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Ayahuasca Retreat 2023: My recommendations

So you’ve decided you want to embrace ancient Shamanic plant medicines by heading to an Ayahuasca retreat in 2023 but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

Deciding to take the plunge into your first Ayahuasca retreat is a pretty big deal (it's a very transformative experience), and deciding which retreat to go to is an even bigger one. Some will say let the medicine call you on your path to personal growth, you'll know when the time is right — and I have to agree. You’ll have many questions, I’m sure. I certainly did when I had my first Ayahuasca experience. I've since done a second Ayahuasca retreat this past year and it was truly a life changing experience, especially on the lat day at the end of the retreat. Just like Lindsay Lohan said it would be :P Jokes aside, I see a huge potential in this with regard to how Western medicine is evolving around the topic of treating mental health.

What can I expect from an Ayahuasca retreat on my first ceremony? Where can I find the best retreats? Will it be a highly hallucinogenic experience? How do I choose the right Ayahuasca retreat centers for me?

Below I’ve put together as much information as possible about Ayahuasca retreats and their spiritual practice as well as a number of Ayahuasca retreat 2023 recommendations (make sure there are no travel restrictions and that you get your travel insurance), including many Ayahuasca retreat Europe destinations, as well as the best Ayahuasca retreat USA 2023 or nearby spots.

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If you're in search of some Ayahuasca retreat Berlin 2023 options, it's a tricky one for sure, but they do exist if you know where to look. Alternatively, the Netherlands or Spain are good options where such things are often legal or at least more tolerated than in Germany.


What is Ayahuasca?

First things first, what actually is Ayahuasca?

The Ayahuasca plant is a psychoactive brew that can be dated back over 1,000 years in South America and was traditionally used by ancient Amazonians and indigenous people to aid deep healing and in spiritual and religious practices. The natural plant medicine often dubbed "vine of the soul" is made by boiling together the leaves of the Psychotria Viridis shrub with the stalks of the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine.

The leaves of the Psychotria Viridis plant contain a natural hallucinogen known as DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine), while the Banisteriopsis Caapi Ayahuasca vine contains MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) called beta-carbolines that stop the body from breaking down DMT, allowing its effects to work.

The combination of these ingredients creates a powerful psychedelic brew that causes its drinkers an altered state of consciousness which usually includes out-of-body experiences, visual and auditory hallucinations, and feelings of euphoria. It can be some of the most transformative life experiences and even induce physical healing for some, but medicinal plants are no recreational drug. So please do your research and treat the plant with great respect before embarking on your Ayahuasca journey of the spirit world.


Why do people go on an Ayahuasca Retreat?

While Ayahuasca has its origins in ancient Amazonian ceremonies, the psychoactive brew has more recently become a focus of spiritual tourism and general plant medicine healing.

Ayahuasca is a natural healing medicine and is praised for its ability to help users access repressed memories, increase self-awareness, let go of past traumas and negative thoughts, and feel more connected to the natural world through heightened states of consciousness. Describing the exact effects of Ayahuasca is difficult as everyone's journey is different, but many people come away from the experience with profound realizations about themselves and the world around them and a sense of spiritual awakening.

The Shamanic medicine is now also believed to have many long-term health benefits including reducing depression and anxiety, as well as treating PTSD, sexual abuse trauma, substance addictions, and more. What better way to venture into the fascinating world of psychedelics than with these powerful medicine plants?

A pretty impressive resume for a simple Ayahuasca brew! Makes sense why more and more people are choosing to go on Ayahuasca retreats as part of their healing process and why more and more recent research and clinical trials are turning to Ayahuasca to help patients with resistant depression and traumatic stress disorder — and the significant improvements found have been amazing.

With Ayahuasca being illegal in some countries such as the USA, Canada, and the UK (so sadly I don't have any specific Ayahuasca retreat UK (specifically Ayahuasca retreat London) or Ayahuasca retreat in USA recommendations for you, but if you're willing to travel, I think it's the best option), Ayahuasca retreats also mean that people from all around the world can travel to a safe setting and experience the substance’s transformative effects without resorting to any sketchy underground Ayahuasca dens back home.


What happens at an Ayahuasca Retreat?

An Ayahuasca healing retreat is somewhat like a yoga retreat in that a group of people comes together to go through a spiritual journey under the care of qualified and experienced teachers and support staff. Except in an Ayahuasca retreat, guests also take part in Ayahuasca ceremonies led by indigenous shamans, also with years of experience.

During an Ayahuasca ceremony, which commonly takes place at night, a shaman prepares the sacred brew and gives it to retreat participants who gather in a safe sacred space. The effects of Ayahuasca (also called mother Ayahuasca, or mama Ayahuasca by many because it is known to give a very motherly life-changing experience) usually take around 30 minutes to begin and can last for around 5-6 hours.

While the Ayahuasca ceremonies may be the focus of many retreats, most also combine them with ceremonies using other ‘Master Plants’ - plants used in natural shamanic medicine - as well as the healing arts of yoga sessions, meditation, massage, music, sound bath, and the grounding of Mother Earth to aid the overall transformation process in a safe space. They can be held in small or larger groups.

Almost every Ayahuasca retreat will also include participants undertaking a special detoxing diet before and during the retreat which includes cutting out most meat, caffeine, alcohol, spices, dairy, citrus and refined sugars in order to prepare your body for the medicine ceremonies.

Read my first Ayahuasca experience for a breakdown of what goes down and Ayahuasca retreat reviews, but do know that Ayahuasca has a purging effect and there will be little puke buckets and a roll of toilet paper as part of your experience :P Spoiler - mine was an amazing experience that's had many positive effects on my life.


Recommended Ayahuasca Retreat 2023 Centers

During an Ayahuasca ceremony, you’ll be putting your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing into the hands of the shaman and the retreat organizers. That’s a lot of responsibility right? This is why it’s best to do your research in advance and stick to the most reputable and recommended Ayahuasca retreats to feel like you truly are in a safe environment.

When it comes to choosing an Ayahuasca retreat, there are a few main things to consider and these are the best way to feel at ease with this new experience. These include the reputation of the retreat centre, the experience and qualifications of the shaman, the type of other guests who will be in the retreat and taking part in the ceremonies with you, the other natural medicines used - are you comfortable taking part in these too? - and the other activities and facilities available at the retreat — because there are some luxury ayahuasca retreat options and some more basic ones.

Below are a few of my recommendations for the best Ayahuasca retreats around the world to get you started.


Ayahuasca Retreat 2023 in the Americas

Spazio Buzios Brazil

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Let’s be honest - the idea of trying Ayahuasca for the first time can be a little daunting, and that might be the reason why so many of my US readers are landing here in search of an Ayahuasca retreats USA destinations. It’s totally understandable if you’re not comfortable immersing yourself immediately into nightly ceremonies in a hut in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest - it’s a bit of a step up from your average detox retreat.

If you’re looking for a soft introduction to Ayahuasca and Santo Daime in South America, this Brazil Ayahuasca retreat is one of my top recommendations. Set in a cozy guesthouse in the beautiful coastal resort town of Armação dos Búzios, this six-day Ayahuasca retreat offers a single Ayahuasca ceremony - in a small group under the guidance and open arms of a respected shaman - combined with plenty of other wellness activities including twice daily yoga, meditation, massages and reiki. Plus the retreat also includes excursions around the beautiful beaches and islands of Búzios so you can enjoy some fun and exploration in between ceremonies. Definitely one of the best Ayahuasca retreats in the natural beauty of South America for those who are new to Shamanic plant medicine. A fantastic way to take care of your mental health and get away from your daily life.

Style: Yoga and Ayahuasca Retreat
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: From $1,131
Closest Airport: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport (133 km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner
Languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Vegan Friendly? Yes


Vikara Lifestyle Ecuador

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The only sacred plant medicine retreat center right on the beach in Ecuador, Vikara offers luxury Ayahuasca healing retreats that combine the healing properties of the ocean with the transformative powers of natural medicines to offer guests a life-changing spiritual experience. On their nine-day retreat you’ll be able to experience the profound transformative qualities of two ayahuasca ceremonies, along with the healing effects of other natural medicines through the San-Pedro ceremony - which uses Huachuma, another psychoactive hallucinogenic plant - and the Mexican Temazcal - sweat lodge - ceremony for purification and rebirth. The resort also features an outdoor swimming pool and yoga shala overlooking the ocean for taking care of your body as well as your mind on this highly recommended Ayahuasca retreat. Another good one to look into is Gaia Sagrada.


Style: Yoga and Ayahuasca Retreat
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Price: From $1,332
Closest Airport: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (105 km)
Airport pick up included? No, but can be added for $81 per person
Skill level: Beginner and intermediate
Languages: English, German and Spanish
Vegan Friendly? On request


Huamanwasi Ashram, Peru

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Experience Ayahuasca where it first originated by immersing yourself in the magical Amazon jungle and the sacred valley of Peru, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes rich in a variety of plants and animal species. Where better to connect fully with the natural world? Huamanwasi Ashram is home to one of the best Ayahuasca retreat options Peru has to offer, with 14 days to clarify and purify your mind, body and emotions through daily yoga and meditation, medicinal plant baths and ceremonies evoking the healing powers of the ancient Amazonian Master Plants of ayahuasca, wachuma and yawar panga. Look no further for a safe, accommodating, and transformative Ayahuasca retreat in Peru.


Style: Ayahuasca and Yoga
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Price: From $1,592
Closest Airport: Cad. FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport (15 km)
Airport pick up included? No
Skill level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced
Languages: French and Spanish
Vegan Friendly? On request


Kula Collective, Guatemala

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For those looking for an Ayahuasca retreat USA location, South American countries' retreat centers might be your closest option as Ayahuasca is not currently legal in the United States. Awaken your inner truth at this transformative yoga and Ayahuasca retreat in Guatemala. The retreat is run by Kula Collective at The Yoga Forest, a young dynamic earth-based spirit community. Through daily yoga, meditation, reiki, and other healing arts on the edge of sacred Lake Atitlan, surrounded by towering volcanoes, you’ll learn to live in the present moment and purge the physical and emotional blockages which are holding you back, followed by ceremonies using ayahuasca, washuma, and medicinal mushrooms to cleanse yourself on a spiritual level, aid your journey of self-realization and help manifest your dreams. This full Shamanic cleanse is guaranteed to help you get as much as possible out of your ayahuasca experience.


Style: Ayahuasca and Yoga
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: From $1,466
Closest Airport: La Aurora International Airport (80 km)
Airport pick up included? No, but can be added for $94 per person
Skill level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced
Languages: English, Sanskrit and Spanish
Vegan Friendly? On request



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Ayahuasca Retreat Europe 2023

Ayahuasca retreat in Barcelona, Spain

Imagine this: you're laying down next to a tree, in front of the lake. It's 7am and you just walked out of the best night of your life. Your breathe is fuller, your heart more open as you accept that you're loved. If I had to describe Avalon, it would be this precise feeling. Avalon is a retreat center found near Barcelona (incidentally, do check out my vegan Barcelona guide!), in a place designed for celebration: 6.5 hectares of elegant gardens, tall trees, a breathtaking lake, and a flour mill restored to pamper all one's senses.

Designed for self-discovery and deep healing journeys, Avalon brings together the ancestral wisdom of sacred medicine and modern therapy. Ayahuasca, Bufo Alvarius, and Kambó are being shared ceremonially by highly experienced shamans, trained according to various indigenous traditions. Expect to feel truly held in a safe space as the ceremonies include 6 to 9 people trained to hold space, including a medical advisor.

Avalon's strong point is its integration program led by a trained psychologist and a team of 25 people - all there for you through practices such as - yoga, energy therapies, healing massage, hypnotherapy, silent ecstatic dance, and holotropic breathwork, just to name a few. Avalon carefully guides your entire journey. They'll start by answering any question you might have about plant medicines, and offer pre-guidance and post-integration, not to mention the individual guidance session and four integration workshops during your stay.

Style: Holistic Ayahuasca Retreat
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights or 4 days / 3 nights
Price: From $1,950
Closest Airport: Barcelona Airport (152 km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Languages: English and Spanish
Vegan Friendly? Yes


Malaga, Spain

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Although Ayahuasca may have originated in South America, and many people do still choose to travel there to take part in Ayahuasca ceremonies - USA-based travelers in particular due to the closer proximity - the increasing popularity of natural plant medicines has seen ayahuasca retreats pop up all across the world, including many much closer to home here in Europe.

