Do you daydream of going on a yoga retreat on a tropical beach? Maybe you’ve always wanted to visit Europe? Or perhaps you want to couple your yoga sessions with hiking in Morocco?

5 Fun Yoga Games for Kids & Adults with an Inner Child

Looking to try something new and active with your children? Yoga games are a great way to get kids moving, working together, and improve their communication skills. Yoga games also provide the perfect opportunity to learn new poses and increase balance and flexibility.

The Dark Side of a Yoga Lifestyle (And What It Really Means to Me)

In recent years, yoga has become very fashionable. It’s the little black dress of the health and well-being industry, with people around the world aspiring to bendy perfection. Instagram is full of yoga ‘celebrities’ with a cult following, and yoga is seen by many as the best way to live a healthy, balanced life. So, what is a yoga lifestyle? And why do so many people want a slice of it?

2017 Top 10 Yoga Destinations

The popularity of yoga and wellness travel keeps growing every year, which means more and more destinations offer yoga retreats and holidays all over the world. But which places are the hottest ones this year? At BookYogaRetreats.com we’ve plunged into our statistics to put together a list of the ten best yoga destinations that you should really consider throughout 2017!

Yoga Nidra: The Conscious Dynamic Sleep for Deep Meditation

There is a lot of talk about meditation, the different techniques and its benefits all over the wellness and spiritual media. However, we should be aware that simply doing a meditation exercise and actually being in a state of meditation are two different things.

The Surprising Benefits of Yoga You May Haven’t Heard Of

We all know why yoga is good for us – it’s a stress buster, it improves your ability to work, you gain flexibility and so on. If you have never considered yoga to be a part of your health, wellness and fitness regime, you could be missing out on more than you think! The perks of practicing yoga start from the day you get on the mat.

The Unexpected Way Yoga Helps You Lose Weight

Spirituality, peace of mind, relaxation, breath control, meditation, stretching, and body poses are some of the things that come to mind when most people hear the word yoga. I actually never thought of yoga as an efficient method to lose weight, until one of my colleagues suggested to try it after my complaints about how difficult it was to shed a few extra holiday pounds.

5 Winter Yoga Destinations to Help You Embrace the Season

Winter is finally here! It’s time to take out your jacket, scarf, snow boots and enjoy the cold weather! Isn’t it exciting? Though the cold weather may not be of some people’s preference, we strongly believe that all seasons have their unique charm. And before you think that the low temperatures may have frozen our thoughts, that’s only because you haven’t thought about all the great things that come with it: beautiful snowy landscapes, the cheerful spirit of the holidays, quality time with the family, and amazing winter yoga retreats that embrace the magic of the season!

The Law of Attraction: How to Turn Our Lives Around

Broke. Stuck. Struggling. This is how I described myself for years and years. These words not only played through my head on repeat, they made it into my throat and out of my mouth to the rest of the world on a daily basis. I had a script and I stuck to it.

10 Foods that Yogis & Non-Yogis Should Eat for a Healthier Mind, Body & Soul

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ―Hippocrates

It’s been long known that what we eat influences our well-being, including our emotions and thoughts. To obtain and keep a healthy body, mind, and soul, it is not enough just to practice yoga or any physical activity we enjoy. Creating healthy habits and incorporating the right food in our diet should be an essential part of living a healthy life.

Yoga, Meditation and Hypnotherapy: A Match Made in Heaven!

What is the link between yoga, meditation, and hypnotherapy? Is it a match made in paradise? And what are the benefits of combining these three powerful techniques together to create the most powerful retreat experience yet?

What Is Yoga? [Infographic]

Anyone who has ever stepped on a yoga mat knows that yoga means much more than just a physical practice with fancy postures and inversions. It’s almost as if each yogi had a personal definition of yoga. 

Yoga Skeptics and How to Get Them Bendy

“I’m not flexible enough.”

“I am not fit enough.”

“I’m overweight.”

“I’ll look silly.”

These are just some of the excuses my flat mate threw my way when I tried to convince her to give yoga a go.

3rd Element of Yoga Practice: Regularity

The third element from the 10 elements of the practice is heard frequently: always practice at the same time and place every day. Regularity within all aspects of our lives from sleep, diet and work is a pillar of stability leading to inner peace. Our biggest stresses are simply a lack of regularity.

How to Become a Better Athlete with Yoga

The many benefits of yoga are well-known; from improved flexibility to a more present state of mind. That’s why, according to research studies, yoga is a great complement to any sport. It enables you to approach your physical peak and utilize the power of fine-tuned concentration to improve your overall performance.

5 Kids Yoga Poses to Ease Travel Stress

The holidays are fast approaching and plans to vacation with the kids abound. Although the intention is to gather with friends and family and celebrate, sometimes the travel itself can be a less than joyous event. There is packing and leaving home, long lines, big crowds and the well-meaning relatives who want to smother the children with love.

How 10 Days of Detox & Yoga Changed My Life [For the Best]

Hint: Perhaps it could change yours too!

Kingston airport, Jamaica, 5 pm, a couple of days ahead of my 28th birthday. I have never felt this good. I am by myself, looking at a 17 hours travel with 3 flights to reach my current home in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (every flight got delayed and my suitcase only made it 2 days after me).

Mantra Yoga to Heal and Transform Your Life

Many people who practice yoga to exercise and relax may have never heard of mantra chanting and its effects. However, one should be aware that in the vast territory of the science of yoga, the postures occupy only about one tenth of it. All the rest of the yogic science has to do with the mind. And training the mind is the actual goal of yoga.

Hypnotherapy: 5 Things That Scare Us

Myths, stage hypnotists, & old wives' tales…

I recently went on a trip to Scotland staying with friends near Loch Lomond. Meeting a neighbor, she enquired about my profession. When I announced that I was a clinical hypnotherapist, she immediately recoiled, squirmed and cringed. You may have thought I had told her I was a murderer, or an evil scientist by trade.

Yogis, A Yoga Emoji Is Coming Soon!

A fan of emojis? So are we! You’ll be happy to hear that a yoga emoji will soon be available for you to use on your favorite gadget!

How Yoga Made Me a Better Partner

Practicing yoga has many benefits. Better health, less stress and a better posture are only a few of them. If you are a yoga junkie like me, you know them all. But this article is not about the scientifically proven benefits of yoga

How to Live a Yoga Lifestyle

Many people may wonder what it means to take your yoga off the mat, believing yoga is just an exercise. Some others could think yoga is a religion (it’s not!). And others might think that you definitely have to be flexible to even start a practice in yoga (you don’t! In fact, it is through yoga that you can get more flexible).

5 Tips to Make Your Yoga Retreat Stand Out

Organizing a successful yoga retreat might seem overwhelming at first. Yoga is an ever booming market, the number of US yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million according to a study by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance*. You can find more and more retreats being offered at magical locations all over the world, so how can you make yours stand out?

10 Bad Experiences on a Yoga Retreat and How to Prevent Them

A yoga retreat can be a life-changing experience to remember for years to come. It can be a good time to relax, connect with your inner self, deepen your practice and go back home feeling rejuvenated. That sounds great, but as much as we would like it to be perfect every single time, the reality is that sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

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10 Weekend Yoga Retreats to Relax Anytime of the Year

Nothing like a good long yoga retreat to spend 10-15 days doing asana after asana, eating healthy food, taking care of our body and relaxing like a boss. But we know that having such long vacations might not always be easy; especially for people who have to go to work, take care of their children, study, run a business, etc.

A Yoga Book to Travel in Search of Wisdom: Dance of the Wind

Fire, water, wind, earth and spirit are the five elements that have inspired Marin Vayu’s work as spiritual instructor, lecturer, and most recently, as an author. He is a Croatian adventure guide and nature lover whose travels in Asia and Africa helped him to write a yoga book on his favorite element: Dance of the Wind.

