We Discovered Yoga Retreats in Spain and Morocco

The other day we were thinking about taking a little break to clear our minds, so we started looking at some yoga retreats near us in Southern California. Rather, I should say Veronica was looking. I’m not one for yoga.

It’s not that I have any deep seeded issues or problems with it or anything, I just can’t seem to make my body go into most of those positions. And if I did, I would probably never be able to get out of it.

Veronica, on the other hand, has been doing it for years and is very pleased with the benefits. So then it hit us, why not combine a yoga retreat with a visit to a wonderful destination?

Sounds like the best of both worlds to us. She gets all of the peace and harmony that yoga provides, and I get to visit an amazing location that we both can enjoy. I immediately thought of the Mediterranean, maybe Spain, so we began to look for a yoga retreat in Spain.

Turns out that the Spanish island of Mallorca is perfect for a retreat like this. The impressive landscape, with rugged mountains that come right down to meet the sea, couldn’t be better for enjoying magnificent outdoor yoga sessions. Especially in the late afternoon while the sun sinks below the horizon.

Of course it is not only the yoga that is so inviting, the island is outstanding for all of the scenery and history that is everywhere you turn. This gorgeous island holds fast to a treasure trove of ancient stories, having been ruled by The Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Moors, the Crown of Aragon, and now Spain.

Or we might want to take a break and get out on the water, because renting a boat is one of the best ways to explore Mallorca and the surrounding Balearic islands. Not only are the views spectacular, but the feeling of seeing the island just as the mariners from long ago did is astounding.

But then it occurred to us that we shouldn’t limit our options to just one place, so we decided to look for a yoga retreat in Morocco as well. Turns out that was a very good idea. We found some fantastic, lavish retreats just waiting for us to shed some of our stress in what seems to be about the perfect setting. And even better, since we have never been to Morocco before, we have the chance to discover a whole new culture.

An oasis of peace and tranquility awaits where we can combine the ancient art of yoga with the richness of all that Morocco has to offer. Between sessions we can take side trips to historic cities and visit some traditional markets, known as souks.

Of course we would want to experience a traditional hammams, or as we call them, Turkish baths, and maybe ever try out a Moroccan cooking workshop.

Can we really have all of this while immersing ourselves in the peaceful relaxation of a luxurious yoga retreat? Yes, we can.

It’s enough to make David want to take up yoga!

Well… almost.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

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