This six-day Ayahuasca retreat Spain 2023 option includes three Ayahuasca ceremonies led by an experienced Peruvian shaman, as well as daily hatha yoga, a sanango ceremony in which eye drops are used to cleanse eyes and mental processes, and a rapé ceremony using a traditional herbal blend for detoxing both mind and body and getting rid of bad energy. Malaga may sound like an unusual place for a spiritual healing retreat, however, the experience takes place in a charming villa set within 400 hectares of beautiful private countryside, with its own olive grove, vegetable garden, and lake for taking long walks amongst Mother nature, plus a swimming pool, outdoor terrace and badminton court for relaxing in your spare time.


Style: Ayahuasca and Yoga
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: From $1,466
Closest Airport: Málaga Airport (8 km)
Airport pick up included? No, but can be added for $100 per person
Skill level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced
Languages: English and Spanish
Vegan Friendly? Yes


Ayahuasca retreat Portugal

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Set in a clifftop villa overlooking the ocean in Portugal's stunning Algarve, this six-day European Ayahuasca retreat includes transformative Ayahuasca ceremonies with a Peruvian shaman, daily yoga and rapé sessions, a kambo ceremony, san pedro ceremony, and sananga ceremony. Then in your free time, you can make the most of the retreat's idyllic location by exploring the area's many scenic hiking routes, surfing on one of the little hidden beaches or simply staying back and enjoying the outdoor pool and terrace with amazing views along the coast. A unique feature of this ayahuasca retreat is that you can also take part in two special 90-minute educational courses with the resident shaman, who has worked with Master Plants in the Amazon rainforest for over 20 years, to help you fully understand the history, traditions and processes behind the ceremonies you’re taking part in. Perfect for the more inquisitive spiritual traveler like myself. A fabulous Ayahuasca Portugal option.


Style: Ayahuasca and Yoga
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: From $1,370.
Closest Airport: Faro Airport (40 km)
Airport pick up included? No
Skill level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced
Languages: English and Portuguese
Vegan Friendly? Yes


inner-journey, Netherlands

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Combining sacred plant medicines with another of my favorites - a silent retreat - this unique Ayahuasca Europe retreat in the Netherlands is dedicated to helping people overcome trauma, no matter what type or to what degree. It may be a little pricier than other retreats but it’s certainly worth it for the program which is packed with Shamanic medicinal ceremonies, healing therapies with specialist trauma therapists and other activities to aid you in your spiritual healing journey. The silence will give you the opportunity to really listen to and process your thoughts away from the noise and distractions of everyday life, while the schedule of ayahuasca, magic mushroom, kambo, sacred cacao, rapé and sananga ceremonies will aid in cleansing negative thoughts, toxins and energies, leading to deep spiritual and mental healing. If you're on the lookout for Ayahuasca Berlin 2023 ceremonies, this is the closes "legal" option. For those looking for an Ayahuasca retreat London option, perhaps this is your best bet.


Style: Ayahuasca and Yoga Silent Retreat
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Price: From $2,995.
Closest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (13 km)
Airport pick up included? No, but pick up from Haarlem Train Station is
Skill level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced
Languages: Dutch and English
Vegan Friendly? Yes


Ayahuasca Ibiza 2023

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Ibiza might not necessarily be the first destination that comes to mind when you’re planning a healing spiritual retreat, but hear me out. Set in a beautiful house secluded in nature with an outdoor pool, garden and large deck for yoga practice, Villa Chaya is the perfect spot for embracing the natural world and connecting with your inner self on this seven-day Ayahuasca retreat. Led by two qualified yoga teachers from Peru and Argentina, you’ll take part in daily yoga classes, shakti dance sessions, and mindfulness and breathwork workshops, all leading the path to the ancient medicine ceremony which will help you boost your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and awareness in a supportive space. Ayahuasca Ibiza 2023? Don't mind if I do...


Style: Ayahuasca and Yoga
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Price: From $1,000
Closest Airport: Ibiza Airport (16 km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill level: Intermediate
Languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
Vegan Friendly? On request


Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona

My Guide to the Best Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona

Think there aren't any vegan restaurants in Barcelona? Think again!

I kinda knew I would fall in love with Barcelona. Beyond being a wonderful city filled with amazing sights and people, Barcelona is of course known for its incredible cuisine, with surprisingly plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians alike. Whether you're looking for gourmet vegan food, vegan junk food, vegan tapas, or anything in between, Barcelona definitely has it all. Below are my vegan Barcelona highlights.

Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona


Quinoa Vegan Street Food

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Don't be fooled by the healthy-vegan-sounding name or small interiors, Quinoa Vegan Street Food packs a punch and is a must-visit for vegan foodies in Barcelona. Located in the wonderful Gracia neighborhood, this vegan restaurant Barcelona staple focuses on plant-based comfort food. You'll find a variety of dishes on the menu, including bowls, wraps, veggie burgers, and tacos. The standout dish for me was their beyond-meat-loaded nachos. Honorable mention for the kimchi tacos. Amazing.


Bubita Sangria Bar

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What would be a vegan Barcelona guide without a fully vegan tapas and paella place?! Bubita Sangria Bar delivers on that front and then some — they have a full-fledged vegan menu of amazing sangria to pick from along with their paella. I shared the marisko (plant-based seafood) paella and frida sangria (cava, lime & tequila, with a spicy touch), along with some patatas bravas (I got into the habit of ordering them everywhere if they were vegan — I mean, spicy, saucy, potatoes, enough said) with a friend and all of it was excellent. The place is cute and the staff super friendly. El Born is a fantastic neighborhood to discover as well. Being vegan in Barcelona is so far great!


Honest Greens

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I feel like I can't avoid talking about Honest Greens however cliché it may be. Everyone knows about it and it's likely the #1 recommendation when discussing vegan restaurants in Barcelona. And with good reasons! Honest Greens is a health-food restaurant that specializes in salads and bowls (not only vegan dishes though, so beware). The menu is filled with a variety of salads, grain bowls, soups, juices, and healthy raw food desserts. The standout dish for me was the Latin Lover bowl (brown rice, warm beans, kale, coriander, red cabbage, corn, onion, avocado, crispy corn tortilla, cucumber, homemade pickled jalapeños, and pico de gallo — I have to try to recreate it at home because it's incredible). I must have had it about 10 times in my month in Barcelona. For some reason, everyone that works at any Honest Greens is hot AF also. I dunno. It's got a lot going for it :P


Rekons

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I hadn't done my homework and didn't realize that Argentinians ruled the place (including Tinder...) until I got to Barcelona. I was not mad about this discovery. Rekons was my favorite place for affordable and delicious empanadas. Located in lively Sant Antoni, Rekons is the perfect place to end a boozy evening and enjoy some steaming hot empanadas on the sidewalk like the locals. The menu offers quite a few vegan options such as spinach, courgette with almond, vegan cheese, caramelized onions with vegan cheese, and ever-changing daily options. All for under €3 a pop and many of them are vegetarian too. Be sure to order the patatas bravas and fried artichokes — they are incredible. Doused with a few more beers and Bob's your uncle. A great value spot.


Cafe Equilibrium

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Cafe Equilibrium is a trendy fully vegan cafe that serves up delicious, healthy food in the heart of Eixample. The menu is filled with a variety of dishes, from vegan breakfast items to hearty salads and soups. They also offer smoothies and fresh juices to help you get your daily dose of vitamins. If you're looking for a place to grab a quick, healthy bite, Cafe Equilibrium is a great option. I had the savory buckwheat pancakes a few times and they were really yummy!


Areca Bakery

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Back to my beloved Gracia. Areca Bakery is a vegan bakery that specializes in delicious, plant-based donuts. The bakery is known for its high-quality ingredients, including gluten-free and organic options. If you're looking for a healthier sweet treat that won't disappoint your taste buds, Areca Bakery is the place to go. Donut flavors include white chocolate and matcha, maple pecan, chai and lotus cookie, and my favorite of all — glazed pistachio cream.


Chez Kessler

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Another thing I didn't know until arriving in Barcelona is how ubiquitous vermouth it. What I thought to be a mere cocktail ingredient is here celebrated standalone, front and center, on the rocks, and often even made onsite. Chez Kessler is one of those places where you can enjoy a delicious homemade vermouth along with incredible fully-vegan charcuterie boards. It's a little bit pricey but super worth it for the quality of everything. The homemade cashew cheese selection was amazing, especially the blue cheese.


La Pepita

vegetarian tapas barcelona

La Pepita is also a pretty well-known place on the Barcelona tourist map, but I wanted to mention it because I thought they somehow won the Barcelona vegan tapas game even though they are not a vegan restaurant at all. I visited alone on my birthday and had the guacamole and cold asparagus tapas along with a glass of sangria and, although a little pricey, it was really delicious. Add this to your list also if you're specifically looking for Catalan specialties. Great music, cute waiters, what more do you need? ;) An excellent place.


La PerraVerde

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I stumbled on La PerraVerde completely by accident on my way to get donuts and was compelled to make space for a quick meal as it sounded really good - a fully vegan place serving a daily menu of vegan croquettas in cute little tins, tapas, cheese platters, etc. All vegan. So I did what I had to do — I had a full meal, for science, ya know. It was really good! I really recommend the croquettas and the cheese plate - they're all amazing, and beautifully located in Gracia. Just all around good food.


Demasié

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Demasié is a local bakery that makes gigantic cookies and cinnamon rolls, the former with a few vegan options and the latter all vegan. The cookies are about the size of your head and should pretty much make a meal in an out of themselves. At the time of my visit, the vegan options were lotus cookies and chocolate. A cookie cookie, good shit. It's worth stopping by for an afternoon munch — the neighborhood is lovely too.


Almalibre Acai Bar

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Acai bowls are a popular trend in the world of vegan food, and Almalibre Acai Bar is one of the best places in Barcelona to try them. The menu is filled with a variety of acai bowls, smoothies, and juices, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Unfortunately I was on a contradictory mood that day and went for a burger instead of an acai bowl — which was OK but not mind blowing. I'm told that the acai bowls are really bomb though!


The Cream

vegan churros

Again, I stumbled on The Cream Bcn completely by accident and was drawn in, because: all-vegan cake and ice cream shop. I walked out with some churros (kinda hard to find in vegan version, turns out) and they were pretty damn good. Had some with the caramel and some with the chocolate sauce. They also have a full fledged menu of ice cream concoctions and many different cakes and cookies. The space is very small, I think there are only 2 seats, so it's best to take it to go. I took my churros to the beach and was a very happy duck anyway.


Petit Suc

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Petit Suc cold-pressed juices was a short walk to my place and the gym so I ended up getting fresh fruits juice there all the time. The interior is lovely and they have a selection of vegan cookies to pick from, making it a great healthy vegan and vegetarian food breakfast-on-the-go spot. They also have protein shakes, coffee, matcha, and chai latte. Perfect for a quick bite after the gym.


CHÖK

vegan cake barcelona

When I first walked into CHÖK I initially thought everything was vegan and nearly had a heart attack. Alas, only a small portion of the amazing pastries on offer is vegan, but it is definitely still worth the detour. Front and center are the kronuts, a croissant-donut frankenpastry I'm still dreaming about to this date. If you're a fan of homemade desserts, this is the place for you. Conveniently scattered across town.


Gabby's Brunch

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I only explored a bit of Poblenou on my last day in Barcelona and had mild regrets. It's a wonderful neighborhood right by the beach with a few less tourists and amazing restaurants and thrift stores. I had amazing vegan pancakes at Gabby's Brunch and would recommend making a pit stop if you're around. There are definitely a few other vegan main course options on the menu. It's a lovely warm place with a quiet green spot at the back.


