We spend fortunes on pampering ourselves. Whether it be manicures, pedicures or massages. We have all been guilty of indulging in such activities at some point in our pasts. Why not save the money you spend on fixing our chipped nails and hot stone massages and spend it on something that will protect you from on going stress and make life a little easier to deal with. Yoga retreats may sound elaborate and expensive, but below is a list of five fabulous yoga retreats that won’t cost you a fortune.
La Platriere in France
While the Auvergne region is studded with spa-towns and lavish shops, La Platriere hangs back on the country road. Guests are welcomed into a 300-year-old stone farmhouse with bright rooms that are equipped with en suite facilities, electric kettles and fluffy duvets. Guests also have access to a in ground pool and a country side bike trail. Owners Jackie and Andrew cater to all of their guests’ needs. Jackie is a trained psychotherapist who runs de-stress workshops and life counseling sessions while Andrew is an experienced builder and fisherman who can help purchase property in France, choose fish at the market and show you around the region’s lakes and streams. A four-day de stress weekend costs about $540 and includes daily relaxation sessions, an Ayurvedic head massage and freshly prepared meals.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Canada
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp rests in the palm of Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. The camp offers tons of outdoor recreation. Winter weekend getaways combine yoga and mediation with skiing and snowshoeing over a forested landscape that rises and falls. In the summer, yoga classes are held on a outdoor deck and guests can also swim in the in-ground pool. Meals are vegetarian and served buffet style. Guests are to respect the atmosphere of the camp and follow the schedule which includes early morning and evening meditation
Harmony Dawn Retreat in Canada
Under the guidance of a professional chef, learn to create nutritious meals based on local ingredients. The three-day cooking and meditation workshops cost just $350 and are held during the fall. It includes three vegetarian meals a day and airy moods. It is a smaller facility so guests receive a lot of individual intention and the atmosphere is light hearted.
Weihrerhof Hotel in Italy
The compact, four-star hotel is shielded from the noisy outside world. Rooms are equipped with balconies overlooking tha lake and forested plateau of Renon. You can explore the region through a guided hiking week package that includes a visit to the famous earth pyramids, natural clay sculptures carved by erosion. A relaxing week package costs around $798 and includes seven days of half-board, 2 walking tours, two aqua gym workouts in a indoor pool and three sessions of yoga.
Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Hawaii
Kalani, an educational nonprofit organization located on The Big Island, offers an array of therapies. All rooms are equipped with light screens that allow guests to enjoy maximum airflow and stunning views of the island. A three-day yoga escape package costs about $425 and includes access to the sauna and low-chlorine pool, one private yoga class as well as group classes, meals and choice of activities including hula lessons, aroma therapy and meditation.
You deserve it!