Being such a diverse continent, Asia is full of beautiful places that make ideal yoga destinations. While the landscape and way of life vary considerably from country to country, many yoga retreats in Asia feature warm weather, exotic food, and rich culture. Plus, wellness retreats here are generally cheaper than in other parts of the world.
If you’re planning a trip to Asia (or need a reason to start planning one), and are looking to deepen your yoga practice in a new environment, then check out these 10 incredible yoga retreats in Asia.
Best Yoga Retreats in Asia
Asia yoga retreats include studying yoga philosophy in India, learning the art of Himalayan sound healing in Nepal, detoxing on a tropical island in Thailand, and so much more.
Starting from: $919
Wonderland is a renowned wellness center in the heart of the yoga haven, Koh Phangan. This 12-day retreat is ideal for anyone looking to destress and detox while bringing more yoga and meditation into their life. This multi-style yoga holiday is suitable for all levels and includes a jam-packed schedule of Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, and Yin practices.
While here, you’ll be following a tried and tested detox program with herbal cleansers and nutritional supplements. You’ll have daily meetings with a detox specialist to help you through your experience, plus you’ll have access to a herbal steam sauna along with a variety of other activities, such as ecstatic dance, sound healing, and breathwork sessions.
Starting from: $1,700
This yoga and trek retreat in Nepal is a 10-day pilgrimage to an Everest Monastery from Kathmandu and is one of the most spiritual yoga retreats in Asia. You’ll start each day with a Hatha yoga session to warm up the body for the 3-6 hour walk ahead. Then, every evening you’ll wind down with meditation and pranayama at your accommodation for the night.
This isn’t your typical yoga vacation; instead, it is a deep spiritual journey where you’ll get more in touch with yourself and the universe than you have ever before. What’s more, the food and accommodation on this backpacking trip may be basic, but the views and the fresh air are magnificent.
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Starting from: $910
This 14-day Indonesian retreat combines spiritual and cultural practices for a truly memorable yoga vacation. During these two weeks, you’ll practice Hatha yoga and meditation twice a day and enjoy authentic Balinese cultural excursions. These include rice farming, jungle trekking, and a language class.
You can also participate in many other practices throughout the retreat, such as pranayama, chakra opening work, Tai Chi, and Martial Arts lessons. And if that’s not enough, you can pamper yourself with authentic Balinese spa treatments and massages for extra relaxation. All of this takes place in a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the island, far from the tourist crowds.
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Starting from: $185
This wellness retreat in Sri Lanka may be short, but it’s one of the top yoga retreats in Asia for immersing yourself in yoga both on and off the mat. Aside from practicing Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga twice a day, you’ll be interacting with the community by learning about local life, visiting local homes, and learning to cook Sri Lankan food.
You’ll stay at an eco-lodge in Kandy, the center of Sri Lanka, one of the most nature-rich parts of the country. You will also learn about the forest healing project here and have a chance to contribute by planting a tree yourself.
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Starting from: $1,179
This 3-week retreat in Goa, India, will bring powerful change to your life by releasing stuck emotions, breaking negative belief patterns, and learning to live more mindfully. The first week of the retreat is in silence as you shift your focus from the outside world to your inner being. During these 7 days, you’ll focus on mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
Then, in the following weeks, you’ll start to address the issues that come up and create positive changes through group “breakthrough” sessions. Moreover, throughout the whole retreat, you can attend as many of the daily Ashtanga yoga classes as you wish. You’ll stay at Om Yoga Shala Ashram, within a peaceful tropical forest environment and be only a 10-minute walk to the beach.
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Starting from: $299
This 6-day intensive spiritual retreat is suitable for all levels but ideal for those who have been practicing for a while and are feeling called to learn beyond the poses. Aside from daily yoga classes, you’ll study ancient yoga texts like the Bhagavad Gita to learn how to extend your yoga practice into your everyday life.
The retreat is set in an isolated hilltop environment, totally free from distractions. Here, you’ll wake up each morning to incredible views of the majestic Himalayan mountains and river Mother Ganga and will eat vegetarian Indian food. Many excursions are included too, such as a waterfall trek and a visit to an ancient cave.
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Starting from: $1,786
This unique yoga retreat takes place at an elephant sanctuary deep in the Thai jungle. It’s not your typical beach wellness retreat but is one of the most unique and spiritual yoga retreats in Southeast Asia. The off-grid setting will allow you to switch off from your devices and daily stresses. This will help you tap into the wisdom of the elephants and your own inner wisdom, too.
The 6-day retreat is suitable for beginner and intermediate yogis. It includes daily yoga practice where you will learn Hatha, Yin, Restorative, and Nidra, plus you’ll also have plenty of time with the elephants, where you’ll help each other heal from past traumas.
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Starting from: $2,299
This unique Japanese yoga retreat is one of the most immersive and well-balanced wellness retreats in Asia. During the nine days, you’ll practice Ashtanga yoga every day, along with mantra chanting, zen meditation, pranayama, and guided nature walks.
You will also have plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings of Nagano with cultural excursions. Plus, you’ll get to stay in a historic former Geisha house with six Onsen baths of natural hot spring mineral water to soak in as often as you please.
Starting from: $4,595
On this 11-day Vietnam and Cambodia adventure, you will explore two countries in one trip, making it one of the best yoga retreats in Southeast Asia. The retreat includes various historical and spiritual tours and cultural immersions, including blessings from monks and village visits. The program starts in Hanoi, where you’ll spend the first few days getting your bearings. From there, you’ll travel to Hue and Hoi An and then finish the trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Despite the travelling and adventure, you’ll still get your yoga practice in one to two times a day. You’ll stay in a variety of accommodations where you’ll eat breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also included, which will be in local restaurants or at the hotel.
Starting from: $400
This body and soul healing retreat in Nepal includes a light schedule of meditation, yoga, and pranayama and the opportunity to experience traditional Himalayan sound healing therapy. The 7-day retreat also includes two Kirtan Mantra chanting sessions and visits to nearby sights such as the world peace pagoda and Mahindra cave.
The retreat is set in the Pokhara jungle, where you’ll stay in a modest guesthouse with a beautiful view of the lake below. Here, you will fuel yourself with nutritious Ayurvedic food that will help cleanse your body and mind further.
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