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.

Why I Chose Yoga Over Security [Personal Story]

Whenever I tell someone that I teach yoga for a living, people mostly only see the great things about it. Socializing with people, doing yoga all day and so on. And even though these are amazing benefits of teaching yoga, there are also hidden facts that not everyone sees at first. And one of those is that at the beginning it might not be too easy to make a living out of it. 

How Yoga Helped Me Move Past My Relationship

Heartbreak is one of the most terrible things any human being can experience. While the pain, the tears and the longing may diminish over time, you never forget the crushing blow you felt when your relationship came to a screeching halt. My story is heart-wrenching, but it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life once I processed it, learned from it and reevaluated what was important to me in this journey of life. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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…

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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. 

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.

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…

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! 

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.

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.

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. 

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