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Top Yoga Destinations to Embrace or to Escape the Winter Season

by Alberto G. Guitron

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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. 

Before you think that the low temperatures may have frozen my thoughts, that’s only because you haven’t thought about all the great things that come with winter: 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!

If you feel as we do and also prefer to keep active in the snow rather than hibernating for months, we have good news for you: There are many yoga destinations all around the world that are just ideal to get in the mood for a joyful winter.

Here, we are sharing a list of our picks of yoga destinations ideal for the season. Whether you choose to embrace the winter or escape it, you’re bound to find a retreat that brings up your happy spirit!

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.


snow yoga

If you’re really an enthusiast of the cold weather, then there is no better place to go than Norway. Its territory stretches well up north of the Arctic circle, which means you won’t find many places closer to the North Pole! And thankfully there are some fabulous yoga retreats that combine the majesty of that white landscape with the asana practice.

Can you imagine doing your favorite yoga pose under the breathtaking Northern Lights? It is possible on this winter yoga retreat in Bjørnevatn! And if you’re a bit worried that the cold might be too much, don’t you worry because there are sauna rooms and spa cabins with spectacular views so you don’t miss a glimpse of the Aurora.


yoga on cliff

Image source: Sebastian Doris

The culture and folklore of the Irish is something hard to replicate, especially during the holiday season. Ireland is the perfect place to start the new year due to the cheerfulness of its population and long tradition of Christmas celebration. And after all, leprechauns are somewhat similar to elves and they live there all year long.

Aside from the fairy tale atmosphere, the country is so beautiful that even with the cold weather it makes you want to go out and join the spirit. And if you need a boost to start with your New Year resolutions, this yoga and detox retreat in Ireland might very well be what you need. You get a good cleanse, practice yoga, get on a healthy diet, and start the New Year fresh and rejuvenated.


yoga over waterfall in winter

Famous for its peculiar territory full of volcanoes, hot springs, caves, waterfalls, geysers, and not to forget the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis, Iceland makes it a spectacular yoga destination with lots of things to do during winter.

Reykjavik is a fantastic spot for winter and yoga enthusiasts and this 7-day yoga retreat under the Northern Lights is the perfect example. A day in here is filled with yoga classes to provide you with mindfulness to explore the wilderness of Iceland and immerse in natural adventures that can only be found in this part of the world!


yoga in german alps

Another Northern country made it on the list for good reasons: with long winters and a sturdy tradition of snow sports, they have no other option but to embrace their climate and make the most of it. Germany has some of the most picturesque towns in Europe, especially in wintertime: the gingerbread-like architecture of old squares is like nothing else you can admire.

Can you imagine spending several days doing yoga in an old lodge-style spa center surrounded by rocky hills and forests? It is absolutely possible to do it on this Ayurveda and yoga retreat in Erzebrige. It has daily yoga sessions, Ayurvedic foods and there are hot tubes and saunas to get warm while still enjoying the nice snowy view. Definitely a great option for a winter yoga holiday!


USA (New York)

beach yoga

Image source: Anthony Quintano

The Northeast of the USA had to be on this list. Many inhabitants complain about the long winters, but there are also many who are grateful for the opportunity of having snowy holidays every year!

With all the shiny lights in the streets, one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world, and many events happening to celebrate the holidays, New York City is just a terrific spot to immerse in the spirit of the season. And the best part is that, not far from NYC, Upstate New York has many wonderful natural spots for a yoga retreat too. That’s why, during winter, there are many yogis who go north to practice their asanas. A great place to start is on this 4-Day streamside yoga retreat in New York: daily yoga classes will be perfectly complemented by the light hikes and nature trails waiting to be explored regardless of the season. 

Prefer traveling to someplace warmer?

We get it, sometimes, instead of embracing the winter, escaping it altogether is more appealing.  Practicing yoga on the tropical beach might be just what you need. Here are five destinations where you can do just that!


thailand beach yoga

Thailand is known for its pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear blue water. The best time to visit the Land of Smiles is from November till March – exactly when most of the Northern Hemisphere experiences the coldest temperatures.

The mild yoga-conducive climate, strong spiritual vibes and warm-hearted locals make Thailand one of the most popular destinations for a yoga holiday. Are you looking to unwind and re-charge your batteries? This rejuvenating yoga retreat in Phuket offers a perfect balance of meditating, exercising, relaxation and sightseeing.

United Arab Emirates

yoga in dubai

Home to some of the best spas in the world, the UAE offers plenty of wellness spots to choose from for a yoga and wellness retreat or holiday. With the air temperatures rising as high as 104° F (40° C) and the sea as warm as 82° F (28° C), you’ll absolutely forget about the winter cold for a while.

The best time to visit the UAE is from November to March when the heat is not as intense.

From wholesome body wraps and traditional Arabian baths to relaxing massages, an abundance of pampering procedures and top-notch service make the UAE a great choice for a relaxing yoga retreat.

Are you looking for a tranquil getaway in the heart of nature? This luxurious glamping yoga retreat in the middle of the desert near Dubai offers a perfect escape into the wilderness.


yoga in colombia

If you’d like to get away from the winter freeze but don’t want to wind up in a place where scorching sun would make you lightheaded, Colombia is a great option to consider.

This up-and-coming yoga and wellness hub has plenty of good places with mild spring-like weather conditions almost all year round. Plus, it has the second-highest biodiversity in the world, ancient cities and rich spiritual culture.

You’ll be pleased to learn that the best time to visit Colombia is from December to the beginning of March when the temperatures average around 68° F (20° C) throughout the day.

Does this sound like a great place for your next yoga retreat? Check out this mindfulness meditation and yoga retreat in the mountains of Medellin where you’ll enjoy daily guided meditations, yoga classes and freshly cooked organic food in a nourishing environment surrounded by nature.

Canary Islands

yoga canary islands

Thanks to its favorable location, just off the coast of Western Sahara, these Spanish islands offer a mix of tropical and desert climate. The temperatures around 63-68° F (17-20° C) in December create a perfect environment to enjoy some yoga in the fresh air, embark on a meditative volcano hike or do some surfing.

This relaxing and revitalizing yoga retreat in Gran Canaria will allow you to discover the biggest of the Canary Islands with its magnificent landscape, lush vegetation and beautiful beaches.


yoga hawaii

A plethora of leisure and wellness options make Hawaii a very popular destination both for American and international tourists, including yogis who adore this island for its positive vibes and breathtaking nature views.

On this yoga retreat in magical Maui, you can take part in sacred ceremonies and learn ancient meditation techniques in order to connect to nature on a deeper level.

With temperatures as high as 80° F (26° C) from November to February, Hawaii is a great destination to forget about the winter blues. However, since it’s a rainy time and short showers are common, be sure to bring an umbrella!

Did we get you in the mood to step out and embrace the winter? Go to BookYogaRetreats.com and find a snowy yoga retreat to have fun this season.

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