Yoga Re­sorts

Roll out your mat and check your­self into one of th­ese

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It’s dif­fi­cult to find a re­sort or five-star ho­tel that doesn’t of­fer yoga in some shape or form th­ese days. Why? Sim­ply be­cause it works. Part of the 5,000-yearold phi­los­o­phy of Ayurveda, yoga can help keep the body flex­i­ble and strong, the mind clear and fo­cused, the spirit happy and com­pas­sion­ate.

And in an in­creas­ingly stress­ful world, prac­tic­ing asana pos­tures, med­i­ta­tion and breath­ing brings back a mod­icum of space, time, pur­pose and bal­ance, help­ing the body, mind and soul self-heal, re­lax and re­gain per­spec­tive.

So book into one of th­ese Asia-Pa­cific re­treats and come home feel­ing en­er­gized and en­light­ened.

RA­DI­ANCE YOGA RE­TREATS, BYRON BAY, AUS­TRALIA

Byron Bay is well­ness cen­tral in Aus­tralia, and one of the town’s best-known yo­gi­nis (women pro­fi­cient in yoga; the term for men is yogi) is Jessie Chap­man, who has been lead­ing re­treats there for many years. There are up­com­ing Yoga Cleanse & Pam­per Re­treats in the new year at Sang­surya Re­treat, a short walk from Byron Bay’s beaches and town cen­ter.

Sang­surya is an eco re­treat with hand built cab­ins set around the yoga hall and ozone pool, with views over the ocean. Some spa treat­ments are in­cluded, as are three meals a day start­ing with early morn­ing healthy juices and con­tin­u­ing with or­ganic dishes free of meat, dairy, sugar and al­co­hol.

Chap­man and her fel­low in­struc­tors teach a mix of Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar and restora­tion yoga. The re­treat com­ing in the new year of­fers six nights and seven days and is priced from A$2,375 ($1,675) per per­son, dou­ble oc­cu­pancy.

YANG­SHUO YOGA, CHINA

Against a back­drop of mono­lithic karst moun­tains is the chilled out town of Yang­shuo, in China’s fa­mous leisure city of Guilin. It’s here that founder David Sharpe and fa­cil­i­ta­tor Kailash lead their Mini, Dis­cov­ery and Im­mer­sion re­treats. Th­ese can be­gin at any time, making join­ing flex­i­ble. Sharpe, a per­sonal growth teacher, leads re­treats to help stu­dents find clar­ity, bal­ance and pur­pose.

Days start with med­i­ta­tion, fol­lowed by yoga and a healthy break­fast (the only meal in­cluded), with the sec­ond daily class in the late af­ter­noon based on Hatha for strength and flex­i­bil­ity, Vinyasa Flow, which fo­cuses on poses and breath­ing, or YinYoga, which stretches the body with long, pas­sive asanas. The rest of the time is free for rest or ex­plor­ing the lo­cal area.

Stu­dents stay at one of two homes, The Sanc­tu­ary or Cosy Gar­den, in the

pretty vil­lage of Shi Ban Qiao by the Li River. Sim­ple and rus­tic, here you will be swap­ping lux­ury for af­ford­abil­ity and charm.

Mini Re­treats (four days, three nights) start at ¥1,600 ($250) for a dou­ble bed sin­gle oc­cu­pancy, ¥1,300 ($205) dou­ble bed dou­ble oc­cu­pancy per per­son; Dis­cov­ery Re­treats (six days, five nights) start at ¥2,400 ($380) or ¥2,000 ($315), and Im­mer­sion Re­treats (eight days, seven nights) from ¥3,300 (US$520) or ¥2,500 ($395), re­spec­tively.

DESA SENI, BALI, IN­DONE­SIA

Full of wild­flow­ers and bird­song, Desa Seni is the per­fect place to re­con­nect with Mother Na­ture. Cre­ated – sus­tain­ably, of course – es­pe­cially for yoga re­treats, it also of­fers dance, mu­sic and Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine classes.

Desa Seni of­fers a range of schools of yoga and prac­tices with drop-in classes daily. Stand­out of­fer­ings in­clude the Yoga Ther­a­peu­tics Per­sonal Re­treat, Deepen Your Yoga Per­sonal Re­treat and Tantra For Cou­ples Pri­vate Re­treat. Re­treats start with a con­sul­ta­tion and in­clude sev­eral pri­vate and group yoga classes, med­i­ta­tion ses­sions and mas­sages.

You’ll stay in cab­ins and houses that are orig­i­nal In­done­sian homes which have been re­stored to com­fort­able and color­ful sanc­tu­ar­ies. The food you eat is or­ganic, and much of it has been grown in the cen­ter’s own gar­dens.

The Yoga Ther­a­peu­tics Per­sonal Re­treat costs $1,650 per per­son for five nights, Deepen Your Yoga Per­sonal Re­treat is $1,450 per per­son for five nights and Tantra for Cou­ples Pri­vate Re­treat is $2,450 for two for five nights.

VIKASA KOH SA­MUI, THAI­LAND

lives and breathes yoga. The cliff-side re­treat was cre­ated and is led by Lat­vian Kon­stantin Mi­achin, in­ven­tor of the Vikasa yoga style. His re­treats fo­cus on the phys­i­cal asanas and pro­mote a healthy life­style via food, com­mu­nity, well­ness, detox and med­i­ta­tion. A stay here is about in­creas­ing aware­ness, cre­at­ing deeper con­nec­tions, and be­com­ing health­ier and hap­pier.

Along­side spe­cific re­treats, the re­sort of­fers Yoga Va­ca­tions, which can be booked any time for any num­ber of days. Daily med­i­ta­tion, morn­ing and evening yoga (good for any level), plus med­i­ta­tion and Pi­lates take place in the open-air yoga pav­il­ions to the sounds of the ocean. Be­tween ses­sions you’ll be fu­el­ing up on or­ganic food in the restau­rant or bliss­ing out dur­ing spa treat­ments (which are not in­cluded in the price).

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