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.

Top Yoga Destinations to Visit in December

The wonderful month of December…winter in the Northern Hemisphere, where travelers either love the snow and head to mountain resorts or hate it and chase winter sun; or summer in the Southern Hemisphere, where Santa delivers the gifts on the beach. 

The Ultimate Guide to Spain’s Best Yoga Destinations

Ever-sunny Spain is an exotic and completely fascinating destination all year-round and for everyone. It’s just something in the air here that makes one want to ditch their shoes and take a walk along the sandy beaches, enjoy the breeze and hum La isla bonita.

The Ultimate Guide to Mexico’s Best Yoga Destinations

Do you feel the need to get away from your daily routine in an amazing place where you can focus on reconnecting with yourself through yoga? Ideally, this should also be a place where you can explore and experience interesting things? Then look no further, Mexico should be on your top travel list, as a yogi, and as a regular tourist as well. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 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. 

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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!

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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! 

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?

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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. 

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