10 Yoga Quotes to Inspire Your Next Yoga Retreat

If you think about it, yoga and travel are two activities that bring similar benefits to our body and mind. They both let you know yourself better, push you to do things you probably didn’t know you were capable of, as well as provide you with a mindful state of mind that just makes you feel alive! That’s probably why they mix up so well together and have inspired many authors, philosophers and yoga teachers who have given us some of the best yoga quotes to motivate you during your next yoga retreat!

 

A Fasting-Detox-Yoga Game (Or Traveling with the Inner Child)

​Saturday at noon. The second half of August started and I am planning – as I often do at this time of the year – to travel. I just got back from a long vacation, in Thailand and Malaysia, but the next trip is already coming up – this time from Penzing to Florisdorf.

In Search of the Ultra Spiritual Yoga Retreat with JP Sears

Finding a good yoga retreat that you can actually benefit from is getting harder than ever. With the vast offering out there it’s getting too complicated to differentiate between the retreats that are meant to help you to truly become more spiritual and the ones that are just a tricky scam. But fret not! Thankfully, at BookYogaRetreats.com we’ve looked for advice from the most qualified person on this planet to help us clear the obstacles on our way to find the best spiritual yoga retreat.

Laughing at Spirituality to Find Our True Selves: An Interview with JP Sears

“Perhaps our ability to laugh at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously is what increases our spiritual growth” –JP Sears.

Unblocking Relationships the Yogic Way

Upon heading back from London to Ibiza in preparation for the Kriya Yoga and chakra energy teachers training, I struck a conversation with a free spirited middle aged lady, who lives alone in a yurt that she built within a pine forest in Ibiza. She told me about a life breakthrough that motivated her to reach out to those people whose relationships had ended badly. He called many of them only to realize that she had been blocked by many of them.

Does Yoga Make People Happier?

Since the beginning of times, human kind has been driven by one simple, yet complex motivation: to be happy. But, what does happiness mean? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. Nonetheless, we know that true happiness goes beyond one or two laughs every now and then. It’s a more sustainable state of satisfaction and gratefulness in our lives. It’s waking up every morning knowing there’s a meaning to starting a new day.

Andalusia: The Best Place on Earth for a Yoga Retreat

Thinking about where to go on your next yoga retreat? Andalusia is the place you’ve been looking for; everything is amazing here! The year round sunshine, the clean air filled with the fragrances of nature, the sea views, the culture, the abundance of fresh locally grown organic fruit and vegetables filled with the taste of sunshine and most of all the warmth of the people.

The Ultimate Expert Guide to Find the Best Yoga Retreat Program

There is no doubt that wellness travel is on the rise. According to the global wellness tourism market 2016-2010 report*, this type of holidays are on its way to grow 10.69% in the next four years. 

Practicing Ahimsa at an Eco-Friendly Yoga Resort

The practice of non-violence, better known as Ahimsa, is one of the five Yamas or guidelines to a more fulfilling yogic lifestyle. This principle is based on a mental, physical and emotional attitude of non-violence towards everything that surrounds us. To be compassionate and loving with ourselves, other humans, our mother nature and all living beings who live on it.

Tackling the ‘But’ Habit with a Yoga Retreat

I've arrived. I roll out my yoga mat. I'm in a gorgeous, luxury 'grand designs type' holiday home, booked 2 years ago when I was still earning good bucks working for a bank. With 2 spacious lounges and inspiring views from floor to ceiling windows of the beautiful shaped islands of Rum and Eigg in the North West of Scotland. What else could I possibly need right now?

Going on a Yoga Retreat: A Male Perspective

Going on 'retreat' tends to conjure up images of bunking down, going deep and attending to your 'spiritual side', whatever that means...  for a male of the species, it isn't the normal place to go in order to spend precious days away from the office – we normally love football, sailing, spending time with the mates at the pub, or whatever activity is associated with the stereotypical alpha male.

5 Olympic Athletes with a Golden Yoga Routine

Even though yoga is not considered an Olympic sport, at least not yet, the reality is that it already is a big part of the Olympics. Yoga is a fundamental component of the workout routine of many athletes who are striving for gold during these summer games, and it might very well be one of the key factors for them to finish on top of the podium.  

So you want to go on a yoga retreat for the first time? [INFOGRAPHIC]

A yoga retreat provides the perfect health and wellness balance to travel the world, eat delicious food and deepen your yoga practice. 62% of 36 million of American practitioners of all levels have the desire to go on a yoga holiday, reports the 2016 Yoga Journal study.

​​10 Variations to Spice Up Your Pigeon Pose

Love Pigeon Pose? Here are 10 great variations to keep your practice inventive and creative. 

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, better known as Pigeon Pose, is one of the more common yoga poses that you will end up falling in love with (if you haven’t already).

7 Ways to Get Your Boyfriend To Do Yoga

The internet is ablaze with photos of yoga power-couples. Gazing at them exploring wild acro yoga poses, meditating side-by-side, and practicing yoga together, I find myself thinking, “why can’t my relationship look like that too?” I am not alone in this desire — for every girl whose man (willingly) practices yoga with her, there is an envious girl who craves that unity too.

Nepal, The Ultimate Yoga Destination: An Interview with Yogi Panchavedi

Nepal is a beautiful Himalayan Kingdom blessed by Guru Gorakshanath. It is the origin place of The Vedic Sanatan Dharma (root of all the religions), birthplace of Veda Vyasa, who wrote the 4 Vedas; father of all the literature and scientific discoveries, source of holy river Ganga, the land of Devas, saints and sages.

Going on a Yoga Retreat while Pregnant? Definitely!

One year ago, I did my first yoga retreat and enjoyed it so much, that I decided that from now on I want to do this every year. Doing yoga, meditation, enjoying healthy food and relaxing somewhere in the sun, is my kind of thing. When I found out I was pregnant earlier this year, I changed this plan a little bit. I didn’t want to be far from home, didn’t want to fly anywhere, but I wanted to do some yoga somewhere nice. I even thought about looking for a special retreat for pregnant yogis, but decided against it, as I was not doing any particular pregnant yoga classes at home, but still keep up my regular Ashtanga yoga class.

How I Took My Yoga Lessons to My Daily Life

Did you know that most yoga styles that we attend classes are just one or another form of what is known as Hatha yoga? Did you also know that the asanas (the yoga poses) are just a fraction of what Hatha yoga has in store for you? 

Istanbul: A City of Cats and Yoga

Have you ever been to a yoga retreat in Istanbul? If not, you should really try it! My partner Sandra and I are retreat organizers ourselves, we know how delightful it is to practice yoga in another language, to discover the yoga scene in another city or country, and to be a yoga student in different parts of the world.

Five Benefits of a Yoga Retreat When You Feel Stressed or Depressed

Do you sometimes feel depressed, powerless or fearful? If you know these feelings maybe you need a break to reconnect with your inner voice again. This voice knows your deepest desires and wishes but in our society we sometimes can’t hear that wise voice anymore.

Fit Bottoms Come in All Shapes and Sizes: An Interview with Jennipher Walters

Being healthy doesn’t have to be a boring and painful sacrifice; indeed, it can be fun and well disengaged from the number on the scale. That’s the philosophy of the Fit Bottomed Girls, three women who want to encourage people to avoid the diet drama and show the world that fit bottoms can come in all shapes and sizes.

All You Need to Know About Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is one of the most practiced styles worldwide, indeed, according to a survey by the Yoga Journal, it is the most popular style amongst yogis. So, why is it that there seems to be some confusion about what Vinyasa is? Is it a style? A sequence? Or is it just a technique? And what exactly does it mean when a teacher says “take a Vinyasa”?

10 Tips for Organizing a Yoga Retreat

Have you ever dreamed about organizing your own yoga retreat? Vacations on the beach, teaching one or two yoga sessions per day and earning good money – what could go wrong? What a lot of yoga teachers don’t know is that the organizers of such retreats carry a significant financial risk. A small mistake can jeopardize the success of the whole venture.

Therefore, it is crucial to plan your retreat carefully. By following these 10 steps, you can get closer to the dream of your very own yoga retreat.

