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Intermediate Yoga Retreats to Take the Next Step in Your Practice

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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So, you've been doing yoga for a while, you've mastered the basic asanas and have even tried a few headstands. Now, it’s time to take the next step and develop into an intermediate practitioner. 

A nice way to start this adventure is by joining an intermediate yoga retreat where you’ll get the proper guidance to become a better yogi. At this level, most of the poses will focus on building a strong connection between breath and movement, improving your strength and flexibility, and you’ll learn more aspects of the yoga philosophy off the mat.


Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you to alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

Want to make it even more exciting? Here you’ll find five retreats in exotic destinations where you can challenge yourself on an intermediate yoga holiday:

All you need is yoga in Indonesia

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  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Price: from US$1,108
  • Location: Bali

Indonesia is a beautiful land full of incredible scenery, sandy beaches, wonderful mountain ranges and lush vegetation. No wonder why it’s one of the world’s top yoga destinations.

Bali is the most popular place for yoga in Indonesia, and it’s not only the “Island of the Gods” but also home to this yoga holiday at a beautiful yoga Shala located above the Petanu River, in the middle of an untouched rain forest.

Learn more about why Bali is one of the best destinations for yoga.

The program focuses on breathing exercises and meditation to help you realign your body, mind and spirit; that alone will give you more balance to try the more challenging poses. But the instructors will also push you to incorporate a lot more twisting and balancing into your standing poses.

Rejuvenate in the Dead Sea in Israel

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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Price: from US$980
  • Location: Arad

Israel is an outstanding country full of historical landmarks. It’s not only considered a holy land for Christians, Jews and Muslims, but it also has some of the world's most spectacular landscapes as well as the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea.

Aside from being able to add new intermediate asanas to your yoga routine and make your time on the mat a bit more interesting, this retreat gives you a unique opportunity of being as close as you can be to the womb of Mother Earth. By floating on the pristine waters of the Dead Sea, the world’s oldest natural spa, you’ll literally deepen your connection with Gaia. Plus, thanks to the high concentration of minerals in the water, you’ll nourish your skin and relax your nervous system.

During your vacation, you’ll have two daily yoga classes, Watsu therapy in the Dead Sea, a night gathering session at the desert, deep floating yoga and mindfulness sessions, 4 nights accommodation and all meals included. 

Make friends and improve your yoga in Turkey

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  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Price: from US$915
  • Location: Iztuzu Beach

Turkey is a geographically peculiar country located on two continents–Europe and Asia. This has created a fascinating mix with cultural connections to the ancient Roman, Greek, Persian, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It’s also known for having a variety of historical sites such as the huge 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace.

In recent years, Turkey has become a popular destination for health and fitness holidays. This specific retreat is hosted in the Palace Gokbel, a private wellness center with an ancient olive garden, a natural rock pool and stunning panoramic views; just the perfect place to relax, detox your body and mind and strike a few new yoga poses.

Turkey’s cosmopolitan background has made it a great destination to make friends from all over the world. With 6 rooms at the palace occupied by fellow yogis, you’ll get to meet new people to share your practice with and push each other to improve in leaps and bounds. 

Solo yoga holiday in Sri Lanka

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  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Price: from US$377
  • Location: Weligama

Sri Lanka is an island nation situated in the Indian Ocean. It offers quite a diverse landscape, from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. But one thing that any yogi will absolutely love is all the astounding Buddhist ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.

This retreat takes place in a surfer village on the south coast of the country. It’s the perfect setting to boost your practice in a modern yoga Shala that overlooks a gorgeous bay. The program includes daily Yin Yoga sessions, a great style to help you gain flexibility and strength to perform some of the more complicated poses­–if that’s what you want, it could even help you win the Iron Man!

You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the lively fishing town of Weligama, considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of Sri Lanka, go on a whale and dolphin watching tour, visit a snake farm or try surfing for the first time.

Adventure time in Tanzania

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  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Price: from US$567
  • Location: Zanzibar

Tanzania is a country located in East Africa, well-known among safari enthusiasts who want to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and much more wildlife in the Serengeti National Park or Ngorongo Crater.

One of the most visited destinations in Tanzania is the island of Zanzibar, renowned for its turquoise beaches, clear warm waters and coral reefs rich in marine diversity. It’s also an idyllic place for a yoga holiday.

This retreat takes place on the south-east coast of Zanzibar. During your time here, you’ll get the chance to practice a few yoga inversions, like the Plow Pose, Dolphin or even a Handstand. Sounds tough? Fret not! You’ll have the help of professional teachers to guide you on this journey.

During your vacation, you’ll have plenty of time to travel on the island, go swimming, swing in a hammock, walk into the Jozani tropical forest, visit a spice farm, swim with dolphins, explore Stone Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or go snorkeling and diving.

Want to take your yoga practice to the next level but you’re on a tight budget? Go on an affordable yoga retreat and tune up your practice without breaking the bank!

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