Get Your Om On: Best Trips for Yogis

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With wellness travel gaining popularity in the United States, yoga retreats with scenic backdrops promoting self-discovery, reflection and rejuvenation are popping up everywhere. If you’re searching for true inner piece, look no further than these yoga retreats and events. Pack those bags and plan your yogi escape, as you get ready to reawaken your chakra and get your "Om" on!

Retreats


Kripalu Center

57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA

Recognized as the largest and most established retreat of its kind in North America, this educational center combines yoga with healthy eating and sauna relaxation. With the best teachers available, Kripalu hosts year-round programs providing training in Yoga and Ayurveda, classes on integrative weight loss and fitness, and much more.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA

For nearly 45 years, this yoga farm has been a beacon of peace, educating yogis on the five points of yoga and its four paths. This Yoga Farm offers programs ranging from introductory courses to teacher training. Guests can also opt for a relaxing yoga vacation with lodging options in their Om, Shiva or Shanti cabins, complete with meals prepared in the Yogic and Ayurvedic dietary principles.

Big Sky Yoga Retreat

Giddy up at this unforgettable yoga retreat and blend a little “Yee-haw” with your "Namaste!" Guests can immerse themselves in awesome views of snow-capped peaks, mountain meadows, cool waterfalls, glacial lakes and fresh pine forests. Starlit nights are the standard here, and both summer and winter sessions are available. Though the views are a guaranteed highlight no matter when you attend, you won’t regret looking into a “Cowgirl Yoga” retreat. 

Esalen Institute

55000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA

This breathtaking retreat on the scenic California coast hosts year-round meditation and yoga workshops with prominent teachers. A variety of accommodation options are available with workshop registration--houses, bunk beds and even sleeping bags. Yogis come for a spiritual awakening and find surroundings that enhance the possibilities. Whether at the retreat's beach, pool, garden, or hot springs, guests aren't far from experiencing pure shanti. 

 

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Festivals

 

Yoga on the Rocks

Price: $12 session, $38 season pass

Bring your water and yoga mat to this annual summer event inside the spiritual walls of the Red Rocks Amphitheater. This once-in-a-lifetime workout welcomes 2,000 yogis of all levels seeking serenity alongside a rocking musical experience! Featuring core-yoga power instructors from across the country, yogis can take in the flowing hilltops as they center themselves with a one-time session or a season pass.

Bhakti Fest

Price: $300 - $440 (includes camping and non-camping options)

With roots in yoga, Kirtan, and meditation, this festival embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom with traditional and non-traditional practices. Join yogis from around the world for days filled with yoga, dance and music. Camp out beneath the stars or stay at one of the accommodations on or off-site. Now through October 31st, purchase tickets to both Shakti and Bhakti fest at half the price and double your fun!

Sedona Yoga Festival

Price: $149 - $487 (Early Bird $327 through October 10)

This four day winter festival draws yogis who seek to tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music, energy and workshops featuring speakers from around the world. Richly colored and cultural, attendees practice in the picturesque town of Sedona amidst endless acres, red rocks and canyon lands. This conference touts their commitment to educating yogis of all levels. 

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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.