• Pool with palm trees.

    OM my God: Special yoga retreats from Bavaria to Bali.

    A romantic castle, a retreat between fields of rice, or an ancient monastery – even non-yogis pack their bags at the sight of these destinations.

The wonderful world of yoga.

The great thing about yoga is that all you really need for your exercises are some comfortable clothes and a non-slip mat. It doesn’t matter where you practise – in the living room or at a studio round the corner, it’s all the same. However, it would be a shame if you never left your home turf to go on a yoga outing, especially as there are some wonderful places where you can unroll your mat.

Yoga mats in an impressive wooden room.
Elmau Castle before mountain landscape.

Regal: Elmau Castle in Bavaria.

No need to travel to the ends of the earth to find a beautiful spot: to the south of Munich, in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, lies Elmau Castle, surrounded by babbling mountain streams and clear lakes. For your well-being, health and relaxation, two spa hotels with a yoga pavilion await you among the breathtaking scenery. What also makes it special is that it’s the only yoga studio outside a major city. Classes for beginners and advanced students are held every day, and once a year Elmau Castle plays host to a grand “Yoga Summit” with teachers of various yoga styles attending from all over the world. There’s also a Jivamukti yoga studio, which offers basic hours as well as open hours with a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher. In addition, the castle is also visited regularly by big names in the world of yoga, including Dr Patrick Boone and Patricia Thielemann, to lead retreats lasting several days.

  • Nice entrance.

Magical: Yogamagic in Goa.

The Yogamagic Eco Retreat is located close to the Indian Ocean in northern Goa and is surrounded by coconut groves and paddy fields. This enchanting place was built using many sustainable materials. For example, the yoga temple is made of clay and loam and the bamboo and palm leaf roof is supported by tree trunks which were not cut down but had fallen naturally. Visitors can choose to stay in tents, huts or suites – of course the accommodation is also as natural and sustainable as possible.

Harmony with nature and the surrounding environment is of prime importance. Together with Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini yoga, the centre also offers courses in spirituality and meditation for the participants’ mental well-being. And their physical well-being is taken care of too: along with the vegetarian-only catering at the resort's restaurant, visitors can also enjoy Ayurvedic massages and treatments.

Area in an impressive wooden house with yoga mats.

Celestial: The Practice on Bali.

The Practice is a yoga studio set amidst green gardens on Bali, the “Island of the Gods”. Since the beginning of 2016, the studio team has been working on the idea of using yoga to create a communal space for students from all over the world as well as for local people too. The idea of uniting apparent opposites is represented through the centre’s two buildings: the round and angular styles of the two yoga huts, Shala Sita and Shala Rama, are designed to reflect femininity and masculinity – in Hindu mythology Sita is the lover of Rama. The circular roof of the main building is reminiscent of the traditional Balinese hat, and in the evenings it is illuminated by numerous lights, making it look almost like a canopy of stars. Along with yoga, the centre also offers courses in meditation and life coaching. And for anyone who would like to take The Practice home with them, there are also online course available.