ABOUT US

Welcome to Exotic Yoga Retreats!

My intention for founding EYR is to inspire people, through yoga, beauty and travel, to truly see the world—and themselves differently. I believe that by stepping into the unknown, we step into new territory within ourselves. When we travel to an inspiring place, mingle with new friends, immerse ourselves in a new culture, and focus more deeply in our yoga practice, we discover inner strengths and potentials we didn’t even know existed. It is this magic of the potential to see the world differently that fuels Exotic Yoga Retreats!   —Gayle Olson

 

OUR BRAND OF LUXURY YOGA RETREATS

We curate deep retreats in beautiful places — where simplicity and luxury meet in perfect harmony. Our villas, resorts and boutique hotels are mostly 4-5 star level with an occasional simpler venue that has that “magical something” that elevates the spirit and opens our heart. While our retreats are luxurious, and our gourmet cuisine and wines a pleasure to experience, we understand that true luxury is health in body and serenity in mind. Towards this, our teachers are highly trained and experienced to bring you into your deepest experience of body and mind opening. Exotic Yoga Retreats offer healthy holidays that are deep retreats—wrapped in a little luxury!

 

HEALTHY HEDONISM & MINDFUL ENJOYMENT

“Hedonism” comes from the Greek word for pleasure. On Exotic Yoga Retreats we guide and invite you to explore the art of Healthy Hedonism: savoring food, wine and beauty with mindfulness and gratitude!  Using the tools of yoga and meditation we believe you can enjoy a healthy dose of indulgence, while respecting your body’s balance and your mind’s presence.

 

WHO WE INVITE ON AN EXOTIC YOGA RETREAT

Our retreats are open to people with all levels of yoga experience and physical ability. We welcome solo travelers, couples and friends from all walks of life and from around the world. What we ask of our participants—what we value—is that you bring an open mind and an earnest intention to be real, present, compassionate to yourself and kind to others—an overall willingness to be authentic and open.

 

WHO LEADS EXOTIC YOGA RETREATS?

Exotic Yoga Retreats hand-picks a small and select team of highly experienced teachers and inspirational leaders from a range of disciplines: Yoga instructors, artists, musicians, physicians, chefs and winemakers—offering you new ways to see the world differently!

 

A SAMPLE DAY

Mornings  begin with fresh juice, an Italian cappuccino or a healing Ayurvedic tea depending on where we are in the world. Step into the tranquility and rejuvenating power of nature on a serenity walk in Tuscan hills, a stroll in the lavender fields or a meditation to waves on a tropical beach. After mid-morning yoga enjoy a well-earned farm-to-table brunch on a beautiful terrace.

Afternoons  begin with a mouth-watering gourmet salad followed by free time to lounge by the beach or pool, relax with a massage, read or siesta. Depending on location, we offer cooking classes and wine tastings, tours to discover an insider’s glimpse of local culture, or physical adventures such as hiking, surfing and horse backing riding.  At sunset each day we re-convene for a rejuvenating yoga, meditation and pranayama.

Evenings  are pure magic, as we savor the sumptuous tastes and simple pleasures of good food, good wine and wonderful company!

 

HEALTHY GOURMET CUISINE

Our meals are gourmet: beautifully presented, healthy, local and whenever possible organic. There are always vegan and gluten-free options and, on most retreats, there are also meat and fish options. At mealtimes we emphasize moderation and “mindful savoring,” and while our retreats are not specifically geared toward losing weight, you may find that you return home a few pounds lighter.

 

WHO COMES ON AN EXOTIC YOGA RETREAT?

We have couples, sisters, mother-daughter/son duos and friends, but a majority of our guests are solo travelers seeking like-minded people in a healthy, rejuvenating holiday in an exotic setting. If you are coming by yourself, you will not be alone!

 

COMING WITH SOMEONE WHO’S NOT A YOGI?

All of our activities, including yoga, are optional. We aspire to offer each guest a peak experience of health, relaxation and inner and outer exploration. Yoga can be a wonderful means of self-discovery, but we understand it’s not for everyone. We welcome you to enjoy a bike ride, a jog or a walk instead. What’s most important is to balance good health and good living, enjoy nature, meet new people, spend quality time with those you love and ultimately, to see the world differently.

 

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