A holiday is often the highlight of our year, giving us time to unwind and helping with our general health and wellbeing.
Holidays have been proven to reduce stress, help your heart stay healthy and improve mental health, but it’s now possible to take that to a whole new level.
Yoga retreats have become increasingly popular in recent years, giving people the opportunity to re-energise themselves in some stunning destinations around the world.
Read on for our top five recommendations for yoga trips.
1. Ponte a Moriano, Italy
Reclaim Yourself offer healthy week holidays based in Tuscany, Italy, where top yoga practitioners Adam Husler and Emma Henry host yoga classes, workshops and relaxation sessions.
The private estate is surrounded by the Pizzorne Mountains and features four luxury villas with three swimming pools, olive groves and gorgeous gardens all adding to the experience.
Take advantage of the Venice Magic Slot Review before travelling, to give yourself the chance of taking trips to Florence and Lucca or enjoy vegan feasts under the moonlight.
St Foy, France
AdventureYogi combine skiing or snowboarding with yoga to help you feel invigorated on the slopes.
You start the day with an hour of hatha yoga, before hitting the snow and then unwinding with a sauna or relaxing in front of a roaring log fire.
An early-evening 90-minute restorative class completes the yoga sessions for the day, giving you the time afterwards to socialize or retire to your room and chill out.
Soulfood London runs a creative retreat mixing daily yoga and photography lessons at Villa Zaharoula overlooking the Ionian Sea.
Every morning features a 90-minute yoga class, while in the evening you can enjoy relaxing meditation sessions.
In between times a professional photographers is on hand to teach you her art. Trips to nearby towns and swimming in quiet coves complete an idyllic week.
Costa Brava, Spain
Just a 10-minute stroll from the stunning Costa Brava coastline, Pi Blau is a beautifully designed eco-villa that is perfect for yoga holidays.
The studio floods with light, and large folding doors bring the outdoors inside, allowing you to connect with the surrounding environment.
During your holiday you can visit Figueras to see the Salvador Dali museum or simply unwind in one of Europe’s finest yoga destinations.
Arctic Norway, Scandinavia
At the other end of the temperature scale is Lyngen Lodge, a luxury boutique lodge above the Arctic Circle in Norway.
Four 90-minute vinyasa flow yoga classes are followed by four personally guided adventures, including a trek along scenic paths and a boat safari.
The lodge has an outdoor jacuzzi and mountain views, and although the trip is pricy it would certainly be money well spent.