Sometimes a vacation isn’t enough, and when you combine it with the restful, refreshing practice of yoga, that yoga retreat may just turn out to be the best vacation you ever had. Another plus is that you don’t have to leave the country for the best yoga retreats, for the U.S. is home to plenty of retreat options. You can Try this 12-week Yoga Burn Challenge or some of the best options that are mentioned in this article.
Kripalu – Lenox, Massachusetts
One of the more well-known yoga retreats is Kripalu, which is in Lennox, Massachusetts. This retreat center hosts some of the biggest names in yoga, including Shiva Rea, Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Tias Little, and Rodney Yee. Kripalu offers everything from beginner’s yoga to yoga teacher training. The accommodations range from dormitory to standard plus rooms. Meals are prepared with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. Kripalu has weekend and five-day programs in yoga, creativity, spiritual practice, and health and wellness. The location is in the beautiful Berkshires mountains. Daily classes, hiking trails, a fitness room, and natural foods all combine to add vitality and optimum living to daily life. For more information or to sign up, see http://www.kripalu.org/.
Esalen – Big Sur, California
Esalen Institute is a retreat center where people live in the community while they study a variety of personal growth programs that include yoga, massage, ecology, music and art, and spirituality. It is beautifully located on the Big Sur Cliffs, looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Retreats include two or five-day workshops. Accommodations include standard, premium, bunk beds, even sleeping bag space. For programs and reservations, see http://www.esalen.org/.
Omega Institute – New York
The Omega Institute hosts many workshops, retreats, and conferences in Rhinebeck, NY. In addition to yoga, Omega offers lodging, meals, and classes in meditation, tai chi, and movement. For evening activities, you can choose from movies, open courses, and concerts. There is also lake swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. For information regarding programs and accommodations, see http://www.eomega.org/.
Shambhala Mountain Center – Colorado
Shambhala Mountain Center is located on 600 beautiful acres in northern Colorado. They offer hundreds of programs about yoga and Buddhist meditation. Accommodations range from cabin tents to two beautiful lodges. Shambhala also offers hiking trails, botanic gardens, massage therapists, and three healthy meals a day. For more program information, visit http://www.shambhalamountain.org/.
Feathered Pipe Foundation – Montana
Feather Pipe Foundation is one of the oldest yoga retreat centers in the U.S. They opened in 1975, and since then have been hosting yoga retreats in accommodations that range from tipis, tents, yurts to lodges. Gourmet natural foods complement the stunning Montana ranch area. Enjoy the mountains, a pristine mountain lake, and wildlife along with your chosen yoga program. For more information see http://www.featheredpipe.com/home/index.php.