All of this city living has probably got your chakras all out of whack. That’s why we’ve bent over backwards to come up with list of places where you can, well, bend over backwards, or do a downward dog, or a warrior pose. These are five excellent places in Asia where you can get your yoga on this spring.
The Sanctuary, Koh Phangan, Thailand
The words “Koh Phangan” evoke in the mind a lot of images. Most of them involve sloppily inebriated backpackers covered in dayglow paint dancing to EDM at the island’s full-moon parties. But that’s only three or four nights a month. The rest of the time, you can take advantage of this tranquil Thai paradise to relax and get centered. And there is no better place on the island than the Sanctuary to do it. Accommodation offerings at this secluded resort are available to fit almost any budget, from simple dorms and bungalows to garden suites and private villas. Most of them offer stunning views of the forest canopy and the ocean. They grounds feature three yoga halls that feel like they naturally sprang from the surrounding forest. Classes are available three times daily. They also offer detox packages and instructor training.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Narenda Nagar, India
This resort on the banks of the Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas has enjoyed plaudits from The Telegraph and Travel + Leisure Magazine. Located on the same grounds as a Maharaja’s palace, the place exudes atmosphere. In addition to yoga classes and retreats, guests can also take part in personal training regimens, Ayurvedic rejuvenation, detox, Dhyana meditation and more. They even offer a three-month-long integrative healing program.
Morning Light Yoga, Uluwatu, Bali
The stunning coastal scenery of Uluwatu, Bali is a spiritual experience in itself, so you’re already primed for yoga training. This yoga studio at Uluwatu Surf Villas is the best in town. Classes take place in an open air setting perched on a cliff with the relaxing rhythmic roll of Pacific waves as a soundtrack. Practitioners of all levels are welcome, and 90-minute classes are available twice daily at 7:30amd and 4pm for about RP 120,000 (a little less than RMB 60).
The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali
Moving further inland, our list takes us to Ubud. Once a sleepy town in the Balinese highlands, it is now a bustling holiday destination. Still, you can find a quiet refuge in The Yoga Barn. Hidden down an unassuming little alleyway, this place features seven yoga studios and offers up to 15 different classes daily. In addition to yoga, you can take part in Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Qi Gong, Mindfulness Meditation, and much more. They also offer Ayurvedic treatments, detox retreats and juice cleanses, TCM, kinesiology, Vedic astrology, tarot readings. The list goes on. And for healthy vegan cuisine, look no further than Yoga Barn’s restaurant, Garden Kafe.
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala, Sri Lanka
This elegant oceanfront property in the southwestern Sri Lanka beach town of Beruwala does all things Ayurvedic. They offer Ayurvedic cooking classes, medicine treatments, and a host of other therapies. They even cool each room with natural ventilation in accordance with Ayurvedic principles. Yoga, of course, dovetails with Ayurveda, and in addition to regular classes and retreats, they also offer meditation courses and dharma talks.
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