For yoga and Ayurveda
Set in a restored seventeenth century water mill in the rolling Malvern Hills in Herefordshire in England, The Clover Mill offers three or five-night Ayurveda and Yoga retreats. You may have the chance to try different yoga styles, including Iyengar, vinyasa flow, holistic, kundalini and Hatha in a lovely, light-flooded studio. Teachers are experienced and many are Ayurvedic massage therapists too, and with small classes, you will receive plenty of individual attention.
The Ayurveda part of the retreat includes a personal dosha (body type) assessment, Ayurvedic talks, Ayurveda-inspired meals and therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments, tailored to your type. As well as a self-massage lesson, you’ll have use of the Ayurveda spa in the converted mill where your host Julie Dent and her hand-picked therapists use sumptuous Tridosha oils for treatments. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a mental health retreat too.
For yoga and transformation
Based in the Algarve in Portugal, Wild & Free Retreats created and run by qualified yoga teacher Sarah Shannon offer life-changing, free-spirited breaks allowing you to get away from the constraints of everyday life and re-connect with yourself. Three and five-day set date retreats run throughout the year and include yoga, meditation, journaling and swimming in the bracing Atlantic, as well as bountiful vegetarian cuisine, a cacao ceremony, sound healing, cyclical wisdom circles and dancing.
These retreats take place at two peaceful havens – the stunningly designed Casa Fuzetta, nestled in the heart of the busy fishing town of Olhao, and Monte Velho, an away-from-it-all sanctuary in Aljezur on the west coast. The morning practice is Hatha and Vinyasa style yoga, while evenings bring a variety of Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
For yoga and luxury spa
On a pure coral atoll in a biosphere reserve in the Maldives, you’ll find Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, an upscale Four Seasons resort with a serious three-acre spa. Your yoga therapy is designed – with Indian doctors of Ayurveda and yoga – to target one of eight health issues and with private teaching, you practise what you need to learn. The resort has a partnership with S-VYASA, the world’s first “university for yoga”.
As well as yoga sessions with a private teacher, you can join group classes every day and practice on the most exquisite over-sea deck in a mind-cleansing sea-breeze. There’s also a Yoga Energy Trail (yoga poses repurposed as a challenging fitness circuit around the island) and aqua yoga (low impact water-exercise, using yogic terms).