The Improbable Making of a Yogini: My Ashram Experience

Kerala, South India, December 2007

Just after dawn, I sat down on a cushion in the vast main hall, loosely wrapping my thin yellow “meditation shawl” around me. Suddenly I realised that this was week 4 of my ashram experience, week 5 of my first ever stay in India, and for the first time in my life, I could say that I had been able to step out at dawn every single day for five weeks, breathe deeply, and find that I needed neither socks nor a jacket to keep warm – I had never before gone without feeling cold for such a long time. It was also the first time I had ever spent four weeks in a place where windows are just openings towards a lush vegetation, and need no glass panes.

Ibiza, the Perfect Destination for a Yoga Retreat

When I was looking for a destination to base a yoga retreat in Europe, we were initially looking at Liguiria in Italy. But as one can imagine, the story ended up being totally different… I kept hearing stories about Ibiza, finding beautiful images of it, and I even went to the Property Show in London, which had a stand representing Ibiza attended by very friendly people. Being someone who listens to the intuitive signals of the universe, I decided to go and see what was going on there even when I had never traveled to Ibiza before. 

Keep the Yoga Retreat Vibes through the Daily Grind

In a small neighborhood studio, a yoga-class friend was telling me about a recent yoga retreat.

“Oh, it was amazing” she said as she folded her blanket into a meditation seat. “I was so relaxed. I just wish I could have felt so good when I came back.”

“Couldn’t you?” I asked. “Couldn’t you feel that relaxed everyday?”

20 Things a Yogi Can Do to Save the Earth

Yoga and the wellbeing of our planet have always gone hand-in-hand. The relation comes naturally; it is the place that we live in, and as yogis, we’re aware of our union with all living beings on it, we’re not separate. Our bodies are made of the elements, we eat, drink and breathe from what the Earth provides; so we should honor it everyday – but specially on Earth Day. 

A New Yoga World Record: Tree Pose on Earth, Wind and Water

As the weather gets warmer, outdoor yoga seems more and more enticing and the nature knows this; the sun shines, the flowers blossom and trees start growing on earth, on water and even in the air. You might think that real trees cannot grow in the air, but we’re talking about human trees! 

The World’s Leading Yoga Travel Website is Now Available in French, German, Dutch and Spanish

The Hague, The Netherlands – Tripaneer is delighted to announce the launching of the French, German, Dutch and Spanish localized versions of its yoga themed travel. Established in 2014 in the Netherlands, BookYogaRetreats.com is today the leading website in yoga travel worldwide.

Coaching and Yoga for a Powerful Personal Transformation

Coaching and yoga can work together as a powerful personal transformation tool.

Take this Yoga & Coaching Test to see if you would benefit from coaching alongside your yoga practice!

Do You Know Yourself?

Know your worth, know what you stand for, know your limitations, know your goals, know what it is that wakes you up every morning, know what makes you feel the most alive. Know yourself. 

For many of us, life is a day-to-day routines. We wake up to a soothing cup of coffee, rush to work or school, spend all day learning new things, or filing papers, perhaps even toiling away at some job that makes you nothing short of unhappy. It is important to stay grounded and in touch with your deepest self. Here are three ways yoga can help you to successfully become more in tune to you.

 

20 Affordable Yoga Retreats for Any Budget All Yogis Should Take Advantage Of

We kid you not, it is true. You can actually go on a yoga retreat with no need to break the bank. We know that there are many luxurious options out there that have framed the idea of a yoga holiday as an almost utopic concept exclusive to the wealthiest cream of the crop. That doesn’t really sound like authentic yoga, does it? 

Running My First Yoga Retreat

Just a couple of months ago, I returned home after running my first ever yoga retreat weekend in Suffolk, England.

I’ve been teaching yoga for four years now and in many ways it seemed like a natural next step to offer a weekend of yoga and relaxation to some of my lovely yoga students at some point. This is how it went:

Defining Altruism Through Yoga: Become a Yoga Teacher and Give Back to Society

Altruism is defined as the practice of disinterested concern for the well-being of others – and isn’t it what yoga is all about? A way of living dedicated to achieve mindfulness in order to be a peaceful being, capable of serving this world. Through selfless giving, we are letting the light within us honor the light within others, therefore, altruism is the perfect example of living the true meaning of Namaste. 

3 Basic Yoga Poses to Start Your Daily Practice

Starting with a daily yoga practice can often come with great promise and expectations & more often than not the expectations over exceed the possibilities. With these 3 poses not only will help you kickstart your practice, as the postures only take a few minutes, but they will also aid to open your heart, broaden the mind, and release any negative emotional baggage.

The Not-So-Hidden Secret of Bali

Indonesia is home to one of the most beautiful gems in the world: Bali. This island in Southeast Asia is well known for its breathtaking landscapes, lots of amazing coral reefs, astonishing beaches, green rice fields, and many more jaw-dropping features that make every traveler fall in love with this place. To add on to its natural beauty, Bali is also regarded as a highly spiritual location. Underlined by the ever-mindful Balinese population, their fascinating religious traditions and the holiness of some unbelievable temples.

Questions You May Have Before Going on Your First Yoga Retreat

If you are planning to go on your first yoga retreat, you might have plenty of doubts swirling in your head. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal. When doing something new, anxiousness, hesitation and excitement tend to come in at equal proportions. At BookYogaRetreats.com we want you to concentrate on the latter, that’s why we’ve asked two yoga teachers some of the main concerns a first yoga traveler might experience.

Top Ten Most Popular Yoga Hashtags

The new age of social media has seen the emergence of hashtags as a way for social media users to share and capture the essence of their posts. A great many hashtags are trending in that virtual world we call the Internet, with some being so popular, it’s a subject people would discuss for days!

The yoga lovers here at BookYogaRetreats.com did a quick search on popular hashtags that go along with #yoga. What we found is an interesting mix of the obvious, the creative, and the downright unrelated. Read on and be sure to include them unto your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts! 

5 Ways to Help You Get Back in the Groove of Your Yoga Practice

It’s that time of the year again: The flowers are blooming, summer is on the horizon, and your New Year’s resolutions may have finally gone all the way out the window – namely, the resolution to set aside more time in your day (consistently) for your yoga practice. If this sounds like you, fret not! For many, coming into the middle part of the year can cause a return to old routines, and between that and the increasingly beautiful weather outside, it’s understandable! 

Making Yoga as Fun as Thailand: An Interview with Christophe Cappon

Thailand is a country famous for its unique vibes, world-class cuisine and the unbeatable fun lifestyle of Thai people. Christophe Cappon is a Canadian yoga teacher based in Chiang Mai, whose experiences have taught him that bringing up this amusing spark to the mat is one of the most important aspects of the yoga practice. He encourages all his students to be playful and not be so serious, and there is no better place to live this fun spirit than Thailand!

Read on to find out more about Christophe’s exciting yoga adventure!

So You Want To Be a Yoga Teacher? (A Personal Story)

In the beginning, yoga teacher training was an excuse to travel across the world, wear cute leggings, meet a few new friends, and get the firmer body I've always wanted by practicing asana after asana for hours every day. I won't deny that I had always admired my yoga teachers at home in Canada; their flexibility, their peaceful voices during shavasana, and the glamorous lifestyle they appeared to live.

What came first, Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga?

I know what some of you might be thinking, and no, Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga are not the same. They could be very similar, but definitely not the same. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk about the differences and origins of both styles. 

2nd Element of Yoga Practice: Drawing Attention Inwards

In this, the second of a 10 part series on the elements of the practice, the value and meaning of drawing attention inwards will be scrutinized. Directing attention inwards is an act of letting go of matters that occupy the mind. From this point onward the ability to concentrate is achieved leading to meditation. This is attempted not just when meditating but also during yoga postures. Maintaining such a state during yoga sessions leads to deeper practices. Beginners see the logic, yet the process of application is complicated. The postures are new. Grasping yoga for the first time is like a child learning to walk. Concentration on every step is paramount. It is not long till the steps taken are void of effort and thought. Ideal is a mind that is not occupied by thought and emotion and so kept open to the world.

