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.
3 Day Weekend Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Schönried, Bern
Starting from: $675
This 3 day weekend in Bern is one of the best yoga retreats in Switzerland for anyone who has an interest in Ayurveda and holistic health. This retreat takes place in the mountainous region of Schönried, which is full of wildlife and gives magnificent views of the surrounding glaciers.
The retreat consists of daily yoga and meditation, along with Ayurveda workshops, self-care practices, and cooking classes. You’ll also have the chance to do mindfulness walks in the beautiful natural surroundings. During this trip, you’ll stay in a cozy mountain lodge and eat home-cooked ayurvedic vegan food.
6 Day Hiking and Yoga Holiday in the Swiss Alps
Starting from: $1,437
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
Starting from: $1,557
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
Starting from: $3,618
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.
6 Day New Year’s Intensive Retreat with Yoga, Breathwork and More in Sornetan, Jura
Starting from: $1,091
Bring in 2023 with something new in Switzerland! This yoga retreat is heavily focused on breathwork, and if you haven’t experienced breathwork before, let me tell you that it is nothing short of eye-opening. Take your practice to the next level with Tantra Yoga, combining the ebb and flow of your energy as it shifts through movement to stillness.
This powerful practice is explored over the course of just under a week to assist you in letting go of what can stay behind in 2022, and bringing in all that you desire in 2023. A special New Year’s ritual, cacao ceremony, dancing, singing circles, and two vegan meals are all included in this immersive experience.
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