Dynamic hatha yoga retreat, Sardinia, Italy
If you like your beach holiday with a generous helping of seafront yoga, you’ll love Sardinia Yoga – a four-star hotel in a secluded and unspoilt bay in northern Sardinia. Experienced teacher Dan Gelblum leads students of all levels through uplifting sessions of dynamic hatha yoga every morning (you can book private afternoon classes), then you’re free to spend the rest of the day swimming, sunbathing, in the spa or gym, or exploring the local area. It runs from August 25 to September 1, and costs £1,395 per person, including accommodation in the Grand Hotel in Porto Cervo, two hours of daily yoga and extended breakfast; sardiniayoga.com.
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Discover Yoga, Crete, Greece
Be pampered while you practise during this luxury yoga holiday, which combines private sessions of hatha yoga, meditation and pranayama (breath regulation) with Six Senses signature treatments in the hotel’s amazing spa. This incredible week, at a spa and golf resort overlooking pristine Mirabello Bay, is an indulgent introduction to yoga and perfect for beginners. Health and Fitness Travel offers seven nights at Porto Elounda from £1,590 per person or £1,940 for single occupancy. The price includes half-board accommodation, group fitness classes and spa treatments and return flights and transfers; healthandfitnesstravel.com.
Yoga week at EcoYoga Centre, Argyll, Scotland
This four-day self-catered retreat is a great introduction to the asanas of the ashtanga yoga system, with gentle guidance and support from experienced teacher Laura Grace. As well as two yoga classes a day (one dynamic and one relaxing), there are breathing exercises, yoga nidra (yogic sleep) and candlelit evening meditation sessions on offer. Beyond the yoga studio, there are plenty of ways to relax – explore hot wild-river baths, a natural hot tub and an underground sauna at this sustainable riverside eco living centre. The retreat runs from July 20 to 24 and costs £380 per person, including accommodation and two daily yoga classes; ecoyoga.org.
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