10 of the most incredible yoga settings in the worldadmin
The wellness craze shows no sign of slowing down, and hosts around the world are getting creative with venues.
We sought out some of the most stunning – and unusual – settings in the world to get your ‘om’ on.
1. Underwater yoga, Hurawalhi Island, Maldives
The 5-star Maldives resort announced it was to host the world’s first ever undersea yoga class earlier this year at the all-glass 5.8 Undersea restaurant. The 60-minute vinyasa flow class was led by seasoned yogi Jessica Olie. For more information head to the hotel’s website.
2. Paddleboard yoga in a crater, Utah
Fancy trying yoga in a hot spring? Of course. Park City Yoga Adventures offers paddleboard yoga classes inside the Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah, where the 95-degree therapeutic turquoise waters make for a dreamy setting.
An hour costs from $125 per person, with a minimum of two yogis per session and maximum of 10. Book classes here.
3. Thermal yoga in an ancient cave, Tuscany
The exclusive Tuscan hotel of Grotta Giusti says it’s the only hotel in the world with an underground thermal cave and hot spring lake as part of its spa. The water running through the grotto is rich in salt, sulphate, and alkaline earth and comes out of the ground at around 34°C. Its vapours generate a steam bath that’s good for the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, according to the hotel.
Classes can be booked individually or guests can book the hotel’s two-night thermal yoga spa package which starts from €664 (£592) per person based on double-occupancy.
4. Yoga in the Balinese jungle, Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali, is considered by many to be the mecca for wellness retreats, and we like the look of Radiantly Alive’s studio, which sits atop a hill overlooking lush tropical jungle. A single class costs $10.
5. On red rocks in Sedona, Arizona
Aumbase Sedona offers morning “rise and shine” outdoor yoga classes on the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. An hour and a half session costs $55, according to the website.
6. Overlooking volcanoes and Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
The Yoga Forest is set on the edge of a cliff above an Ancient Mayan altar overlooking Lake Atitlán and surrounding volcanoes. It offers personal retreats from $180 per person for three days, which includes accommodation, three vegetarian meals, daily meditation and twice daily yoga classes, according to the site.
There’s also an option to curate your own personalised wellness experience for a group of between eight and 30. The venue says it will help guests to organise activities and therapies, from Mayan fire ceremonies to ayurvedic consultations.
7. Ocean and desert yoga in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Ocean Yoga offers yin yoga classes on pristine beaches and sand dunes in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Classes cost €10 each, while holidays start from €500 per person.
8. Under the stars in an eco-dome in Patagonia
EcoCamp, set in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, provides a surreal setting for practice as the yoga dome lights up at night. Hatha and Kundalini classes are thrown in for free to guests of its tours, according to the site, or guests can request to book private classes here.
9. At the top of a cliff in Ireland
Set in the Irish countryside against the dramatic backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher Retreat offers residential yoga weekends, which include food, accommodation, walks and yoga classes. Prices start from €360 for a female-only quad room.
10. On a private island in Greece
The Silver Island eco yoga retreat is set on a 60-acre private island in Greece. It can accommodate up to 10 guests who are welcome to wander the island’s rolling hills and olive groves when they’re not yoga-ing.
The isle is totally off the grid, so it’s the perfect place to attempt a digital detox.
A week’s retreat in a shared double or twin room costs €1,300 per week per person, including full board and practice, according to the venue’s website.