The 12 coolest places in the world to do yoga

Yoga has conquered the whole world, and rightly so! This discipline from India not only tones our body, but helps heal our soul, so how could we not love it! And you, what experiences do you have with yoga? Are you envious of those companions who already do the posture of the crow, the dog and cobra to perfection? Or are you already a true expert with the desire to go one step further and become a yoga teacher? Whatever your experience, we’re sure that after reading our list of the best places to do yoga in the world, you’ll just want to take your passport and mat to become a true yoga guru!

Rishikesh, India

coolest places to do yoga, view of lake near mountains in rishikesh

coolest places to do yoga, view of lake near mountains in rishikesh

📍Rishikesh

What kind of list would this be if we didn’t start with where yoga was born? Rishikesh is considered the world capital of yoga and there is no doubt that it has changed the spiritual lives of countless travelers who have come here. The city lies at the foot of the Himalayas, in the state of Uttarakhand, in northern India and on the banks of the Ganges River. Here yoga is considered sacred, and spirituality and harmony are respected at all levels – hence almost all restaurants offer exclusively vegetarian food!

With so many yoga schools, ashrams and meditation centres, you’re sure to find your way to the light (or at least a good dose of mindfulness!) here. You can learn more about different types of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Hatha or Vinyasa, or even become a yoga teacher. In addition, thanks to its location, Rishikesh also attracts adventurous travelers who come to combine a spiritual experience with the practice of adventure sports such as rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, mountain biking or rock climbing.

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2. Goa, India

coolest places to do yoga, beach huts on agonda beach, goa

coolest places to do yoga, beach huts on agonda beach, goa

📍Agonda Beach, Goa

Do you like paradisiacal beaches, palm trees and yoga? Then set a course for Goa. This Indian state was a Portuguese colony for 450 years (until 1961) and since then has its own personality resulting from a fascinating mixture of East and West. Many travellers love Goa because they can have a first contact with India without the culture shock being too great. In fact, one only has to look at the intricate architecture of the entire region to perceive the enormous Portuguese influence.

Goa is best known for its beautiful beaches and exotic wildlife, but since the arrival of the hippies in the 1960s this region has also become a mecca for yogis of all kinds and backgrounds. So if you want to perfect your skills doing yoga in the middle of nature, we can’t think of a better place than this one. Most schools are open during the high season from October to May, especially in northern Goa. This area is also home to some of the best yoga teachers in the world to guide you on the path to light. Best of all, both the hostels and the yoga schools you’ll find here are excellent and offer their services at a laughable price, so Goa is a real dream come true for budget travellers!

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3. Bali, Indonesia

coolest places to do yoga, women doing yoga outside by statue in ubud, puri garden hostel

coolest places to do yoga, women doing yoga outside by statue in ubud, puri garden hostel

📍Puri Garden, Ubud 📸@purigardenhotel

Bali is an island that belongs to Indonesia, another place full of spirituality (for a reason it is known as the Island of the Gods!). Although yoga was not part of Balinese tradition and culture, his ideas about harmony and nature are totally in tune with the Zen spirit of the island. The town of Ubud, for example, is still a particularly magical place despite the number of tourists who have visited it for years. We don’t know if it will be the fascinating Hindu ceremonies celebrated by locals, the aromatic essences of plants and incense sticks, or the impressive natural environment full of waterfalls, rice fields and volcanoes, but in any case, Bali is full of yoga studios and schools where we are sure that you and your yoga mat will feel very comfortable regardless of your level (such is the case of The Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive in Ubud, for example). In some hostels you can also sign up for yoga sessions, such as the Hide-Out Hostel in Canggu or the Puri Garden in Ubud. If you want to read more about the

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4. Sri Lanka

coolest places to do yoga, sigiriya in sri lanka ancient rock formation

coolest places to do yoga, sigiriya in sri lanka ancient rock formation

📍Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 📸@lauramendez5

Thanks to its geographical and cultural proximity to India, Sri Lanka also has a long tradition in the practice of yoga. However, most of the island’s yoga studios and retreats did not appear until recently due to the recent opening of this idyllic island to tourism after the end of its civil war in 2009. You can choose from plenty of hostels offering workshops, retreats and free access classes, such as Hangover Hostels Mirissa, Mister Hostel Mirissa or Boho Hostel. In addition, most of them are located on the south coast, so you can also surf after class and mold some magazine abdominals!

