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Five Of The Best Yoga Retreats For 2019

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With the New Year comes the opportunity for new adventures. From yoga retreats in the UK to across the globe, discover our top yoga retreats for 2019 to help guide you on your yogi path.

Bagus Jati, Bali

Hidden deep in the heart of Bali’s spiritual centre, Ubud, you’ll find the tropical oasis of Bagus Jati. A collection of luxury Balinese villas surrounded by rice paddies and lush tropical gardens, this health and wellness resort combines traditional Balinese, Indian and Chinese healing treatments with Hatha yoga.

The ideal yoga vacation to relax and unwind, Bagus Jati offers a variety of retreats that combine group and private yoga classes of all levels with Ayurvedic treatments as well as Reiki, hoisting counselling, lifestyle coaching, Balinese massage and cooking classes using vegetables and spices from the resort’s own garden. Immerse yourself in nature with treks through bamboo forests to nearby waterfalls, explore the cultural hub of Ubud with its breath-taking temples, or take some time to focus on your inner calm on the private terrace and luxury jacuzzi of each villa.

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Bamboo Yoga, Goa, India

Recently voted one of the top ten yoga retreat centres in India by Conde Naste Traveller Magazine, Bamboo Yoga sits on the southern side of Patnem beach in Goa. Its open-air shalas have breath-taking views over the sands and out to sea, whilst Temple and Garden Shalas’ spiritual atmosphere is ideal for restoration and growth.

This retreat offers a variety of flexible yoga holidays, where you can drop into dynamic classes in the morning and more restorative sunset sessions for all levels taught by resident teachers. With a changing schedule of different disciplines, from Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow to Hatha, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Yin, there’s something to suit everyone and you can create your own schedule, between relaxing on golden beaches and dolphin watching.

For those looking for a more immersive yoga retreat for 2019, the centre hosts 7+ day all-inclusive retreats from teachers visiting from around the world, including Jeff Phenix as well as yoga teacher training. Discover more:

Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

Created by the founders of Thailand’s largest yoga studio, Absolute Yoga, the award-winning Absolute Sanctuary is globally recognised for its focus on expertise and array of classes, from detoxing yoga to beginners' hatha, hot flow, Ashtanga and yin. Located on the North Eastern side of Koh Samui, also known as the ‘island of healing’, classes are led by Jana Brauer and her team, beginning at 8am with pranayama and meditation before breaking until 4pm, where you are free to soak up the sun on one of the island’s many idyllic beaches or enjoy a relaxing massage. Retreats are available for five, seven or ten days, and include up to five classes a day across yoga, pilates and fitness, paired with and sugar, gluten-free nutritious meals as well as wellness treatments.

Whether you’re looking to experience your first retreat or are an experienced yogi, this Moroccan-inspired Thai paradise is the perfect place to uncover the power of yoga.

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Sharpham Trust, Devon, UK

Looking for a yoga treat for 2019 within the UK? Bringing together mindfulness and yoga, the Sharpham Trust is a charity offering retreats that harness the power of nature. Staying in a Grade 1-listed Sharpham House and Estate within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Totnes in South Devon, retreats combine yoga of varying styles including pranayama (breathing), asana (posture) and nidra (deep relaxation) with mindfulness and periods of prolonged silence. The ultimate goal of Sharpham Trust’s retreats is to help improve mind-body awareness and promote wellness of body, mind, spirit and soul.

For those that crave escape from city life, Sharpham Trust also offers a range of woodland retreats outside of the main house including nature retreats within the grounds, where accommodation is offered in the form of bell tents, to help fully immerse yourself in connecting with nature.

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Ulpotha, Sri Lanka

Undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary yoga destinations in the world, Ulpotha is an eco village set at the foot of the Galgiriyawa mountains within 22 acres of forest teeming with langur monkeys, birds and reptiles.

A truly remote setting owned and run by a small, committed community, the programme includes daily yoga and tai chi sessions with world-leading teachers, and guests can also opt for Ayurvedic treatments from Ulpotha’s well sought after Dr Srilal Mudunkothge. The lotus-ringed lake is the perfect place to relax, while the retreat also offers excursions to breath-taking local sights. Each evening, communal dinners including vegetarian curries and salads are made fresh from scratch using locally grown ingredients to nourish and cleanse.

This incredible experience offers a complete digital detox and aims to help you discover a profound sense of calm and restoration.

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