Are You Seeking Retreat or Reclamation?

Maybe there should be a word for it. That moment when you feel utterly called to a yoga retreat. It's often an impulse, an invisible escape button that is begging for you to push it. Something tells you, it's time. It's necessary. Your heart's crying out for it.

What often compels a woman to a yoga retreat is a deep down visceral sense of needing to step away, to withdraw, to find a space where she can connect with her own center, hear her own voice and discern her own truths.

Intuition. There's the word.

A Sunflower in the Adriatic Sea

Suncokret (pronounced "soon-so-kret") is the Croatian word for sunflower, and literally means "sun-revolver", an accurate description of the sunflower's devotional relationship toward the divine light of the sun, which, in turn, enables it to blossom to its fullest potential. 

This amazing flower is a metaphor for the journey of Evening, a yoga therapist who along with her partner Stipe, combined their love, talents, interests and experiences together into a sustainable holistic lifestyle, until they blossomed like sunflowers at dawn. In return, they started Suncokret to offer their devotion, services and support as a platform for others to do the same in the form of a retreat in the beautiful Hvar Island, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea in Croatia.

How to Let Go: Learning to Surrender to Life with Grace and Flow

Growing up I wasn't told about the importance of surrender. When I think of it now, I wasn't informed of it during most of my adulthood life. This concept was only given to me when I was introduced to yoga.

From as young as I can remember, life has always been about those lyrics from the Bob Marley song, Buffalo Soldier. “Fighting for survival”. I often feel as if I've spent most of my lifetime either; fighting, pushing, pulling or surviving. Just like all of those busy commuters that I used to get on the train with, when I worked in London. It was that mentality of “everyone for themselves”. I admit that my mentality at that time in life was, “If I don't push my way through and create space for me, then no one else will help me” 

A Yoga Love Story: An interview with Kate Osman and Gaurav Malik

If you are a devoted yogi, you have probably heard a hundred times that “yoga is union”. It is a union of mind, body and soul; of conscious and unconscious; of yourself and the divine. But does it also include union with your loved one?

Gaurav and Kate are two yoga teachers based in Goa, India. They own Ashtak Yoga School on Arambol Beach and have been united largely because of yoga. They got engaged a few weeks ago and are a living example that yoga is love. Now, they share their story with us along with some advice to those who want to deepen their relationship through yoga. 

2016’s Top 10 Yoga Destinations

We know that a perfect yoga retreat doesn’t really depend on where it was. We think that how the sessions were or who you went with are usually more important factors. However, let’s be honest, who doesn’t prefer a heavenly destination to do it? That’s why, after ranking our top 10 in 2014, once again, we have dived into our statistics to check what places are the most recurred by yogis who want to try the retreat experience.

For 2015, we have two new guests and some ups and downs on this list that honors la crème de la crème of yoga destinations. The number in brackets indicates the position in which the country was ranked in 2014. Have a read and let us help you to make your choice on where to head off to this year!

1st Element of Yoga Practice

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya the father of modern yoga says, "Teach what is appropriate for an individual". Likewise a yoga student must learn to practice what is appropriate. Learning the appropriate practice is understood through a careful study of yoga science along with a direct experience of practicing over long periods. Comprehending what postures to practice for various conditions of concern from back pains to high blood pressure are just some of many challenges faced by practitioners. Prior to acquiring yogic knowledge a committed beginner will inevitably tap into the 10 elements an advanced practitioner knows to be mindful of.

Media & Blog Partners

At BookYogaRetreats.com, we firmly believe that the only way to achieve excellence is through cooperation and that the path to greatness is along with others. That’s why we are honored to say that we share the path with these fantastic partners who constantly motivate us to be better everyday. We’re grateful to walk this road together!

How an Ant on My Mat Taught Me "Thank You"

I practice yoga outdoors so inevitably I am visited by the occasional wandering ant who has no idea what a yoga mat is, let alone that it's totally taboo and awkward to cross it mid-downward-dog.

Sometimes, when I am not overly intent on getting on with my practice, I do this. I stop, kneel down, and watch that ant. I observe the color of the fragment of leaf that it's carrying or the awesomeness of its strength.

6 Yoga Web Series You Have to See

With the boom of web series at its peak, it was just a matter of time before the yoga world had its own sitcoms online portraying the yogi lifestyle. From dramas, to mockumentaries, parodies and comedies, these stories will give you something to keep you entertained this winter. Here are the 6 yoga web series you must watch: 

6 Practical Tips That Will Help You to Create a More Fulfilling Life

Every day we wake up and feel different. Sometimes we feel so strong we feel we can do anything. Other times we feel fearful and can't even find the courage to start the new day. Know that life consists of these constant changes, fluctuations of ups and downs. 

The Do’s and Don’ts of your first yoga class

As you enter your first yoga class, you are filled with fear and trepidation. The class is filled with women and men who look like they take yoga really seriously. They are clad from head to toe in Lululemon and their mats are top notch. There is a respectful silence in the room. You take a good look at yourself and at once wonder if you belong here. Before coming to this class, yoga frightened you. But once you’re here, yoga seems like even more of a nightmare. 

If you can relate to the above, fret not! We’ve compiled a few do’s and don’ts for your first yoga class to help you settle in (almost) like a pro!

My Detox Experience at Tambo Ilusión

My detox program experience at Tambo Ilusión was fascinating. Unexpectedly fascinating. I am describing my day by day experience in order to encourage others to book the same retreat, because it could be - as it has been for me - a life changing experience.

There are several factors contributing to such great results in only one week, and it certainly also depends on your very own contribution, the situation in your life and your efforts or interest in turning this into a spiritual experiment as well, but even if it was just for the physical experience, it surely was intense and liberating.

Study Shows Yoga Helps With PTSD Reduction In Women

The healing  powers of yoga have been put to the test in a recent study which found that women who took a series of yoga classes found that their symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reduced after the classes according to a report by the Reuters News Agency.

Mindful Hatha Yoga at La Crisalida Explained

Mindful Hatha yoga is an excellent way to bring your body, mind and spirit back into balance. It improves your health, all over. Each week at La Crisalida a minimum of five mindful hatha yoga classes is offered. In this article, BookYogaRetreats takes look at what this actually means!

Many guests wonder what La Crisalida mean by mindfulness. They liken it to this description from Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”. (In his book: “Full Catastrophe Living”).

It’s about being, rather than doing.

Can Yoga and Nutrition Really Reverse the Effects of Ageing?

As we age, our body tends to stiffen and tighten, which makes it increasingly uncomfortable to live in. There are many beauty products on the market claiming to prevent wrinkles, lots of ‘superfoods’ that are said to stop aging and many articles and websites that claim yoga can prevent or reverse aging…but what lies behind these claims? 

4 Cool Instagram Yoga Personalities You Should (Already) Be Following

In social media land, Instagram is the place to be these days. We’ve watched a few yoga personalities on Instagram that are making a splash with their inspiring posts, and boy are they amazing. The big names on Instagram include Kino Macgregor, Laura Sykora and Rachel Brathen but of course, you already knew that. So we’ve picked a few up and coming personalities that just might dominate Instagram soon!

5 Reasons to join a yoga holiday with Yoganic Moves

Itching to go on a yoga holiday? Well here’s 5 solid reasons:

1. Step out of the rollercoaster that is your life

At times we feel trapped in our daily lives. We wake up feeling life is happening to us and we have a hard time keeping up with our overload on "to do" lists. A yoga holiday with Yoganic Moves is a perfect chance to erase the verb "to have" from your mind. "Nothing has to be done, everything is possible", is my motto. Our yoga holidays allow you to, literally, step out of your daily life and look at it from a distance, with a new perspective. This allows you to make better decisions and find new inspiration.

BookYogaRetreats.com's Top 50 Favorite Yoga Blogs

When it comes to yoga blogs, we are aware that there’s an abundance of options to choose from. There are those that have great images and provide useful, practical tips we can instill unto our daily practice to those with little to no updates and/or confusing, difficult-to-digest information.