So my friends, this is all I could manage to eat in my month in the wonderful city of Barcelona. These are just a few of the many vegan and vegetarian options available in Barcelona. Whether you're looking for a healthy brunch or a tasty junk food fix, there's something for everyone in this vibrant city. Here are a few more recommendations that are high on my list for next time I visit:

  • Roots & Rolls (vegan sushi)
  • Vegan Cat Bar (apparently great for craft beers!)
  • Kabongo (African food with many vegan options)
  • La Golosa Vegan Vurger (well, for vegan burgers)
  • Rasoterra (best place for vegan fine dining in the Gothic Quarter)
  • Café Pediente Brunch & Drinks (for brunch)
  • Flax & Kale (for a healthy vegan fix)
  • Bonsai Coffee & Matcha (apparently good matcha is a rare occurrence in Barcelona!)
  • Vegan Junk Food Bar Barcelona (for vegan junk food, duh)
  • Gallo Santo (fully vegan Mexican restaurant)
  • El Rabipelao Veggie (great place for arepas and cocktails)
  • Teresa Carles (healthy vegetarian and vegan food)

As always, please let me know if I'm missing anything on this vegan restaurants in Barcelona guide (including the best vegetarian restaurants)! Aiming to make this the ultimate guide to end all guides :P


sushumna nadi

Pingala Ida Shushumna Nadi?

Are you interested in learning more about the ancient practice of yoga? Central to the yoga philosophy are the yoga Nadis — Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna Nadi being the most "famous" ones, or anyway the principal Nadis. Sooo... Ida Pingala Sushumna — what are those? Let's take a look together, shall we?

The yoga Nadis (and not only Ida Pingala Sushumna, mind you), or energy channels, in yoga are important because they are believed to carry prana, or life force energy, throughout the body. At their meeting place are the chakras. Practicing yoga is said to help clear and balance the flow of prana through the Nadis, leading to improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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It's good to keep in mind that yoga is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries. Just like with any old spiritual and philosophical tradition, there is a lot of out there literature on various concepts pertaining to it. I'm not saying it's of utmost importance for your yoga practice to understand who or what Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna Nadi are, but personally, the more I know, the less I feel like I'm blindly appropriating something that doesn't belong to my culture.


So What are the yoga Nadis

In a nutshell, "Nāḍī" is an ancient Indian concept that refers to the pathways through which vital energies flow. These channels are believed to link at important locations known as chakras and provide energy for our physical or gross body, subtle body, and causal body. The what, now? Let us briefly recap:

The Three Bodies

The gross body in yoga refers to the physical body, also known as the material or external body. It is considered the outermost layer of the human body and is made up of bones, muscles, tissues, organs, and also our nervous system. In yoga practices, the gross body is focused on through physical postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) to improve strength, flexibility, and overall health.

Meanwhile, the subtle body refers to a non-physical aspect of a person that is believed to control their physical, mental, and emotional states. It is thought to consist of subtle energy channels and centers (known as chakras) that influence a person's overall well-being. Practicing yoga is believed to balance and harmonize the subtle body, leading to improved physical and mental health.

Lastly, the causal body is a concept that refers to a spiritual aspect of a person, which is considered to be the source of consciousness and the ultimate cause of all physical and mental experiences. It is thought to be the True Self, beyond the physical body and the subtle body, and to exist in a state of pure awareness. In yoga, it is believed that by realizing the causal body, a person can attain liberation and a state of union with the divine. The practice of yoga is seen as a means to reach this state of consciousness.


The Main Nadis

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So, back to our Nadis, yo. Visualize thin tubes that form an interlinked web within the body, only they are intangible. Are you still with me?

It’s said that there are approximately 72,000 distinct Nadis that originate from the three primary or major Nadis: Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna Nadi. These pathways of energy or prana cannot be located physically in our body; rather they become more tangible to us as we gain a greater consciousness. As you take notice of your inner workings, you could discern these flows forming organized patterns instead of random movements. I know, that’s a bit out there.


Ida and Pingala

Ida and Pingala Nadi are two energy pathways located on either side of the spinal column that run from the base of the sacrum through each chakra point along its path to the crown chakra (aka Sahasrara chakra) at the top of our head. They represent opposite forces – Ida Nadi (the left channel) being feminine or lunar energies while Pingala Nadi (the right channel) is masculine or solar energy – which come together to create energy balance within us physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, energetically as well as psychologically.

By understanding these two pathways stemming from the base of your spine, we can better understand how our bodies respond to different postures during our practice as well as gain insight into why certain poses feel more challenging than others do. Additionally, we can use this knowledge to make conscious changes in our practice, allowing us to work more effectively with our bodies and achieve greater results.

To access the full potential of yoga, it’s important to understand both the Ida and Pingala channels and how they interact with each other. Learning about these two pathways can help you better understand your body and its needs, balance any energy imbalances, and achieve a deeper alignment in your practice. With this understanding, you can unlock the full power of yoga to improve your physical and mental well-being.

Sushumna Nadi

Sushumna Nadi is the central Nadi and central energetic channel in the human body in the Hindu tradition of yoga and Tantra. It is said to run from the base of the spine (aka the Muladhara chakra) to the crown of the head, passing through the chakras along the way. The practice of yoga aims to activate and balance the flow of energy through the Shushumna Nadi, leading to spiritual awakening and liberation.

Other Nadis

There are numerous other Nadis in the human body, some of the important ones include:

  • Vama: Vama Nadi is associated with the left channel of the body and is believed to play a role in overall health and wellness.
  • Vajra: Vajra Nadi is believed to play a key role in the practice of meditation and the attainment of spiritual enlightenment.
  • Gandhari: Gandhari Nadi is believed to be connected to the sense of touch and the skin.
  • Hastijihva: A lesser known Nadi, said to carry psychic energy from the lower limbs to the third eye chakra (aka Ajna chakra)
  • Kuhu: The Kuhu Nadi is a lunar channel in Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, that is believed to influence emotions and the mind. It is said to be associated with the waxing moon and the female reproductive system.
  • Saraswati: Saraswati Nadi is a term used in Hindu spirituality and refers to an imaginary channel or river of consciousness considered to flow within an individual. It is associated with the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts, Saraswati, and is said to control the flow of creative energy in the body. The concept is part of Hindu yoga and meditation practices, where it is believed to be awakened to bring enlightenment and liberation.
  • Varuni: Varuni Nadi is a Sanskrit term meaning "main channel of water". It is a term used in Ayurvedic medicine and refers to the body's fluid metabolism, including the circulation of lymph, blood, and other bodily fluids. In Ayurvedic theory, imbalances in the Varuni Nadi can lead to various health issues and it is thought that promoting balance in this channel can contribute to overall health and well-being.
  • Bbrahma: Brahma Nadi is a term used in Hindu Tantra and Yoga philosophy to refer to a subtle channel in the human body that is said to connect the base of the spinal canal to the crown of the head. It is believed to be the pathway through which spiritual energy flows and is associated with the awakening of spiritual consciousness.

Is It Important to Know About the Nadis When You Do Yoga?

Kinda. I find it important to have a basic understanding of the Nadis in yoga because they play a significant role in the practice, especially as it gets deeper and more spiritual in its nature. The Nadis are energy pathways in the body and play a key role in the flow of prana (life force energy). Understanding the Nadis can thus help you deepen the connection between the physical practice of yoga and its spiritual and energetic aspects.

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How to Incorporate the Nadis Into Your Yoga Practice

The Nadis, or the awareness of them anyway, can be incorporated into yogic practices in different ways, including the following ways:

  • Pranayama: Practicing breathing techniques can help activate and balance the flow of energy through the nadis. Nadi Shodhanam (also spelled Nadi Shodhana pranayama), or alternate nostril breathing, is a perfect example of this: by alternating breathing from the right nostril to the left nostril, it is believed that you can balance the energy between Ida and Pingala in the body and calm the mind. (more on Pranayama here)
  • Asanas: Certain yoga postures can help stimulate the nadis and improve energy flow.
  • Deep Meditation: Focus on the flow of breath and energy in the nadis can be used as an object of meditation.
  • Awareness: Paying attention to the sensations in your body, such as the flow of energy, can help you integrate the nadis into your practice.
  • Mantra repetition: Chanting mantras can help stimulate and balance the flow of energy in the nadis.

Another great way to be in full awareness of the Nadis is by attending a Kundalini yoga class, where the Nadis are directly tackled through kundalini energy and often felt in the spinal cord.

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So that’s it for the Nadis. Have I weirded you out yet?


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Cover yo’ ass! Best digital nomad insurance

Unless you’re some bionic supernatural human, most likely you’ve encountered some unlucky circumstances in your life. While I wish all of you a safe trip — whether it’s for one week or one year (and especially if you're long-term travelers like me), the reality is that bad things happen, to all of us. Have I ever told you the story of my butthole abscess in Thailand? No? Well... Let's leave it at that. You already know too much. Let's just say I'm glad I had some form of digital nomad insurance then! Do you travel with a medical insurance or travel insurance plan?

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Related: the best digital nomad visas for remote workers

Not the most fun subject but an important one nonetheless — nomad travel insurance. Do you have one? Do you actually need one? Which one should you choose?

Before we get into all things digital nomad insurance, let us kindly tattoo this on your brain: “better safe than sorry” and “if you can afford to travel, you can afford travel insurance”. Take those in and let’s dive right into the wonderful world of travel insurance and medical expenses for digital nomads.

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Why you need insurance

Life on the road is no different than when you’re living in your home country. Okay, maybe life is a bit different, but you’re not immune to having things stolen, the flu, natural disasters, broken bones, and lost luggage. In fact, these things are even more likely to happen to you while you travel.

Traveling can deplete your immune system due to the late nights or lack of nutrition (and don't forget to take supplements!) in the local foods and not every person you encounter in your hostel is as honest as you’d expect. Fevers hit and things get stolen. Unfortunately, these are the realities of being a digital nomad!

If you’re a smart digital nomad (like I know you are), you’ll invest in travel insurance now rather than be hit with hospital bills and pay for a new laptop out of your own pocket later.

Travel insurance is always, always worth it!

What to look for when purchasing nomad travel insurance

When comparing travel insurance, here are some things to keep in mind:

* What type of medical careliability coverage does it provide? Aka if you damage property or another person — how much money value do they cover if you get sued? We’re getting real here, people.

* Does it cover trip cancellation or interruption? If there’s a hurricane or other natural disaster and you’re unable to fly to your destination – will they reimburse you for the plane ticket?

* Does it cover (at least some) of any lost or stolen property? As a digital nomad, you need your laptop to live! What happens if it gets stolen? How much will your nomad insurance cover, if anything?

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Which insurance should you choose? What's the best option?

With those things in mind, let’s look at the three most popular digital nomad travel insurance providers out there: World Nomads Travel Insurance, SafetyWing Travel Insurance, and Passportcard Nomads.

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First off is the well known and often blogged about World Nomads Travel Insurance. While I encourage you to read more into it yourself, here are the basic ins and outs of World Nomads:

* Price: Basic coverage from World Nomads starts at $120 USD/month, but their rates depend on where your home base is, the region you’re traveling to, and what type of coverage you’re after.

* What’s covered?: World Nomads' insurance offers worldwide coverage, with no specific country exclusions. Travel insurance includes any travel delay (missed, delayed, or canceled flights) lost or damaged baggage. Health coverage includes adventure sports injuries (with the Explorer Plan), unexpected injuries or illnesses, dental emergencies, hospital stays, emergency evacuation, and prescriptions.

* What’s not covered?: Any type of pre-existing condition such as cancer treatment. Routine checkups and preventive care are also not covered.

Overall: World Nomads is a solid option! They provide extremely comprehensive coverage (with two types of plans: Standard and Explorer) overall reviews are great and they work hard at making sure you’re reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses


SafetyWing’s digital nomad travel insurance

A new kid on the digital nomad health insurance block has taken the insurance world by storm: SafetyWing, a travel insurance created by nomads, for nomads. Sounds promising.

* Price: SafetyWing’s price starts at a crazy $37 USD/4 weeks!

* What’s covered?: SafetyWing includes insurance for travel delays but not missed flights. They’ll cover lost luggage but not for your pricier items such as laptops, cameras etc. Health coverage includes unexpected injuries, hospital stays, and emergency medical evaluations, and covers you for 90 days minimum in your home country (perfect for digital nomads visiting home). US Citizens only have 15 days of coverage in the United States every 90 days.

