When it comes to rejuvenating your body, soul and mind,
nothing is quite as effective as embarking on yoga retreats and spiritual
getaways that give you the opportunity to restore balance to your body, while
bringing calm and peace to your mind.
If you feel you’re overdue for a tranquil escape, then make
the most of International Yoga Day to unwind and balance your chakras.
at these relaxing solo getaways in SA
Yoga Day has been acknowledged on 21 June since 2015, following a decision
made by the United Nations General Assembly after it was suggested by Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
The day aims to promote global health, harmony, peace and raise
awareness of the benefits of yoga, with this year’s theme being Yoga for Peace.
If you can’t celebrate Yoga Day today, then take the time to
gain inner peace and tranquillity over an upcoming weekend or on a day off
Grab your yoga mat
and treat yourself to serenity at these places in SA:
The Buddhist Retreat Centre near Ixopo is said to be an
oasis of serenity and calm, offering a number of wellness programmes for the
body, mind and soul. The centre is immersed in nature and the area has been
declared a Natural Heritage site.
The centre has a line-up of a number of retreats
throughout the year. Yoga retreats are conducted by veteran yoga
practitioners, and the Centre houses accommodation lodges and cottages, an art
studio, library, meditation hall, the labyrinth, the Zen gardens, the deer park
and the Buddha Boma for reflection and contemplation.
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A three-day Yoga Retreat is set to take place from 3-6
August 2018 at De Hoop Collection at the historic Melkkamer Homestead. A basic background of yoga is needed before
heading off on this retreat which includes restorative yoga and nature walks at its
The retreat also includes yoga workshops, pranayama, asanas,
sun salutations on the Koppie Alleen dunes, sundowners to enjoy while watching
the pelicans and flamingoes on the vlei, stargazing, bird and marine walks at
low tide along the shores to Koppie Alleen and a picnic outing. Click
here for all the details.
Escape the bustle of city life in Johannesburg and take the
time to relax and restore your balance with Yoga Works, offering regular
outdoor yoga in the park sessions.
You can also enjoy yoga on the dam, private yoga sessions
and yoga at different yoga studios around Johannesburg. Click here to join a session
that suits you.
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Surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains, Emoyeni,
which means “Place of Spirit”, follows Buddhist values and meditation. “Our
approach includes the practice of mindfulness and an attitude of non-harming
towards all living beings,” says the centre, which offers an escape that’s
bound to get you calm and relaxed.
Accommodation and other facilities are basic, with the
emphasis on functionality rather than luxury, as the centre encourages
“introspection and inquiry” and does not offer facilities such as swimming
pools, games and television. Click
here to see its full list of retreats.
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'The Way of Water' and 'Alchemy of Spirit' 5-day trail
retreat promises to renew your spirit. Set in The Crags in Garden Route, it
allows you to tap into your natural intelligence and reignites your essential
Perfect to relax and recharge, every morning begins with a yoga
session, while the day’s line-up includes a number of nature walks, spa
treatments and meditation sessions.
The Water Reflections Trail Retreats run monthly from June
to October for a minimum group of 4 participants. Click
here for prices and details on how to book this unique retreat.
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge in Magoebaskloof offers a serene
getaway in nature, surrounded by mountains, indigenous forests and bushveld. Here,
simple log cabins offer spectacular views of the surrounding areas, while
visitors can partake in yoga, meditation and other wellness therapies.
You can also enjoy hiking trails, sunset 4x4 drives,
adventure mountain bike trails, guided birding and nature walks, learn
fly-fishing or go on an immersive village experience.
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Disappear into fairy forests and magical waterfalls in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape – and The Edge on its cliffs offers views that will appease any restless soul. Their gardens of beeches, oaks and azaleas are the perfect spot for outside yoga.
The Edge is also home to Hogsback’s famous labyrinth – an ancient meditation maze that symbolises protection. As you walk through it to the centre, you think about all the things that stress you out and leave it behind when you reach the centre where you can attain spiritual focus.
Connect with the animal kingdom in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in Zululand, in between meditation workshops and yoga sessions. This wild bush yoga experience combines South Africa's natural heritage with the Asian lifestyle to restore inner balance - an ideal combination to heal your soul.
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Based on a farm in Standerton in the Western Cape, Bodhi Khaya is a wellness sanctuary for those who need to reboot their systems away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. The name is a fusion of Buddhist ideals and South African culture that expresses enlightenment in a place where you belong.
They often host retreats combining workshops on yin yoga with nature art where you can not only tap into your inner eye but also your artistic eye in the natural world.
You can get your Zen on at Poplar Grove Farm’s Stoep Zen in Colesberg, Northern Cape, with accommodation geared towards contemplative self-reflection in the quiet of the Karoo.
They offer various silent retreats throughout the year where you are led by the resident Zen Master, and for those who want something a bit different to the usual noise of New Years can join in the annual end of year retreat, where you go to bed at an exceptionally early time.
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