 

An Inspiring Chat with Nathalie de Haaij, founder of MALEKAI [Interview]

One year ago, I met Nathalie de Haaij in Nicaragua, where she launched her wellness business “MALEKAI”. After one year, we’re going back to Maderas, Nicaragua as business partners to hold a surf and yoga retreat together, and to share with others why Maderas is a magical place, where magical things happen.

An Interview With Donna Davidge

What we have learnt from our many interviews with yoga teachers is that yoga is a personal journey. Very rarely will you come across yoga teachers who have not had yoga affect their lives in some significant way. For Donna, it’s no different. Our interview with Donna takes us on a little journey through her very first dabble with yoga to how it plays an important role in her daily life now. Along the way, we got to learn an interesting tidbit too. Her great grandfather and Theodore Roosevelt are lifelong friends! Read on to find out more.

3 Reasons Why You Need A Yoga Holiday, Now!

It’s time to admit it: the winter months are edging ever closer and you have already experienced pangs of dread. Right now, it’s a waiting game. Soon, all daylight hours will be spent at your desk, your daily commute shrouded in darkness.

BYR Interview With Akshi Yogashala

BookYogaRetreats.com had the pleasure of interviewing Vivek, one of Akshi Yogashala’s yoga teachers on his personal views on yoga and his teachings to other yogis. Vivek’s passion to his practice is inspiring, as is his commitment towards helping other find their footing as yoga teachers. Catch the interview below!

12-Year-Old Becomes America’s Youngest Yoga teacher

Yoga is known for having health benefits for people of all ages but it is not often that you hear of a 12-year-old who has been so dedicated to yoga that she has managed to become the youngest ever certified female yoga instructor in America!

Six Ways To Prepare Yourself For A Detox/Cleanse

Detox is not for everyone but if you have some of this symptoms- fatigue, gas, depression, sleep problems, water retention, can’t losing weight, skin problems, constipation, skin problems, dark circles under the eyes, period problems, bad breath…and you’re up for a bit of self loving challenge this tips can be very helpful.

How to Use Yoga For Effective Weight Loss

Practicing yoga for weight loss is becoming very common nowadays. With the emergence and popularization of active yoga forms like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and several others, yoga is no longer regarded as only a passive form of movement. In fact, some forms of yoga poses can assist in weight loss and burning of body fat. 

Review: A wonderful yoga weekend in Belgium

Jennifer recently went on Vin-Von’s yoga retreat in Belgium and boy did she leave feeling rejuvenated! She has written a detailed account of her retreat experience so be sure to read it!

Silence of being

Meditation is achieving results in children through schools as was proven by vistacian valley school near San Francisco during their quiet time period of 15 minutes plus in adults in maintaining clarity of thinking for making decisions and profound wisdom to name but a few. In patanjali yoga sutras in Sanskrit it says the highest yoga is yoga Chita vritti Noradha to stop the fluctuations of the mind coming from silence and meditation.

Ayurveda - Vedic Medical Science

Vedas are the books of knowledge compiled by the Guru Veda Vyasa born in Damauli Nepal in the previous eons. The 4 Vedas (Rig-Veda, Samveda, Ajurveda and Atharvaveda) are the father of all the religious texts, literatures and scientific discoveries.  And, Ayurveda is one of the chapter of Atharvaveda that studies herbal medicines and over-all longevity / well-being of human-beings. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit language of Nepal meaning Ayur (life) and Veda (Knowledge). Obviously, the origin of Ayurveda is the pious land of Nepal.

Top 5 ‘Impossibly Possible’ Yoga Poses You Could Ever Strike

Let’s admit that it can be fairly intimidating to start doing yoga, especially when you’re stiff as a board. We do realize that not everyone’s born with the flexibility of a pretzel dough, but everything seems impossible until it’s done. The key is to start with the simplest pose and sort of build your way up to a more complex position.

The Science of Silence

Silence is golden. Practicing silence is a powerful way to see ourselves more clearly and to observe the relationship between our inner and outer worlds with greater understanding. Time spent in intentional silence can go a long way toward revealing the architecture of our hearts and unfolding a life full of fulfillment and purpose.

Surf and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica!


Are you looking to go on a dream vacation to Costa Rica? If so, look no further. Ride on Retreats has found an absolute heaven on earth in Nosara, Costa Rica! Surf to your heart’s content, and then rejuvenate with great yoga sessions while you mix with the locals and immerse yourself in their vibrant culture. Sarah from Ride on Retreats has written a detailed piece on the retreat, so read on and allow yourself to be swept away by this amazing adventure!

BYR Interview with Peace Retreat Costa Rica

Growing up in Canada, Kevin McQuillan took his yoga practice all the way to Costa Rica, where he set up Peace Retreat Costa Rica, an inspiring space of peace and community. The BookYogaRetreats team had the opportunity to interview Kevin, and learned of his vision, inspiration and journey with yoga. Read on and be inspired!

Interview special with Kaya Peters

Yoga is often a personal journey that one takes on the road to self discovery. Each individual's yoga story is different and that is why we at BookYogaRetreats.com are interested in learning the stories behind our yoga practitioners. This week, we interviewed renowned yoga teacher Kaya Peters to find out more about her yoga journey. What an amazing story she has!

My Yogatastic Retreat Week at Yoga Sutra Shala [Personal Experience]

I had the most amazing, chillaxing, healthiest, and calming yogatastic week at Yoga Sutra Shala! I feel as though I found myself and rested my mind and body for a short time from the hustle and bustle of the world's crazy twenty-first century. To slow down and meditate in such a beautiful, homely, stand-alone haven with stunning surroundings and scenery was absolute bliss.

 

6 Yoga Poses for Depression and Anxiety

Yoga is so much more than a fitness regimen; this ancient practice is all about soothing the mind and body through a unique set of physical poses, breathing exercises and meditative practices. 

Top 5 Yoga Retreats for this summer

As you get ready for the summer, you consider taking that well-deserved yoga retreat. You imagine yourself surrounded by like-minded people, honing in on your asana practice as you enjoy the summer breeze, and just lazing on a hammock in a great destination somewhere. 

With the summer approaching, many yoga schools and centers begin to offer great yoga retreats in fantastic locations that are certain to whet your appetite for adventure. Here at BookYogaRetreats.com, we’ve narrowed down the list to the top 5 yoga retreats that you surely must not miss this summer! Pack your bags and roll up your mat. It’s time you take that great yoga vacation! 

Tips on choosing a teacher training retreat!

If you have decided that a yoga retreat combined with a training sounds like fun here are some things to consider!

My Experience on a Yoga Retreat: Restoration and Renewal in Croatia

Wow! My week of restoration and renewal at a yoga retreat in Croatia was incredible! I traveled a long way from Portland, Oregon, USA to reach the beautiful retreat villa on the island of Vis off Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, and the unforgettable experience I got in return was worth every in-flight hour! 

Why yoga complements our life

One of the distinct challenges we face in modern life is that we spend a lot of time in our head and can be disconnected with our body. Thoughts can take us back to the past and off into the future however, our body remains in the present. 

BYR Interview with Yoga Sutra Shala

It is our belief at BookYogaRetreats that everyone has a good story to tell, if we let them tell it. We had the pleasure of interviewing Namit Kathoria, the figure behind Yoga Sutra Shala, and his story is an inspiring one!

6 Practical Ways to Get Back into Your Natural Flow

When the natural flow of life moves freely, our body feels alive and our mind vibrant. Yet we have moments in our life when we feel drained, uninspired and depleted of vital fuel in our bodies.

5 Things You Should Do in A Yoga Class

Have you stepped into a yoga class and felt somewhat unsure of what to do? Here are our top tips on what you should do in a yoga class!

My stay at Floripa

The Dalai Lama said, "Once a year go to a place you have never been before". This quote encapsulates my desire to travel. Travel is intensified living. Traveling to Sicily was not only to enhance my spiritual path but ultimately to visit the country of my ancestors. 

