Yoga, according to many originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. The actual Sanskrit word, when broken down, means “to control,” “to yoke” or “to unite.” The word has also been translated to mean “joining, uniting and “union.” The union is made between the self and the spirit. Yoga is a major part of the Hindu religion as it embodies their natural state of being and spiritual enlightenment. As a part of Hinduism, Yoga belongs to one of the six Hindu schools of philosophy. If you dig deeper, you can read about how yoga is used in conjunction with meditation. Yoga is also a major part of Buddhism as a part of their meditation practices. It has even been linked to Islam and early Christianity. Yoga today has become increasingly popular, among nature lovers who seek more than just the the normal travel. Either as a combination to cultural experiences today’s travelers want to experience deeper and meaningful spiritual benefits as for the physical advantages. From popular musicians embracing Yoga to magazines filled with yoga ads, you simply cannot get away from Yoga and the influence it has had physically and mentally for a lot of people.
1. Om Yoga Retreat, Casablanca
Om Yoga Retreat is an ideal place for people who want to refine their yoga techniques and relax. Promoting healing, health, and growth, the center offers various types of yoga practices; including bikram yoga, hot yoga, hatha yoga, qi gong, nidra yoga, and yin yoga. Pilates, dance classes, detox sessions, and meditation are among the other activities visitors can enjoy at the stylish resort.
2. Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, Kenya
In a world torn apart by materialistic values which are the root of all suffering, the message of the Brahma Kumaris is that if we want peace, happiness and prosperity we need to live with spiritual values. The essence of spirituality is knowing how to live with meaning and purpose. This journey begins by exploring who we truly are to rediscover our true nature and connect with the Divine Source so that we can live with a higher consciousness.
3. Paradis Plage, Agadir – Morocco
Paradis Plage Yoga
Paradis Plage is reputed to be the most popular surf, yoga and spa Resort in Morocco. The ultimate yoga holiday at Paradis Plage is intended for yoga devotees. It’s so close to the sea you can hear the sound of the ocean from whichever accommodation you’re staying in, and in the evenings you can see the most beautiful sunsets. The yoga class in the sunset with the candles lit, waves crashing, sun, moon, beach, wind, is an incredible experience for any yogi and yogini.
4. Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat, South Africa
Little Samadhi is a small, beautifully positioned yoga retreat and B&B located on a mountain overlooking the small village of Barrydale on the popular Route 62 in the Little Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa. The Sanskrit word Samadhi is the mind’s ultimate state of being: bliss or enlightenment. In Samadhi the mind becomes still. With a choice of yoga, meditation and walking a labyrinth, your mind is bound to become quiet and you can then reconnect with your own true essence, that part of yourself that is forever joyful and blissful. Located in the small and serene Klein Karoo town of Barrydale, is all about yoga. Whether you’re a beginner to yoga or an advanced pretzel-shape maker, you’re welcome at this retreat, which offers regular classes and weekend yoga retreats, meditation, individual retreats as well as five-day detox programs and healthy, organic vegetarian meals. There is only accommodation for four people (in two stylish ensuite rooms) at Little Samadhi, so book ahead – or choose to stay in one of Barrydale’s many lovely country guesthouses.
5. Turtle Cove Yoga, Mozambique
Graced by three resident teachers, Turtle Cove offers year around yoga classes on a daily basis, including Kundalini Yoga, Acro Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Yogi Holiday makers therefore have the flexibility to visit us anytime of the year and experience the luxury of daily classes in the shala a stones through away from the charming chalets of Turtle Cove. The daily yoga schedule offer a variety of Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. The yoga shala, affectionately known as the Gaia Yoga Temple, holds the spirit of love with an architectural grandeur that is sure to capture the creative spirit of Yogi Travelers for the ultimate African Yoga Holiday adventure. Offering a magnificent space for yoga practice, the yoga shala features double volume ceilings, arched windows and multi-level floor space. The shala is equipped with basic equipment including yoga mats, bolsters, foams, yoga straps and blocks. Turtle cove also host regular world-class yoga teachers who run workshops and retreats with us in conjunction with the laid-back tropical bliss of Tofo. These retreats offer an intimate community atmosphere within the group (absolutely ideal for single travelers!) and is an inclusive package with daily excursions to experience the best of what Tofo, Barra and Inhambane has on offer, including daily return beach shuttles and delicious vegetarian or vegan buffet meals.
