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Bucket List Yoga Trips You Must Take At Least Once in Your Life

How many times did you lay out your yoga mat on your living room floor this year and wish you were unrolling it onto a beach instead? If you are a nomadic yogi or yogini, chances are you’re excited to take your practice somewhere new. Now that many borders are re-opening, it’s time to plan your next yoga trip! Whether you’re starting teacher training or in the mood for a retreat, we’ve found a few spots for you to add to your yoga trip bucket list. 

Savasana has never been so relaxing!

San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

Lisa Marie Gaudreault @lisgaud

You can practice yoga by a gorgeous blue lake surrounded by mountain ranges, deep-set in a massive volcanic crater. It is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen! Many small villages dot the coastline of Lake Atitlán. Each village has something different to offer, from partying to healing and much in between. Most importantly, San Marcos La Laguna is a spirituality hub and caters to digital nomads. Yoga studios and massage and meditation centers are everywhere. You’ll love the local hippie vibe.

Practicing yoga here is like being transported to another world. Spend a few nights at the Yoga Forest, a yoga center in the middle of the jungle. Your daily schedule includes meditation and yoga. Perhaps you’ll do your teacher training here? We like that the Yoga Forest employs locals, which is not always the case in San Marcos. A quick trip to town is all you need to understand that San Marcos is filled with ex-pats. It’s kind of crazy that this destination has a higher population of expatriates and travellers than locals. If you go, be sure to wave a friendly hello to the locals.

Rishikesh, India

Studying and practicing yoga in India is every yoga enthusiast’s dream. It’s the official birthplace of yoga. Here you can embrace the beautiful traditions of yoga and learn Sanskrit, the official language of yoga. Rishikesh, a city in northern India, is a must-see. Located at the foot of the Himalayas and on the banks of the Ganges River, it is considered sacred territory.

While you’re here, why not take the opportunity to visit an Ashram? More specifically, the Beatles Ashram, where the music group studied meditation in the 1960s. Be careful though where you go because India is also notorious for “fast food” yoga retreats. It is easy to fall into a tourist trap if you don’t do your research. Yoga has exploded so much in the West in recent years that some shady characters are filling their pockets with your hard-earned money for sub-par (or non-certified) courses. If you want to pursue yoga teacher training, Shiva Yoga Peeth is a popular teaching center nearby.

Sacred Valley, Peru

The Valley of the Incas below Machu Picchu is another place to add to your yoga travel list. It’s worth battling the crowds to access multiple yoga and teacher training retreats in one location. Sacred Valley is ideal for learning more about spiritual healing practices like Shamanism, Ayurveda, and ecstatic dance. Practicing right in the middle of the mountains of Peru is one of my dreams. I really like the idea of the Kula Collective, which offers several different yoga retreats and training in an oasis-like setting.

The perfect gift for the yoga enthusiast

travel yoga map towel

We love the Yoga Towel World Map from Awesome Maps, a non-slip yoga towel imprinted with a map of all the best yoga trip spots in the world. It includes the origin details and founders of all the different styles of yoga along with their founders. Plus, it pinpoints the note-worthy yoga ashrams and festivals. What’s really cool is that the artist associates the different chakras (the energy centers in the body) with the earth chakras. You will therefore be able to visit the seven chakras in the world. For example, Vishuddha, the throat chakra (responsible for communication and expression), is represented by the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the voice of the earth.

This towel is super functional to bring along with you on your travels, and it’s also educational! You can use it to plan your next trip. Use it as an absorbent towel or as a mat for a yoga class on the beach. It folds up perfectly to fit in your backpack, so you don’t have to lug your big mat around. Grab one for yourself or a friend! This would make the perfect gift. 

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Buy your new favourite yoga towel here!

Yoga is an amazing way to find balance, achieve inner peace, and honour your body while calming your mind. Of course, you can practice yoga anywhere, but we believe the best healing and learning occurs when you can escape to somewhere truly beautiful.

Which yoga trip hotspot speaks to you the most?

This article was originally published in French and adapted in English by Britney Claveau.

Lisa Marie Gaudreault
Je suis agente de bord, nutritionniste, professeure de yoga, rédactrice, mais surtout nomade. J’ai habité au Nicaragua et dans l’Ouest canadien. Voyager vient combler chez moi mon besoin de me renouveler sans cesse et ma curiosité insatiable. L'un de mes buts est d'éduquer les voyageurs afin qu'ils voyagent de façon plus responsable en accord avec la nature.
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