March 2010 - Coastal Living's Best Yoga Retreats

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23 Best Coastal Yoga Retreats

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23 Best Coastal Yoga Retreats

Whether you’re an experienced yogi or a curious newbie, a yoga getaway is a great way to refresh and rejuvenate. We scoured beaches all over the world to find our favorites.

Coastal Living Magazine image from Como-ShambhalaUntil recently, yoga retreats conjured images of hippie-dippy communes with spartan dormitories, flavorless vegan food, and long hours of silence interspersed with chanting. Now, thanks to the spa vacation trend and yoga’s popularity, those who want to stretch out and rejuvenate while enjoying a relaxing beach trip can have it all. Imagine practicing sun salutations to the sound of lapping waves instead of Enya music, while looking at an ocean sunrise rather than walls plastered with happy Buddha posters.

Retreat locales are as varied as the asanas (poses), ranging from luxurious resorts that feature celebrity instructors and bonus activities like cooking classes, spa treatments, sunset cruises, and tequila tastings, to rustic lodges where the focus is limited to yoga and nature. The best part? With this carefully curated list, even beginners can enjoy a vinyasa voyage.

Kalani Retreat
Big Island, Hawaii

 Why You’ll Love It: Nearby volcano Kilauea provides a dramatic backdrop for a restorative vacation.

 Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the most picturesque spots in the United States.

 Post-Yoga Diversions: scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking by waterfalls and botanical gardens. A black-sand beach is only a short walk away.

 When To Go: The resort hosts instructors throughout the year; check out the Yoga, Meditation, and Live Music retreat: Relax and Restore in Paradise, April 6–11.

 Cost: $999 for a room with private bath for six days and five nights, includes three meals a day and daily yoga with live music; kalani.com