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Find the Best Yoga Retreats For Beginners 2022

Beginner to yoga? No worries. There are tons of retreats out there catered just toward you. Most retreats are open to anyone, from beginners to advanced, as teachers can adjust the difficulty depending on the student’s skill level.

But there is no need to worry about having to be super flexible, or that they will make you do 100 sun salutations.

They’ll guide you through simple meditation, yoga asanas for beginners, pranayama breathing, and even yoga philosophy. Your yoga instructor will make the process smooth for you. I’d say there is no better way to be introduced to yoga as a beginner than through the retreat setting.


Because you’ll be learning yoga in an environment that is both accommodating and committed.

Most beginners will start in a studio or gym where yoga classes are regularly offered. However, starting with a beginners yoga holiday at a retreat center will give you extended, personalized adjustments and care while supporting all the other aspects of life. Your yoga teacher will be committed to walking you through the yoga class, whether it's an intense vinyasa flow yoga, a deep stretch hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, or even a quiet yoga meditation class.

As you practice yoga, you might find many patterns begin changing in you. Your diet may change (for the better); you might stop many unhealthy habits you picked up; you could find you are simply more naturally peaceful. Going on a retreat can act as the foundation to make all these changes in your life.

When you surround yourself with like-minded people and begin a daily yoga practice, this sort of transformation seems inevitable. Let the other guests and yoga instructors lift you up and show you the best week ever.

Many yoga centers combine yoga and meditation in their daily schedule as a healthy meditation practice is an important part of yoga. That's why so many people boast that yoga is a body AND mind experience.

And if you're so inclined, you can even find a week-long meditation retreat for beginners, too ;)

Yoga is like daily life: the deeper you dive into it, the more awe-inspiring it becomes.

Don't let it intimidate you, though! Yoga is so much fun and can be done anywhere in the world.

Head to Costa Rica for classes on the beach. Escape to a Sedona yoga retreat for the ultimate luxury yoga vacation. Or get real at a Rishikesh yoga retreat, where yoga and meditation were born together. Better yet, check out our Yoga Retreat Nepal page for some seriously inspiring ashram-esque vibes.

Wherever you begin your yoga practise, it's okay. That's the whole point! You can begin anytime, anywhere. All you have to do is choose a retreat centre, clear your schedule for a week, and let your body and mind do the rest.

What Is A Yoga Retreat?

If you're a complete beginner to yoga retreats, you're probably feeling a little unsure about it and wondering what it actually is. What you'll actually do. Here's a bit about what you can expect in a typical beginners yoga retreat.

1. Daily yoga classes.

But this doesn't mean you'll necessarily be doing yoga all day long! Most retreats have yoga once or twice daily. If you'd like to get started on a few basics before heading to a full yoga class, learn how to start yoga on your own. It's not scary, we promise :)

2. Meditation.

Many retreats are actually yoga and meditation retreats. They combine the two. So you might find yourself exploring your inner nature during a meditation session. If you're new to yoga or to meditation, many yoga retreats will help walk you through the steps. No matter where you are in skill level, they will meet you where you're at. 

3. Tasty food.

This is a great reason by itself to go on a yoga holiday. Maybe you've been slacking a bit on your healthy eating patterns, or maybe you've never tried the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Either way, many of the retreats will offer delicious vegetarian meals (and you won't miss your protein, don't worry).

4. Time to yourself.

Many people go on retreats to check back in with themselves again. To center themselves. Lots of the best beginners yoga retreats will allow you some much-needed personal time (maybe away from your partner, children, and work).

5. You won't be a champion at every pose.

People who run these beginners courses understand that not everyone is a rockstar yogi who can bend like a pretzel. They are accommodating. And it's totally fine to not be "good" at a pose. In fact, I wouldn't even think in those terms. Think in terms of alignment. If a pose is super difficult, it means there is some part of your body that is not aligned. Not flexible in that way. And that's totally fine.

To be expected really.

So no need to approach it like a sport or a competition. But instead a chance to go inward and get more in tune with your body in both the blissful moments and moments of struggle.

Yoga Retreat Benefits: 7 Reasons To Go On A Yoga Retreat

Sometimes we get the question: why a yoga retreat?

Here are 7 answers for that question :)

1. To explore the deeper aspects of yoga.

Studio yoga is a great way to start out, dropping into classes here and there. Maybe even having your own practice in your home. But a retreat is a beautiful opportunity to focus only on your practice, and explore parts of yoga that a studio simply may not be able to access.

Taking a week, or two weeks a year to go on a yoga holiday can completely transform your experience of yoga.

Many people start doing yoga because it helps them with their flexibility, heals injuries, makes them feel healthier, and gives a good workout.

But all of these are just the surface.

It's the peel of the fruit.

The tasty inside of the fruit is much more than a workout.

A retreat is a good opportunity to explore the true fruit.

2. You can have a fresh start.

You might be overworked, have gone through a breakup, had a someone close to you die, or even just turning 30. Whatever it is, you might be feeling ready for a fresh start. A chance to start anew.

A retreat can be this opportunity.

Either to heal the emotional wounds that have built up, or relieve the stress that's been overloading your system, or to take some time to consider what you want the next 10 years of your life will be.

2. Bringing more awareness into your life.

Life tends to move fast.

