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11 Incredible, scenic places to take a yoga class

Adrienne Jordan is a thrill-seeking travel writer who has posed on the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia and walked with rhinos in South Africa. She is based in Los Angeles but gets stir-crazy remaining in one place for too long. She enjo...

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Yoga is an activity that brings peace, flexibility and healthy breathing to the individual. Your scenery should inspire you to achieve this state of relaxation, be it inside an ordinary yoga studio or in breathtaking whereabouts. Here are some of our top picks for the latter.

The vacation bucket list for yogis

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1. Yoga in a hot springs crater — Park City, Utah

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Park City Yoga Adventures

Park City Yoga Adventures takes visitors deep inside the 10,000-year-old Homestead Crater with relaxing hot springs and mineral water. Julia Geisler, the founder, demonstrates yoga poses from the dock while guests move and bend on paddleboards that float in the natural therapeutic pool. After yoga, rest in the natural hot tub surrounded by mineral waters from the hot spring.

2. Elephant yoga — Thailand

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Anantara

Elephants have long had their place in ancient ritual and meditation for both the Brahmin and local Buddhist traditions because of their calm nature, rhythmic pace and unhurried breath. At the Golden Triangle, guests can experience Asana yoga postures on the smooth backs of elephants — with the benefits of breathing and flexibility.

3. Paddleboard yoga at ocean’s edge — Aruba

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Rachel Brathen

Island SUP Yoga was created by Rachel Brathen and Dennis Schoneveld as a way to keep the yoga and SUP community growing in Aruba. Try an extra yoga challenge by balancing yourself on the paddleboard while the warm, lapping waves brush against you.

4. Yoga in the woods of Sangre de Cristo Mountains — Santa Fe, New Mexico

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: YogiHiker

The Santa Fe YogiHike experience is a 2.5- to 3.5-hour trek into the nearby city mountains. The intimate group size of six people provides an exhilarating physical experience, combining hiking and yoga, while immersed in the natural sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

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5. Yoga in the bush — Kenya

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Kinondo Kwetu

The yoga classes given by the luxurious Kinondo Kwetu is located on a "secret" abutment on a cliff that juts out over the Indian Ocean. Yoga is performed in an open air studio allowing gentle breezes to pass through. By being concealed in a grove of trees on the cliff, it's easy to meditate without distraction.

6. Yoga in the city — New York City

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Serene Social

The James New York hotel partnered with Serene Social to bring rooftop yoga in the midst of the NYC skyline. Renowned yoga instructors lead a calming hour-long, complimentary, women-only class for guests with breathtaking 360-degree views of Manhattan. Non-hotel guests pay $25 to participate.

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7. Hip hop and beer yoga — Aspen, Colorado

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Thug Yoga Aspen

Thug Yoga was designed for snowboarders and skiers who were intimidated by or couldn't afford traditional studios. It was an effort to help these athletes prevent injuries and improve their performance through yoga. The instructor will play Berkel Beats — and, afterwards, guests swig beer provided by the Aspen Brewing Company in view of the snowy landscape.

8. Yoga in a Caribbean garden — Barbados

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Colony Club

Guests at the Colony Club resort in Barbados are transported to another world as they perfect their Downward Dogs amidst lush ferns, swaying foxtail palms and blossoming hibiscus flowers in the resort's garden. Offered weekly, these complimentary yoga classes encourage guests to lay their mats beside the lagoon-style pool amongst gently cascading waterfalls for a one-hour Hatha cleanse.

9. Yoga in the Norwegian wilderness

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Visit Oslo

The forest region of northern Oslo, Nordmarka, is a scenic hodgepodge of illuminated red-marked ski trails, hiking, biking routes and idyllic lakes for swimming. The calm surroundings are a perfect place to become one with the elements through some invigorating yoga.

10. Yoga by the sea and mountains — Loreto, Mexico

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Villa del Palmar

Drink in the views of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range on the Islands of Loreto. The Villa del Palmar resort is in a prime location for yogis to soak up the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez during a beachfront yoga session.

11. Rafting yoga — Boise, Idaho

The vacation bucket list for yogis

Image: Mountain River Outfitters

Two- and five-day girlfriend getaways on Idaho’s Salmon River combines high-octane rafting with relaxing yoga sessions on the beach. The solitude and beauty of the adventure brings mammal surprises along the way, like big horn sheep, elk and deer.

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