Ah! And don’t forget to try an Ayurveda treatment to relax body and mind. You will reach complete harmony and will be the perfect complement to your yoga sessions. Total relaxation is guaranteed!

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5. Mallorca, Spain

coolest places to do yoga, girl standing by the sea in mallorca

coolest places to do yoga, girl standing by the sea in mallorca

📍Mallorca 📸@j.panarelli

Since the yoga craze has become global, there are now great places in Europe to practice yoga or even complete your training to become a yoga teacher. One of them is Mallorca, where numerous retreats have flourished in recent years. Its calm atmosphere, the blue Mediterranean sea and its impressive landscape full of olive groves, mountains and so on, make Mallorca the perfect setting to enjoy yoga and an unforgettable stay.

The cool and different touch is provided by a special form of yoga that has been practiced for some time in Mallorca, specifically in Sóller: the paddle surf yoga. But if you think it might be too complicated, don’t worry because Nirodha Yoga Studio also offers great courses (and on land!) where you can even take a free trial class. And if you already have mastered your asanas and want to spread your knowledge, you can complete your training as a yoga teacher at the Vinyasa Flow and Earth Yoga schools.

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6. Tulum, Mexico

coolest places to do yoga, person riding a bike down a path in Tulúm, Mexico

coolest places to do yoga, person riding a bike down a path in Tulúm, Mexico

📍Tulúm 📸@followingalana

Tulum is another tropical paradise whose popularity has skyrocketed in recent years thanks to its stunning beaches and tranquil atmosphere. The city is located on the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and has always been considered a magical place to which hippies and travelers have flocked in search of peace. Unlike other coastal towns in the Mexican Caribbean, Tulum attaches great importance to the environment and sustainability.

Tulum’s relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to immerse yourself in the world of yoga. One of the best hostels to sleep in Tulum if you like yoga is The Beehive Experience, which offers sessions of Ashtanga, Hatha and other types of yoga within the hostel itself. There are also yoga schools like Sanará Studio, located right next to the sea so you can feel the salt water in your hair and the sand in your skin. And if you’re already a veteran and want to share your wisdom, the Joy Yoga school offers teacher training.

And an extra piece of information! Tulum not only has some wonderful beaches, but also has a lot of Mayan ruins where you will discover more about the history and culture of this region. Don’t you think Tulum is one of the best places to do yoga in the world?

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7. London, United Kingdom

coolest places to do yoga, girl making piece sign by Big Ben in London

coolest places to do yoga, girl making piece sign by Big Ben in London

📍London 📸sushmita_thestylblog

In reality, to become a true yogi you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to India or other South Asian countries. London has also become a popular place among yoga practitioners around the world and schools of this type are constantly being born as mushrooms in the capital. For starters, a good place to go is the London Buddhist Centre: they offer yoga classes, mindfulness courses and retreats to improve your yoga skills. In Marylebone’s Indaba Yoga, and in the modern Yogarise studios in Peckham and Streatham, you’ll also find an equally good range of activities. And the best thing is that when you leave class you’ll be able to discover one of them and get on the London Underground with energy!

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8. Morocco

coolest places to do yoga, girl looking out of the window onto a market in Marrakech

coolest places to do yoga, girl looking out of the window onto a market in Marrakech

📍Marrakech 📸@amb.gnrt

Another must-see on this list is Morocco, a fascinating country in North Africa where spas and hammams are part of the culture itself. They’re everywhere, so consider them the perfect accompaniment to a yoga session. If you want to practice posture of the dog face down as much as you want, go to one of the many retreats spread around the country, such as the Sally Goldfinger of Marrakech. You can start by doing a little yoga and then go to a hammam to end the day like new. In Marrakech, don’t miss the lively medina full of souks, alleys and charming cafés.

On the Moroccan coast, you’ll also find excellent places to practice yoga, surf and test your sense of balance – stay at the Amayour Surf Hostel in Taghazout to complete your adventure!

