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The Top 10 Yoga Plus Activity Breaks Worldwide

Fancy escaping to a soothing yoga retreat, but want to ensure that when you’re off the mat there’s some extra heart pumping action on the agenda? Follow Louise Renwick, yoga teacher and wellness editor, through her pick of the top yoga plus activity breaks available now.

1. Tuscany, 7 day SoulFit Yoga, Hiking and Cycling Retreat

This is a soul soothing retreat with a difference, blending the calm of daily yoga practice with guided cycling in Italy’s idyllic Tuscany (and ensuring plenty of opportunity for indulging in organic wines, cheeses, prosecco and gelato!).

Yoga, Hiking & Cycling, Villa Benvenuti, Tuscany

Image courtesy of Villa Benvenuti

Boutique luxury accommodation is at Villa Benvenuti, a magnificent 17th century country villa set amongst 28 hectares of natural woodlands. Each day, guests are lead through a morning yoga practice and enjoy a hearty yet healthy breakfast, before setting off to cycle along quiet back roads where trails meander through hills, vineyards and the stunning sights, scents, flavours and history of Tuscany. Guests of all ages and abilities are welcomed.
Dates: 8 – 15 June, 15 – 22 June 2013
Visit the website for more details.

2. Bhutan, 5 night Himalayan Discovery and Yoga at Uma by COMO, Paro

The stunning property of Uma by COMO, Paro is the beautiful base for action packed five night itineraries. Balancing eye opening Himalayan exploration with mind opening yoga, the activity itinerary includes invigorating mountain hikes and cultural excursions.

Yoga Uma by COMO, Paro, Bhutan

Image courtesy of COMO Hotels and Resorts

Twice daily sessions with a private yoga teacher guide guests through exploration of the fundamental yogic tools of asana, pranayama and silent meditation.
Dates: Various
Visit the website for more information.

3. Maldives, 8 day luxury live aboard Yoga and Scuba Dive

A luxury yoga and dive cruise through the Maldives’ turquoise waters, beginning each day with yoga on a beach in breathtaking surroundings.

Yoga and Scuba

Image courtesy of Claudia Whitney

Day times are filled with up to three dives, swimming, surfing, snorkeling and/or relaxing, and there’s also an optional night dive. At sunset or late afternoon, mats will be unrolled onboard the yacht, or at a suitable beach location for a second yoga session where students will follow the sweet soothing instruction of teacher Claudia Whitney.
Dates: 24 – 31 March 2013
Visit the website for further information.

4. Utah, 4 night Yoga and Multiactivity at Amangiri

Winter retreats at Amangiri, which include yoga, are part of their season of Adventure and Rejuvenation. On retreat, guests take part in three daily yoga classes under the guidance of teacher Rocky Heron, each focusing on a different element of yoga: from 8am Ashtanga, through to the afternoon’s dynamic hip openers, twists and backbends, to restorative evening classes.


Image courtesy of Aman Resorts

Those with an appetite for adventure can explore the dramatic landscapes of Utah’s deep canyons and towering plateaus with activity sessions including horse riding, via ferrata climbing routes, hiking and mountain biking – all ideal complements to the daily yoga sessions.
Dates: 14 – 18 December 2012, 15 – 19 February, 8 – 12 March 2013
Visit the website for further information.

5. Oman, 3 – 7 day Yoga retreat + Sense of Adventure at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Combine yoga with kayaking and private sessions of paragliding, hiking and mountain biking at Six Senses Zighy Bay. Sense of Adventure is one of the resort’s five new wellness programmes; each available in three, five and seven day packages.

Yoga Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Image courtesy of Six Senses Resorts & Spas

Guests can couple these with the resort’s weekly activity schedule which offers group yoga classes, or place yoga at the centre of their experience and request a week long retreat with the resort’s in house yoga therapist Pat who can tailor make a private schedule of yoga practice coupled with a wellness journey.
Dates: Various
Visit the website for more information.