* What’s not covered by this travel insurance company?: Any type of coverage in North Korea or Iran. Injuries due to sport and adventure activities and any type of pre-existing condition such as cancer treatment. Routine checkups and preventive care are also not covered. And missed flights or missing electronic items as listed above.

Overall: Safety Wing provides great medical coverage and they plan on increasing their coverage for theft and loss and medical evacuation in the coming year.

While I've only used World Nomads for myself and I can attest that they are great, I think that SafetyWing sounds like an incredible newcomer and I'll be delighted to give them a try next time I travel abroad for an extended period of time. Have you tried any of them? Whichever one you chose, please make sure to always read the fine print of your insurance coverage to avoid bad surprises.


Passportcard Nomads

Passportcard Nomads is a monthly subscription travel insurance provider that offers international health insurance for insured nomads. They understand that when you're on the road, the most important thing is to have peace of mind knowing that you and your family members are covered from head to toe in case of any unexpected events. This is why they have created a comprehensive travel insurance policy specifically designed for nomads, providing coverage for medical expenses, trip cancellations, and more. With a price that's affordable and accessible, Passportcard Nomads is the perfect choice for anyone looking for top-notch travel insurance.

* Price: From $59/Month

* What’s covered?: Passportcard Nomads offers a range of benefits that are designed to help you stay protected while you travel. From medical expenses to trip cancellations, they have got you covered. This means that no matter what happens on your trip, you can rest assured that you have the insurance coverage you need to get back on your feet.

* What’s not covered by this travel insurance company?: Coverage for trip cancellations may not be provided for pre-existing medical conditions. It's always best to check with Passportcard Nomads directly to understand what their policies do and do not cover.

Overall: Passportcard Nomads is a top-notch travel insurance provider that offers affordable and comprehensive coverage for insured nomads. With a monthly subscription model, you can easily add or remove coverage as needed, making it easy to get the protection you need when you need it. Whether you're exploring new destinations or working remotely, Passportcard Nomads gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you and your family members are covered. So why wait? Sign up for Passportcard Nomads today and enjoy the freedom to travel worry-free.


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Best Gifts Ideas for Your Spiritual Friends

Looking for a thoughtful gift for a spiritual friend or family member in your life for a special occasion or christmas gifts, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry, I certainly understand the difficulty of finding various gifts for spiritual friends who may not be all too interested in material goods. So in order to help you out, I’ve put together this handy gift guide to the best spirituality gifts that are sure to please the most hippie-dippy ones around you ;)

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Gifts for spiritual friends: some ideas


Spirituality Course on Udemy

A great unique gift for someone who is either just discovering spirituality or looking to advance their spiritual development or spiritual healing, Udemy has plenty of fantastic spirituality courses. From simple breathwork and spiritual cleansing to full shamanic initiations, there’s a spirituality course for every type of person, no matter what stage they’re at on their spiritual growth journey. Udemy makes for a good gift because you are not gifting material things and it's such a powerful tool for learning a whole throng of new things.


A himalayan salt lamp

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A salt lamp is a wonderful gift for spiritual people who need a little extra mood boost or are having trouble sleeping. Himalayan salt lamps are made from the mineral-rich pink salt mined from Pakistan's Khewra Salt Mine. As well as looking lovely and creating a relaxing ambiance in your giftee's home, they are also believed to have many health benefits. Salt lamps are ‘natural ionizers’, which means they change the electrical charge of the air around them to form negative ions. These negative ions are believed to improve air quality, increase levels of serotonin to boost mood and help promote sleep. A practical and tasteful spiritual gift idea.


A Yoga Mat

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When looking for spirituality gifts ideas for yoga lovers, you really can’t go wrong with a yoga mat. A staple for every yogi, yoga mats can be used for performing yoga asanas, as well as for meditation and many other exercises. Even if your recipient already has a yoga mat, I’m sure they’ll appreciate another one anyway - I would! It's the perfect spiritual gift for active people. They may already be in need of a new mat but were waiting for the right time to dish out one. And if not, a second yoga mat is still a handy thing to keep in the car or at work when rushing to practice around a busy schedule. Manduka makes great mats, otherwise here are some cheaper options. Anything pertaining to yoga makes for spiritual wellness gifts that are sure to help anyone live in the present moment.


An Oracle Deck

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Oracle decks or tarot cards are one of the best spiritual gifts for just about any spiritually-inclined curious person. They are fun and everyone can get on board with having their future read to them. I have these oracle cards myself and everyone loves getting a reading from me. There are plenty more tarot decks over here.

A Zen Garden

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Another household item that makes a lovely housewarming gift for a spiritual person is a zen garden. Zen gardens are miniature versions of Japanese zen gardens, which feature natural elements such as sand, rocks, and statues. Just like their full-sized counterparts, household zen gardens promote meditation and relaxation, aid stress relief, and increase focus. They offer a calm and tranquil natural space that can be placed on a desk or elsewhere around the home. You can even make a zen garden yourself for extra thoughtful and zen gifts.


A Chakra Book

Chakras - which means wheels or disks - are the various energy focal points along the spinal column responsible for disturbing spiritual life energy - also known as Qi or Prana - around the body. The concept is found in the early traditions of Hinduism. Many spiritual practices including yoga and breathwork aim to release blocked energy in a chakra and fix the physical, mental and emotional imbalances caused by such blockages. A chakra book is a great idea for a person just starting out on their spiritual journey or wanting to learn more about this important element of spirituality. One of those essential spiritual gift ideas - spiritual books!


A Meditation Retreat

Looking to really push the boat out and find extra special meaningful gifts for a loved one? Try treating them to a meditation retreat. Whether it’s a long weekend at a spiritual retreat nearby or two weeks practicing meditation and yoga by the beach in Costa Rica, they’re sure to love it! I know I would. Plus, if you book for two people, you can keep them company and treat yourself at the same time.


A Meditation Pillow

Another staple on any spiritual gifts list and especially for meditation lovers is a meditation cushion. I love using my meditation cushion to make longer meditation sessions more comfortable. A high-quality meditation cushion is filled with buckwheat which stops it from shifting and helps you to feel more grounded in your practice. It may be a little pricer than your average cushion, but that’s what makes it such a beautiful gift.


A Tibetan Singing Bowl

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Tibetan singing bowls are bowls that produce deep sounds and vibrations when hit and circled with a mallet. They’re used to promote relaxation and are believed to offer powerful healing properties including stress relief, pain relief, aiding sleep, reducing depression, and balancing and harmonizing the body. In fact, Buddhist monks have used Tibetan singing bowls in meditation practice for decades. While you can often find singing bowls used in meditation centers, yoga studios, or by music therapists, it’s less common to find them in people’s homes. Making it one of the most unique spiritual gifts if you’re looking for something a little different.


Sam Harris’ Waking Up Book

Sam Harris’ ‘Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion’ is one of my favourite spirituality books and a great positive energy gift idea. Harris’s book explores the scientific underpinnings of spirituality and offers a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. The perfect gift for your atheist or agnostic friend who wants spirituality, and to partake in spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness, without the religious aspects. An amazing gift for anyone!


Acupressure Mat

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Another great choice on the thoughtful gifts list is an acupressure mat is a great gift for a spiritual person who also loves trying out new wellness trends - like me! An acupressure mat is an at-home alternative to the traditional Chinese medicine techniques of acupressure or acupuncture. The mats contain thousands of tiny plastic spikes and are designed to target acupressure points in the body in order to reduce pain, promote relaxation and restore balance in the body, mind, and spirit. Gaining popularity over the last few years, there are many different brands of acupressure mats currently on the market, including the original shakti mat, the bed of nails mat and the convenient travel-sized spoonk mat.


Essential Oils

Last but not least on this best gifts for spiritual friends list, an essential oil kit is sure to please anyone with a spiritual practice. Oils have a great way to bring inner peace to daily life by setting the mood in a room or applying pressure points. I'm personally a big fan to get rid of negative energy and spreading only good vibes in my flat!


Curious about what you come up with for a spiritual gift for your loved ones — feel free to leave a comment with more ideas. Good luck!


Types of Pranayama

The Different Types of Pranayama

Breath is the constant companion to our life journey — and yet, so often we take it for granted — unless you too are an anxious mess and struggle to fill your lungs with air when shit hits the fan — hey friend. You're not alone. Breath control exercises known as Pranayama provide us a chance to delve into this mysterious power that governs all of existence – by uniting mind and breath through mindful practices. It's an ancient tool found in many cultures around the world inviting humans everywhere on a journey of self-discovery and is often paired with yoga asanas to help get into a specific state of mind prior to a practice. I personally use various types of Pranayama early morning before my meditation practice to center myself in the present moment and clear my mind — it's the best time of day, I find. But you do you. Some types of Pranayama are also really great to strengthen the abdominal muscles (more on that below). Pranayama techniques can be really powerful in calming the nervous system down, curbing negative emotions, and allowing more self-awareness.

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What is Pranayama? And the Types of Pranayama

Pranayama is an integral part of many people's yoga practice and has been around for centuries. The word Pranayama comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Prana’ (life force or life energy) and ‘Ayama’ (regulation). In the practice of Pranayama, we synchronize our breath with a certain pattern to cultivate this life-force energy in our body.

Pranayamas are the fourth of eight limbs of yoga from Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga Sutras. In these ancient texts, Patanjali refers to the effects that can be achieved through breathing exercises prior to Asana practice. They serve to attain a state called citta vrtti nirodhah, which means the cessation of activities of the mind. Citta literally means “that which has become; that which is imprinted, that which is laid out” and includes thoughts, concepts, values, experiences, and emotions. The more movement, or vrttis, the cloudier the lens and the more rigid our view of the world. The stilling of the vrttis (vrtti nirodhah) improves our ability to understand things in and around us better and more fully with a clear mind. Only when all imprints of the ego have been overcome and silence returns is perception no longer clouded. Ain't that amazing how a simple breathing exercise can affect our mind, mental health, overall health, and entire body? I certainly think so anyway :) Pranayama yoga is also mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on Haṭha Yoga.

Anyway, back to our Pranayama exercises and respiratory system. There are many different types of Pranayamas each with its own unique health benefits. Let’s dive deep and break down some of my favorite and most used types of Pranayamas! Please note, I've mentioned a few times that certain Pranayama types should be avoided if you suffer from high blood pressure, but on the opposite side, regular Pranayama practice as well as deep breathing exercises can help if you suffer from low blood pressure!


Kapalabhati Pranayama

Kapalabhati (different spelling: Kapalbhati Pranayama) means 'skull shining breath', literally translated as 'shining forehead'. This type of Pranayama is beneficial for clearing sinus congestion, detoxifying the lungs, improving digestion, and calming the mind. It is performed by taking quick breaths in through the nose followed by a forceful exhale through the nose, or pumping. This type of breathing should be done for 1-3 minutes at a time with each inhale and exhale taking about half a second each. At the top of each round, I like to alternate holding my breath on full lungs, and then on empty lungs on the next one, activating the bandhas. Please avoid Kapalabhati or consult your doctor if you suffer from high blood pressure. Make sure you're sitting in a comfortable seated position for this intense yogic breathing technique as some people get a bit dizzy.


Ujjayi Breathing

Likely the most well-known form of yogic breathing, Ujjayi means 'victorious breath' and is often referred to as 'ocean breath'. It is a powerful relaxation technique that helps soothe anxiety and stress levels. To practice Ujjayi Pranayama, close your eyes and take long deep breaths in through both nostrils then slowly exhale out through both nostrils while making an ocean sound like ‘haaaaaa’ on each exhale. It might help to picture yourself first making fog into a mirror with your mouth open, then closing the mouth and repeating the same action at the back of the throat. Keep doing this for five minutes or until you feel relaxed. This is the breath that accompanies most yoga practices. It's both extremely powerful and relaxing. I love it and use it often outside of yoga in my daily life (at the dentist for example, haha).


Sama Vritti

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Sama Vritti, or 'square box breathing', is an ancient Pranayama technique that brings harmony and balance to both the body and mind. By equalizing inhalations with exhalations over four steps of equal duration (in, hold, out, hold), we can easily find profound relaxation — a perfect remedy for times of stress when our minds feel foggy or disconnected from our bodies and we only have a short period of time to unwind. Releasing tension while connecting deeply within allows us to experience soul-nourishing ease in its simplest form. Sama Vritti is the perfect pick-me-up when you're feeling anxious or need to refocus your attention real quick.


