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To practice yoga, you don’t need fancy equipment or an expensive gym membership. All you need is a small space to lay on a mat and stretch. What’s more important is the atmosphere in which you choose to surround yourself. An outdoor environment that is calming, full of light, and energizing can help you get the most out of your yoga practice. A yoga retreat can remind you how vital is it to find time for yourself. Below is a list of the top destinations around the world to practice yoga.

Benaras, India

Many advanced practitioners of yoga consider visiting Benaras, India the chance of a lifetime. It is known as the birthplace of yoga and allows you to learn various aspects of spirituality, service, and devotion. Benaras is one of the rare places in the world where you can be trained by a traditional ‘Yogi’ at resorts up in the hills or seaside homestays.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a dream vacation full of can’t miss destinations for yoga enthusiasts of all levels. Most Balinese yoga retreats include exotic backdrops where you can relax, meditate, and eat healthy food all day long. You can practice yoga on platforms that overlook the rolling hillsides and the azure sea.

Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara is known for its friendly locals, biodiversity, adventure tours, and surf-friendly waves. It is also at the top of the list of destinations for yoga practitioners. Retreats are open to tourists and locals throughout the year. Most are elevated above their surroundings providing spectacular views of the waterfalls, ocean, and rainforests. You can also participate in health workshops, spirituality, and personal growth seminars through their wellness and education centers. Nosara, Costa Rica offers customized yoga vacations that include organic farm to table meals served in communal settings. You can choose to stay at one of their budget-friendly hotels, hostels, or upscale luxury resorts.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza may be known for its party crowds and nightlife, but it’s also popular among yogis. The north-eastern coastline is a quiet location to explore the spectacular landscapes and practice yoga. There are several guided meditation sessions, high-intensity interval training, and sunrise yoga sessions overlooking the ocean. Whether it’s a mountainside, hilltop, or beach, Ibiza is an exotic destination to enjoy meditation and healthy food.