6 Planet-Friendly Yoga Studios To Practice In
An ancient practice, thought to originate in northern India some five thousand years ago, yoga is part of the everyday lives of millions of people around the world.
The benefits of building yoga into your life are manifold. From simply offering a chance to focus on your breathing and your body, to boosting your mental health and ability to relax, there’s a reason yoga in all its variations has become so ingrained in both Eastern and Western culture. Even better, yoga is a practice which can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
While all you need is a mat and a teacher, there are some incredible places around the world to develop your yoga skills. If you’re looking for a unique place to practise, we’ve rounded up a handful of beautiful, eco-friendly yoga spots – from Goa to the Arctic Circle.
SCANDOIR, ARCTIC CIRCLE
Lyngen Lodge in northern Norway is the ultimate getaway – you’ll be practicing yoga in the Arctic, surrounded by snowy mountains, deep fjords and 3,000 year-old caves. Post-class, take the chance to explore the incredible landscape via a boat safari, hikes on deserted beaches, and stargazing. After all that exercise, you can soak off the day in the lodge’s sauna or outdoor hot tub.
YOGA MAGIC, GOA
Whether you’re a beginner yogini or super-experienced, you’ll be able to develop your skills at this eco-retreat based in a tropical coconut grove. This place is all about immersing yourself in nature – you’ll take yoga classes surrounded by island waterfalls and lotus ponds, and you can head out to explore the surrounding rice paddy fields, home to grazing buffalo, birdlife, fruit and flowers.
You’ll find Ak’Bol on the tranquil north side of Belize’s largest island, Ambergris Caye, just a quarter of a mile from the second largest barrier reef in the world and a bike ride away from the old fishing village of San Pedro. After your daily yoga class (on a palapa, a palm-leaf-thatched platform in the sea), you’re highly encouraged to take a dip in the ocean.
BOLD BODIES, MONTEPAGANO
A brand to trust, this dance and yoga-infused retreat in the stunning setting of Italy is the ultimate switch-off. Encouraging you to get back to nature and go digital-device free, the stay includes healthy, natural meals and a luxury boutique stay to leave you feeling refreshed.
DUNTON HOT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Hidden in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is a former 1800’s mining town turned luxury, remote retreat. Be warned, its beautiful, luxe wooden cabins may make emerging for your yoga sessions a struggle. The owners say you can decide which aspect of yoga you’d like to focus on, whether it’s building your physical strength, for its physiological and therapeutic benefits, or to hone your meditation skills.
Located on Om beach on the west coast of India in Karnataka, SwaSwara promises a peaceful getaway in villas built using local stone, each with their own inner courtyard with herbal plants, and bathrooms which are open to the sky. Fresh organic vegetarian food and fresh sea fish is on the menu in-between daily yoga and meditation sessions, which are designed for you after a consultation with the retreat’s yoga practitioners.