The first day of summer is quickly approaching and what’s better than that? June 21st also doubles as National Yoga Day!
The practice of yoga has many benefits, including increasing body awareness, creating mental clarity and calmness, relieving chronic stress patterns, improving balance, flexibility and strength, in addition to many more benefits!
In celebration of National Yoga Day, we’ve rounded up some of our top yoga experiences offered around the world including a must-try bucket list experience at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai:
Perfect for yogis and animal enthusiasts, at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, yogis can reconnect with their soul, mind and body through a truly unique underwater yoga experience. From the moment guests step on the mat, they are connected with another world surrounded by over 65,000 marine animals!
The World’s First Horse Yoga Retreat – Lexington, KY
Launched by Hallway Feeds, a stop along Visit Horse Country in Lexington, KY (the Horse Capital of the World!), visitors can now book a one-day Horse Yoga retreat to enjoy intimate interactions with the horses. As part of the retreat, there is a 60-minute horse yoga session (yes – guests will take a class with three horse yogis) where Horse Yoga instructors translate the horse movements into yoga positions like "Neighasana,” “Vajrahoove,” a one-hour cool-down on the horse farm, and a tour of Hallway Feeds mill. Priced at $50,000 for a group of 10 guests (or $5,000 per unique guest), other aspects of the overnight experience include a protein-packed breakfast and locally-sourced lunch inspired by a Thoroughbred’s nutritious diet by James Beard-nominated Chef Ouita Michel (think: Carrot Ginger Bisque and scratch-made rolled oat granola yogurt parfait). The retreat also includes upscale accommodations, a private group dinner at a local Lexington restaurant, airport transfers, and take-home gifts for each attendee.
Coco Yoga at Wailea Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui
At the ocean’s edge nestled between two of Maui's golden sand crescent beaches, Wailea Beach Resort is the epitome of scenic luxury spanning 22 acres with three spectacular pool experiences, including private floating cabanas and the longest water slide in all of Maui. Guests at Wailea Beach Resort are invited to get in touch with their minds and bodies at the oceanfront and participate in the resort’s “Coco Yoga.” This 50-minute class bases its workout around the coconut – with the fruit used as a weight, a stretching prop and eventually, even as nourishment. Participants sip on their coconut at the conclusion of the session to replenish their bodies and energize their minds.
Full Moon Meditations at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, AZ
Every month, luxury desert oasis Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa hosts full moon meditation sessions at sunset. Led by Scottsdale-based mediation center Abundant Space, guests meet at the resort’s new outdoor Desert Garden area at sunset to first set intentions and practice breathwork to become fully present. Connecting with the moon’s powerful energy, guests will then enjoy a guided 30-minute meditation session followed by a healing Crystal Bowl Sound experience. Plus, in celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21, the resort is hosting a complimentary 108 Sunset Salutations session for guests to feel refreshed, renewed, and inspired for the new season.
Mindfulness Yoga and Sound Bowl Meditation at W South Beach – Miami Beach, FL
W South Beach partnered with Miami yoga studio, Ahana Yoga to offer exclusive yoga classes from internationally recognized yogi, certified Jivamukti teach Dawn B. Feinberg. The classes go beyond a typical yoga class by offering creative sequencing, meditation, breathwork and sound bowl meditation. On the hotel spa’s outdoor terrace, guests and locals can reserve a spot Thursdays through Saturdays at 9am. The classes vary from Power Flows to Restorative Flows and include meditation and mindfulness and hone in on the tools to live a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Hotel AKA Brickell – Miami, FL
Hotel AKA Brickell, the tranquil, sophisticated urban retreat that’s redefining Miami stays, offers several weekly events including their coveted Poolside Yoga sessions. Guests are invited to find their balance and start the weekend with calm intentions every Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:00am at the property’s striking outdoor pool. Hotel AKA Brickell’s Poolside Yoga is open to all ages and skill levels and is complimentary for hotel guests. Yoga mats and blocks are also provided to hotel guests for use during class.
Selina Puerto Escondido – Oaxaca, Mexico
Situated on the legendary Zicatela surfing beach, located just 15 minutes from the Puerto Escondido Airport in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Selina Puerto Escondido is a laidback and Instagram-worthy glamping site which offers sunrise yoga sessions on a secluded deck surrounded by palm trees – perfect for those looking to connect in mind, body and spirit in the peace of nature. There are plenty of additional amenities to kick back and relax, including an on-site surf club, outdoor pool, co-working space and bar that serves traditional mezcal cocktails. For the ultimate spot to rest in this Mexican oasis, Selina Puerta Escondido boasts quaint tipis topped with palm fronds, which are available to instantly book online at Pitchup.com and decked out with cozy beds, Oaxacan textiles and electricity.
Feathered Pipe Ranch - Helena, Montana
Located just outside of Helena, Montana, and surrounded by millions of acres of forest and mountains, the retreats encompass the entire spectrum of health and wellness, including restorative and therapeutic yoga, mindfulness and meditation, Ayurveda and other holistic healing arts. In addition, retreat go-ers can engage in personal bodywork and energy healing sessions, story mapping to uncover their personal biography and shift internal perspectives, hiking, kayaking, and more. The ranch and retreats are core to fulfilling the mission of the Feathered Pipe Foundation – an educational non-profit organization offering various personal empowerment programming, nurturing sustainable living and holistic communities, and working to preserve cultural traditions. Check out the upcoming retreats for the 2023 season