doing activities on a yoga retreat

Everything You Need To Know About Doing Activities On A Yoga Retreat

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By Kylie West

Everything You Need To Know About Doing Activities On A Yoga Retreat

Doing Activities on a Yoga Retreat

If you’re considering signing up for a yoga retreat, it may be worth looking into one that offers a combination of yoga plus other activities. Doing activities on a yoga retreat can be extremely beneficial; balancing your yoga practice with new activities and adventures can work wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Here’s why yoga pairs amazingly with various activities, along with some of the trips that WeTravel has partnered with that you can sign up for.

8 Options For Doing Activities On A Yoga Retreat

Yoga + Dancing

A combined trip of yoga and salsa dancing might not be quite what you picture when you think of doing activities on a yoga retreat. But these two activities paired on a retreat make for an amazing experience. With yoga helping you improve flexibility and also boosting your confidence and love for your body, learning to salsa dance can become significantly easier and more fun.

The Cuban Yoga Adventure allows you to combine these two forms of exercise in the luxury of a beachside retreat center. While salsa dancing is not a major part of this trip, the package does include a lesson, along with daily morning meditation lessons.

Designed for teens who love to dance, Dance in Cuba for Teens! is a great option for any younger readers looking for a highly active yoga retreat. You’ll experience true cultural immersion by eating home-cooked meals and staying in private homes.

Yoga + Surfing

One of the more common options for doing activities on a yoga retreat is yoga and surfing. This combination helps you get in tune with nature. There are few things more meditative than sitting on a surfboard, listening to the water gently lapping around you and waiting for the next set of waves to roll through.

Surf + Soul + Español…can you think of a better combination? This Costa Rica yoga retreat gives you countless options for activities. At your leisure, you can do everything from surfing to ATV riding to sunbathing with a book. This retreat will certainly allow and encourage you to try doing activities on a yoga retreat. You’ll even get to practice your language comprehension by taking a yoga class taught in Spanish.

Another option for doing activities on a yoga retreat is the Annual Jivamukti Yoga & Surf Retreat. Join Yogeswari, one of our 20 Inspirational Yoga Teachers You Need To Follow, at a retreat on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. There you’ll have the opportunity to meditate, practice yoga each day, and surf. This retreat is also vegan-friendly and provides you with three delicious vegan meals a day.

Always wanted to visit beautiful Fiji? Now’s your chance to spend a week there on the Fiji Yoga & Surf Retreat! Enjoy six nights at a sustainable surf resort, where you’ll have two yoga classes per day and can enjoy various ocean activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Yoga + Water Activities

Surfing isn’t the only water activity that pairs well with yoga. The Wellness, Adventure, Yoga retreat in Tahiti is the perfect option if you’re looking for other water activities. Swim with sharks and rays, kayak, snorkel, or play under a waterfall. You’ll stay at a private villa on the beach and have two daily yoga classes.

Yoga + Winter Sports

Perhaps you’re looking for snow rather than sand, and if that’s the case, there are yoga retreats for you, too.

Free for the MLK holiday weekend? Join yoga instructor and outdoor enthusiast Kathy Gade at the Snowy Mountain Acro Adventure. There you’ll have the chance to warm up by taking various outdoor excursions including sledding, snowshoeing, hot springs, ice skating, and hiking.

Yoga + Trekking

Trekking through nature is one of the most meditative activities you can do. Why not go somewhere beautiful and pair it with yoga? Doing activities on a yoga retreat can also be a great way to switch up the ways you are moving your body.

Haven’t we all dreamed of visiting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu? Now’s your chance to visit this magical place. It sounds too good to be true, but there really is a Machu Picchu Yoga Retreat! Enjoy 4-star accommodation, private bilingual guide services, and a jungle tour.

Switzerland is another gorgeous place where you can experience a yoga-trekking combo retreat. The Yoga + Hike in Switzerland trip allows you to enjoy a good sweat with stunning hikes only to return to a luxury, five-star establishment for well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Yoga + Wildlife

Yoga retreats can give us not only a better sense of understanding and respect for ourselves but also for other living creatures. If you’re excited at the idea of seeing wildlife, try a yoga safari combo trip.

This Yoga Retreat in the Galapagos includes plenty of excursions to see the wildlife the Galapagos are famous for. Snorkel with a rainbow of fish and see if you can spot blue-footed boobies and the giant Galapagos tortoise. If you’re an animal and nature lover, this might be the retreat for you.

Yoga + Volunteering

Volunteering-yoga combo retreats allow you to both treat yourself and give back to the community — a wonderful way to open up your mind, take care of yourself, and make a positive impact on the world around you.

The Seva Siem Reap retreat allows you to support a girls’ dormitory that houses students who come from a region where no secondary education is available to them. You’ll have the opportunity to do volunteer teaching and experience Cambodian culture through various activities.

Another yoga + volunteering combo retreat is Nica Nirvana in Nicaragua. This trip, also organized by the brilliant team at Souljourn Yoga, involves giving back to girls’ education. This program supports the Girls Home, which provides shelter, care, and education to girls who have been deemed “social orphans.” You’ll also have the chance to participate in “meditation jewelry” workshops!

Yoga + Culture

Last but not least, retreats that combine yoga and culture provide many options for doing activities on a yoga retreat. These give you the opportunity to learn about a culture different from your own, opening up your mind. It’s also energizing to be in a new cultural setting to practice yoga.

Journey to Petra: Yoga Adventure Through Jordan will give you an incredible experience of visiting a beautiful country in the Middle East. When else will you have the chance to see Petra, the 7th Wonder of the World? You’ll go to places like Mt. Nebo, the mountaintop memorial of Moses and Wadi Rum Desert, the backdrop of films like The Martian and Lawrence of Arabia.

Another cultural yoga retreat is Yoga and Culture Tour, the Cuban Way! which is an 11-day journey through Cubas’ cities. Practice yoga, learn about the history of Cuba and see amazing sights like the tobacco fields in Vinales. Perhaps the best part of all is the fact that you’ll stay in a family home, where you’ll get to experience true immersion into Cuban culture.


These are just a few of the options for doing activities on a yoga retreat. Whether you are planning on attending a yoga retreat or are planning on organizing a retreat, your imagination is really the limit. What have you always wanted to try? Combine it with yoga and you have the retreat of your dreams!

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Kylie West

Article by Kylie West

Kylie West fell in love with traveling at the age of 12 on a trip to Indonesia with her family. Since then, she has been to a number of other countries and dreams of going to many more. She loves yoga, photography, and film and is currently based in California.