What are the best yoga retreats for beginners in 2021?
Well, it depends on you.
You see, yoga retreats are a very personal thing. We all book yoga retreats for our own individual reasons. For some, it is the sheer passion of the practice. For others, it is an opportunity to get away from the stress of work while focusing on your health. And for others, yoga retreats are an opportunity to meet new yogis and who knows, perhaps even spark a little holiday romance.
I took a look online for the best yoga retreat for beginners in 2021 and what I found was a bunch of lists that totally miss the point.
Those lists tell you what the best yoga retreats are… but for who? Just because one blogger thinks the retreat they personally went to was the best one ever, doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you.
You need to take your time when choosing because there are stories about bad experiences.
So, with this guide, I’m going to help you find the best yoga retreat for your own individual needs.
You might also like to read my guides to:
- The best meditation retreats
- The best spiritual destinations in India
- 12 different types of wellness retreats
How To Pick The Best Yoga Retreat For Beginners
1, What styles of yoga do you want to do on your yoga vacation?
There are lots of different types of yoga. And there are resorts that focus on specific types.
For instance, there are Ashtanga yoga retreats like Purple Valley in Goa, and Vipassana yoga retreats. Many retreats do several different styles, and some incorporate traditional yoga meditation methods.
When I pick, I like to first consider the type of yoga I want to be doing on retreat. Sometimes I want a more serious type like Ashtanga, and other times I might like to do something more fun, Standup Paddleboard Yoga, which I personally love.
It’s important to make sure your retreat focuses on the right style.
Skill level also matters. There are yoga retreats for beginners and there are advanced ones too. Then there are yoga teacher training retreats that are usually two hundred hours long and will train you to become a yoga teacher.
So, the first thing that I like to do this to decide the type of yoga I want to practice on my retreat. Picking the type of yoga retreat is the first thing I do when I decide.
2. Where should your yoga retreat be located?
Probably one of the main reasons to book a yoga retreat is for the boost of positivity they give [read: how to use yoga for positive energy].
When I book yoga retreats, I always consider where I want to be, because my experience will largely be determined by where I am.
For some people, it will be the beach, in which case you might like to book a yoga retreat in California. For others, it will be the mountains. And still, some may prefer an inner-city retreat, in which case you might like to book a retreat in Japan or Dubai. Artsy people like me tend to enjoy places rich with art, such as Barcelona or Paris. Whatever makes me feel positive, that’s my ideal destination for your vacation.
Also, consider the style of the hotel. Is it a modern hotel or an older one? Does it have the type of vibe that jives with you?
3. Consider Your Teacher
Yoga retreats for beginners need to have a knowledgeable and friendly teacher.
I want to know that I will get along with my teachers and that they do the style of teaching that I personally enjoy. I also consider their teaching style and what former students have said about them. If you are doing a local yoga retreat with a teacher you know, ask whether they are the right person to guide you on a long retreat, which is very different to your regular one-hour sessions.
The best yoga retreats for beginners tend to have very friendly teachers who don’t expect too much and know that you’re just getting started on your yoga journey.
Sometimes local groups take retreats in other countries. If this is the type of vacation you’re going on, make sure your teacher knows enough about the destination to make it a good holiday, not just some yoga someplace else.
4. Then I’ll consider my goals
When you’re finding the best yoga retreats for beginners you have to consider what you want to get out of the practice. For me, I might want to just get back in shape or learn more about my yoga practice.
There are lots of reasons to go on a retreat. Fitness. Health. Soul-seeking. Fun. What is your reason for booking a yoga retreat?
For me, my main reason is inner peace because that’s what I’m all about. You might have a different goal in mind. Either way, check that your retreat will help you achieve your goal. Is it a retreat that focuses solely on fitness when you really want a spiritual adventure? Is it a very advanced yoga retreat when you want something simple and fun? Make sure the philosophy of the retreat matches your own individual needs.
5. The cost
You can take a yoga retreat without spending thousands on the ticket. Heck, you can take a yoga retreat at home if you want to, you just need to set up your own studio at home and spend more time in it.
Point is, be aware of your budget. And remember that the actual cost of booking a yoga retreat is only a fraction of the overall price of the holiday.
I’m not loaded so I tend to look for economical retreats where I can go without breaking the bank.
6. The hotel, the temple, and the trees
There are very cheap yoga retreats and there are very expensive ones. There are 5-star yoga retreats in California that have the fine dining experience, luxury beds, a swimming pool, your own private masseur, and all the bells and whistles you could ever dream of. Then there are retreats in forests where your hotel is a tent and you’re expected to cook for yourself. Which could be perfect for some.
7. What other activities do you want to do?
Some of the best yoga retreats for beginners are the less serious ones that allow for other activities. Some retreats are for the die-hard yogis. They are dedicated retreats where yogis go to improve their skills and advance their practice. And many of these retreats do not cater for anything else. Because of this, they are not the best yoga retreats for beginners.
If you want to do other activities, make sure they are available. Maybe you want to do some Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga, or swimming. Maybe you want to go hiking or surfing. Maybe you want to visit famous cultural sites while you’re away. Whatever activities you want to do on your yoga vacation, make sure they are available at your retreat.
Some of the best yoga retreats for beginners
Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat: “Little Cove Yoga Holiday Retreat Goa is a breathtaking beach-front yoga resort set under the coconut palm trees on Cola Beach in South Goa, India. Our exclusive resort offers stunning single or double cottages, to ensure an optimally tranquil yoga experience for guests.” More info here
Kripalu Centre For Yoga & Health: “For 48 years, Kripalu has been a national leader in yoga- and mindfulness-based education and we are dedicated to staying connected and supporting you during this difficult time.” Learn more here
Cala Luna: “Where the ultimate luxury getaway meets comfort, style, nature and the pinnacle of personalized service, Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel is your destination for relaxation and adventure. ” Learn more here
I found the following video very informative, and it helped me understand more about retreats.
And that’s how to choose the best yoga retreat for beginners in 2021. Bon voyage!