Bhastrika Pranayama

Give your body a natural boost with Bhastrika Pranayama! This yogic breath of fire is an invigorating process involving rapid inhalation and exhalation that encourages increased oxygen flow throughout the body. Unlike physical exercise, this breathing technique increases oxygen levels even when the heart rate isn't pumping quickly — so no extra strain on your system but all its energizing effects! Try it next time you need to reignite your energy reserves.

To get started with Bhastrika, begin by settling into a comfortable position such as Vajrasana or Sukhasana where your spine remains erect for optimal diaphragmatic movement. Make fists with both hands then raise them up next to your shoulders before deeply inhaling – open those fists wide! Exhale slightly forcefully while bringing arms back down towards their original starting positions keeping tight fists throughout each repetition of 20 breaths. Take reasonable breaks in between rounds allowing yourself time to rest your palms on your thighs before continuing two more cycles, reaping all its rejuvenating benefits. To be avoided in case of high blood pressure.


Kumbhaka Pranayama

Kumbhaka Pranayama means breath retention or pauses in breathing. This type of Pranayama helps to build up lung capacity which in turn helps us stay calm even when stressed out. It can also help improve concentration as it involves holding your breath while focusing on your breathing process — upping your focus naturally! To perform Kumbhaka Pranayama, you need to sit comfortably in any cross-legged position and take deep breaths through your nose, hold it for three seconds or more, then slowly release it back out through your nose. Repeat this cycle ten times or until you feel relaxed. This Pranayama is the perfect companion to freediving training and can also be performed with a metronome, where you increase the retention a bit more each time. A great mind game ;)


Nadi Shodhana or Anuloma Vyloma (aka. Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or Anulom Vilom (or Viloma Pranayama) is an ancient practice that helps bring balance and harmony within the body. Coming from Sanskrit, Nadi translates as "channel" while Shodhana means "purification". The technique works by cleansing three main channels in our mind-body organism — Pingala infused with masculine energy on the right side, Ida imbued with feminine power on the left side, and Sushumna at the center — allowing Prana (the life force) to flow more freely throughout us.

Begin by raising your right hand in the air and performing what is known as a “Nasagra/Vishnu” mudra, although this isn't mandatory. Close off the right nostril with the right thumb, and slowly inhale from the left nostril for four seconds; now close the left nostril with the pinky finger and ring finger and hold for four seconds. Release the right nostril and exhale for four seconds; then close, and hold. Now repeat the same thing, inhaling from the right side first, and do as many cycles as possible. I personally find Nadi Shodhana very challenging because my nasal passages are never fully clear at the same time and breathing ends up feeling really hard.


Bhramari Pranayama

The practice of Pranayama known as "Brahma", derived from the Sanskrit word for bee, is a simple yet powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety while promoting mental clarity. This technique produces a low-pitched humming sound that resonates deeply within our bodies - much like the buzzing of bees! The vibration created by this hum has an incredibly calming effect on both body and mind allowing us to better cope with difficult emotions or insomnia. As if that weren't enough benefit: it can actually help regenerate tissues in your body! It's especially helpful during labor for pregnant women who will find comfort through deep meditative states. I've resorted to using Bhramari Pranayama in anxiety-inducing situations and it's helped me a lot.


Dirga Pranayama

Three-Part Breath (Dirga Pranayama) has the power to ground and center us in our physical bodies. Why not use this calming exercise as a gateway into your yoga practice? When you first hop onto your mat, take several deep breaths with Dirga Pranayama - it will help ease out any stress or worry from the day before making way for an undistracted session of self-care.

Feel free to rest on your back with your legs outstretched or if that doesn't feel right, bend those knees up toward you. Whatever feels more comfortable is key — just make sure you're fully relaxed when doing so as this will help maximize the means of breathing through your body. Take a minute to observe your natural breath. Don't get caught up in any thoughts that may pass by, just notice them and keep breathing. Now start deep-belly breathing; on the inhale fill yourself with air like you're filling up a balloon, then let it all out when exhaling through your nose while drawing the navel back towards the spine for an extra squeeze of air out - cycle this five times.

Next, take a deep breath in and let it fill your belly, rib cage, up to the collarbone — expanding around what we call the heart center. On each exhale feel yourself release — first from the chest sinking back down then letting go of air in ribs sliding together before finally dipping into that lower part with the navel moving closer to the spine as you slowly ease out all three parts without interruption. Try for ten cycles.


Sheetali Pranayama

Sheetali Pranayama or Shitali Pranayama, also known as Cooling Breath, is a refreshing way to bring peace and tranquility into your life. It invokes a powerful evaporative cooling mechanism on inhalation which soothes the body from the deepest tissues through its calming energy. For best results, practice it on an empty stomach whilst sitting comfortably either cross-legged or with elevated hips. Stick your tongue out and curl up like a tube. Take a deep breath through this "tube" situation – let the air fill up your lungs, and back out through the curled-up tongue. Repeat as much as needed, there are no contraindications here.


Benefits of Pranayama

A regular practice of Pranayama breathing techniques can have many benefits such as reducing stress levels, improving mindfulness, enhancing concentration, calming the mind and the subtle energy channels, strengthening respiratory muscles and lung function, helping with certain cardiovascular diseases, etc... Breathing is an essential yet, often overlooked connection between our mental and physical state. Mindful yogic breathwork not only gives us insight into the places of tension within ourselves but can also be a powerful tool to soften them. Whether you are new or experienced in the practice of yoga, learning how to use your breath as part of your practice will help unlock hidden potentials that lie within each one of us - both strong and fragile alike!

With research into yogic breathing and Pranayama types yielding more than a thousand studies, it's clear that Pranayama offers multiple beneficial effects for the health-conscious. From improved mental clarity to increased physical wellness and cognitive functions, these ancient practices can be instrumental in attaining holistic well-being - but only if researched and executed properly!

While there are various types of Pranayama out there, the ones above are some of the most popular ones among yogis today since they offer a wide range of benefits with minimal effort involved! So why not try one today? And if you're a yoga teacher looking to add some new elements to your classes then don't forget to include these three wonderful types of Pranayamas into your curriculum! Namaste! 🙏🏼


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My Veganuary Recipe to Succeed on Your Veggie Month

I meant to write this Veganuary tips article long ago, but here I am, a few days before the new year and the beginning of Veganuary. Oops. If you’re taking the 30-day vegan challenge and going vegan this month of January for the now-famous Veganuary, congrats on this new beginning. You will never regret going plant-based or eating less meat. Here's my easy Veganuary recipe to help you have a delicious and fulfilling month.

veganuary recipe

If you’re reading this, I guess you’re already familiar with what Veganuary is. I’m also assuming you’re here for some Veganuary tips or an easy Veganuary recipe on how to make your vegan month a success or at least make it more bearable. Nervous, already feeling like giving up? Don't be. Research shows that it takes 21 days to pick up a new habit (healthy or otherwise...) so give it a try, it may end up changing your life, such as it did for me when my vegan journey began 12 years ago. There are many apps for vegans you can already download — a great way to make your month easier, and why not read these vegan quotes to get your mojo working.

Below are the top tips for Veganuary I’ve gathered over the years. Please get in touch on Instagram where I am most active of all social media and let me know how you get on and ask as many questions as you want. There’s little in life I feel more strongly about other than veganism. So congrats on reading this in the first place and let’s get cracking with my Veganuary recipe already!

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* The Best Apps for Vegans
* The Guide to Vegan Alcohol
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* My Favourite Vegan Winter Boots
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My Veganuary Recipe to Ease Into Veganism in 2023!


Find a Veganuary Buddy

Doing anything alone is always harder, so why not partner up with someone? That's one of the best Veganuary tips to begin with. This may be difficult if you live with a partner or flatmate who isn’t doing the 30-day vegan challenge, so perhaps there’s an incentive for them to humor you in this? It’s only a month long, what could you do in return for them the next month? Why, sexual favors, of course.

I originally went vegetarian and then vegan with my then-partner and, admittedly, had it not been for him, I don’t think I would have been able to do this on my own, leave alone stick to it.

So find yourself a pal or an accountability buddy, and if you can’t, reach out to me!


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Find your one Meaningful Reason to do the Switch to a vegan diet

There are dozens of reasons why going vegan is the best thing you could ever do for yourself and the planet, but finding the one thing that strikes a chord with you the most is essential. Document yourself and find what you’re most passionate about.

Fitness is what did it for me.

As I said, I went vegetarian before going vegan (and here’s a very old article about it) and the appeal of sports performance was the biggest lure. After several years of smoking, eating crap, and being a couch potato, I had a moment of panic before entering my 30s and decided that I did not want to age into a gross ol' flapjack. I first started working out at the gym, then I started running, and quickly signed up for my first half-marathon. Inspired by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier and his book The Thrive Diet, as well as Matt Frazier, known as No Meat Athlete, I found something I was passionate about that would make these new habits stick. And they did!


Subscribe to Veganuary

Veganuary isn’t just a word, it’s a full-blown non-profit organization that’s there to promote veganism and support people in their transition by offering the OG Veganuary recipe, as well as tips and advice. Lazy? Take the pledge and sign up to their newsletter to receive daily vegan and new plant-based recipes, tips and more right to your mailbox. The veganuary website is full of precious information to make your month a success. Also worth checking out is the website of Vegan Society.

Reading this and it’s not January? No problem! You can start Veganuary — and sign up to take the pledge — at any time of year.


Document Yourself

Knowledge is power, and I would have never been able to transition to a vegan lifestyle had it not been for documentaries. I so happened to be in university studying design while I transitioned, so I used veganism as my research topic for a lot of my school projects. Here’s a fun website I did as part of a jquery class, haha.

Below is a list of my favorite documentaries:

Here a list of more vegan documentaries to watch!


Clean up Your Kitchen

Increase your chances of a successful Veganuary challenge by making a few adjustments to your kitchen pantry planning a vegan grocery shopping list. First, it's a good idea to get rid of all animal products - this includes gravy, stock, butter, and all non-vegan baking supply. But please don’t throw them away! Give them to someone. Someone you don’t like, preferably. Lol.

Second, get a few vegan food pantry staples. This includes nutritional yeast to make everything taste cheesy, black or kidney beans and tempeh for a great vegan meat replacement and to make sure you get enough protein (plus there are so many great meat substitutes these days!), chia or flax for egg replacement, fresh veggies, as well as fresh herbs and indian spice to make everything tasty, an excellent peanut butter (or any nut butters really), a good quality olive oil, maple syrup to replace honey, a good butter replacement (Earth Balance was my favorite in North America and now I swear by Naturli in Europe) and milk replacement (Oatly Barista Edition is my fave of all plant milks of all time but I also like soy milk for the added protein). Also, something salty for those cheese cravings — olives and roasted smoked almonds do it for me. Or vegan cheese, they're not half bad these days. iHerb is the right place to shop for vegan ingredients!

Processed vegan products and vegan alternatives such as sausages, vegan burger patties of veggie ground meat are a good way to ease into transition periods and for new vegans, but don’t rely on these in the long run unless it’s for an occasional treat. They're not super healthy. Instead, aims for nutritious, whole foods and whole grains. If you live in Europe, the fake dairy products are heaven (well perhaps they’ve evolved since I lived in Canada and the vegan yogurt tasted like wallpaper glue). Just give new things a try and make sure you read the ingredients list. You may be surprised — pleasantly or otherwise. Just be curious. Some people find it helpful to have full-blown Veganuary recipe meal plans, but I personally find this a little restrictive. You do you, my bro babe.


Find Some Easy, Delicious, and Healthy Vegan Recipes

Finding vegan meal ideas that are both easy to make and delicious is key. I’m a very lazy cook and often my vegan menu consists of steamed veggies, crispy tofu or tempeh in some sort of dressing, or lentil dahl, but this works well for me. Find a few good websites with easy veganuary recipes and be ready to have your mind blown at the amazing array of tastes you can get from plant-based food. With a little imagination, pretty much any of your favorite meals can be made into a vegan version. Vegan pizza for example? Easy!