7 Ways For A Long Term Detox

Many people ask if undertaking a detox is just a passing trend – and why we would suddenly need it? Well…we don’t live in the jungle anymore surrounded by trees, fresh mineral water, organic food, fertile soil and incredible fresh air!

Choosing a yoga teacher training that is right for you

If you feel like it is a good time to delve deeper into your Yoga practice by taking a Yoga teacher training, the first step is choosing which training to pursue. This can seem like an overwhelming task for most people. There are so many different trainings out there in the world, it's hard to know which one to choose. Since a training is an investment of time, money, and energy on many levels, making the right choice the first time is of great importance! Below is a list of some ideas to consider when making your choice. They aren't necessarily in order of importance. 

What is yoga?

Why is yoga not simply a postures practice? Why is it so important that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi called the UN to declare 21st June as an International Yoga day? Surely we must consider what is this yoga?

An Interview with Nicaragua Yoga Institute

This week, BookYogaRetreats.com had a wonderful chat with Vanessa Pattison, the owner of Zen Yoga and co-founder of Nicaragua Yoga Institute (NYI), the most luxurious yoga retreat in Nicaragua where yogis from around the globe come to deepen their yoga practice as well as to relax and have plenty of fun!

We talked about everything from the inspiration behind the creation of Nicaragua Yoga Institute’s retreats to what she believes has been the most important factors to its success. During our chat, Vanessa even shared a valuable piece of advice for those looking to start their own yoga retreat. Curious as to what Vanessa said? Here’s the rundown of our inspiring chat.

Delicious Raw Food Recipe

Today, more people started to realize that combining yoga and healthy diet would have even more powerful effects to the body. One of the diets that yogis should try is the raw food diet. 

Reconnect, relax and recharge through surf and yoga

If you are looking for new experiences, need fresh energy in your life, feel tired and uninspired, need healing time and want to do what your heart desires? Then a woman’s surf and yoga retreat might be just what you need to gain a new perspective, expand your horizons and bring positive energy into your body, mind and soul.

BYR Interview with Mindful Adventure

Sometimes, in a world made up of business calculations and profits, we find a true gem - an enterprising company that sincerely works to give back to the community. BookYogaRetreats had the pleasure of interviewing Alina de Vilder, the SEO of Mindful Adventure, a travel agency specializing in taking you on beautiful safaris in East Africa. The interview with Alina is raw, sincere and incredibly inspiring. 

The benefits of yoga retreats to your mind

I bet when we you think about going on a yoga retreat your first focus is on the health benefits to your body (and perhaps booking a relaxing massage).  Plant based food, exercise, lots of outdoor activity and fresh air is the ultimate health boost.  Maybe you have a specific goal to lose some weight, tone up or kick start some healthy habits to bring back home.

But did you know that there are also proven benefits to your mental wellbeing as well?

My Unforgettable Yoga & Surfing Holiday in Costa Rica [Personal Experience]

I traveled to Las Olas in Costa Rica on my first solo adventure outside of the US. I was hoping to relax, deepen my yoga practice, learn to surf, and experience a new culture. Guess what—I got all of that and more with Jason, Rafael, and the rest of the incredibly helpful and friendly staff at Las Olas! 

Understanding the Meaning of Asanas

Sanskrit is the original language of yoga. The names of the asanas (postures) often help to understand the pose. Some are names of sages from a known legend/poem, while others are names of animals, body parts, movements, and more.

A Wonderful Jungle Yoga Holiday in Exotic Peru [Personal Experience]

Been wanting to go to a yoga retreat? Perhaps my experience will help you to finally go on one! My yoga retreat at Tambo Ilusion was absolutely wonderful. At first, it seemed a little daunting flying off to Peru and going straight into the jungle, but all my fears were allayed as soon as I arrived. 

Resort Svata Katerina, a gem in the Czech Republic

The Svata Katerina Resort is located on the border between Bohemia and Moravia with coniferous forests just 730 metres away, about half an hour walk from Počátky. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Czech-Moravian Highlands.

BYR Interview with Feel Great Breaks

Feel Great Breaks celebrates its 4th birthday this year. Run by two wonderful women - Jessica Howell and Nicola Bates, Feel Great Breaks have created incredible memories for those who have attended their retreats. In this special edition, the team at BookYogaRetreats interviewed Jessica and Nicola, finding out the essence of their company, their source of inspirations and more.

An Unforgettable Yoga Retreat: 10 Days in Heavenly Nicaragua

We've just finished our first retreat abroad in the fabulous Maderas beach in Nicaragua. We spent 10 fabulous days of surf & yoga along with great company and a set of some of the most amazing sunsets we’ve ever seen!

My Week in Paradise

While I was working at YogaLife, I contacted Chandra about her yoga retreat in Jamaica so we could include it on the ‘Upcoming Retreats’ page. Chandra emailed me details about her June dates and I replied saying it was a shame there weren’t any retreats in July as I was planning to be in Kingston for a few weeks visiting my brother.

She called me five minutes later – she was planning two retreats in July. We arranged to meet for breakfast one morning and talk about it. Chandra’s enthusiasm and passion for what she was trying to create were infectious – and I decided I would attend her seven-day retreat in July.

Iyengar Yoga: A Union of Mind with Body, and Body with Mind

Iyengar Yoga is a methodical and deeply researched yoga system developed 75 years ago by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar who at the age of 93 still practices daily – exploring, studying, writing, and teaching about yoga. 

What is the Essence of Yoga?

“Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”, (Sage Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras - I.2). The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and means ‘union’. Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realisation that has been developed in India thousands of years ago. Through Yoga we learn to master our body and mind to cultivate inner stillness and an ever growing realization of the innermost essence (soul).

Tayrona: Saving Colombia, One Yoga Accessory at a Time!

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, Jean-Baptiste Degez (JB) and Geoffroy Dumesnil (Jeff) set sail to Colombia on an adventure that was about to change their lives. 

Natural Food Cures for Common Ailments You Should Know About

As hard it may be to believe, the solution to many niggling health problems may simply lie in your kitchen cupboard. Not convinced? 

Yoga in the Modern World

It might not seem obvious at first, but in a modern world that is increasingly dealing with stress, the practice of yoga is very necessary. On this post, I’m sharing some of the reasons why. 

 
 

On Nutrition and Energy: The Alkaline Diet

Did you know that it's not only nutrition and energy that your body needs from its food intake? There is another factor that is mostly overlooked, but which can explain many of the health problems which arise in our bodies.  

If you are feeling unhealthy, tired or stressed or you are struggling to lose weight it could be because you have been ignoring this one factor. When this factor gets out of balance in the body it can lead to sugar cravings, yeast infections, weight problems, high cholesterol, cancer and heart disease plus a multitude of chronic health problems.

2014’s Top 10 Yoga Destinations

Though yoga is said to have dated back as far as pre-Vedic Indian traditions, this ancient practice is slowly rising in popularity again in recent years, with many aspiring yogis and yoginis discovering the benefits of consistent yoga practice. A search on Google trends has shown that interest in yoga has gone up over time, with interest peaking early this year.

That said, more and more people are scouring the Internet looking for the perfect yoga vacation – combining a holiday in a faraway destination with the peaceful practice of yoga. Beginners and advanced practitioners alike are in search of that sweet spot that would enhance their practice as well as satisfy their need for adventure.

How Yoga Practice Helps in Daily Life

Yoga as a regular practice helps in daily life as it brings balance, relaxation, discipline, health, happiness, and a sense of peace to everything in our lives. The understanding of yoga philosophy also helps in making relationships stronger as the philosophy of yoga talks a lot about uniting and connecting with people. It talks about humility and letting go of the ego. This paves the way for the forging of strong relationships.

Easy Detox Tips You Can Do At Home!

Some healing systems teach that raw salad vegetables especially lettuce, celery and carrots that are high in cellulose take a lot of enzyme power and energy to digest and release their nutrients. These can be prepared for detox by cooking as a soup, by steaming, stewing or steam frying — a way of stir frying in minimum oil and liquid to protect the oil from damaging changes by heat.

