Are you planning your next yoga vacation as summer approaches? If you dream of golden beaches, crystal blue water, breathtaking views, and a relaxing spot to practice yoga and meditate, but want to avoid the group-setting of a yoga retreat, here are the top yoga destinations this summer you can travel to alone or with a loved one!
1. Mysuru, India
Formerly called Mysore, Mysuru is a must-go for anyone interested in understanding the origin of yoga. As the birthplace of yoga, the city is a hotspot for yoga-related health tourism. Practice yoga at the beautiful Brindavan Gardens, famous for its symmetrical design, or pose with animals at Bandipur National Park. In the center of Mysuru is the opulent Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty, known for blending Hindu, Islamic, Gothic, and Rajput styles.
2. Tulum, Mexico
With year-round warm weather, crystal blue water, and white sand beaches, this tropical town in Mexico is a great destination to practice yoga and relax. As one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya, it is towered over by Mayan Ruins, with well-preserved archaeological sites. Make sure you visit El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God.
Aruba is a small Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, perfect to travel to with its dry, sunny weather, golden beaches, friendly people, and exotic local dishes. It is where Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga originated, so expect a wide variety of water activities such as snorkeling and diving. The island’s more secluded beaches, with their hidden coves and inlets, provide a perfectly serene spot to practice yoga and meditate.
4. Koh Samui, Thailand
With its beautiful palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and mountains, it is no wonder that Koh Samui is among the top tourist spots in Asia. If you travel to the central part of the island, you can enjoy the unspoiled, natural tropical jungle, and climb the largest mountain in Thailand, Khao Pom. Don’t forget to visit the Na Muang Waterfalls, a set of two cascades famous for their spectacular purple rocks. The large natural pool at the base of the waterfalls is a popular place for families to relax and swim. If you are adventurous, join the 100 Degrees East Dive Team and explore the underwater beauty of the island, or take the Treetop Cable Ride to zip line through the forest!
5. Red Rock Country, Utah, USA
For those of you who enjoy morning hikes and camping, the Red Rock Country would be an excellent choice. With five national parks, it features some of the most breathtaking and unique landscapes in North America: Arches National Park has the world’s largest concentration of sandstone arches, while Bryce Canyon National Park has spectacular sandstone spires, called hoodoos, located in a natural sandstone amphitheater, that will leave you in awe with the power and magnificence of nature.
6. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Being far-removed from the beach party scene in Kuta, Ubud affords a perfectly peaceful and serene spot for yoga and meditation. The town is made up of fourteen villages, full of rice paddies, small farms, and rainforests. For guests who would like to enjoy the tropical weather but dread the heat, there is another reason to visit Ubud – although the heat can still be intense, Ubud has cooler temperatures than the coast, due to its higher elevation. Make sure you visit the Campuhan Ridge Walk, a hiking trail with breathtaking views of Ubud’s natural landscape.