Below are some of the best vegan recipes that I keep making over and over again. You can also follow my vegan plant-based meals recipes Pinterest board. Vegan cookbooks in general are also great!

A vitamin B12 supplement should also be on your radar if you're planning to be on a plant-based diet. If it's Winter months, also consider a vitamin D supplement, but that goes for everyone, not only vegans.


Shit Happens and it's OK

Last but definitely not least on this list of tips for Veganuary. Don’t panic, shit will happen. It always does, even to me, still after over a decade. When you go out, when you travel as a vegan, when you're invited over to someone's house. We’re all human, and we’re trying our best and that's the most important thing. Having a slip doesn’t mean we failed, that’s something important to remember. Make sure you download the Happy Cow app for when you go out, and always offer to bring something when you get invited over for dinner.

Repeat after me: shit happens. Easy does it. You got this. The best way to transition into a new habit is to stay positive!

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What is Rocket Yoga?

I'm always amazed when I encounter a new form of yoga. I feel that, after over 15 years of practicing, I would have seen, tried, or at least heard of it all. But no. On my recent trip to Barcelona, I saw many studios had "Rocket Yoga" on their menu and I got curious... Now, that's a name that makes me want to try it!

So what is Rocket Yoga? Am I going to shoot to the moon? Sadly not, but close enough.

what is rocket yoga

Rocket Yoga is a fast-paced, dynamic exercise routine that is a modified version of the traditional Ashtanga Asana developed in San Francisco by western practitioners Larry Schultz and Bob Weir, founding members of the band the Grateful Dead (!). Already, I'm sold. Didn't know these old-school dudes were into yoga. Rocket Yoga integrates primary and secondary sequences in three sets that are practiced over a whole week, and varied with modifications to ensure resilience. Sounds very much like my cup of tea!

If you're into more advanced postures that crank up your heart rate and sweaty yoga practices like me, listen up.


The Rocket Sequence

Rocket Yoga offers a set of re-imagined routines for the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system, which combines the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga and intermediate sequences of core poses for a vigorous, playful physical exercise. Rocket Yoga is composed of advanced poses from both the primary and intermediate Ashtanga Vinyasa series (such as the advanced hand-balancing posture scorpion pose, peacock pose, crane pose, etc), along with key physical postures from the third and fourth series. Yep, sounds like a lot and a lot of advanced pose shenanigans. If you're into arm balances and intense forms of yoga like me, this might be a good option for you!

The Rocket routines are based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga methods of K. Pattabhi Jois (the founder of Ashtanga Yoga). It integrates and restructures poses from the primary and intermediate Ashtanga series, while also including some poses from the advanced (third and fourth) series. So yes, practitioners need to develop a solid understanding of the sequences before advancing further.

In terms of the style of yoga, the Rocket Yoga framework is similar to Ashtanga Yoga, containing the Surya Namaskar, standing poses, sitting poses, twists, and bends. As the traditional Ashtanga asanas are the basis for this yoga technique, Rocket Yoga looks quite similar but is a simplified version of the exercises, divided into three parts. Apart from various techniques such as sitting postures, this exercise series is also made up of other cool yoga asanas such as Supta Vajrasana and Bakasana. There are definitely similarities with Hatha Yoga as well I think.

The structure of Ashtanga works against the normal sequences in Rocket Yoga, teaching that, in order to progress on the next step in your yoga journey, you first need to individually master one set of poses. The Rocket Yoga sequence allows every practitioner, even physically-challenged practitioners, to learn to modify poses as per each practitioner's body while progressing to the harder asanas. Rocket allows for quick improvement because there is an encouragement to modify poses or go your own way when needed, which I absolutely love. Inclusive yoga, yay!

Rocket Yoga offers an entire system of yoga programs, which train your entire body in a holistic, dynamic manner. Veda sums up the Rocket uniquely, saying, "The Rocket is for traditionalist yogis who love breaking some rules." Smirk, that's me.

benefits of rocket yoga

In an Ashtanga Yoga practice, instead of seeing intense adjustments à la Mysore (typical of Ashtanga), one instead sees a gentler adjustment approach, encouraging one to listen to their inner teacher and tap into the gifts that we all possess within. A typical Rocket Yoga class still has similarities with Ashtanga classes; there are Sun Salutations A and B, followed by high-octane practice with 66 standing, balanced, sitting, and inverted poses, as well as the much-needed wind-down Series similar to the traditional closing series of Ashtanga.

The specific sequences of Rocket are:

  • Rocket I: based on the First Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Works on hip openings, forward bends, and strength. Also includes different forms of arm balances and handstands.
  • Rocket II: works chest openings as well as twists from the second set of Ashtanga.
  • Rocket III: a combination of the two previous series. Also known by the name of “Yoga Mats Happy Hour” (lol), since it is also a time to challenge each other and have fun.

A Little Rocket Yoga History

Rocket Yoga offers a set of programs that re-interprets the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga system, by combining the core poses of the Primary and Intermediate Series, creating a vigorous, playful practice. Rocket I is similar to Ashtanga Yoga primary series, which focuses on hip openers, forward bends, and core strength. Rocket I immersion is ideal for power yoga teachers looking to add a few new sequences into their instructional arsenal. If you're interested, you can take a yoga teacher training in the Rocket style.

Talk to just about any consistent student — or teacher — in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you can bet that they have taken one of Larry Schultz's signature Vinyasa Rocket classes. Rocket Yoga is informed by more than nine years of devoted Ashtanga practice. Larry Schultz studied under K. Pattabhi Jois for seven years and is most famous for developing what has come to be known simply as the Rocket, his own unique twist on Ashtanga first, second, and third series, which culminated in a vigorous, sweaty, much-loved practice.

A maverick within the yoga community (I had no idea!), Schultz's approach, both yoga asana and business, has led Larry to develop "It's Yoga" into one of the most successful and innovative studios. Among those who were initiated to yoga and went on to be renowned teachers are Duncan Wong, Russell Yamaguchi, Jon Berlinski, Taric Thami, and Clayton Horton. Many came through the doors of It's Yoga, and were introduced to Ashtanga by Larry Schultz.


Benefits of Rocket Yoga

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Rocket is different from Ashtanga Yoga because students are allowed to modify and create their own interpretations of the traditional postures. With roots stemming from Ashtanga Yoga, Rocket Yoga is a simpler, dynamic form of Ashtanga, which is composed of a number of balanced sitting and standing postures, and inversions, such as Shirshasana, also known as the king of all asanas. Unlike traditional yoga, in which participants have to be proficient at every pose before moving on, Rocket Yoga allows individuals to transition from one pose to another without any prior experience, making it a safe practice for most.

So Rocket allows for quick improvement as you are encouraged to modify poses or go your own way when needed. Depending on your Ashtanga progression, Rocket Yoga may modify from the traditional poses based on convenience. In Rocket Yoga, students are allowed to modify or change traditional poses that they are stuck with. Rocket Yoga is designed to take away the challenging poses involved in the classical Ashtanga practice.

The benefits are many with Rocket Yoga, this is a no-doubt strengthening sequence, and through consistent practice, students will see previously difficult or impossible asanas slowly begin to fall into place. The intense physical process of Ashtanga is about pushing through mental blocks and emotional baggage in order to cultivate mental clarity, conscious breath, physical strength, flexibility, and stamina. Rocket is no different, and health benefits include improved blood flow to the pituitary gland and pineal glands, a strengthened nervous system, clean bowels through the various spinal twists, better mental health or psychological health, a stronger and more toned body (especially for back muscles), etc. In addition, Rocket Yoga is much gentler on the joints of the body (unlike Ashtanga) and more forgiving to those with physical problems through its various options and variations.

All in all, the Rocket system is a fantastic dynamic practice and a form of power yoga I strongly recommend. But to compensate for all the heat created by this much-loved form of yoga, I also recommend checking out a more restorative yoga form once in a while such as yin yoga. It's all about balance, my friends.


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Planning a Detox Retreat? Here are my Recommendations

Cooped up at home feeling just a tad cabin-fever-y – has resulted in me becoming an expert at virtual travel and travel journaling. With Google as my partner in crime, I have been planning city breaks, figuring out the best spots for a detox retreat or a wellness journey, and to go off the grid, and even trawling through my own archives to re-live some of my favorite hotels and beaches.

In all seriousness, the last few years of the pandemic have been taking a real toll on my physical, psychological and emotional well-being, so when I do actually get to go on my next trip it will be a detox retreat, for complete rest and reset of my body’s systems, mental and physical health. Detox retreats are the perfect wellness experience for a fresh start at any time. It can also be a way to heal your gut from many health concerns when paired with a complete disconnect from today's world, some fitness programs, wellness facilities, therapeutic treatments, etc.

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Today I wanted to share my top recommendations for detox retreats from different spots around the globe. Or, if you are lucky enough to live in one of the places I mention then perhaps it’s time to start planning a summer detox retreat staycation, either for yourself or as a couple retreat…?


Where to go on the best detox retreats


Detox Retreat Europe Options


Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat

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The Shanti-Som Detox Retreat is for those who want to achieve total wellness. The retreat is focused on detoxing the body and restoring natural health through a juice detox, a broth diet, and a colon cleanse. You can choose from a variety of specialized therapies, such as a detox footbath or body scrub. They also offer onsite health check. The program at Shanti-Som includes a colonic water cleanse that has many health benefits, including helping to remove toxins from your body, improving your immune system, weight loss, digestion, mood-boosting, and reducing the chance of developing colon cancer. This is the ultimate retreat to get you back to full health and is located in the beautiful Andalucia region of Spain, nestled in nature that is surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and Biosphere Reserve.

Style: General Detox Programs
Duration: Choose from 3 to 14 days (starting any day of the year)
Price: From €465 / night
Closest Airport: Malaga (40 minutes)
Airport pick-up included? Optional
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and German
Vegan Friendly?: yes

Check out retreats at Shanti-Som!

8 Day Longevity Juice Detox Retreat in the Algarve, Portugal

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Juice cleanses both terrify me and intrigue me, I have dipped my toe in them before, doing a 2-day juice cleanse in Kuala Lumpur which was okay… they do however become much more appealing when they become part of a detox retreat – combined with a stay at a spa hotel, complete with an infrared sauna, all the massages and spa services you can dream of (including floatation sessions!), not to mention a gym, tennis court, and daily instructor-led classes from yoga to dance. The retreat includes a wellness evaluation and nutrition consultation so your liquid detox diet, including supplements, will be tailored to your unique requirements. I could definitely spend a week sipping on juice here.

Style: Juice Fastin Liquid Diet, Alkaline, Vegetarian, Massage, Mindfulness & Detox Oasis
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: From €2,244
Closest Airport: Faro (19 km)
Airport pick-up included? Available for an additional € 36 per person
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Upon request

Check out detox retreats at Longevity Cegonha Wellness Center now!

5 Day Yoga and Juice Detox Retreat, UK

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This award-winning UK detox retreat haven is a luxed-up farmhouse, located in the rolling green pastures of the Sussex countryside. It has something for everyone with multiple different accommodation options to suit all prices, from twin share rooms to luxury eco-cottages and treehouses. It also has different nutritional options with raw vegan food as well as juices to boost your immune system, and a range of classes and sessions to take care of the body and mind, including yoga, meditation, as well as life coaching and NLP workshops. If you are looking for a detox retreat with a complete holistic health emphasis then this one if for you. Its design means it can support you with just general well-being or can be focused on physical conditions such as IBS and fibromyalgia –– on top of promising a psychological and emotional cleanse and reset.

Style: Juice Fasting, Colon Hydrotherapy Detox, Raw Food Detox, Alkaline Colon Cleanse, Liver Cleanse, Skin Cleanse, Vegetarian, Mindfulness & Detox Spa
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: From €808
Closest Airport: London Gatwick (38 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out detox retreats at Platinum Healing now!

