Not only does yoga increase your strength and flexibility but it can also help you to lose weight, release tension in your body and calm your mind. The positive health benefits that yoga provides are huge which is why more and more people are turning to this spiritual discipline to improve their wellbeing. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert there are classes and retreats for everyone so here are some of the best in Australia.
Self-Discovery Yoga Retreat, Sue Hawkins Yoga Health Retreats
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The Self-Discovery Yoga Retreat in Byron Bay is the perfect getaway if you’re looking for change and improvement in your life. Held next to Tallows Beach in 30 acres of bushland, this six day retreat aims to give guests inspirational direction and a positive life changing experience by using Core Energetics psychotherapy – a type of therapy that combines emotional, physical, spiritual and energetic development. As well as meditation, yoga, Pilates and Reiki sessions you can also enjoy a range of leisure activities and an incredible buffet of organic vegan meals each day.
Alpine Mountain Yoga Retreat, Australian Yoga Retreats
Nestled in the picturesque Snowy Mountains is the Guthega Alpine Inn which has panoramic views of the mountain ranges and Guthega dam. During Melbourne Cup weekend this alpine inn is home to the four day Alpine Mountain Yoga Retreat where you can enjoy twice daily yoga sessions, talks on yoga philosophy, pranayama and contemplative meditation. As well as the planned sessions there is plenty of free time for bushwalking and exploring Guthega village or Mt Kosciuszko. Dine on vegetarian cuisine and surround yourself with nature.
Desert Stars Yoga Camel Trek, Australian Yoga Retreats
If you’re looking for a different type of yoga retreat then consider the Desert Stars Yoga Camel retreat in September. This ultimate escape is a seven day outback trek through the Flinders Ranges where you will explore remote regions on foot and trek deep into the wilderness. As well as practising meditation and yoga each morning with an experienced teacher, you’ll also get to handle, groom and shepherd the camels that carry the food and supplies for the trek. Cook on the campfire, sleep in swags under the stars and go home with a true appreciation for nature.
Yoga Cleanse and Pamper Retreat, Radiance Retreats
Whether you’re a beginner in yoga or an expert, the four day Yoga Cleanse and Pamper Retreat in Byron Bay will leave you feeling invigorated, refreshed and relaxed. Held at the Sangsurya eco retreat you can enjoy twice daily yoga sessions, massages, nature walks, core strength sessions and organic vegetarian meals. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry – there are plenty of yoga facilitators on hand for some one on one attention to ensure that you are getting the most out of your sessions.
Week-Long Bikram Yoga Retreat, Tranquil Point Bikram Yoga School
If you’re looking for a retreat that specialises in Bikram Yoga (a series of stretching postures and breathing exercises performed in a heated room) then consider the Tranquil Point Bikram Yoga School, located in Cygnet, just 45 minutes from Hobart. This unique retreat has waterfront ocean views, private beaches, and an organic vegetable garden and orchard. There are a number of different retreats on offer including the week long Bikram yoga retreat where you will enjoy two yoga classes each day, massages and organic meals. In your spare there are a number of activities to enjoy such as kayaking, fishing and hiking, or consider exploring Cygnet township which is famous for its organic produce and artistic culture.
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