Make Your Yoga Mat a World Traveller (Exotic Destinations to Take Your Yoga Mat to)

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Take a deep breath and forget about all of your worries as you admire the panoramic views of some of the world’s most beautiful locations. Close your eyes as you slowly exhale while soaking in the sun at a distant exotic island. Let yourself be inspired as you create a powerful connection among your mind, body, soul and mesmerizing surroundings. Roll up your yoga mat and head to the next awe-inspiring destination that will awaken the yogi in you.

INDIA

As one of the most spiritual countries in the world and the birthplace of yoga, India is a must-visit destination for all yogis. At ashrams, isolated communities, you can start your spiritual journey and learn more about Hindu philosophy and then continue it by visiting a Buddhist monastery. For a truly authentic experience, visit the former royal palace of maharajah Tehri Garhwal, where you can practice yoga with a view of the sacred river Ganges and the sublime Himalayas. You can find yet another elevating experience 8,250 feet above sea level at the Oberoi resort and set up your mat for a session of Hatha or Ashtanga yoga at sunrise.

CAMBODIA

The little village of Hariharalaya is named after a Hindu deity Harihara that shares some similarities with gods Vishnu and Shiva. Hariharalaya has a long history of being the Vedic capital of Cambodia, dating back to a period from 800 to 1000 AD. After a 30-minute ride from Siem Reap, you’ll reach the Hariharalaya Retreat Centre with over 40 retreats, where you can spend days practicing and focusing on meditation, yoga and conscious living. Hariharalaya exudes authenticity and spirituality and it’s quite different from regular yoga retreats. Yogis from all over the world go to Hariharalaya with the aim of adopting new habits and practices that can change their lives. This small village will help you escape the burdens of technology, at least for a while, and help you acquire a completely new perspective on life. While there, make sure to stop by the world’s largest archaeological temple of Angkor Wat.

THAILAND

The awe-inspiring landscapes of Thailand feature pristine sandy beaches, lush vegetation, mesmerizing sunsets and endless blue horizons that will help you reconnect with nature and your inner self. Thailand’s spirituality, diverse culture, and laid-back lifestyles are perfect for yogis who want to escape from their everyday worries. In Chiang Rai, you can stay at the Muse Flower Retreat where you can enjoy delicious organic vegetarian meals coming directly from farms, have a relaxing massage and take out your mat for daily yoga classes. Just imagine staying in a cottage surrounded by hills – sounds mystical, doesn’t it? You’ll also have an opportunity to visit Himalayan crystal salt pool and nearby hill tribe villages, divine temples, and vibrant bazaars.

NEW CALEDONIA

The distant and charming land of New Caledonia is a perfect destination for yogis looking for an authentic experience and a unique combination of an exotic atmosphere and cosmopolitan vibe. Featuring numerous natural wonders, including the world’s largest lagoon and the second largest Barrier Reef, the iconic Heart of Voh and the breathtaking Isle of Pines, this land will help you discover the true meaning of tranquility and serenity. You cannot miss the opportunity to visit Nouméa, the capital and one of the most popular destinations in New Caledonia that will delight you with its vibrancy and authenticity. Here, you can have an inspiring yoga session on a white beach admiring the ocean, practice dynamic Hatha or Vinyasa flow yoga at Yoga Studio Nouméa or visit the nearby Isle of Pine and have a yoga session on one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific Ocean. If you want a bit more luxurious yoga vacation, you can stay at the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa where you can practice different types of yoga while exploring the beauties of New Caledonia.

While exploring these stunning yoga destinations, not only will you discover their numerous beauties, but you’ll also discover yourself. So, pack your yoga mat and get ready for a spiritual adventure.

Marie Nieves,

Daily Zen.

Author Bio – Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.

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