We’re suckers for the optimistic, self-improving nature of New Year’s Resolutions—that, come the Times Square ball drop, we can work toward living happier, fitter, healthier lives in the coming year. So we devoted this week to making one resolution each day—including the resolution that we probably won’t have it all figured out by January 1.
We resolve to take our yoga practice on the road this year, since retreats provide a dose of adventure and the opportunity to ramp up our game and our the commitment to the practice. The winter retreat roster always features warm-weather getaways and exotic retreats. But if you’re tired of Tulum and are over the Osa Peninsula (two of the most popular winter yoga-retreat destinations), read on. We looked further afield for exotic retreats with top-tier teachers.
Nepal with Jivamukti’s Dechen Thurman, Feb. 13–21
Head to Nepal with popular Jivamukti instructor Dechen Thurman (his dad is famed Buddhist scholar Robert and sister is actress Uma) for nine days of touring and yoga. Start in bustle of Kathmandu, then onto Pokhara where the mountainous backdrop lends a cinematic sweep to daily yoga classes. Finally float by boat down the Seti River, spending three nights in safari-style river camp.
Cost: About $3,500 per person, depending on the number of participants
To sign up: Contact Mike Parker 800-777-8183 or [email protected]
Jungle Bay Heaven Retreat with Laughing Lotus’ Joanne Silver and Ashleigh Beyer, March 12–19
Down dog in Dominica, a still semi-untouched Caribbean island, know for its 4,500-foot mountains, waterfall cliffs, and sulfur springs. This seven-night yoga retreat includes twice daily yoga classes, lots of time for R & R in your cottage, plus excursions to the hot springs and coral reefs. BYO rope swing and loin cloth.
Cost: $1,600, per person double occupancy
To sign up: www.laughinglotus.com
Iceland with SolYoga and Aarona Pichinson, June 25–July 3
SolYoga founder Ben Crosky and Kula Yoga Project instructor Aarona Pichinson will lead this 8-night retreat to Iceland. Expect 22-hour of sunlight and dynamic classes with Pichinson. Classes will be complemented by hiking on glaciers, exploring caves, touring Reykjavik, and soaking in the Blue Lagoon.
Cost: From $1,600, per person double occupancy
To sign up: www.solyogatrips.com
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