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9. Portugal

coolest places to do yoga, people doing yoga on the roof of bura surfhouse hostel in portugal

coolest places to do yoga, people doing yoga on the roof of bura surfhouse hostel in portugal

📍Bura Surfhouse

Another worthwhile destination for yoga in Europe is Portugal, especially in the Algarve in the south of the country. This area is popular with yogis because of its spectacular Atlantic landscape and temperate climate. It’s also one of the best surf spots in Europe for its great waves, so get ready to unleash these two great pleasures: yoga and surfing. The Bura Surfhouse, in Lagos, is a hostel that combines the culture of surfing with the quiet atmosphere of this city, and if you are looking for something on the Atlantic coast you will also find authentic jewels such as the Aktion Ericeira Surf Hostel. In Cascais, near Lisbon, you’ll find The Salty Pelican Hostel, where you can participate in their morning yoga sessions and then go to the beach to disconnect. As you can see, Portugal is a great place to relax and train your mindfulness skills!

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10. Hawaii, United States

coolest places to do yoga, people doing yoga in hawaii at Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging

coolest places to do yoga, people doing yoga in hawaii at Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging

📍Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging, 📸@themodestyoga

Places full of spirituality, an incredibly diverse nature, impressive volcanoes and a pleasant climate all year round: Hawaii is rightly one of the best places to do yoga in the world. While it’s not the cheapest destination on the list, it’s certainly one of the most magical. It has long been said that the tropics of the Pacific possessed a mystical energy that has subsequently attracted generations and generations of people who wanted to connect with that spirituality and feel in harmony with nature. In fact, more and more yoga retreats and studios are appearing in Hawaii, such as the Sun Yoga Hawaii or the Beach Sunset Yoga Hawaii in Honolulu. The stunning surroundings of Hawaii also provide a perfect backdrop for becoming a yoga teacher in schools like Maui Yoga. And if you’re looking for the perfect place to sleep, the Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging includes a convenient sea yoga studio.

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11. Byron Bay, Australia

coolest places to do yoga, girl sitting on a rock by the sea in Byron Bay

coolest places to do yoga, girl sitting on a rock by the sea in Byron Bay

📍Byron Bay 📸@samanthalreid

The coastal town of Byron Bay in the Australian state of New South Wales is famous for attracting creative people, hippies, surfers and now yogis from all over the world. Did you know that this is one of Australia’s oldest yoga retreats? The Byron Yoga Center was founded in 1988 and offers a wide variety of courses, sessions and programs for teachers. There are also several hostels offering morning yoga sessions, such as Wake Up!, Nomads Byron Bay or Arts Factory Lodge. And don’t worry, because in Byron Bay you’ll always find something adapted to your level. Due to hippy influences, the city has also become a haven for vegetarians and vegans, with vegetarian-style restaurants in every corner. Ah! And as the name suggests, Byron Bay is by the sea, so you can also take advantage of the waves between meditation and meditation. What are you waiting for? Byron Bay is waiting for you! Namaste!

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12. California, United States

coolest places to do yoga, two people walking on the beach with surfboards in California

coolest places to do yoga, two people walking on the beach with surfboards in California

📍California 📸@arstyy

Ah, California! What would this list be without the western epicenter of yoga! This centerpiece of our list of the best places to do yoga is filled with hippies, gurus and yogis who flock to discover the latest trends in the world of yoga and wellness. There are centers and retreats of all kinds throughout the state, from SpaFari in the Santa Barbara Mountains to Sonoma Body Flows, located in the interior of this wine-growing region.

If you’re going to the city of Los Angeles, be sure to stay in a hostel that fits in with the city’s tranquil, carefree atmosphere. The Banana Bungalow Hollywood, for example, will bring the beach atmosphere closer to the very center of the city so you can disconnect from the urban hustle and bustle. Take advantage of a class at one of Los Angeles’ many yoga studios. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some Hollywood star unrolling the mat next to you!

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Whether you’re a beginner or an authentic spiritual master, we hope this list will give you all the inspiration you need for your next escape in search of light. You can take advantage of riding a few waves and touring these fantastic places, but in any case always make sure you find your zen side, wherever it is!

About the author:

During her travels, Sarah Rainer likes to tour the art galleries and discover the best places and cafes for foodies. He loves capturing the unique moments of his travels through his camera lens. Follow her on Instagram or read her blog.

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