6. Colorado, 6 night Yoga and Horseback Riding

The Home Ranch, a boutique Relais & Chateaux guest ranch situated in the stunning Elk River Valley of Colorado, offers women’s only retreats for adventurous yogi cowgirls.

Yoga Retreat, The Home Ranch, Colorado

Images courtesy of The Home Ranch

The week of introspection and personal growth blends twice daily equestrian yoga classes, your own horse for the week, personalised horsemanship and riding instruction, fine dining, wine pairing and Western entertainment.
Dates: 20 – 25 May, 26 – 31 May, 15 – 20 Sep and 25 – 30 Sept 2013
Visit the website for more details.

7. Philippines, 3 day Flow, SurfYogaSamba

This weekend retreat is a boutique three-day experience to awaken spirit, revitalise body and relax the mind.

Flow Surf Yoga Samba, Philippines

Image courtesy of Jonathan De Guzman

Combining Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga teachings from Monica Manzano, surfing the waves at Zambales best surf spots and moving to the samba beats of Toni Bernardo & Escola de Samba de Manila. All this action is nourished with delicious gourmet meals and raw food snacks.
Dates: 30 November – 2 December 2 2012
Visit the website for more information.

8. France, 7 night Yoga and Ski

Set in the gorgeous French Alps, Yoga Ishta Style will soon be offering its third annual week long yoga and ski retreat, ‘Eat. Pray. Ski.’, combining twice daily yoga sessions lead by Raphaella Rose, with skiing or snowboarding, healthy food, and evenings of après ski yoga style relaxation at a charming farm house with mountain views.

Yoga, Pre Saint Didier, French Alps

Image courtesy of QC Terme

Yoga teacher and chef Selina Gullery bases the food on vegetarian and Ayurvedic cooking, and on her day off there’s the chance to hop over the mountains for dinner in Italy after spending a day soaking tired muscles in the heavenly natural thermal waters at Pre Saint Didier.
Dates: 2 – 9 February 2013
Visit the website for further information.

9. Europe, 5 – 7 night Yoga and Sail 

The tall ship cruise specialist Star Clippers is offering several yoga and meditation-themed cruises for 2013. Classes take place in fresh sea breezes, under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – the ultimate relaxation for body and soul.

Yoga, Star Clipper

Imade courtesy of Star Clippers

After an Introduction to Yoga class on the first day, two daily classes will be held: 60 minutes of power yoga in the morning and a 40-minute wind-down class at sunset, followed by meditation. All classes on board are completely optional; the ships will continue their normal programme of activities and ports of call, and guests are welcome to do as many or as few classes as they like. Perfect if you’d like to keep things flexible.
Dates: Various
Visit the website for more information.

10. Mexico, Yoga and Surf

Practicing yoga in a 1850 square foot studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the north and east is pretty special, and Prana del Mar’s huge windows draw this all in.

Yoga Prana del Mar, Mexico

Image courtesy of Prana del Mar

Stepping from yoga mat to surf board, there are about a dozen established breaks within a one-hour radius – a couple of favourites for beginners, plus greater challenges for more experienced surfers. Horseback riding along the beach and some of the neighbouring hills is a popular activity, and guests also enjoy the option of spending the afternoon snorkeling and kayaking in the calmer waters of the Sea of Cortez on the other side of the peninsula. During whale-watching season, excursions are arranged or you can often sit with sundowners on the roof deck and watch the whales spout and breach in the Pacific.
Dates: Various
Visit the website for more details.

Whether you’re after the highest end luxury, rustic chic adrenaline action, or slow paced escapades, I hope this selection of up coming adventures inspires you.

Louise RenwickYoga teacher, adventure lover and sports massage therapist Louise, is the former assistant editor of Hong Kong based wellness magazine AsiaSpa.

Now back in London, she’s often found whizzing around on her bike between teaching yoga, sub-editing for travel guide site GuidePal and taking care of PR for an English language school.

Louise is currently adding another feather to her cap training to be a craniosacral therapist. 







You can contact Louise directly by email with any questions or to find out more about her work.

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