6. Fatuma’s Tower Lamu Yoga Retreats, Lami Island kenya
Fatuma’s Tower is the ideal environment for your Kenya Yoga & Wellness holiday. You can choose a personal yoga program, join a group yoga retreat or simply join our afternoon classes. Fatuma’s Tower offers a wonderful Yoga program and although not obligatory, the retreat will well suit groups looking for a more meditative holiday. The yoga hall is 50 square meters with plenty of space for 15 mats. The center works by both welcoming teachers of yoga and other holistic practices to bring their own groups and teach in seclusion and has teachers on hand inviting individuals, groups or families, to join their daily yoga sessions. In addition various massage and other holistic treatments may also be available.
7. Namaste Yoga Safari, Namibia, Botswana & Seychelles
GA on SAFARI
Namaste Yoga Safari offers you several unique ways to enjoy the soul of Africa and explore its diverse wonders – combining mindfulness, restoration, renewal, relaxation, self reflection and inspiration. Offering scheduled and customised retreats with daily yoga, meditation, wildlife game viewing and adventure filled days in prime locations such as Namibia, Botswana and Seychelles. Yoga, nature and animal lovers looking to get in touch with their inner self will appreciate these Soulful Yoga Safari Adventures, “a truly unique experience combining yoga on safari…”
8. The Mazagan Spa Yoga, Marrakech
A spiritual journey to enhance the wellness of body and mind. The Mazagan Spa yoga pavilion is filled with the soothing sound of the waves and offers a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy yoga from sunrise to sunset. Yoga helps reduce stress and increase serenity, improve breathing and boost confidence, strengthen the body, and enhance flexibility. Discover these – and other benefits – with our qualified yoga instructors.
Start your day with a burst of energy with a session of Surya Namaskars – a sequence of 12 powerful yoga postures – accompanied by mantras and musical melodies.
Sequences of dynamic movements inspired by Ashtanga yoga help you develop muscle strength, flexibility and breathing control. Power Yoga not only tones the body, it also improves endurance and the ability to concentrate.
Meditation helps to purify the mind, develop a clear inner vision and enhance self-knowledge and self-understanding. The sessions provide a gentle introduction to different breathing techniques and to the power of mantras and mudras.
Yin Yoga is a relaxed, contemplative practice of passive stretching, working the body’s connective tissues combined with slow, deep breathing. Yin Yoga is ideal for taking time out, relieving stress and tension, and re-energising body and mind.
The perfect complement to any physical activity or yoga practice, Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep – a state of being between sleep and consciousness – is a technique of profound relaxation and introspection. It results in deep relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level, and progressive inner freedom.
Simple and fun yoga techniques for your little ones to increase their flexibility, coordination and ability to concentrate. The sessions also foster creativity, develop the imagination and contribute to overall health.
An opportunity for families to share special moments through simple yoga exercises. The session helps stimulate the child, and develops their intellectual capacity in a gentle, nurturing atmosphere.
9. Zuri Zanzibar Resort, Zanzibar
Wellbeing & Yoga
Harmonize your body and soul and rejuvenate yourself in the Zuri Zanzibar: everything from yoga, wellness, a swimming pool and beach to spice gardens, an indoor and outdoor “wild fitness” gym area and a book and dvd library is at your disposal. Balance yourself in a peaceful environment with a magnificent ocean view and watch one of Zanzibar’s famous sunrises or sunsets during a yoga lesson. Private lessons are also available upon request.
10. Fairmont Royal Palm, Marrakech
Surf, Yoga and Spa Resort
Nestled in a natural landscape of 231 hectares of palm, olive and orange trees and lavender flowers, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is a prestigious hotel which has been designed to exceed expectations.
If you would like an itinerary, feel free to contact Trailblazer Travelz for an already made itinerary to each retreat.