If you think that a yoga retreat might move a little too slowly for you, think again. Some yoga retreat organizers have realized that the exotic locales in which they host the retreats are also particularly well suited towards adrenaline-filled outdoor activities.
Many of these activities, like hiking, biking and surfing, are perfectly complimentary to the stretching and strengthening aspects of yoga. In other words, you’ll get a little bit of everything on a well-rounded, eye-opening holiday. Here are just a few of the best yoga retreat/action sports combination retreats out there.
Yoga and Trail Running in Turkey
Trail runners, listen up: Helen Clare’s trail running and yoga retreats start off with challenging trail runs of six to eight miles (or more, if you’re up to it) along Turkey’s Lycian Way (home of the Lycian Way Ultra Marathon). Running sessions are capped off with an invigorating yoga practice, specifically targeted to stretch and soothe a trail runner’s body. This retreat is set in the mountains by the sea, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Side effects include total relaxation.
Yoga and Paddle Board in Sayulita, Mexico
If you’re looking for a retreat that will leave you feeling stronger and refreshed, look no further than Via Yoga’s yoga and stand up paddle board retreat on the sunny sands of Sayulita. Daily activities include a conditioning class, a 90 minute yoga class, and stand up paddle board lessons, with snorkeling expeditions and muscle soothing massages peppered throughout the schedule. We have a hunch that you’ll sleep perfectly soundly in your open-aired oceanfront villa after fun-filled active days.
Yoga and Mountain Biking in the Rocky Mountains
The folks at Sacred Rides know that mountain biking and yoga are the perfect combination—especially when based in a beautiful mountain lodge amidst the Rocky Mountains. Set in British Columbia’s Kootenays, your itinerary includes two-a-days yoga sessions, a ton of mountain biking through Fernie and the Nipika Mountain Resort, and even a paddle down the Kootenay River. This retreat is best-suited to those with a little mountain biking experience (at least two years, with good technical skills).
Yoga and Scuba Diving in Greece
Whether you’re a passionate yogi or a die-hard diver, this exotic retreat will allow you to experience the best of both worlds on the Greek Island of Paros. Morning Ashtanga yoga sessions on the terrace are paired with scuba diving lessons, with delicious home cooked food served in between the mix. The Inner Space Greek Island Retreat is suitable for yogis and divers of all levels—chances are, you’ll walk away with a new skill under your belt.
Yoga and Surf in Costa Rica
There are more than a few yoga retreats that offer a surfing lesson or two throughout the session, but Jobbie’s Surf Retreat puts more emphasis on the surfing aspect than most. Daily surf lessons (both one-on-one and group lessons) are balanced with daily yoga sessions on the beautiful beaches of Mal Pais in Costa Rica—ranked by Forbes as one of the top ten beaches in the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Costa Rica’s attractions, from touring the Montezuma waterfalls to living it up at a beach bonfire party to taking a sport-fishing tour.
Yoga and Skiing in Banff, Canada
The eco-luxury Sunshine Mountain Lodge will be your home base for this yoga and skiing retreat. This weekend-long retreat combines some epic skiing with restorative yoga classes, allowing you to keep pushing yourself to the limits. The serene experience includes cozy chalet accommodations and healthy organic meals with locally sourced ingredients throughout the weekend. It’s the ultimate ski getaway, with a healthy mind-body-soul twist!