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Top Yoga Destinations to Travel to in April

by Cris Puscas

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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.

Planning to go on a yoga retreat? Where should you go? We’ve handpicked three countries based on real data: number of people who have already inquired and booked a yoga retreat in April.

 

Yoga and Easter Celebrations in Italy

 

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April means shoulder season in Italy. The combination of relatively good weather and affordable prices, make the country very appealing for travelers.

Catholic Easter falls on April 1 this year (n.a. 2018), so expect to witness some gorgeous traditions and Easter celebrations in Italy. They include Good Friday procession. It is believed that the oldest such procession takes place in Chieti in the Abruzzo region. In other places, beautiful torchlight processions are held.

Did you know that Italy is a wonderful destination if you like to dance Argentine tango? April 29 marks International Dance Day so why not attend a tango workshop or milonga while you are here.

Weather is far from predictable in April but you can expect more sunny days than rainy ones. As you travel south the temperatures increase. While Milan has an average high of 17C, in Rome and Naples it’s 18C.

Now it’s a great time to explore Venice or check out Rome’s Colosseum. Further south, the temperatures are just perfect to plan a day visiting the ruins of Pompeii or hiking Vesuvius.

You may not immediately think “yoga retreat” when you think about Italy, but yoga is popular in the country. There are retreats held all over Italy, so the choice would be which part of Italy you want to visit. If you fancy warmer weather, then head to Puglia and its gorgeous Alberobello.

We recommend:

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House

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The organizer has created a holiday center which offers different activities centered on psycho-physic wellness and contact with nature. Choose one of the 11 retreats they offer, all taking place in Italy. Whether you fancy mixing watersports with yoga or enjoying a wellness retreat, you won’t be disappointed.

Italy Farm Stay

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This is an organic farm between Rome and Naples, which offers yoga retreat packages that help you experience the authentic style of country life. Choose one of the five retreats, all of them taking place in Italy. If you want to mix walking and meditation with yoga, this is a great organizer to choose.

 

 

Yoga and Popular Tourist Spots in the UK

 

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The UK is a year-round destination but if you want to enjoy a relatively crowds free country, plan your trip in April.

Cities such as London or Edinburgh can be very busy and expensive during the summer. But once Easter is over, you can plan a vacation at an affordable price. Sure, you might need a scarf and a jacket for the morning and evening walks, but you won’t be scrambling over too many tourists to take that perfect selfie. And don’t forget to venture out into the countryside to see beautiful wildflowers in bloom.

The downside for April travel though? The weather is notoriously unpredictable. But the airfare is affordable, so London or Manchester can be great choices for a city break. A plus? Many sites that were closed over the winter open by late April or even for Easter.

Don’t give up the layers as the average high temperature is only 13.7C in London, 13C in Manchester, and 11.6C in Edinburgh.

Head to Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23 to mark Shakespeare’s Birthday. Or plan a visit to Stonehenge. Plan for a long week in London and don’t forget to check out the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace and stroll through the city’s parks. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, British Museum offers the perfect place to hide from the rain and enjoy the exhibits.

Yoga retreats are available through the country so it’s just a matter of choosing your preferred area. If you want to mix yoga with stand-up paddling, go for a retreat in North Wales and if you prefer to hike, choose East Sussex.

We recommend:

Jala Flow Yoga

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The organizer offers an extensive variety of yoga, meditation, therapy, workshops, retreats, and training, providing a sanctuary for those who want to fulfill their dreams. Choose among their five retreats, all taking place in the UK. If you are looking for a budget retreat, or you want to mix yoga with relaxation, you will love the choices from the organizer.

Yorkshire Coast Yoga Holidays

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They provide Iyengar yoga classes in East Yorkshire and yoga holidays on the Yorkshire Coast. Choose one of the two retreats offered, both mixing yoga with walking. Oh, did we mention you are very likely to see puffins here?

 

Yoga and Cherry Blossoms in the USA

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Such a vast country offers endless options to spend your time no matter when you plan your trip. Cities such as New York, San Francisco or Chicago can be quite pricey during the high season and April offers a good time to grab some affordable airfare.

The famous Japanese cherry trees bloom between mid-March and mid-April. While many travelers dream to head to Japan to see the nature’s spectacle, you should consider the Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. Aside from taking photos of the amazing blossoms, you can also attend all-day concerts or watch a parade.

Weather-wise, April is great to explore Deep South as it’s not so muggy yet. In New Orleans expect a high temperature of 25.8C while in Miami it’s hotter at 28.4C. California offers some respite with temperatures at 21.7C in Los Angeles and 17.1C in San Francisco.

If you enjoy trying some interesting food and tasting wine, head to Florida to attend the Miami Wine and Food Festival. And why not enjoy some days in the Big Apple exploring Central Park.

And don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day. Pay homage to Mother Nature by embarking on a day hike as April weather is perfect for exploring the outdoors! Whether you choose a National Park or hike in the nearest forest, relax and take in the scents, colors, and vibe of the nature coming to life!

As for those who plan to go on a yoga retreat in the USA it’s safe to say that yoga has taken the country by storm. There are retreats available all over the country. Whether you choose to go to Hawaii, enjoy the beaches of Florida or the amazing scenery of Oregon, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun.

We recommend:

Night Bird Ranch   

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This is a peaceful, rustic ranch in the heart of Texas bluebonnet country. Majestic oaks, green pastures, wildflowers, and 3-acre lake provide a spectacular landscape. The retreat is perfect to relax and to enjoy nature walks and hikes. During your free time, you can go shopping in the nearby town.

Zen Den Yoga School

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The organizer offers pampering yoga retreats, enlightening 200-hour YTT, fun dynamic yoga workshops, spiritual growth, health, and wellness to everyone. Choose one of the 15 retreats, all taking place in Florida. Whether you want to combine yoga with a detox retreat, meditation, or wellness, there are plenty of choices for you.

 


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