4 Day Yoga and Detox Retreat in the Barcelona Mountains, Spain

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This detox program and yoga retreat is small but mighty, with over five hours of restorative yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama practices and workshops every day. The retreat center is a rustic villa that has been renovated with great care to not only protect its original character and enhance sustainability but make sure it is in harmony with the natural surroundings of the UNESCO protected national park in which the villa located. Free time can be spent trekking, biking, or just taking a gentle hike in the nature that surrounds you, visiting the local town, or lounging by the outdoor pool at the villa. If beach time is important to you then you are only half an hour’s drive from the sea, and it’s possible to book massages and holistic wellness treatments in advance. Three vegetarian and vegan meals per day are provided. The perfect mini reset especially when paired with a daily massage, and if like me you believe in balance, you could always add a weekend in Barcelona onto that (if you do, check out my vegan Barcelona guide), the perfect place for a little getaway.

Style: General Detox Programs
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights (perfect for long weekends away)
Price: From €325
Closest Airport: Barcelona (53 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Languages: English & Spanish
Vegan Friendly?: Yes (and it's all organic foods too!)

Check out detox retreats at Omshanti now!

Detox Retreats USA and Central America


14 Day Rainforest Cleansing Retreat, Costa Rica

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Daily yoga, check. Hot springs, forest bathing, and waterfalls, check. Swimming pool and hot tub, check. Naturopath consultation, check. Vegetarian food and juices, check. Spa treatments, including hydrotherapy and a sweatlodge, check… and the list just keeps going. Even without all of that, who would say no to two weeks in the Costa Rican rainforest? Everything about this retreat sounds like perfection, and given its length, it is definitely one of the more budget-friendly options. While in Costa Rica, consider also experiencing the magic of an ayahuasca retreat.

Style: Juice Fasting
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Price: From € 1,309
Closest Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (76 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out detox retreats at Essence Arenal Wellness Resort now!

6 Days of Kundalini, Meditation and Spiritual Bliss in Hawaii

Hawaii has been on my bucket list for a while and since discovering this retreat it’s jumped closer to the top. I mean, what better location to experience the benefits of the best wellness retreats in the world? Located by the beach these detox holidays promise a complete spiritual immersion with Kundalini yoga, crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, and yoga philosophy lessons led by a healer and shaman. Oh, and to take care of the body, as well as the mind and spirit, there is a private chef who can accommodate all dietary requirements and the option to include a three-day juice cleanse to help you reach your wellness goals. Not only is there beach and yoga, but a gym and swimming pool on-site for when you want to mix it up.

Interested in some serious soul healing on mainland USA? Check out this four-day retreat in the Arizona desert and also those self-love affirmations to get you ready.

Style: Juice Fasting
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: From €1,794
Closest Airport: Kahului Airport (14 km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out detox retreats in Hawaii now!

Detox Retreats Asia


15 Day Energy Levels Booster Detox Retreat, Thailand

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The islands in the Gulf of Thailand are some of my favorite places in the world, with their white-sand beaches, crystal clear sea, and incredible food and fruit. This retreat is my current pick of the bunch in this region. Don’t be put off by the fact it sells itself as a weight loss retreat, it just offers some more dynamic fitness options, such as hiking, cycling and Muay Thai, as well as daily yoga and meditation classes. It has a health food cafe on-site, which is mainly plant-based with raw vegan and vegan options, as well as some flexitarian dishes if that’s your thing. There is both beach and jungle nearby, as well as a pool, sauna and ice bath (if a Wim Hof element appeals) at the retreat center. This detox retreat offers rejuvenation for the body, which will no doubt leave you happier and healthier in mind, heart and spirit.

Check out my recommendations for Thailand retreats here.

Style: General Detox (fitness getaways)
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Price: From €755
Closest Airport: Samui (10 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out detox retreats at Visit Natural Detox Resort now!

11 Day Sustainable Yoga, Ayurveda and Detox Retreat, Sri Lanka

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If you are looking for a detox retreat that aligns with mindful and sustainable travel then this eco-retreat center, located on a plantation in a village in Sri Lanka that supports both the natural environs and the village community is ideal. The retreat is built around principles of Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India and the natural complement to yoga. You will have a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor, daily Ayurvedic treatments which often include massages, daily yoga and meditation, and lots of rest or activity time. The meals are made with food that is grown on-site in the fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens, as well as a paddy field. Guests are able to join in picking and harvesting the produce, and there are also cookery demonstrations. Heaven.

Style: Spices Detox, Ayurveda
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Price: From €1,334
Closest Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport (73 km)
Airport pick-up included? Available for additional € 58 per person
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out detox retreats at Plantation Villa now!

The best yoga retreat in the world (2023 edition)

Since I get asked this question by yoga enthusiasts regularly, here comes my yoga retreat 2023 roundup. This is a collection of the best yoga retreats 2023 options, as well as wellness retreats that I have either been visiting or have been dreaming of visiting this coming year. You'll find spiritual retreats for all levels and budgets — from luxury yoga retreats abroad to more affordable yoga retreats near me and you — because that may well be as far as we can go for now due to the current circumstances. The practice of yoga can be done anywhere in the world, just bring your yoga mat — the most important part!

And since I'm always up to trying out new things when I practice yoga and adding to the list, what do you think is the best yoga retreat 2023 options? I'm always on the lookout for the perfect retreats to add to this guide.

All-inclusive yoga retreats are a hot holiday trend right now and for good reasons. What better way to slice right through a slump and get away from daily life than to reconnect with nature and with yourself on a deeper level through daily yoga practice at one of the best yoga vacations in a beautiful place, while meditating, dipping in hot springs (or a hot tub) to heal your soul and sore muscles on your free time, and eating delicious healthy food? None in my book, even if just for a long weekend. Come home a better version of yourself, feeling fit and having done some personal growth.

So without further ado, here are my recommendations for what I think the best yoga getaways in the world are! I've tried to include all styles of yoga but am missing a Kripalu center if you have recommendations! Ready to find your perfect place to dive into yoga?

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

-Joseph Campbell


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Dreaming of more yoga trips? Here's some destination-specific guide for your perfect yoga and meditation retreat:
* Retreats in India
* Retreats in Europe
* Retreats in Costa Rica
* Retreats in Bali
* Retreats in Greece
* Retreats in Thailand
* Various retreats in United States
* Best yoga teacher training destinations


European friends, tell me: are there any amazing yoga retreats near me? I would love to hear from you as yoga travel is likely going to continue being messed up for some time! Looking also for Kripalu Hatha yoga retreat for beginners recommendations.


Best yoga retreats 2023: My top picks


EUROPE & NORTH AFRICA


Nefeli Nine Retreats, Attica, Greece

Greece is definitely high up on my list of 2023 yoga vacations! Dreamy turquoise water, cozy sand-washed stone buildings, mild climate, a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables - those are pretty much the only prerequisite for a great yoga retreat in Greece, am I right? I hear Athens is also a top vegan location, so I'm really dying to go. Nefeli Nine invites you to join them for a week-long, no-nonsense, luxury yoga retreat. Located in Dikastika not far from Marathon, with expansive views over the Mediterranean, come and unwind amid the wild olive trees perched along the cliffs, the sweet smell of Jasmine, and the explosion of color from the bougainvilleas. The personal retreats are fitness-oriented and include on the class calendar, as well as daily yoga sessions including yin yoga, daily outdoor activities like hikes, and daily classes such as HIIT, boxing, functional training, kettlebells in their fitness center. To top this up, fresh local food is served and massages are available.


Duration: 3 to 7 days
Price: from $660
Closest Airport: Athens (26 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


Yoga with Perumal, Imlil, Marrakech, Morocco

This retreat is the country's first-ever mountain yoga vacation location. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, in an extraordinary setting, with welcoming and charming staff, plenty of free time, delicious food, as well as highly skilled yoga teachers. The optional group rental venue has an outdoor swimming pool and an amazing rooftop view of North Africa where you can take meditation workshops or full meditation retreats. Come here to indulge in mindful movement with daily yoga classes, restorative yoga,or therapeutic yoga and get a sense of deep connection with the surroundings.

A yoga retreat in Morocco is high on my list for 2023 and Perulmal's yoga retreats are my top pick! With small groups and direct flights between Berlin and Marrakech, I think those could count as yoga retreats near me, whatcha think? ;) I'm dreaming of immersing myself in the local culture and local community...


Duration: 4 to 7 days (I suggest the week-long retreats)
Price: from $840
Closest Airport: Marrakesh Menara
Airport pick-up included? No, but can be booked for an additional cost of $25
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and more seasoned yogi
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request, and there's always plenty of fresh fruits


Body And Mind Holidays, Vouliagmeni, Greece

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The Body and Mind Holidays offer incredible health and wellness yoga experiences in this yoga retreat center for your whole being to regenerate and become revitalized and in wonderful spiritual health. You can enjoy daily yoga practices in various teacher styles, pilates, tai chi, gentle therapeutic water exercises, all while staying in the stunning yoga resort in single rooms situated in hilly Vouliagmeni, near the historic city of Athens. Nearby, you can explore the beautiful beaches of Vouliagmeni or discover the Parnitha Mountains. They have a variety of exciting activities from trekking to preparing healthy Greek meals on-site during your best yoga holidays.

The popular destination retreat hotel is luxuriously designed and will meet every one of your needs as a guest. The Margi Hotel is personal, welcoming, and has a warm charismatic atmosphere, the best accommodation for your body and mind holiday. One of the top yoga retreats in the world.


Duration: 4 to 8 days (again my preference is for week-long yoga retreats)
Price: from $840
Closest Airport: Athens
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and experienced yogi welcome
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


Fykiada Retreats

Fykiada organizes exclusive luxury yoga retreats on the Greek islands in ideal setting high-end locations with world-acclaimed teachers. From cosmopolitan Mykonos to the otherworldly scenery of Koufonisia and the authentic island of Kythnos, upcoming retreats are one-of-a-kind and tailored to the needs of the group. From a selection of stunning seaside locations to stylish yoga studio interiors with great guest rooms, conscious welcome gifts, and local touches, everything promises that you'll be taken excellent care of. The food served at Fykiada Retreats represents the best new ways of Greek nature and culture and is personalized to suit guests' preferences and food allergies. Vegan and gluten-free organic meals options are always part of their menu, as well as twists on local recipes.


Duration: various
Price: from $1,800
Closest Airport: Depends on location
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Akasha Yoga & Wellness in Transylvania

Romania might not be the first country that pops to mind when you're planning your next yoga holiday or yoga trip, but hear me out! I think the photo above speaks for itself, and I'm so excited that this is a yoga retreat near me!

The lovely Akasha Wellness Retreat is located in a quaint little village up in the mountains of Transylvania, an hour drive from Brasov. It is the perfect and easiest retreat getaway from Western Europe to get a big bowl of fresh air and reconnect with your true self. What you'll find here: the freshest, purest of mountain air, the most beautiful mountainside view (you are literally up in the clouds!), incredibly peaceful meadow nature walks, and the best and healthiest home-cooked vegan food. This is a small family-run business that is so totally inspiring and will leave you nourished and rested. My best discovery of 2023 and one of the more affordable yoga retreats 2023 options! These are yoga retreats for beginners, but really they will suit all levels.


Duration: various
Price: Depends on stay
Closest Airport: Bucharest
Airport pick-up included? From Brasov train station
Type of retreat: Beginner
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, all vegan!


ASIA


Any Retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand

koh phangan yoga

Not a yoga school recommendation per se, but Koh Phangan as a whole is my secret magical place away from the western world for all things yoga. Whether you are after a kundalini yoga retreat, some yoga nidra classes, or everything in between, you'll find all yoga styles and more on the magical Thai island. I have done yoga in many Koh Phangan schools and it's always been incredible and some wellness experience maybe a little out of my comfort zone. Koh Phangan is one of those places where I'm always the best version of myself, can free my mind and meditate, feel at one with nature, and just live in an extremely balanced way. Add to that almost-free papaya and coconut, and let me tell you, Koh Phangan is the best idea on the planet ever, period. Always. The natural beauty of the island will mesmerize you. And here you can find both luxury yoga holidays and more affordable ones. Some of the best yoga retreats in the world for beginners are here too, and for a very good value. Oh, and papaya — did I say?


Duration: various
Price: Depends on stay
Closest Airport: Koh Samui
Airport pick-up included? No
Levels of yoga: All
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Mostly


6 Days Rejuvenating Meditation and Wellness Yoga Retreat 2023 Ubud, Bali

yoga retreat

For the ultimate pampering experience and one of the best yoga trips, look no further than this luxury yoga retreat in Bali. Offering more than just yoga, this lovely yoga retreat also includes daily Ayurvedic spa treatments to get you feeling your very best. You could even take surf lessons at a nearby surf camp.

