There are places in the world renowned for their yoga culture and there are places in the world known for romance. But where is a yogini to go when she wants the best of both? Whether you’re traveling solo or with your sweetie, here are some places you can find peace, love and yoga.
Romance is synonymous with adventure and Costa Rica draws thrill seekers from all over the world. Meet and connect people who share your interest in zip lining, climbing, wind surfing, ecotourism and of course, yoga. Costa Rica is a top ten yoga retreat destination for good reason. Situated between the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans, there are a wide variety of beach-front retreat locations along the coasts. After your yoga retreat, head out for out for a horseback ride through the mountains and rain forests or along the beach and don’t miss an opportunity to stop for waterfalls along the way. Explore the forest canopy habitat by tram looking down or by strapping in and pulling yourself along suspended cables to a series of small wooden platforms built in the tops of trees. Create your own romantic travel story from among the many opportunities for adventure in this exotic locale.
Arguably one of the best known yoga retreat destinations, Bali is also a well known honeymoon paradise. Couples travel to Bali from all over to treat themselves to a little post-ceremonial bliss in this tropical island getaway. Couples who travel to Bali, whether they choose the cultural capital of Ubud, the sandy beach town of Sanur, party town Kuta or special little islands like Nusa Lembongan, will find ample opportunities for yoga and romance. The island’s natural and pristine beauty can be seen from hikes through the serene rice paddies or to the top of the Mt. Agung volcano, leisurely strolls through town or botanical gardens or from the crystal waters, surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving.
Not much complements yoga like love, sand, surf and sunshine. Spice up your romance with a spontaneous trip to Mexico for yoga, surfing, pool-side margaritas and spectacular sunsets. Go all out and stay at one of many all-inclusive resorts or get cozy in a private casita and roll out your mat right onto the beach. During or after your retreat, spend some time exploring the country’s rich history of Mayan and Aztec culture.
It’s been said that you can never feel alone in Thailand. As a popular tourist destination worldwide, there is much potential for new friendships and travel companionship. Island hop with that handsome surfer you met at the dance club or rent a motorbike to cruise around Bangkok with your significant other. When you’re ready to relax, make your way to Phuket to lounge at the beach clubs, watch the sunset or have a romantic dinner after a long day in the sand. At the close of a special evening, send your wishes for love and luck into the stars during floating sky lantern ceremonies. Because Thailand is steeped in a rich spiritual history, you will feel connected to your yoga throughout your stay. Magnificent temples and statues of Buddha along with a wide selection of yoga classes and retreats for travelers will make it easy to maintain and enjoy your practice while spending time on warm beaches with your latest love interest or longtime lover.
Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, a new studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast. You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.
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