The beach is a great place to go to when planning a quiet escape from city life. With the current pace of life piling us with stress, leaving it all behind seems like a great idea. How about a trip ala-“Eat, Pray, Love” to help you detox from the pressures of day-to-day modern life? These seaside destinations are not just great for lounging on a chair all day, they also offer you classes and the ideal setting to do yoga. Here is a list of the best yoga retreats by the sea in Asia.
Barberyn Resort in Beruwala, Sri Lanka
This is no ordinary beach resort; instead, it is a yoga retreat that practices traditional Ayurveda, yoga by the sea, and Qigong meditation. Beyond the chance to practice these, you are also rewarded with breathtaking views of the Barberyn Reef. Booking your stay already includes all meals, and Ayurveda treatments include health consultation with Ayurvedic doctors, yoga and meditation sessions, massages and herbal baths, as well as other therapies prescribed by the doctor. Even cultural excursions are arranged for you.
Seraya Shores in Bali, Indonesia
How many times can you say you practiced yoga by the sea on the “island of the gods?” In Seraya Shores, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Lombok Strait. Consisting only of seaside villas, even the outdoor yoga pavilion suspends over the water, like the gardens, the dining areas, and the infinity pool. This area is also where the royal family lives, close to the volcanoes and jungles. You can join activities like sunrise yoga, breakfast on a volcano, and taking the boat to Bali’s most beautiful beach.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand
While Koh Samui is known for the wild beach parties, the Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary is on the southern coast, hidden in a quiet cove. The hilltop resort offers an unbeatable panoramic view of the ocean, allowing you to breathe in the beauty of nature while practicing yoga. There is also a legend that this sanctuary has healing powers gained from an ancient cave close by. This used to be a retreat for Buddhist monks. Even if you are a beginner, you will find the right sessions for you, as well as complimentary spa treatments. You will also get to enjoy award-winning and healthy food during your stay.
Pineapple House in Bali, Indonesia
If you are a solo traveler on a journey of self-reflection, then head over to the Pineapple House. Yogis join together at the Canggu Beach for group yoga sessions every morning, as well as enjoying a nutritious and balanced breakfast on site. This is also the place for those who like to have their freedom during their holidays because their Free to Roam package does not have anything set after breakfast. You can then swim, join other yoga classes, surf, or even just relax in the garden.
The advantage of going for that Yoga by the Sea holiday is that you can truly unwind and reset yourself before going back home to the daily grind. Moreover, you have learned techniques to help you destress every day even in your own apartment, so that you can handle life’s ups and downs without letting them bring you down.