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Top Trip Memories
  • Attending a 7 day mediation retreat on the island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand
  • Absorbing the surrounding beauty of Osho Meditation Resort in India
  • Discovering a haven for Kagyu mediation in the heart of Scotland
  • The closeness to the sea and spirit at Rolling Meadows Mediation Retreat in Mexico
  • Experiencing the power of silence and meditation at an authentic Indian Ashram
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Tour Tips
  • Many serious yoga retreats, especially in India, require that you have a solid yoga foundation before attending. Be sure you know the level your tour is catering to.
  • If you want to volunteer while on your travels, yoga tours will often incorporate this into their itineraries. 
  • The daily schedules of yoga and meditation retreats can differ dramatically. Some (especially in India, often at Ashrams) involve rising before the sun and following a strict schedule including morning prayer ceremonies, yoga, and perhaps meditation all before breakfast, and encourage spending your time in silence. 
  • Other retreats may follow a more choose-your-own pace and offer more of a spa-style vacation with massages, ayurveda, reiki or other treatments either included in your package or available to add on.
  • Know how much yoga you want to do. How many hours of yoga do you want to do per day? Again this can range significantly from retreat to retreat.
  • Yoga and Surf. A rapidly growing number of Surf Camps offer the option to enjoy both time in the waves followed by restorative yoga sessions - the perfect way to soothe any sore muscles!
  • Yoga retreats can be a great way to experience Eco Tourism, as many retreats are low-impact and get back to nature. If that’s something on your mind then have a look for retreats that use sustainable accommodation. 
  • Consider your level and any preference for style of Yoga. Check if previous experience is required and what level the retreat will cater to. Many offer all-levels, but if you’re looking for your very first taste of Yoga, a beginner’s retreat might be more comfortable. 
  • Do you need to stay connected? Many retreats encourage digital as well as bodily detox. If you need wifi and/or phone signal, do check in advance if your chosen retreat has this.
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Mexico Surf and Yoga Adventure

5.0 August 2015 Access Trips Recommend: Yes Trip of a Lifetime is the only way to describe Access Trips' Mexico mountain bike and surfing trip. The biking is challenging and takes you through the real Mexico. You will ride past cowboys on horseback herding cattle and stop in a number of tiny villages. There you are able to try homemade ice cream or a treat hot out of an earthen oven. If you are really lucky, you may sample some local moonshine called "ricia" that is as smooth as any tequila. The terrain is spectacular. The accommodations in Moscato are in an adobe and plank and timber hacienda; truly beautiful. Just as you are getting saddle sore, it is off to Sayulita where you can soak up the sun, sand, surf and cervezas. The surfing is at a picture postcard beach with surfing for every level and Sayulita has more varieties of fish tacos than you could try in two weeks. This was a great trip; best I've ever taken and I am a repeat customer. Read more
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Yoga, Meditation & Wellness Trips & Tour Advice

Does the idea of switching off and getting back in touch with yourself and nature sound appealing to you? If so, you wouldn’t be the only one. With the rise in popularity of yoga retreats and meditation over recent years, there is now a wide range of yoga and meditation retreats available to help you do just that. Whatever style of yoga you prefer or level you’re at, there’s truly something for everyone. Do note that the amount of yoga included and expected previous experience can vary significantly, so we advise you to research into that when booking your trip. Namaste!

The History of Yoga

The origins of the ancient practice of Yoga have been traced back over 5,000 years to India. Yoga has its roots in Hinduism, although there are commonly no particular religion or religious practices directly related to yoga today. 

The name Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word, Yog, which originally meant to “hitch up” or “put to practical use.” Sanskrit was the ancient Indo-European language of the Vedas, which are India’s ancient religious texts, from which Yoga was born. Yoga was brought to Europe and the United States in the 19th century by Swami Vivekananda and grew in popularity from there. 

Styles of Yoga 

Yoga, as commonly referred to today in the west, is the practice of Yoga Asanas or poses, whereas in India, Yoga is broader than asana practice and is viewed as a lifestyle and set of spiritual beliefs and standards for living. 

As yoga has rapidly gained in popularity, the number of styles of yoga has increased, with Yin Yoga, Flow Yoga and Hot Yoga standing out as some of the most popular styles. Tantra is also a style of yoga which originated from Hatha. Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are older and are some of the most classical styles---a great option for beginners looking to get a solid foundation in the practice of yoga.   

Benefits of Yoga & Meditation Retreats

One of the great benefits of attending a yoga retreat can be the opportunity that it gives to immerse yourself in learning a new practice and acquiring more experience than you would have the opportunity to at home. Through a week of daily yoga sessions, you can build up a more solid knowledge, enough to be able to take your own mini-routine home to be able to practice more regularly. For experienced yogis and yoginis, there are also a range of retreats to take you on to the next level of your practice.    

Trip Style and other activities

A key part of any yoga retreat is practicing healthy and mindful living, so expect opportunities for plenty of exercise (from gentle walking to kayaking, surfing and other outdoor activities), fresh air, and a healthy diet full of natural ingredients. Many yoga retreats offer meals included and operate a vegetarian or vegan diet. Many are also alcohol free.  

Accommodation standards can vary widely based on the type of retreat, from very simple home-stays or hotels, to luxurious oceanside villas. 

Some yoga retreats will also offer the opportunity to participate in day trips to nearby destinations, or even the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations---providing a unique way to really see another side of the country you’re visiting

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