International Day of Yoga: physical and mental well-being
Today, on the 21st June 2019, people from all over the world are coming together in a celebration of the International Day of Yoga, with the theme of this year’s celebration being ‘Yoga for health’. Yoga can be summarised as the very ancient mental, physical and spiritual process by which we move our body to boost physical and mental well-being through focusing on breathing, flexibility and overall strength. The practice was born in India and has its name derived from the Sanskrit word that means to ‘join’ and ‘unite’ and refers to the union of the body alongside the conscious mind. Yoga is made up of aligning yoga postures and movements that are designed to increase flexibility and strength with breathing.
The great thing about yoga is that it is among one of the most mobile and adaptable activities, allowing you total flexibility with where you can practice it. If you are looking to explore the various parts of the world where yoga is not only widely practiced but where you can surround yourself with like-minded individuals, then we have compiled a list of the top destinations in the world that will allow you to do so.
As the birthplace of yoga, we simply couldn’t leave it off of the list! Those who travel to India will instantly find themselves captivated by the culturally rich and spiritual vibe of the country, where you will be able to find access to a wide range of yoga types, Vipassana retreats and ashrams too. Make sure you do your homework and find the perfect yoga school or training option for you.
Regardless of where in Bali you choose to visit, you will undoubtedly never be too far away from peaceful yoga studios and healthy food restaurants in abundance- Ubud, for example, has more than 5 yoga studios alone! The great thing about practicing yoga in Bali is that it is inexpensive and completed among spectacular scenery.
Yoga devotees are becoming all the more familiar with Mexico being an increasingly up and coming Yoga-lovers paradise. Not only will your body and soul become invigorated, but you will also be able to practice your sun salutations on pristine white beaches and accompany them with healthy local produce and fresh juices too.
Nepal is ideal for those who prefer to wander and be with the great outdoors and wish to incorporate activity with their yoga practice. The friendly locals and abundance of yoga retreats also come complete with incredible and overwhelming views of the landscape, which are difficult to not find awe-inspiring.
It’s no secret that Thailand is the home of stunning beaches and the ultimate mecca for young party goers, but there is more than meets the eye here, with this part of the world having its own thriving yoga community too. If you are looking for yoga on a budget, then Thailand is calling your name.
Costa Rica is a dream come true when it comes to being the ultimate nature and yoga lover’s paradise. From its thick jungles and plantations to an abundance of monkey and wildlife, Costa Rica is a fantastic place to couple your love of yoga with adventure and ecotourism. Some of the most prominent and famous yoga teachers also set up pop-up yoga treats here, which have been a massive draw to the country as a whole.
Regardless of where in the world you find yourself travelling to in search of the benefits of yoga’s international influence, allow us to help you. If you are looking to study overseas or relocate to one of the aforementioned countries, get in touch with our team who will be able to make your dreams a reality.