As the recuperative powers and health benefits of yoga are being realised, more people are making plans to visit yoga and wellness retreats, where they can detox their body and mind, and maybe even get some spiritual enlightenment.
Some popular yoga centres are:
Ko Pha-Ngan in Thailand
Ko Pha-Ngan is a quaint island in southeastern part of Thailand that is located far away from the chaos and crowds of urban life. Accessible only by boat, this island has a tranquil environment that soothes the body and mind. Ayurveda yoga classes are scheduled three times a day, and these classes are supplemented by natural stress-handling techniques like hot oil massage to give you a holistic experience. The best way to get here is by taking a flight to Bangkok and then a ferry to the island of Ko Pha-Ngan.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, a serene city located on the northern part of Laos, is best known for its rolling meadows, Buddhist monasteries and pristine environment. Yoga classes happen here in some of the most beautiful locations that border Mekong River, to help you connect with the nature around you, The bliss you get out of these classes is surreal, to say the least. The best part is Luang Prabang has an airport, and there are many flights to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.
Balinese culture is unique as it combines elements from both Hindu and Buddhist cultures. For those who want to practise in the background of such a unique culture, Bali is the place. With most yoga centres in Bali located along the beautiful Ayung River, there are ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate with nature. There are daily flights to Bali, making the travel only more convenient.
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To experience yoga at its best, head to the "World Capital of Yoga" - Rishikesh. Located in the Indian state of Uttarkhand, Rishikesh is nestled in the Himalayan foothills besides River Ganges to give you a serene environment. Besides yoga, the many Vedanta talks, meditation sessions and group interactions give you a spiritual experience unlike any other. You can take a flight to New Delhi, and then the local transport to Rishikesh.
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Overall, Asia abounds with many world-class yoga centres that give you a complete mental and physical detox, to begin a fresh phase of your life. It de-stresses and rejuvenates you, and guides on your first steps toward spiritual enlightenment.