Why book a yoga retreat? Because you value inner harmony and self-renewal. Because you want to deepen your yoga practice. Because sometimes you have to go “off the grid” to regain a sense of empowerment and purpose. If that sounds appealing, these yoga retreats fit the bill perfectly. On International Day of Yoga, get inspired.
1. Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreats, Brooks, ME
Tucked away in a rural part of mid-coast Maine, Rolling Meadows Retreat prides itself on being anything but a spa experience. On the contrary, the focus here is personal transformation. Your days at Rolling Meadows include not only yoga sessions but also breathwork and meditation. Guests are encouraged to wander the property’s woodland paths or swim in its secluded pond. Three wholesome meals are prepared each day with ingredients from the organic gardens on-site. Special dietary requests can be accommodated.
2. Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
Kripalu is an award-winning facility located in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts. Guests can customize their stay by choosing from various yoga classes and educational workshops. Amenities include a fitness center and sauna. Visitors can take advantage of hiking trails and a private lakefront beach. Buffet-style meals are included and much of the cuisine is Ayurveda-influenced.
3. The Art of Living Retreat Center and Ayurvedic Spa, Boone, North Carolina
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Art of Living Retreat Center promises “nourishing support and thoughtful space” for self-inquiry. With a wide range of programs to choose from, the AOL center appeals to all levels of practitioners. Lodging options include a boutique hotel and activities range from painting classes and a pottery studio to spa treatments and nature walks. Vegetarian meals are served in a large dining hall.
4. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York
The Omega Institute offers an all-inclusive getaway in the Hudson Valley, about 100 miles from New York City. Beyond an array of yoga classes, activities at the Omega include tai chi and meditation. There’s also a Wellness Center offering bodywork, acupuncture, and massage treatments. Spend some time reflecting while exploring the scenic trails and gardens.
5. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia
Unlike the other entries on this list, Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville offers silent retreats. The focus here is on Integral Yoga, which incorporates many styles of yoga into a lifestyle plan. All backgrounds are welcome at Yogaville and programs include guided meditation, lectures, and various evening programs.
Keep in mind that some of these facilities remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, all offer online programs and are taking reservations for 2021. Check their websites for the latest information.
Looking for a different kind of vacation? These retreats run the gamut in terms of location and accommodations and are open to beginner level through advanced yogis. Make emotional and spiritual wellness a priority on your next getaway with one of these 5 yoga retreats in the eastern U.S.
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