Yoga Sutra Shala, The Perfect Getaway!

Yoga Sutra Shala's retreats border on getaway perfection. Firstly and most importantly, the yoga is taken very seriously. A two and a half hour Ashtanga session in the morning is complimented by two hours of Hatha Yoga and meditation in the evening. The teachers, Namit (Indian via Leicester) and Maru (Mexican), have only recently begun running retreats together and their beginners' mind manifests itself in boundless enthusiasm and a fresh, open approach.

Five Key Ingredients to a Healthier, Yogic Lifestyle

Swami Vishnudevananda condensed the essence of yoga teachings into five simple areas or principles for physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth.

Six Ways to Avoid Winter Sniffs and Sneezes

With some nasty winter bugs going around, here are some simple things you can do to avoid ‘those nasty bugs that are going around’ at this time of year:

 

    How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training

    Once you have decided to become a yoga teacher, the hardest thing is to find a school and a training that suits you. Since there’s an abundance of yoga teacher training programs to choose from, it can be overwhelming to narrow down your options. 

    Be Touched by the Untouched on a Yoga Holiday in Mozambique

    Mozambique, which is located on the southeast coast of Africa, is definitely one of Africa’s emerging jewels. Although its eclectic variety of Indian Ocean coastal lodges and prestigious island resorts have, for many years, welcomed visitors from around the globe, its interior is still something of an undiscovered adventure.

     

    A Memorable Visit to Yoga Sutra Shala

    For someone who is constantly on the go and doesn't prioritize time for myself and for relaxation, my time at the Yoga Sutra Shala was long overdue. From the moment I arrived in the Andalucian mountains in Spain, I felt my body sigh in relief and my mind start to quiet.

    The Eternal Quest - Who Am I? Consider Yoga I Am

    I am is an infinite awareness without limited labels of personalizing. In sanskrit the word means 'so ham', or I am that. Yoga is the scientific process devised 5000 years ago to arrive at this union of the individual to the whole. The mastery of the mind has never been researched as it has been by the yogis through their own self practice, which is why yoga is a self practice. To arrive at the I am requires a desire for truth and is not for the weak hearted. Courage, conviction, and self-discipline are a must to see all the games we play with ourselves through our mind, senses and ego. 

    Teaching Yoga From the Heart

    A few days ago, a student came to us at Himalaya Tapovanam and asked me what she should do if she wanted to be a yoga teacher. The first question that came in to my mind was: do you want to be a yoga teacher, or just a mere yoga trainer?

    A Sayalonga Retreat: My Great Experience with Yoga Sutra Shala

    I was at the Sayalonga Yoga Sutra Shala Retreat at the beginning of October, well prepared, as Namit and Maru answered all of my many questions patiently and detailed by email. The retreat is situated on a mountain, approximately 10 minutes by car from Sayalonga Village, Spain. 

    What to Look For in a Good Yoga Teacher

    A good yoga teacher should ideally be someone who inspires you to practice yoga as it truly is, that is, as an art to help guide you to becoming healthier and more peaceful. He or she should also be someone who guides you to improve yourself as a human being. Practicing yoga is all about bringing peace to yourself and the teacher’s guidance should encourage this in you.

    Choosing Yoga for Your Ayurvedic Type

    A wise approach to yoga relies on the skillful choice of practices from the many thousands of tools of Hatha Yoga. This means that your choice of asana and other yogic methods should depend on your own personal healing aims, taking into account your personality, temperament and any chronic health conditions. 

    How To Detox Your Body, Mind, and Soul

    We all have moments in our life when things seem to be going great and then, out of nowhere, we are struck with an illness, heartache, or some other change in our life. And no matter how prepared we thought we were this sends us into a funk, a depression, an unwell state of mind. 

    The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil is perhaps one of the most misunderstood of all the edible oils. Coconut oil can help with weight loss, skin and hair care, increase immunity and boost energy levels while also helping strengthen bones and promote a healthy digestive system.

    Yoga and the Wisdom of Ayurveda

    As the spread of Indian wellbeing knowledge continues to migrate around the world, we stand on the brink of a revolution in health. Ayurveda, India’s ancient science of holistic health care, is tipped by industry experts to be the wellbeing phenomenon of this decade. 

    A Week With Yoga Paros

    If you want to know first-hand what it feels like to be on a yoga retreat, well, wait no further! Earlier this year, Begoña González Galarza went on a week of Hatha yoga retreat with Yoga Paros, a yoga studio located in Greece.

    5 Stress-Relieving Yoga Poses

    While maintaining a yoga practice can be a great way to reduce stress, stay in shape, and calm the mind, finding time to relax through yoga in the modern world is a growing problem. Here are five easy stress-relieving, relaxing and calming yoga positions for beginners and advanced yogis alike by Rachel, Escape Haven's retreat manager! As Geeta Iyengar said, when this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of yoga.

    The Role of Yoga Ashrams

    Curious about the inner workings of an ashram? Always wanted to know what they can do to improve your yoga and spirituality practice? Yogi Ram from Arhanta Yoga Ashram shares with BookYogaRetreats all you need to know before visiting an ashram!

    YOGathletA with Cat Haayen

    Although Yoga has been around for thousands of years, it is currently more than ever sought out for its purposes of health, fitness, beauty, and spirituality. We’ve all heard about the many “trends” out there that will guarantee a happier and skinnier self, but can yoga really do the magic? Maggie Gori had a chance to interview Cat Haayen, who has been pioneering YOGathletA, a method of teaching that has proven to be as holistic as it is strengthening. 

    BYR Chats: Emma Bonnici from Kanga Events

    BookYogaRetreats speaks to Emma Bonnici, the founder of Kanga Events, about Kanga yoga and setting up retreats in Kenya!

    A Wonderful Week of Yoga in France

    I was half way through a three-month trip across Europe and my intention to stay longer in fewer places had not quite gone to plan. Instead, curiosity kept getting the better of me and I was moving around a lot more than I originally intended. Whilst I love the freedom of being able to do this, it was exhausting. I decided that a full week of relaxation at a yoga retreat would force me to stay in one place for a week and give me time to properly rest and recharge. 

    Making Space in Your Life

    One of the first things we learn as kids in a maths class is the art of addition. Fast-forward a few years down the track and we’ve all graduated with flying colors. We’ve got ourselves a Masters of Addition. We buy, we collect, we consume, we swap, we take, we build, and we produce. In a nutshell? We add. We are full-fledged experts at it so let's take it a notch up—how much do you dare to subtract? How much can you do without?

    Why Getting Laid Off Could Be the Best Thing Ever

    Traveling for some people is just a passing of time. For some, traveling gives them more clarity about life and the life they choose. But in Shari Hochberg's case, it turns her into a storyteller. In her book, "I Got Laid Off, Traveled, and Wrote This Story", not only that Shari wrote her own funny, embarrassing, and personal stories, but she also made us see some interesting sides of hers; not a typical yogi and an honestly hilarious storyteller. 

    How To Do a Camel Pose (And All Its Benefits)

    Most yogis (even the most experienced ones) have a difficult time with camel pose. Understandably so, Ustrasana is a very intense deep back bend. A recent survey indicated that the most common word used to describe camel was "emotional". That is because camel pose opens up the entire front side of our bodies and our heart chakra which is associated with our emotions.  
     

    Travel to Grow

    Sometimes we travel for fun, sometimes we travel for work, sometimes we travel to retreat and escape our daily lives. Whatever your reason for travel, it can always be an opportunity for personal growth. A recent trip to Sedona was a combination of all of those things for me.

    5 Simple Tips to Survive a Bikram Yoga Class

    Bikram Yoga is a very intense workout. Ever find that there are times where you are not feeling 100% during class? Below are some tips to help you get through the 90-minute hot room and benefit thoroughly from your practice.

    Shoulder-Opening Yoga Sequence

    Good posture makes all the difference, both in yoga and your general life! Here is a yoga sequence that will help you open your shoulders. Before you begin, however, make sure that the environment is safe, practice with caution, and push yourself only as much as you are comfortable.

