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Strike a Pose: 10 Stunning UK Yoga Retreats in Scenic Settings | Travel

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Tresco, Isles of Scilly

On the second largest of the Isles of Scilly, local yogi Gem Hansen runs outdoor classes for regulars and holidaymakers alike in stunning island locations, often on the soft white sands of Appletree Bay. When the weather gets stormier, sessions move to the Flying Boat Studio, a bright space with views of nearby Bryher Island. With training in Bali under her belt, Hansen tends to focus on slow flow yoga. For a suitably relaxed place to retire to afterwards, book a room at Tresco’s New Inn, which reopens in April after a major renovation.
Lessons from £16 per hour, tresco.co.uk. Double rooms from £120 a night, tresco.co.uk

Derbyshire Valleys

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This retreat is for nature-loving yogis. Hope Valley is the setting for outdoor yoga classes, guided hikes, and plenty of time to relax on plush sofas in a modern, rustic venue on a converted barn. Yoga is suitable for all levels, with an evening practice featuring relaxing yoga nidra as a precursor to stargazing and hot chocolate by the fire.
Stayed April 22-25, £595 pp based on two sharing, including all meals, two yoga classes per day and two hikes, adventureyogi.com

Cairngorms

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Near Loch Garten and stretches of ancient woodland is a wilderness retreat where saunas, hiking, cold baths and outdoor hot tubs are as crucial as yoga itself. The base for the break is Forest Village, a collection of elegant cottages and yurts by the Nethy Bridge. A deep, slow and dynamic form of yoga will be taught by Jean Hall, with lots of breathing and yoga nidra.
Stay August 26-29, from £675 pp to £875 pp based on two sharingincluding all meals, 10 hours of yoga and a four-hour nature hike, yogajeannie.com

Hadlow, Kent

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Over six centuries ago, Oxon Hoath was established as a royal hunting ground for the kingdom’s oxen and deer. These days, those who roam the park’s wooded glens are more likely to be wellness gurus than bow-wielding knights, as the estate hosts yoga retreats, like the one led by famed yogi Jeff Phenix. this summer. Its meditation and yoga weekend offers a tasting menu of deep and slow practice of asana, yin yoga, pranayama and more that makes it suitable for beginners and experts alike, and it’s time to enjoy the gardens peaceful areas.
To stay June 10-12, £425-£575 pp depending on room and if sharing, including four meditation sessions and four yoga sessions and all meals, jeffphenixyoga.com

Cornwall

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On the legendary surf beach of Polzeath, holidaymakers are invited to take part in regular yoga classes which take place directly on the sand. Many surfers rely on yoga to increase their paddling power, but even splosh-about-in-the-shallows types will benefit from these hour-long sessions. Stay at the elegant Oystercatcher Inn overlooking the beach.
Yoga classes available from April 19, £10 pp; private sessions all year round for £80 for 1-4 people, wavehunters.co.uk. Apartments for two people from £85 per night, oystercatcherpolzeath.co.uk

Dartmoor, Devon

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Whether you admire them from the sunny terrace or upside down in a pear tree, the views from the Eden Rise eco-retreat are sublime. This converted barn hosts a yoga vacation with Charlie Merton, a popular triyoga teacher, in May. Kayaking on the Dart, trips to Totnes and local walks can bridge the gaps between yoga sessions, gong baths and meditation.
Stay 28 May – 3 June, various shared accommodation options from £600 pp including all meals and activities, nadapriya.com

Lake District

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The scenic region around Coniston can be explored on this invigorating walking and yoga break. Classes are held outdoors on the hills and by the lakes, and within the grounds of the Lanehead Centre, where clients stay and practice – . There are also two interior studios with mountain views. There is a hike every day, while yoga is divided into different levels.
Stayed June 2-5, £445-490 pp sharing a room, including six yoga sessions, three hikes and all meals, yogahikes.co.uk

Somerset

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Yoga, pilates, meditation and breathing combine for a relaxing smörgåsbord during this long weekend in the countryside near Gillingham. Wild swims and evening bonfires accompany the daily sessions, with a few extra bars. The retreat takes place at 42 Acres, a beautiful farm in a secluded valley. Classes take place in the gardens, or under the yurt. Stay June 17-19, from £595 pp, including twice daily yoga, daily pilates, guided meditation, breathwork and all meals, ourretreat.co.uk

Black Mountains, Wales

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Anusara yoga is all about following the heart and flow, with an emphasis on alignment. A highly respected practitioner, Bridget Woods Kramer, runs several retreats a year in the UK, including two for 2022 in the Black Mountains, based at Fforest Barn.
July 1-4 and November 4-7. From £450 pp in shared barn accommodation, £395 in shared glamping including meals, daily meditation and two yoga practices per day, bridgetwoodskramer.com

Cambridgeshire

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In a meadow west of Cambridge, Paus offers an unusual place to relax during the day. This rustic spa offers open-air baths with hot tubs, sauna cabins, wild swimming, a bistro, and a barefoot path. Wellness events include a day of yoga and breathing with Andy Nathan.
Stay at Rectory Farm, a country hotel March 20, £150pp. Break entry from £35 pp for three hours, break.life. Hotel doubles from £59 room only, directoryfarm.net.