For years now it has become a popular pastime to spend the holiday season away on a self-styled Christmas yoga vacation, made perfect by being chosen as that perfect retreat for yourself, so full of the stuff that you like doing, whatever that may be.
It could be a contemplative relaxation retreat to kick off those New Year resolutions. Or a more active or spiritual retreat you are thinking of. From hiking in mountains, learning to surf, being pampered in a spa, committing to a detox, the choice is yours.
The nice thing about getting away at this time of year is that you can avoid the hectic busy schedule of Christmas and New Year at home. Spending this festive period away on a retreat holiday gives you the opportunity to do exactly what you want with your time.
So here are our top picks for the holiday season of 2021 to make that getaway for you for Christmas and NY –
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Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain; Any 5 nights over Christmas or New Year
Experience an awesome journey to your inner truth and peace with the singing bowls, gong meditations and a unforgettable Kirtan. A sound healing session is perfect if you are interested in music and energy work and its powerful way of creating connection and healing.
Excellent classes of powerful Yoga (mix of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti) styles to push your limits, mindful flows and Yin classes to explore a meditative state of mind. The sound healing specials will calm you down after another breathtaking day at a camp.
Malaga Spain, From $2100 ; Dates- Any you like
A retreat center focused on your health and well-being through a range of activity classes – yoga, meditation, pilates, fitness and detoxification of the bodily system – and luckily with a pool and spa services to enjoy in your downtime.
Daily guided meditations combine with a warm atmosphere and releasing yoga to support a week of relaxation, reflection and advancement. And in tranquil Portugal, not too far from the beach in Sintra as a bonus.
Portugal, From $1805 ; Dates- 27December 2021 – 2 January
Located in the Vicentine Nature Park, the venue has a unique combination of natural wonders: the mountains of Cercal, the Mira River, and the Atlantic Ocean. Although having the amazing benefits of a peaceful nature experience, the beautiful beaches can be reached within only a short driving distance.
The facilitators will be taking you to the hidden nature treasures, the most beautiful, empty beaches, the hidden waterfalls, the spots with the best waves for surfing, the hiking trails with the most stunning views and the most delicious local food.
It’s New Year’s eve and that needs to be celebrated! After the final ritual you’ll be enjoying a delicious meal together, tasting all the local specialties and let the evening unfold.
In the afternoon you will come together again for deep-stretching yin yoga, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. During this retreat on offer is one asana workshop where you will go deeper into postures and technique.
Torres Vedras, Portugal; 29 January 2021 – January 3
This New Years retreat is for those who already have experience of Vinyasa Flow or similar dynamic yoga style – it’s not for beginners to yoga. The organisers make sure everyone’s met where they’re at – always offering many options and modifications in the classes.
You will start each day with a two hour dynamic Vinyasa Flow practice, moving through the whole body. Each class will have a different theme/focus and includes pranayama and meditation. These classes are physically demanding so get ready to move, breathe and sometimes challenge yourself! You’ll have the chance to request poses you’d like to work on during the week.
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Mexico, From $1600 ; 26 December 2021 – January 2nd
A variety of yoga classes will ride the rhythm of the experience. From energetic, strong moving flows that support strength and flexibility, to deep relaxation and meditation.
Each morning will be Vinyasa and evening is Yin Yoga. In between is your opportunity to create your own adventure. Relax on the beach, swim in the ocean or pool, read or nap in a hammock, enjoy a massage, or take an excursion; join a Temazcal Ceremony, cruise on a Catamaran, connect with the local community, learn to Salsa Dance or Surf fun waves.
Don’t miss MC YOGI with DJ Crisanto New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert under the stars!
San Luis Obispo, California, USA, from $1600;28 December 2021 – 1 January
This truly holistic weekend begins with the setting of intention and inviting clarity into the practice. As the weekend unfolds, you are guided to move joyfully and powerfully towards realizing these resolutions and expansions of your authentic self through yoga, meditation, and sacred ceremony.
The retreat package includes your lovely accommodations, nourishing meals, yoga and restorative classes, hot tub use, access to saltwater pool, plus plenty of free time on the majestic grounds where you can hike, journal, meditate, and use the time for self reflection.
Begin each day hiking. These guided hikes will explore some of the best unspoiled scenery in all of California. In the late afternoon enjoy the yoga class followed by restorative yoga postures. As you embark on your inward journey of renewal, you will feel a deeper sense of connectedness to yourself and the beautiful nature that surrounds the retreat sanctuary.
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, From $1250 ; 27 December 2021 – 2 Jan
This very special New Years Retreat includes your 6 nights accommodation, plus 2 Daily Yoga classes Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Pranayama; all group ground transportation and air transfer; 3 fresh, healthy, homecooked, local meals/day; Trips to exclusive beaches; Ample time to explore Playa Hermosa; Trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach; Detoxifying Sweat Lodge. On NY eve, Sangria and Live Art and Music New Year’s Eve celebration!. And of course snoozing in hammocks under palm trees
Other activities throughout the day or week might include surfing the local pristine surf spots, ayurvedic massage, Energy healing session, white water rafting, zip-lining or horse back riding in a jungle paradise.
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There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for local charities. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.
The price of the retreat includes your accommodation, all delicious meals and special Christmas feast, all yoga, meditation and core cycle classes as per the timetable sessions, access to all facilities and all special music and ceremonial events.
Ubud, Bali, From $1950 ; Dates- Any you like
This boutique personal resort is planted admits the jungle rainforest and paddy fields of the mountainous center of Bali. Spend time here on this health promotion, taking advantage of it’s popular spa which provides Balinese and Ayurvedic healing treatments to aid a journey of self-care.
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