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It is a common misconception that yoga is not fast-paced enough to rid you of those extra pounds. However, you don’t have to look very far to find numerous testimonies of passionate yogis who swear by yoga, declaring it an extremely effective weight-loss technique. So, although to an outsider, yoga may appear to be just a series of light stretches and deep breaths, rendering it too low intensity to be an effective way to lose weight; for those of you who have already practiced yoga, you know that this is a severe misconception.
Yoga may not be as intense as a spin class or HIIT workout, but it is a continual activity in which your muscles are working constantly, strengthening and lengthening to tone your body and increase strength and flexibility. Yoga is therefore an incredibly effective way of losing weight and proof that you don’t have break a sweat to melt the fat! If you’re still not quite convinced, keep on scrolling to discover our top 5 reasons for why yoga can help you shed the pounds as well as our top 10 yoga holiday destinations, so you can kick-start your yogi journey in utter style and luxury.
Begin your yogi journey on the vibrant and sunny Algarve coastline at Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal. The resort focusses on the incorporation of nature into our everyday lives to improve both our physical and mental well-being. In a week alone, you will experience four 90-minute yoga sessions, an 80-minute abhyanga massage, Ila crystal healing face therapy and may more wellness gems to keep you cool, calm and collected during your weight-loss journey. Enhance your weight-loss holiday by picking up the pace with water sports, golf and tennis at the Annabel Croft academy before relaxing in the Serenity Spa to experience a range of detoxifying wraps and rejuvenating facials.
Lose weight on this idyllic yoga retreat in Malaga, Spain where you'll also leave behind life's everyday stresses with twice-daily classes in Shanti Som's beautiful yoga studio or outdoors in the pavilion. Let the physical, spiritual and emotional harmonise, affording you with a sense of inner calm alongside group meditation classes and revitalising spa treatments.
Downward-dog and bridge-pose your way to a healthier weight whilst rejuvenating your mind and body at the BARAI Spa in Thailand. This wellness destination offers the perfect setting for a refreshing holistic holiday and yoga experience that is sure to shed some pounds. This bespoke yoga programme allows you to create a getaway that suits your needs and desires to ensure that you are making the most out of your stay. The relaxing spa offers a range of massages including aromatherapy massages, crystal energy balances massages and deep tissues massages to ensure that your body is always feeling relaxed and prepared for your next yoga session.
Embark on a yogi journey at REVIVO with the emotional balance programme in Bali for a true emotional healing holiday. Holistic practices such as candle-light meditation, reiki and of course, yoga, will get your mind in the perfect place for a spiritual weight loss journey that is sure to melt the fat away for good. Be sure to end each day by relaxing your muscles with a full-body healing stone massage, a salt floating session and ancient soul healing to harmonise your mind and body in preparation for your mental and physical transformation.
Discover paradise on the private island of Parrot Cay and feel the soft sand between your toes as you enjoy daily practice on a yoga and Pilates holiday that will de-stress your mind and tone your muscles. Further improve your knowledge as you open your mind and calm your senses through Vedic yogic philosophy and group discussions, before picking up the pace with mountain biking and windsurfing. In between sessions unwind in the luxurious spa and refuel with exquisite healthy cuisine.
Practice daily beach yoga, from sunrise to sunset on Morocco’s exotic coastline at Paradis Plage. Set on a private beach overlooking the ocean, the yoga pavilion is a breath-taking wooden construction with panoramic glass windows giving you an unparalleled view of miles of stunning coastline. Keep active on a beach spa holiday as you combine Manipura and aerial yoga with discovering the island through a selection of water sports, mountain biking and treks. Enhance your well-being after an active day in the traditional Moroccan Hammam and relax with therapeutic spa treatments.
Built around an ancient cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, escape to the luxury wellness retreat of Kamalaya on the tropical Thai island of Koh Samui. With one-to-one yoga sessions tailored to suit your goals and skills, this specialist yoga retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis alike. Gain expert instruction in asana (physical posture), pranayama (breathing) and meditation to have you returning home feeling renewed and inspired. Alongside your daily yoga practice, continue your holistic journey into relaxation and experience a true Ayurveda holiday with Kamalaya’s reviving choice of award-winning Ayurveda spa therapies.
Escape to Ananda in the Himalayas and rebalance with yoga amongst the calming landscape of this exotic yoga retreat. Enhance the well-being of your mind, body and soul as you combine personalised yoga sessions and group classes, with discovering a taste of local culture through traditional Indian music classes and dance performances. For a true mindfulness retreat experience, make the most of complimentary Pranayama and meditation classes, before relaxing at the luxury spa with aromatherapy massages and reflexology.
With one-to-one personal yoga lessons on this stunning Caribbean island your yoga will improve leaps and bounds as you finally take the chance to tune into your weight-loss goals. With an award-winning wellness centre providing daily spa treatments, replenish and pamper yourself after each yoga session with a selection of holistic therapies. Shake things up with a host of additional land and water sports, including tennis, cycling and kayaking. If you’re going solo, make the most of the singles table each night as well as the wide variety of group fitness classes which will allow you to get to know like-minded individuals on the solo holiday of your dreams.
Enhance your flexibility and improve your overall well-being on a spa holiday on one of Thailand’s most culturally rich islands. Boasting outstanding natural beauty, Mangosteen, offers a secluded paradise with stunning views of surrounding lush tropical gardens and hillsides making it the perfect spot for some relaxing yoga practice. With a range of holistic activities to choose from including vinyasa stretch yoga, nirvana Hatha yoga and meditation, this oasis of luxury is guaranteed to help you make that much-needed connection between your mind, body and soul. Being a nutrition-friendly retreat, aid your weight loss journey with food sourced from organic, local Thai ingredients and wheat grass booster shots to boost your immunity.