As a practise open to anyone and everyone, yoga is beloved the world over. From Ashtanga to Yin, there are countless disciplines available, not forgetting the bevy of yoga-inspired classes that have popped up around the globe, including Madonna-inspired ‘Voga’ and ‘Doga’, aka yoga for dogs. Naturally.
This year, in honour of International Yoga Day, we’re celebrating those from around the world that take the practice back to its ancient roots, giving guests a renewed sense of peace and perspective – whether emotionally, spiritually, or literally, from an ambitiously attempted headstand.
So get your mats rolled out, leggings on and downward dog…well… down, because here’s our top spots for yoga classes around the world that that you’ll be bending over backwards to get to.
Tri, Sri Lanka
If it’s complete and utter serenity you’re looking for, then Tri may just be the place for you. Co-founded by Lara Baumann, the founder of the Quantum Yoga Method, Tri is a yogi’s dream come true, with the ancient art of Ayurveda central to the hotel’s ethos. Upon arrival you’ll receive a Science of Life consultation to determine your dominant doshas or life forces, and from there your yoga practise will be tailored to balance your doshas and maximise wellbeing. Classes offer individualised and dynamic self-healing through yoga, breath and meditation, and take place in Tri’s treetop yoga shala. Boasting panoramic views of tranquil Lake Koggala, open only to the sights and sounds of the chirping birds and snoozing water monitors, there’s surely no more tranquil place to find your zen.
Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad
Frequented by snow bunnies and wellness warriors alike, Le Grand Bellevue is the perfect spot for those looking for a little Alpine relaxation. At 3,000sqm, the hotel’s brand new spa is one of the largest in the region, and boasts 17 heat treatment experiences, a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, dedicated yoga and Pilates studio, and even a sushi bar with a qualified Japanese sushi master. This September, the hotel will welcome renowned yogi Chantal Soeters for her annual yoga retreat, focusing on celebrating the embodied presence and living in the now. Taking place over four days from September 29 – October 2, the retreat will encourage guests to find freedom through alignment, free their mind and become more present through meditation, guided hiking, healthy cuisine, energising vinyasa yoga flow and restorative yin yoga.
Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
Brand new for this year, Cape Weligama has unveiled its new spa and a range of bespoke wellness and fitness packages, in partnership with neighbouring Barberyn Ayurveda Resort. Celebrating the resort’s spectacular ocean views and endless swells, Cape Weligama’s innovative new packages will combine sun, surf and yoga. The bespoke three, five and seven day programmes will vary according to the tides, but will combine sunrise yoga, surfing, tailored spa treatments using Themae products designed to stimulate detoxification, and sunset sea-facing meditation from Cape Weligama’s cliff-top coves.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Situated in the cobalt waters of the North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi is the Maldives’ original barefoot luxury eco-resort. Home to the vast overwater Meera spa, the resort has become well-versed in crafting bespoke wellness journeys, which range from one to five days in length. Keen yogis can opt for Gili’s four day ‘Replenish and Refocus Journey”, designed to help those leading busy lives find their inner zen. The journey begins with a healing bath and muscle-melting massage to combat stress, before embarking on an itinerary of chakra-focused meditation, flowing yoga and soothing reflexology.