We go to school, get a job, have a family, and sometimes we don't even stop to look back for a second. We don't ask: What's this life all about? Why am I here? Who am I?

We rarely ask these questions because we're too busy being entangled in so many things. On a yoga break for beginners, you might have the opportunity to actually ask these questions. To contemplate. To question all your assumptions.

3. Trying something new.

We also tend to get stuck in our patterns and ruts of behavior. If you're a beginner to yoga or never been on a retreat before, it will be a unique and wonderful experience. Something new. Fresh.

Imagine a week of being compeltely cared for, while truly serving your body, mind and soul. A level of refreshment that isn't so common in our ordinary lives.

4. Incredible destinations.

Turns out lots of yoga retreats are set in stunning locations.

You might have the opportunity to swim in a Spanish beach, explore the jungles of Costa Rica, or the mystical temples of India. Retreats tend to be in beautiful spots, and give a chance to reconnect with nature again.

5. You'll make lasting friendships.

Going through an intense experience like this with a group of people tends to build deep bonds that last. You'll be with like-minded people who are interested in exploring themselves, healthy living, and have decided to make the leap with you for a yoga weekend.

6. Changing bad habits.

We often build up bad habits. They might be eating junk food, letting our work stress us out too much, spending too much time online, not exercising, etc.

Whatever it is, a 7 day retreat can work wonders to transform your bad habits into healthy habits. 7 days of fresh food, good exercise, and looking inward can create true change in your life. 

7. You deserve it.

The best investment you can make is in yourself.

When you're a happy person, you're so much more pleasant for the other people around you. Everyone wants to work with happy people, be around happy people, and in general enjoy their time in life.

If you feel your life or work is important, then YOU are important. And it's important to take care of yourself.

There are few better ways to take care of yourself then deciding to invest in a retreat.

Preparing For A Yoga Retreat

So by now you might have decided to go on a meditation and yoga retreat for beginners and maybe you've even chosen which one you want. But what do you need to do to prepare?

Don't worry, we've got it taken care of :)

1. Set some intentions.

You're taking this time to invest in yourself, so it's important to take a bit of time beforehand and set intentions for the retreat.

Both for the retreat itself and for what you'd like to get out of it long-term.

Do you want to heal some emotional wounds? Would you like to start eating healthier again? Do you want to recharge your batteries and feel ready to take on life again?

Whatever it is, take some time to decide and visualize yourself already having this.

2. Explore your retreat location.

Ask the retreat owner about the weather, the surrounding area, and what to expect. Then do a bit of google searching on your own. Whether you're going on a Bali beginners yoga retreat, the UK, or India, taking a bit of time to learn about your destination will be well spent.

It might be rainy during the time you're going, or there might be some amazing local activity to take part in. Better to be in the know :)

3. Do some yoga.

Even if you've never practiced yoga before, a retreat can be wonderful. But if you've done yoga and are just new to yoga retreats, then I'd recommend practicing yoga at least a few times a week to prepare.

You'll get more out of your experience this way. You don't need to be an expert, either. Try doing chair yoga at first and see how you can progress from there.

4. Prepare your email away message :)

I'd highly recommend using the internet and your mobile phone at a minimum during your retreat. It's your chance to do a digital detox, as well as be away from work. Really allow yourself this time.

Let people know you won't be available so you can just let it go for a period.


Beginners Yoga Retreats Quick Navigation Destination Guide

Top Recommended Yoga Retreats in India For Beginners

India is a great spot for beginners who want to jump right into the heartland of yoga. Yoga originated in India, and you see the rich culturual influences of yoga wherever you go. They sit on the floor to gather in the energy of the earth. Throughout Southern India in places like Kerala, Chennai, and other areas they have yogic temples on every block.

India has so much to offer, even for beginners.

Top Recommended Yoga Retreats in UK For Beginners

Maybe you're wanting a beginners yoga retreat in the United Kingdom because you don't want to travel too far. In that case, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for places in London, Essex, or others, we've got some great retreat options for you.

Top Recommended Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica For Beginners

Hard to beat Costa Rica for a yoga retreat. Why?

Well if you're new to yoga or this is your first retreat, then Costa Rica gives a beautiful backdrop for your first experience. Lush rainforests and incredible beaches, you'll be learning yoga amongst some of the most beautiful nature in the world.

Top Recommended Yoga Retreats in Bali For Beginners

The only place that might be nicer for yoga that Costa Rica would be Bali. The Balinese culture is traditionally Hindu, so certain aspects of yoga are pretty normalized in the culture. On top of that, you have the beautiful nature and awesome surfing.

There's a reason they call it the "island of the gods."

Top Recommended Yoga Retreats in Hawaii For Beginners

Do you live in the US, want a more exotic location, but can't travel so far to a place like Bali?

Then finding a retreat in Hawaii might be the best bet for you. A forgiving places for first-time yogis, Hawaii offers tropical fruits, wonderful weather, and a set of retreats that are perfect for beginners.

Top Recommended Yoga Retreats in California For Beginners

California is one of the top spots for yoga in the US, and more and more beginners are starting to take it up. You may have been practicing yoga in a studio, or have your own practice and want to experience what this yoga retreat craze is all about.

Whatever your motivations, you can find some great options in California. From retreats in the Bay Area, to the sunny beaches of Southern California, to the redwoods of Northern California...

...the Golden State has it all.