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When stress has got you down and there seems no escaping the pressures of your daily grind, it might be time to consider a break. But sometimes simply lounging on a beach isn’t enough of a distraction to ease the mind. If you feel this way it might be time to try a yoga retreat.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to travel to South America or Europe to get in touch with your inner yogi. Canada is home to an abundance of yoga retreats that range in focuses and experience levels. From luxury getaways to adventure-filled expeditions, options for high-quality yoga retreats run amuck in Canada where sky-scraping mountains and serene lakes take yogis away from their daily stresses. Here are some of our favourite Canadian yoga retreats for the next time you need to get zen.
Days at Shanti Retreat include four classes of yoga each day, afternoon meditation, morning walks, infrared saunas, vegan meals, and evening Satsang. Located on an 11-acre property near Kingston, Ont. this resort is one of the largest in the province. Plus, if you don’t have time for the full yogi experience, Shanti Retreat also has one-day getaways.
As one of the oldest yoga retreats in Canada, Yasodhara Ashram has both age and beauty on its side. Operating for over 50 years and located on the picturesque Kootenay Lake, this award-winning establishment offers something for everyone whether you’re looking for unique, non-traditional classes or want to become a certified yoga instructor.
Grail Springs is more than just a yoga retreat; it also has a spa and meditation centre. Located on the Canadian Shield, Grail Springs offers anywhere from 2- 21-day retreats in a variety of flows with evening kirtans. In an environment with rich greenery, walking paths, and an alkaline spring fed lake, you’ll have no problem relaxing here.
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In addition to its upscale exercise facilities, Alberta’s Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers four mindfulness retreats each year. The retreats are two-night stays and are open to all levels of practitioners. These retreats are a great choice for someone who is new to the yoga scene and looking to see if the yogi life is for them.
Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen Island located northwest of Vancouver boasts some of the most popular private yoga retreats in Canada. Ranging from 3-14 days, these retreats have a variety of yoga styles including Hatha, Power, and Vinyasa classes. In addition, these retreats allow visitors to explore the island—whether via hiking, kayaking, or swimming—in the afternoons.
Located in rural Ontario with yoga practices taking place inside a heritage barn, Mapiya Retreat overlooks the Bay of Quinte offering a calming retreat experience. With its rustic atmosphere, warm energy, and natural setting, this retreat is the perfect weekend escape from city life for those wanting to rejuvenate their body, mind, and soul.
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Yoga is such an intimate practice. You're literally taking time to silence your thoughts and move your body in tune to your breath, you're learning to control your body's reaction to stress, you're digging ever deeper into yourself, searching for strength, wisdom, answers… Yoga truly is the journey of the self, through the self to the self.
This hidden gem on the outskirts of Salt Spring Island makes for an ideal personal yoga getaway. Focused on Kundalini Yoga—the yoga of self and outer awareness—retreats at Paradise Found are geared towards de-stressing. The spot also features private retreats for small groups and also cater to couples looking for a private session.