5 Amazing Yoga Getaways Around the World

Many yogis ask me where they should go for summer vacation. The great news is that even if you haven’t yet booked anything for this summer, there is still time!  Here are some suggestions to help you make your best choice to gain the benefits of a “traveling savasana.”

Bon voyage as you happily travel the world living yoga, being yoga and loving yoga! Here are my five favorite yoga retreat centers for 2012:

1. Costa Rica: The Sanctuary at Two Rivers
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

What’s cool? Brand new, private 40-acre eco-estate with over 300 fruit trees exclusive for only 12 guests. Night Pool Yoga with underwater LED lights. Gourmet vegetarian meals that use Ayurvedic cooking techniques prepared with intentional positive energy infused into the food. Founded by the actress Perrey Reeves (who played the very yoga-fit 'Mrs. Ari Gold' on HBO’s Entourage) and Jeff Gossett, a restaurateur. They were recently featured in the New York Times Travel Issue.

What’s unique? Costa Rica’s premier 100% Off-The-Grid, Solar Powered Retreat Center where you will live and learn the lessons of one of the Earth’s only five "Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives" according to author Dan Buettner.  Everything was constructed with meticulous care around the landscape as opposed to the usual practice of landscaping afterward around the structures.  It feels like you are in living in a Zen tree-house with Japanese architectural flair, accented with natural fabrics, stone tiles, tropical woods and art, the majority of which were from quarries in Costa Rica and India.

Stuff to do besides yoga? Wander through the Jurassic jungle enjoying adjacent secluded waterfalls or walk to the glorious surf and swimming beach. Explore Cabo Blanco National Park, ride horses on the beach, or tour the forest canopy on zip-lines.

How much? Least expensive is $1425 on select retreats until June 30, 2012. Then starting at $1675 depending on whether excursions are included or not. More Information: thesanctuarycostarica.com