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11 Under-the-Radar Yoga Retreats You'll Want to Book Now

Yoga Journal, February 20 2017 - Rebecca Tolin

Yoga and Serenity on the Island of Ithaca, Greece

Bow to the azure waters of this mythical island with little more than passing sailboats and grazing goats to distract you. Home to legendary hero Odysseus, some say this sleepy isle hasn't changed much since Homer's epic poem. Ithaca is, perhaps, the perfect place for yoga. There are only a few thousand permanent residents on the wild, jagged patch of land, and the elegant Itha108 Yoga Retreat & Creative Resort has no traffic to speak of.

Seattle teacher Jodi Boone is leading two back-to-back retreats for sunbathing, stargazing yogis who want to step back in time. Start the day with meditation and an active Hatha practice from the wooden yoga platform, and wind down with yin and restorative from an indoor shala. In between, dive into the silvery waters of the Ionian Sea, get a Thai yoga massage, or cozy up in an Indian daybed on the veranda.

The lodge is carved into a rocky hillside with a crisp white minimalism, every object handpicked with a globetrotter's flair - Indian artifacts dotted around the stone fireplace, for instance. Indulge in mushroom polenta tarts and cinnamon-butter griddled peaches, all seasonal, organic fare straight from the island (or the one next door).

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Best Yoga Retreats 2017

About Time Magazine: February 2017

Searching for the best yoga retreats 2017? From alpine retreats to Greek island adventures, here's our favourite yoga retreats all around the world this February 2017. Man, we love yoga.

What: Greek Island Yoga Holiday with Maurizio Marmorato.

The Lowdown: For a slice of paradise, sun, sea and gorgeous sunrise practises on the stunning yoga platform, you need to get yourself booked onto a yoga holiday with London based teacher, Maurizio Marmorato on the Greek island of Kefalonia. Warm breezes, unbroken sea views and a good dose of recharge...read the full article on the About Time website.

What: Goa Yoga Retreat with Belle Greenwood.

The Lowdown: If you love nature, simple living and yoga, whilst looking for an escape from the winter chill, then the beach and the beautiful surroundings of The Banyan Tree in North Goa are for you. It's a real gem and must be seen. Join London teacher, Belle Greenwood, for yoga, sunshine and Goan vibes from 22-29 March 2017...read the full article on the About Time website.

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What: Luxury Yoga Holiday with Jaya Jaks

The Lowdown: The chance to practice yoga in an idyllic setting at the stunning Masseria della Zingara in Puglia, Southern Italy. This farmhouse has been lovingly restored with a stylish interior that is luxurious and comfortable with the highest attention to detail. Set in over 20 acres of land with olive, fig, cherry and almond trees, the views are stunning at all times of the year.

The house has a swimming pool and wonderful sun terrace for soaking up the Italian sun and the calm of the countryside. You may choose to borrow the bicycles and explore the local region or just relax and unwind. Close to Polignano a Mare (also known as the ice cream capital of Italy) and Monopoli, this holiday offers not only yoga but also the very best in Italian food...read the full article on the About Time website.

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World's Top Ten Yoga Retreats

Yoga Magazine December 2015

Jane Egginton handpicks the best yoga retreats in the world for 2016.

Yoga on a Shoestring. This yoga operation offers something unusual and much needed: affordable yoga holidays that provide a touch of luxury. Don't expect slick, five star accommodation, but do expect experienced, committed teachers who provide a reasonably priced yoga retreat to remember.

Choose a magical beachside retreat with masterful yoga teacher Ali Gunning, or a luxury new-year retreat in Morocco. Other inspiring locations around the world include the unspoilt Italian coast, a tiny island in Greece and the pretty Norfolk countryside.

Jane Egginton is a yoga teacher and highly experienced travel and health writer. She writes about yoga for a range of publications, inlcuding Yoga Magazine and Huffington Post.

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World's Top Ten Yoga Retreats

Yoga Magazine December 2015

Jane Egginton handpicks the best yoga retreats in the world for 2016.

