Planning a yogic escape this Christmas and/or New Year - 2010/11? We look at a selection of festive yoga retreats and holidays taking place at home and in more exotic climes. Also see our round-up of Winter yoga retreats: click here.
If you are searching for Winter or Christmas/New Year retreats over 2011/12, click here.
Relax and renew after the Christmas splurge: join YA Retreats for a two-day Detox & Restore retreat on January 29 and 30. This yin/yang weekend will be held in a beautiful studio in Chelmsford, 35 minutes' train ride from London. The £95 cost includes two de-toxing lunches, but not accommodation (we can recommend nearby B&Bs or hotels). Also: monthly yin/yang day retreats. Click here.
Celebrate the holidays and enter the New Year at beautiful Yoga Thailand: December 19 - 26, 2010 - All About Asana; December 26 - January 2, 2011 - All About the Philosophy; January 2 - 8, 2011 - All About the Breath. Paul Dallaghan and his team will share in the task of teaching and guiding these retreats. Click here.
Ready to feel rejuvenated, energised & inspired for 2011? Tabitha Dean's three night New Year Yoga Retreat at Holland House (in Worcestershire, two hours from London), offers you a full programme of timeless tools and uplifting healing practices: kundalini and hatha yoga, meditation, chanting, pranayama, relaxation and the most delicious and nutritious freshly prepared vegetarian food. Click here.
Yoga in Goa with Dina Cohen: this will be Dina's third season at the Lotus Yoga Retreat, a stunning eco-friendly beach front resort at the far end of the unspoilt bay of Patnem in South Goa. Accommodation and yoga shala on the sand, overlooking the ocean, a short walk from a selection of funky restaurants and shops. Click here.
Goahead: Yoga with Lara Baumann at Bhakti Kutir, South Goa: December 22-Jan 5. Enjoy India at its most accommodating in this setting of lush nature and beaches. Celebrate Christmas & New Year's Eve with joy and vitality! This holiday includes daily meditation and pranayama, group and individual yoga classes, as well as day-trips, massages, Ayurveda and nutritional consultations. Click here.
Eat, Pray, Ski: Christmas and New Year's Eve Yoga & Ski Retreat in France with Raphaella Rose. Seven nights' shared accommodation in a spacious ski-in, ski-out chalet. Included in the retreat: airport transfers from Geneva; twice daily yoga, two meals a day plus afternoon tea, guided meditation, yoga nidra and a special programme of workshops to gracefully guide you into the new year. Click here.
New Year with Kalagiya: Imagine being in a cosy, warm house (The Orange Tree) in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside: log fires burning, delicious food, yoga and meditation each morning, studying inspirational yogic teachings, taking long walks, meeting like minded souls and setting positive intentions for the coming year. Plus plenty of free time to relax in the sauna or soak in the hot tub, receive therapeutic treatments or simply curl up by the fire with a tea and a book. Click here.
Yoga and Ayurveda are closely linked. A stay at one of the Barberyn resorts in Sri Lanka is a fantastic introduction to this ancient Indian life science. It is also a sound choice for those with a health condition or in need of deep rejuvenation. Guests stay on a full board basis, or buy a package that includes Ayurvedic treatments, diet, massages and yoga. Click here.
Our guide to Winter retreats, 2010/11, will go live shortly. If you would like to add your retreat to our Winter, or Christmas/New Year round-up, please contact us here.