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5 Winter Yoga Destinations to Embrace the Season [Updated]

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 five best winter yoga destinations. Find a retreat that brings up your happy spirit. After all, why should you just dream of a white yoga retreat when you can actually make it happen!?

5. Norway

aurora borealis

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.

4. Ireland

ireland christmas

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.

3. Iceland

iceland yoga

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!

2. Germany

sweden landscape

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!


1. USA (New York)

new york christmas

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. 

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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