Switzerland boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world with its high-peak Alps and vast lakes. Naturally, most people visit this European country for the fabulous ski resorts. However, the stunning mountainous backdrops and zen vibe also make the perfect environment for a yoga holiday.
Suppose you dream of meditating on a mountain top or rolling out your mat with a view of the Alps. In that case, you’ll love the experience of practicing yoga in Switzerland. Here are five yoga retreats in Switzerland that are guaranteed to take you into a state of deep relaxation and peacefulness.
Best Retreats in Switzerland
Whether you have your heart set on the Swiss Alps or you’re keen to explore Valais, here are the hand-picks of the most unique yoga retreats in Switzerland.
6 Day Yoga and Hiking in the most Beautiful Village of Switzerland: Morcote at Lake Lugano
This 6 day week at Lake Lugano is one of the best yoga retreats in Switzerland for anyone who has an interest in a small group, more intimate experience. Though you’ll have plenty of time to yourself, being in a small group means you’ll also have lots of time for one-on-one connections with your teachers and other students at the retreat.
The retreat consists of twice daily yoga and meditation, Tibetan sound bells, yoga nidra, meditation, and more. You’ll also have the chance to do mindfulness walks in the beautiful natural surroundings and the town that is known for its Italian flair. Personalized meals are made as well as an Ayurveda cooking class for one dinner!
6 Day Hiking and Yoga Holiday in the Swiss Alps
This 6-day retreat is ideal for yogis who are also avid hikers. On this yoga holiday, you’ll trek a 74-kilometer hiking route through the Bagnes Valley, staying in Swiss mountain cabins.
Each day begins with meditation and sun salutations before starting your daily hike. Once you arrive at your accommodation, you’ll stretch out your tired legs in your evening yoga session. For food, you’ll enjoy a hearty Swiss breakfast before setting off each day and then feast on a farm-to-table dish with local wine each night.
As this yoga vacation involves a fair amount of hiking, it’s recommended that you have some experience. You may be walking for up to 7 hours each day and tackling steep ascends and challenging terrain. So, if you’re looking for a challenge, adventure, and yoga vacation, all rolled into one, this is it!
4 Day Move Yoga and Meditation Retreat at the Mountain in Bernese Highlands
This should be one of the most popular yoga retreats in Switzerland because the location alone is so, so picturesque. Stay in a boutique hotel where you can open your window overlooking the alps and take in the fresh air daily, right from your bed.
This retreat is designed for you to move. You will feel your own strength improving in just a couple of days as you practice yoga twice a day and get outside plenty. The option is yours to enjoy the crisp sanctuary of your room or to wander to the mountain spa for extra pampering.
And while movement is the key focus of this retreat, your belly will find happiness too with buffet breakfasts and gourmet meals (3-courses and vegetarian) served daily. It’s a go-to for European yogis in need of a self-care holiday, and on this yoga vacation and you’ll fall in love with the picture-perfect swiss mountain backdrop too.
4 Days Private High-End, Luxury Urban and Nature Retreat with Yoga in Bern
If you’re seeking solitude or quality time with a loved one, opt for some private yoga in Switzerland with this 4-day luxury retreat. This unique spot in Bern combines urban city life with untouched Swiss nature. This means you get to stay in one of the most high-end spa hotels in town but get plenty of time to hike in the hills and swim in the river Aare, too.
On this private retreat, you’ll have personalized classes of Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, or Restorative yoga, as well as guided meditations tailored to you. The package also includes 2-hour access to the spa along with breakfast and dinners at the luxury hotel.
5 Day All-Level Yoga Retreat in Centovalli, Ticino
This yoga retreat is located in a valley, close to a secret swimming spot, and promises to immerse you in spirituality. For 5 days it’ll be you, nature, and your well-being as the main focus. Aside from yoga (a mix of Hatha, vinyasa, and yin), you’ll also have the opportunity to try mantra chanting, chakra meditation, and more. All meals and accommodation are included in this immersive experience.
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