By Dana DeMercurio
Not able to take that yoga retreat to India this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Ditch your passport and opt for a domestic retreat right in your own backyard (okay, so you might have to drive a few miles)! We’ve scoured the nation in search of authentic, off-the-beaten-track yoga sanctuaries that won’t break your bank (or your back)! Release your inner yogi and check out our list of go-to Namaste getaways.
Sat Nam Yoga Spa
Less than two hours from the hectic hustle and bustle of Manhattan awaits this private, holistic yoga getaway in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Sat Nam operates not only as a yoga studio that welcomes drop-ins and daily visitors, but doubles as a bed and breakfast. By renovating a turn-of-the-century barn, Sat Nam now offers both rooms and apartments for rent on their sprawling estate. Restore your wellness through meditation in their tranquil gardens, calm your body with flotation spa therapy, or simply gather for daily group Kundalini yoga in the studio.
Mountain Light Sanctuary
Nestled in Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina lies a real-life version of Swiss Family Robinson, inclusive of tree houses and rustic shelters all perched above the tandem creeks that run through this lush mountain retreat. Electricity is optional, so prepare for life unplugged during your stay.
The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island
This serene escape features a tranquil outdoor sauna, manicured orchards and community nature trails that have been carved out of the estates 10 lush acres. A resident chef who is seasoned in the art of organic and vegetarian cooking provides meals to all guests of the lodge throughout the week. Specializing in therapeutic yoga/Ayurveda, The Yoga Lodge offers both private and group sessions, along with other personalized retreat options.
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
San Juan, CA
PVS is a permanent home to a small and secluded community of off-the-grid yogis who live and breathe the practices of Paramhansa Yogananda. Informal stays for personal yoga retreats are welcomed, with your choice of tent, shared cabin, or main house accommodations (includes all meals). This Sierra Nevada foothills sanctuary is perfect for a quick getaway either solo or with friends.
Rolling Meadows Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Don’t let the price tag turn you away; this retreat ranks as one of the most breathtaking escapes you will ever experience. Offering a yearly schedule of small group yoga retreats in a fully restored 1840’s New England farmhouse is only one of its many charms. With over 100 acres to explore, this exquisitely manicured property is truly a work of art. Spend well-needed and uninterrupted time in the natural world during a yoga retreat at this stunning, mid-coast Maine sanctuary.
Song of the Morning Ranch
Unplug and unwind at this spacious haven along the Pigeon River of Northern Michigan. This stunning yoga oasis offers a variety of lodging accommodations, all of which are inclusive of two meals a day, access to all yoga rooms, and participation in outdoor adventures within the 800 acre property. Yogis flock to this site year-round to embrace the majestic surroundings of the forest and to indulge in the quiet, spiritual space of the ranch.
Experience the grandeur of the Colorado Rookies – nearly 10,000 feet in the sky – at Shoshoni, a Shambhava yoga retreat. Pitch a tent, book an eco-cabin, or bunk dorm-room style during your stay at this mountain haven and enjoy the serenity of its unspoiled landscape. Daily yoga classes are held outdoors on the wraparound deck or in the Yoga Mandir studios.