Winter is finally here! It’s time to take out your jacket, scarf, snow boots and enjoy the cold weather! Isn’t it exciting? Though the cold weather may not be of some people’s preference, we strongly believe that all seasons have their unique charm. And before you think that the low temperatures may have frozen our thoughts, that’s only because you haven’t thought about all the great things that come with it: beautiful snowy landscapes, the cheerful spirit of the holidays, quality time with your family, and amazing winter yoga retreats that embrace the magic of the season!
If you feel as we do and prefer to keep active in the snow rather than hibernating for months, we have good news for you: There are many yoga destinations all around the world that are just ideal to get in the mood for a joyful winter.
Here, we are sharing a list of our five best winter yoga destinations. Find a retreat that brings up your happy spirit. After all, why just dream of a white yoga retreat when you can make it happen!?
If you’re really an enthusiast of the cold weather, then there is no better place to go than Norway. Its territory stretches well up north of the Arctic circle, which means you won’t find many places closer to the North Pole! And thankfully there are some fabulous yoga retreats that combine the majesty of that white landscape with the asana practice.
Can you imagine doing your favorite yoga pose under the breathtaking Northern Lights? It is possible on this winter yoga retreat in Tromso! And if you’re a bit worried that the cold might be too much, don’t you worry because there is a sauna and sea cabins with spectacular views so you won’t miss a glimpse of the Aurora.
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The culture and folklore of the Irish is something hard to replicate, especially during the holiday season. Ireland is the perfect place to start the new year due to the cheerfulness of its population and long tradition of Christmas celebration. And after all, leprechauns are somewhat similar to elves and they live there all year long.
Aside from the fairy tale atmosphere, the country is so beautiful that even with the cold weather it makes you want to go out and join the spirit. And if you need a boost to start with your New Year resolutions, this yoga and detox retreat in Ireland might very well be what you need. You get a good cleanse, practice yoga, get on a healthy diet, and start the New Year fresh and rejuvenated.
Famous for its peculiar territory full of volcanoes, hot springs, caves, waterfalls, geysers, and not to forget the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis, Iceland is a spectacular winter yoga destination with lots of things to do during winter.
Reykjavik is a fantastic spot for winter and yoga enthusiasts and this 7-day Vinyasa retreat is the perfect example. A day here is filled with yoga classes to provide you with mindfulness to explore the wilderness of Iceland and immerse in natural adventures that can only be found in this part of the world!
Another Scandinavian country made it on the list for good reasons: with such long winters, they have no other option but to embrace it and get the best out of it. Sweden has some of the most picturesque towns with colorful architecture and beautiful nature featuring coasts, islands and mountains.
Can you imagine spending several days doing yoga on an island surrounded by rocky hills and forests? It is absolutely possible to do it on this art and yoga retreat in Sweden. It has daily yoga sessions, Ayurvedic foods and there are hot tubes and saunas to get warm in while still enjoying the nice snowy view. Definitely a great option for a winter yoga holiday!
1. USA (New York)
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The Northeast of the USA had to be on this list. Many inhabitants complain about the long winters, but there are also many who are grateful for the opportunity of having snowy holidays every year!
With all the shiny lights in the streets, one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world, and many events celebrating the holidays, New York City is just a terrific spot to immerse in the spirit of the season. And the best part is that, not far from NYC, Upstate New York has many wonderful natural spots for a yoga retreat too. That’s why during winter, many yogis who go north not only practice their asanas, but also put on their skis and slide down the hills! Such is the case with this skiing and meditation retreat in New York.
About the Author:
Alberto G. Guitron
Alberto is a writer for BookYogaRetreats.com. He is a committed yoga practitioner, big enthusiast of winter activities. He's performed downward dog bare-footed in the snow... his feet still burn.