The Atlanta Yoga Guide

Om and Away: Follow these Atlanta yoga instructors to far-flung retreats

Courtesy of Amansala Eco-Chic Resort
Courtesy of Amansala Eco-Chic Resort

To truly rejuvenate, sometimes you need more than just a few asanas. Yoga retreats offer an opportunity to hit the reset button, make friends, and explore new destinations. Here, a few upcoming trips for all abilities, led by some of our favorite Atlanta instructors.

Yoga & Meditation
Retreat in Tulum, Mexico
When October 6–10, 2016
Where Tulum, Mexico
Price From $1,495
Local leaders Mandy Roberts (Form Yoga) and Shari L. Fox (Soul Nourish Retreats)
Who it’s for Eco-adventurers seeking beachside yoga
Find balance in tropical Tulum at the Amansala Eco-Chic Resort. The schedule includes two yoga classes a day, a Mayan clay meditation ceremony, a guided session at a Mayan sweat lodge, organic meals prepared on-site, cooking and salsa classes, and meditation., soulnourish­

Yoga + Art + Community
When November 6–11, 2016
Where Playas del Este, Cuba
Price From $2,900
Local leader Annelise Lonidier (Sacred Thread Yoga)
Who it’s for Vinyasa devotees interested in exploring Cuban culture
Twice-daily classes include morning vinyasa sessions led by Lonidier and evening restorative practices led by Eduardo Pimentel, known as the “godfather of Cuban yoga.” You’ll stay at a retreat center in Playas del Este, 25 minutes outside of Havana, and unfurl your mat at the retreat’s thatch-covered outdoor practice area, a 16th-century castle, and the beach. Additional activities include a guided walking tour of Havana, art gallery visits, and a performance by Cuban musicians.

Royal Clipper Yoga Retreat
When January 7–14, 2017
Where The Grenadines
Price From $1,385
Local leader Helen Noviello (Yoga by Helen)
Who it’s for Cruise lovers seeking a spiritual reboot
You’ll have the sea spread before you during classes aboard the Royal Clipper—the largest five-masted, fully rigged sailing vessel in the world. Daily sessions incorporate a broad base of yoga styles, with chakra balancing, mudras, and pranayama. The ship hops among island ports, so you can explore beaches, towns, and excursions, like scuba diving and waterfall hikes. —Kelly Jordan

Local Escape
Dahlonega Spa Resort
This quaint North Georgia retreat keeps its schedule packed year-round. Try Helen Noviello’s Blissful Autumn Retreat (October 21–23) or Holiday De-stress Retreat (December 2–4) for meditation, hiking, and yoga. Next year Shari Fox and Mandy Roberts will host Women’s Weekends (January 6–8, March 26–28) focused on the psycho-spiritual, with labyrinth walks and spa treatments. From $455,