    Arm-Strengthening Yoga Sequence

    No matter what stage you are in your yoga practice, a strong core is not the only thing you need to sustain your poses. You also need strong arms. Here are eight steps that will help you get just that! Before you begin, however, make sure that the environment is safe, practice with caution, and push yourself only as much as you are comfortable. 

    Healing Through Yoga: Diabetes & Hyperglycemia

    Diabetes has become one of the major health problems all across the globe, especially among adults with sedentary life styles. As diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent every day, patients are increasingly trying to find a cure among various lines of alternative and complementary therapy. 

    Why Should You Travel For Yoga?

    A great question: Why travel for yoga? Why is it important? What can you get by traveling for yoga? Carolina Daza from The Global Yogini shares you her view why travel can also be important to nurture your yoga path.

    Should You Go on a Yoga Teacher Training, a Yoga Retreat, or a Yoga Vacation?

    If you’ve ever considered attending a yoga teacher training, whether it was five years ago or this morning, this information is for you. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to but never felt the courage to commit, never had the money, or simply never knew if it was right for you. It’s important to recognize that a yoga teacher training is very different from a yoga retreat or a yoga vacation.

    Dealing with Stress through Yoga

    A regular yoga and meditation practice have been proven to have numerous benefits to our health. But other than the everyday physical and mental improvements, we can experience many other benefits, such as better concentration and increased flexibility. 

    Yoga and Nature at Tambo Ilusion

    My time at Tambo Ilusion was an experience that went far beyond my expectations. I have never felt so relaxed, energized and inspired at all the same time. It was the perfect place to be introduced to the world of yoga and learn about a lifestyle aimed at living together with nature. 

    Yoga on a Shoestring in NYC (9 Tips to Stick to Your Practice while living in the Big City)

    If you live and practice in NYC, you are no stranger to the fact that most yoga studios will charge an arm and a leg to get your "Namaste" on.  The average going rate per class is $25, depending on the membership selection.  Some hot yoga studios have a higher rate per class.  The rate does not normally include a mat, towel, or water.  Which means you could end up spending anywhere from $28 - $40 per class!  What to do to save some money then? Here are some suggestions!

    Tambo Ilusion: Yoga, Culture, and Nature

    If you are interested in yoga, permaculture, or a tranquil holiday retreat, I highly recommend Tambo Ilusion. I spent five days in the lush jungle surrounds near Tarapoto in Peru and simply had a sublime time. 

    Yoga Practice: How to Do a Headstand

    Before we get started, please first check with your yoga teacher to see whether or not you are ready to perform a headstand. If you are, well, then this is how you would proceed! Read on for our personal step-by-step, no-fuss headstand guide!

    Top 7 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

    There are many popular destinations for yoga retreats all around the world, but Costa Rica is definitely one of the best choices. Let me tell you why!

    A Great Escape for Janine: A Bali Yoga Holiday

    Ten years ago, Janine Hall, a 32-year-old hard-working and upbeat Kiwi businesswoman, was blue, burned-out and wanted a life more extraordinary. Fast forward to today, she runs one of Bali's highest-rated yoga retreat, Escape Haven. What’s more is that her business has just expanded to Australia's Byron Bay and starting in 2014, has been hosting retreats in Portugal and Morocco!

     

     

    The Kura Kura Yoga Retreat: An Unforgettable Yoga Focused Experience in The Beautiful Bali

    In March, I had the pleasure of traveling to the renowned ‘Island of the Gods’,  Bali, for a yoga holiday with Kura Kura Yoga Retreat Bali. The experience was tremendously enjoyable for many great reasons. Read on to find out my story!

    Travel Tips for Yogis

    Yoga travel. Which yogi despise the idea of having a retreat in a far far away land while having some fun? Many people would love going on yoga retreats in an exotic place like Costa Rica or Bali. But traveling can also mean a lot of stress; long hours of flight, jet lag and not enough of sleep, problems with the flight, and not to mention a culture gap. 

    Spirituality Made Simple: How to Infuse More Compassion, Love & Kindness into Our Lives

    You’ve stretched and strengthened your body practicing various yogic postures more than a few times, sat down in a meditative position while watching the breath on occasion, and read several books describing the joys and benefits of becoming an enlightened being. 

    How To Start Meditation

    You might think that meditation is only for religious people. But that’s not true. Meditation, as well as yoga meditation retreats, could be for everyone. For those who are new to meditation, let's start with breaking some of the myths about meditation.

     

    Questions You Need to Answer Before Starting to Teach Yoga

    Have you ever played a word association or dissociation game? No? Let’s play one then. As a yoga teacher, you will have to unpack and deconstruct your student-teacher relationship to understand it more effectively. 

    The 411 of Planning a Smooth & Enjoyable Yoga Retreat [Useful Tips]

    Planning a retreat is a lot of fun, and it might even be something that you’re interested in. I recently co-facilitated my first retreat ever. We walked, talked, flew, stretched, biked, SUPed, snorkeled, laughed, cried, meditated, ate turkey, and drank wine.

    On Tribe Yoga

    Quite a few people have asked me how I found the Tribe Yoga Teacher Training and if I would recommend the course and the venue. Now there’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing a teacher training course so I thought I'd write the post that I would have like to have read when choosing the right training. If any of you other Tribe students should come across this post please do comment with your opinions.

    Knowing Asana Does Not Automatically Mean Knowing Yoga

    In recent times, the first question that people would ask you once knowing that you are a yoga teacher is this: "What style of yoga do you teach?" Now, I personally don't know how to answer this question. I know only one thing, and it's that I know very little about yoga. 

    An Intimate Chat with Nicole Webb of The Yoga Getaway

    We at BookYogaRetreats.com are passionate about yoga and we love to surround ourselves with those who live and breathe yoga every chance we get! Recently, we caught tup with Nicole Webb, the founder of The Yoga Getaway, one of our partner organizers about the things that matter the most to her. Here’s how it went!

    A Jamaican Yoga Retreat with Yoga Bless

    In February 2014, I went on a yoga retreat with Yoga Bless in Jamaica. It was a great experience: friendly and simple, with time for relaxation by the pool, activities in the ocean, becoming healthier and meeting unusual people, with five countries represented when I was there.

    4 Teas to Support Any Detox Program

    There are so many different types of cleanses and detox programs that work to improve specific types of health issues, prevent disease, or just to improve overall health. No matter what type of detox you have decided to follow, you can drink a specific "tea" to help improve and support your cleansing. 

    Hridaya Yoga: How to Live With an Open Heart

    Almost daily, a new type of yoga is born. What is it about the Hridaya Yoga style that makes it different? Why should you believe it would provide you with the depth of yogic understanding and the coherence of the practice that you are seeking? Read on to find out more!

    The Top Benefits of a Yoga Teacher Training

    Almost all of us know the benefits of yoga. But how many of us know the benefits of training as a yoga teacher in particular? Read more to find out!

    Meditation and The Mind: What You Need to Know

    Before going into any discussions on meditation, we should try to understand the basic terminology which will be helpful in grasping the fundamentals. What is consciousness? How does it relate to meditation? Read more to find out!

    Silent Retreats: Ten Days That Could Change Your Life!

    Three years ago, Will Allen, a mechanical engineer from California, left his job and set out to travel in Latin America. On his journey, he stumbled across Hridaya Yoga Silent Meditation Retreats, changing his life forever. Here’s how the retreat have had on his relationship with himself and those around him!

    Yoga: Using Your Practice to Dissolve the Ego

    One of the goals of yoga practice, for many people, is spiritual development. A part of spiritual development is letting go of one's ego and allowing the power of humility to shine through. One interesting question is this: ‘Can yoga practice help to dissolve the ego?’ 

    Booking a Yoga Retreat Has Never Been Easier

    It has always been a hassle to find the perfect yoga holiday. With the launch of BookYogaRetreats.com, you can easily find a vast selection of yoga retreats all on one website.

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