3. GAYLE OLSON (CAMBODIA)

EXOTIC YOGA RETREATS

EXOTIC YOGA RETREATS

ABOUT US

Exotic Yoga Retreats blends yoga and inner discovery with the sensory experience of visual beauty, sumptuously healthy cuisine, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure. We stay at boutique hotels and eco-villas, on yachts and at other creative venues around the world.

Each destination is carefully selected for its serene beauty, gourmet food and that “magical something” in the atmosphere that opens hearts and minds to see the world differently.

 

WHO LEADS THE YOGA RETREATS?

Gayle Olson, the founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats, is the principal retreat leader. Gayle, author of The Yoga & Fitness Guide for Women, has taught Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga around the world for over 20 years. Gayle integrates her expertise of hands-on massage adjustments into her teaching. For more on Gayle’s background, see her full bio.

Gayle also collaborates with a talented, dynamic team of experienced teachers and leaders from a range of disciplines: Yoga instructors, artists, musicians, physicians, chefs and winemakers—offering you new ways to see the world differently!

 

WHO COMES ON AN EXOTIC YOGA RETREAT?

Most of our guests are solo travelers seeking a healthy, rejuvenating holiday in an exotic setting. If you are coming by yourself, you will not be alone! We have also welcomed couples, friends, mother-daughter and father-son pairs, and groups.

 

IS YOGA MANDATORY?

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 walk or a rest? 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 see the world differently.

 

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

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.

 

WHAT DOES A SAMPLE DAY LOOK LIKE?

We design our daily schedule to accommodate activity, relaxation, yoga and a dose of indulgence in healthy pleasures.

MORNINGS  begin with fresh juice, an Italian cappuccino or a healing Ayurvedic tea depending on where we are in the world. A morning serenity walk on a tropical beach, in lavender fields or in the rolling hills of Tuscany invites you to savor the tranquility and rejuvenating power of nature. We meet for yoga around 8 am, followed by a well-earned farm-to-table brunch on a beautiful terrace.

AFTERNOONS  are for beach lounging, cultural excursions or other adventures. On touring retreats, there may only be one official yoga class each day, with stretches along the way. But on most, we have a sunset restorative, pranayama and meditation practice.

EVENINGS  are pure magic, as we savor the simple luxury of a slow-food, healthy gourmet meals, with fine wine and wonderful company!

 

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