Itha108 This is not just a yoga retreat, but a creative resort created with love. ITHA108 is a Grecian island retreat on Ithaca, one of the smallest Ionian islands and home of Odysseus.

In an area of incredible natural beauty that is very much authentic Greece, here guests get to relax amongst the oliver trees, swim in the warm blue water and enjoy yoga from dedicated teachers from around the world. www.itha108.com

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New Year Yoga retreat, Norfolk

Guardian, Sunday 29 November 2015
Healthy (and fun) retreats for New Year

If you think New Year's parties are over-rated, escape the mayhem on a healthy retreat and start 2016 feeling zen.

This retreat is in a bohemian Georgian manor near Swaffham, in gorgeous grounds with stream, water meadows and lakes. Rooms range from a budget mini-dorm to luxury en suites. The programme includes twice-daily meditation and yoga. Food is homegrown, organic and vegetarian, with a special meal on New Year's Eve.

29 December-1 January, from £395

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Yoga in Puglia, Italy

Guardian, 8 May 2014
Top 10 activity holidays in Europe

"yogaonashoestring.co.uk aims to make yoga holidays more affordable by gathering a variety of teachers in a host of locations running yoga holidays throughout the summer.

Its September trip to Masseria della Zingara (the house of the gypsy) in Puglia houses you in a beautiful and restful 18th-century building surrounded by olive groves and cherry trees and offers two yoga classes a day as well as opportunities for bike rides, beach time and the chance to explore the area."

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Suleyman's Garden, Huzur Vadisi, Turkey

Guardian newspaper travel section, 5 January 2013
Best bargain beach holidays by Rhiannon Batten

"On this new, week-long yoga break at Huzur Vadisi's second venue, Suleyman's Garden, you stay in cute, rustic cottages surrounded by terraced vegetable fields and flower-tangled gardens, overlooking the sea. Morning and evening yoga classes mean there's plenty of time between sessions to explore the coast. Less than 10 minutes' walk away is a small rocky cove great for swimming."

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Greener Ideal website, 25 May 2012
Top 5 affordable yoga retreats

Yoga and Dance at Finca Argayall, La Gomera, The Canary Islands

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"This is a seven night yoga retreat where Sue Pendlebury teaches yoga, dance, voice meditation and pranayama to free your body, open your heart and find your inner dance of joy.

Finca Argayall is a magical venue set on the gorgeous island of La Gomera, nestled in the cliffs in a secluded bay.

The schedule includes morning meditation, two asana classes each day, free time, and creative workshops. The price ranges from $880-$1212."

Yoga at Masseria della Zingara, Puglia, Italy

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"This yoga retreat takes place by the beautiful Italian sea. Masseria della Zingara is set in over 20 acres of olive trees, figs, cherries and almonds and is located near Polignano a Mare, the ice cream capital of Italy. The yoga classes focus on movement, breath, relaxation and meditation.

The week long retreat starts at $646.64 to $1,333. The price includes accommodations, three meals a day, andmorning and evening yoga classes."

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Independent Newspaper article:
Saturday 13 May 2006

The Sinai Stretch - Esther Shaw

Independent Newspaper - Yoga on a Shoestring - Dahab, Sinai holiday review

...with a lesson every morning and evening, I soon realised that yoga is not only an excellent way of toning up the body, but really does help to get rid of anxiety and stress. And as the days went by, I could actually feel my joints starting to loosen, my spine getting longer, my breathing getting easier, and my head beginning to empty.

A highlight was our overnight excursion to the desert, organised by YOAS with a local Bedouin family. We were driven around the desert in the back of an open-top 4x4 to explore the dunes and canyons of this stark but beautiful place. We took part in a little canyoning, Bedouin-style, which involved clambering between rocks, gullies and overhangs, and climbing up crevices on a rope. At the desert camp in the evening, we were treated to a Bedouin feast and singing around the campfire, before dragging our mattresses out into the sands and falling asleep under a ceiling of stars...read the rest of this article

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