7 Bucket list destination yoga retreats

Feb 11, 2014 at 8:55 p.m. ET

Yearning for your own Eat, Pray, Love experience? Here are seven incredible destinations that every yoga enthusiast should visit.


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In a worldwide poll in 2007, Machu Picchu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It has quickly become a destination that travelers have added to the top of their list. The Incan ruins were built around 1450 but were unknown outside of the local area until just over 100 years ago. This makes the untouched historic site a modern-day masterpiece. You can join The Yoga Getaway for a six-night journey to The Sacred Valley of the Andes in Peru, and you can explore the history of the land with a full-day guided tour of Machu Picchu. The retreat venue is nestled in the rolling hills of Urubamba and features a sprawling property. Wake up to yoga in the gardens (with the scenic mountains as your backdrop) or in the Zen-inspired indoor studio space. You'll also explore the Peruvian way of life through a cultural excursion and delight in Peruvian cuisine via dinner out on the town.


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The Greek islands and the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea have long lured beach-goers. Here in Mykonos, the sun shines for up to 300 days a year, making it a perfect destination for whenever the travel bug hits you. With BookYogaRetreats, enjoy eight days of luxury at the five-star Myconian Imperial Hotel and Thalasso Spa on a yoga retreat to the island of Mykonos. Take advantage of the morning and evening yoga classes held on an outdoor deck overlooking the hotel's private beaches. Enjoy a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, hotel shuttle service, accommodations with deluxe sea-view rooms and daily thalassotherapy treatments.

Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands are a magical place where wildlife such as the giant tortoise can be found year-round. You'll also find sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas, and spectacular birds in their natural habitat. Semilla Verde yoga retreat center is situated on 12 acres of land, features panoramic views, and is located on the island of Santa Cruz. This eco-friendly lodge is locally owned and also gives back to the islands by donating to a reforestation project in an effort to save native vegetation. Semilla Verde features a scenic indoor yoga studio with a full glass wall overlooking the surrounding property.


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Ever since the phenomenon of Eat, Pray, Love, Bali has been a popular destination for yogis and other world travelers. Those who come seem to be yearning for a life change, for a visit with a Balinese healer or just for a chance to embrace the beautiful rice paddies and the energy of the island. Go with SeekRetreat, which has a holistic approach focusing on movement through yoga, group fitness, and cycling classes. You'll also delight in the organic cuisine prepared by an on-site chef who knows how to create some delicious gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and raw dishes. Accommodations are situated just outside of Seminyak in an area with easy access to the best beaches, shopping and restaurants.


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Wine and pasta lovers alike will delight in the chance to taste all that Italy has to offer. Tuscany is a destination not to be missed, as it is the epitome of beautiful landscapes, vineyards, and history. It is also the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. You'll be sure to experience all of the above with a stay at Ebbio yoga retreat center, a 14th-century Tuscan farmhouse located just 25 miles outside of Florence. Ebbio's rustic yet refined accommodations easily set it apart from other Tuscan villas. Guests can enjoy on-site activities like horseback riding, hiking, biking and donkey trekking, or they can simply soak in an old wine barrel transformed into a unique floating pool. These are all wonderful ways to experience the Tuscan landscape. Guests can also unwind at the indoor yoga studio, which features wooden floors and an outdoor patio for sunrise and sunset sessions.


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Calling all adventure seekers, animal lovers, and those who are in a constant state of wanderlust! Here is the place where yoga meets African safari. Exotic Yoga Retreats is planning an 11-day safari in a magical journey from the Indian Ocean to the savannas and forests of South Africa. The journey begins at accommodations set in a private reserve dedicated to protecting the endangered black rhino. You'll then move through Thonga Bay, where you'll have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel in the colorful reefs, and experience the rich diversity of sea creatures (including sea turtles, whale sharks, and exotic fish species). The journey ends at the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, where you'll encounter the Big 5 game animals: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. Rest assured you'll go home having seen things you'd never thought of in your wildest dreams!


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Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas between India and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. You'll find this country well preserved and rich in history, long-standing traditions, and Buddhist culture. Yoga Retreats explores all Bhutan has to offer with an eight-day yoga, cultural, and spiritual retreat. During your journey, you'll have the opportunity to visit the capital, the most significant sacred meditation sites and a remote monastery. You'll also be able to take part in the national Thimphu festival, and you'll experience two days of trekking.