Located at the Adiwana Resort, everything you could possibly need lives within the yoga resort’s walls — although you will definitely want to visit the surrounding area; Bali is gorgeous. Included in the cost of the retreat are daily meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and an afternoon fruit basket served with tea. Each retreat also includes one cultural excursion for local activities outside of the resort included in the price. Your morning will start with one-hour yoga courses taught by experienced instructors, followed by one-hour meditation sessions and 2 hours of spa treatments. For yoga holidays, Ubud is in simple ways one of the best places to be and Adiwana offers an all inclusive yoga retreat you will remember forever.


Duration: 3 to 22 days
Price: From $700
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai (35 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Rasa Retreat, Goa, India

beaches of Goa

If you like to escape to somewhere warm for winter yoga retreats, Rasa yoga retreat India is a humble place where guests can find their inner peace and be immersed in the heart of spiritual Goa by the Indian Ocean, in India. This yoga retreat is perfect for those looking for a full yogi experience, with highly knowledgeable yoga teachers offering a traditional teaching style in a peaceful retreat environment and beautiful setting. The team at Rasa Retreat is on hand to provide you with all the care, patience, and guidance you require to make sure your stay is memorable and rejuvenating. You can also take excursions to the nearby sights which shouldn’t be missed such as hikes in the nearby jungle and discovering the best nearby tourist spots such as Srinagar. The food is mainly ayurvedic meals with vegan and vegetarian options featuring healthy natural ingredients. You can also get ayurvedic treatments ayurvedic massages at an extra cost for a unique experience.


Duration: 3 to 20 days
Price: From $350
Closest Airport: Goa Dabolim (30 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


THE AMERICAS


The Retreat Costa Rica Wellness Center

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The Retreat Yoga Costa Rica was initially created as a place to strengthen, restore, nourish and heal the mind and body. It is said that after visiting this transformative place you will come out with a different view on the way you nourish your body with food, a new mindset, and improve the way you live your life amidst the lush vegetation.

Here you can indulge in spa services, with a variety of packages to choose from as well as unlimited access to dipping into the stunning outdoor pool. The yoga therapy retreat daily schedule offers an advanced wellness and healing program including special culinary options for weight loss in the heavenly setting. The plush yoga resorts sit highly on a quartz mountain with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond. While in Costa Rica, consider also experiencing an Ayahuasca Retreat. There's nothing like working on yourself in exotic locations!


Duration: varies
Price: Depends on the duration
Closest Airport: San Jose
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Go Natural Jamaica

yoga retreat in jamaica

One of the best international yoga retreats, this exotic yoga trip will boost your body and mind. Come and enjoy a de-stressing, yoga holiday at the Go Natural Jamaica retreat, where you can sit back and relax on the tropical island of Jamaica and enjoy snorkeling in the ocean, horseback riding, discovering secret waterfalls, and reconnecting with nature. Go Natural offers organic, light, and healthy meals with fresh colorful fruits and nutritious smoothies to help your body detoxify during your yoga retreat. There are two daily yoga courses for beginners all the way up to advanced, as well as nearby idyllic white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, and relaxing living rooms at the end of the day. There's also the opportunity to study yoga postures in-depth, as well as take yoga philosophy classes. You’ll be in real paradise, the private room set is lovely! Also one of the most affordable yoga retreat options.


Duration: 4 to 30 days
Price: From $499
Closest Airport: Norman Manley (53 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


Sagrada Wellness, San Luis Obispo, USA

san luis obispo

The USA is a gold mine of world-acclaim yoga retreats, from Esalen Institute, Art of Living Retreat Center, to Shambhala Mountain Center. Making no exception, the Sagrada Wellness retreat yoga center is nestled amongst the quiet hilltops of Santa Margarita, California, about three hours away from Los Angeles. This yoga retreat is spectacular, and one of the most special yoga retreats in the world with a quirky boutique style where you can disconnect from technology in a safe space, practice wholesome yoga, meditate in peace and enjoy organic wholesome foods, and why not a cheeky wine tasting.

The retreat was founded by a couple of yoga instructors, who had a dream to open a yoga-focused retreat in the idyllic Californian hills, and they made it a dream come true! You can look over the Californian hilltops and shoreline where you can reflect and reconnect with yourself in the yoga retreat and during meditation classes. You can also enjoy the eco-friendly accommodation, which is 100% solar powered with a dreamy pool, Jacuzzi, and many nearby trails and hiking spots. Spoil yourself with a variety of healthy, delicious meals ranging from vegetarian meals to vegan to gluten-free delights, all sourced locally and organically. This retreat also offers a complete digital detox retreat with no Wi-Fi, and they encourage you to stay off all technology during your California yoga retreat. Bliss.


Duration: 3 or 4 days (perfect for those who don't have time for a week yoga retreat)
Price: From $875
Closest Airport: San Jose (252 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: First time Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes


For more in the Americas, check out these retreats in Puerto Vallarta and East Texas.


Vegan Munich: Where to Eat

Wondering what vegan Munich has in store for ya? Here's my Munich vegan travel guide.

There’s so much more to Munich than Oktoberfest and beer garden fiestas. Sure, the Bavarian capital can be the scene of lederhosen-clad drunken Weisswürste fest. But open your eyes wide and you’ll discover an amazing health and vegan scene beyond all the animal products, fab Munich vegan eateries, gorgeous boutique hotels, and — what the hell — river surfing right in the heart of Munich. There’s definitely more than meets the eye in Munich and I set up to explore what lies beneath the Schweinsbraten and just how many vegan restaurants Munich had for me. Wunderbar.


Vegan München: the best vegan restaurants in Munich

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There’s so much vegan food Munich has waiting for you, you’ll be shocked. Here are my top vegan restaurant Munich picks and all the best places to try!


Gratitude

cafe gratitude vegan munich

A high quality modern upscale eatery with decent prices and a beautiful interior, it’s best to make a reservation ahead at Gratitude. They are very popular, and with good reason. The short, changing menu includes things such as chickpeas and Hokkaido curry, paprika corn soup, ravioli with tempeh bolognese, grilled avocado, and deconstructed falafel with hummus. The vegan wine and beer selection is great. Artful and tasty. The perfect place for a date night.

Türkenstraße 55


Max Pett das vegane restaurant

Max Pett Munich Vegan

To get your fix on all the German specialties you thought you’d never taste as vegan options, Max Pett is a great spot. My top pick for a main dish is definitely the vegan schnitzel, which is gigantic and crispy and greasy and amazing. The Remouladensauce that comes with it is also yummy. Whatever you do, make sure you save some room for dessert. Whatever kind of seasonal sweet dumpling (Knödel) they have on is sure to be delicious too and served with vegan ice creams. Ah, man. Drool.

Pettenkoferstraße 8


Emmi’s kitchen

A wonderful outdoor garden welcomes you for a great breakfast at Emmi’s kitchen, and a cozy if a little bit crowded interior is there to accommodate the colder months. Emmi’s kitchen serves the fluffiest vegan pancakes I have had in some time, but please whatever you do, also save room for a cinnamon roll! Great coffee, great people, a smashing vegan burgers menu for the rest of the day. And of course all vegan. Best way to start the day!

Buttermelcherstraße 11-15, 80469


Doctor Drooly

dr drooly

100% vegan, fresh, drooly, slippy pizza fresh from the oven that is best devoured red hot and on the curb next door. I'm not joking when I say this is some of the best vegan pizza I've ever had. Sourdough crust and great toppings — I opted for the Oh Maria, which combines vegan mozzarella, vegan prosciutto crudo, cream cheese (I'll stop saying the word vegan now, you got the gist), arugula, salted granola, and aceto balsamico. Possibly one of my favorite places. You cannot visit Munich and not stop by Doctor Drooly, be warned! It's right by the city center, so no excuse.

Häberlstraße 7, 80337


3. Siggi’s

Siggi's Munich Vegan

Wonderful vegan healthy fresh food café in Munich. At Siggi's vegan café, you will find things such as sandwiches, bowls (my pick, loved the sweet potatoes and toasted pumpkin seeds on top!), delicious soups, fresh salad, American style pancakes, generous sandwiches, and a great raw vegan dessert selection. The lovely and gorgeous owner is engaged in the community and wonderful to have a chat with. She may even be there with her cute rescued dogs if you’re lucky. They recently got vegan pastries, which I'm devastated I didn't get to try.

Buttermelcherstraße 17, 80469


Hippie Chay

 
 
 
 
 
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Bao burgers, sushi, bowls, curries, fresh ingredients, and more delicious Asian streetfood awaits you at the beautiful Hippie Chay. There's a gigantic variety to pick from, but I found the bao to be excellent and would highly recommend them! It's a little pricey, but this is Munich, baby!

Martin-Luther-Straße 8, 81539


Prinz Myshkin

One of the most upscale vegetarian restaurants with many vegan dishes and a stunning minimalist interior. The open kitchen serves creative global dishes, including many Asian and European options. The staff is super friendly, and the service is fast. Prices are on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for on the vegetarian food front. In the evenings you should call ahead to make a reservation.

Hackenstraße 2, 80331


Emiko at Louis Hotel

emiko restaurant munich vegan

This vegan-friendly upscale modern Japanese restaurant in the heart of the city was my most pleasant surprise in München. With a seven-course sample menu showcasing perfect craftsmanship and an amazing cocktail menu, Emiko was definitely the culinary highlight of my trip to Munich. I suggest you not only treat yourself to dinner here, but that you also stay at the amazing modern hotel in which it is located. They also have an amazing vegan-friendly brunch at the weekend with a vegan version of many classics. Really good food for a special occasion.

Viktualienmarkt 6


Bodhi

bodhi vegan münchen

Ahh, how I wish this was in Berlin! Bodhi is a great place where you can get the real Bavarian tavern experience, except all vegan! Icy cold draft beer, greasy pub snacks, fab crowd, and good music. Make sure you try the chili cheeze nuggets, onion rings, currywurst, and buffalo wings. Great traditional dishes made vegan. I’m hungry.

Ligsalzstraße 23


Tushita Teehaus

tushita munich vegan

Tushita is a cozy tea house with a Japanese-German aesthetic. Here, you’ll find hundreds of different kinds of tea and a daily changing organic, vegan, and a gluten-free menu comprising of buddha bowls with all sorts of veggies, as well as cakes. They also have a selection of tea-related accessories for sale.

Klenzestraße 53


Soy Vegan München

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another fully Vietnamese vegan cuisine option in Munich. Large menu with a wide selection, friendly staff, nice ambiance, and good vibes all around. I recommend doing a selection of tapas to share between a few people to sample as much of the menu as possible. Good lunchtime deal as well. A great option with reasonable prices in the Maxvorstadt area!

Theresienstraße 93, 80333


Vegan Junkhouse Club

Vegan Junkhouse Club welcomes you to their so called "Plant Punk Empire", where they invite you to enjoy deliciously greasy vegan fast food and cocktails in a cheery pink setting. Here, you'll find things such as hot dogs, lobster rolls, burgers, faux chicken, faux calamari. The perfect place in Munich to get your vegan junk food fix!

Kellerstraße 29, 81667


li.ke vegan berlin

Best Vegan Restaurant Berlin: My Berlin Vegan Guide

It’s taken me the best of the last six years to wrap my head around all the best vegan restaurants Berlin has in store and I’m excited to finally present you with this "best vegan restaurant Berlin guide" blog post. Just for y'all, I’ve eaten my way around the best vegan Berlin trail, chomping on great food like the finest vegan burgers, vegan currywurst, vegan doner kebabs, vegan donuts, vegan cakes… in fact, just pick your favorite food. I’ve probably eaten it vegan in Berlin. I'm pretty blown away by the explosion of new vegan Berlin restaurants in the last year, so I'm excited to present you my 2022 edition of this vegan restaurants Berlin guide. Living a vegan lifestyle in Berlin is a dream. We even have vegan supermarkets!

greenfinch vegan berlin

The problem with spending six years trying to eat all the best vegan Berlin food and vegetarian food is that it’s such a vibrant vegan scene, it’s constantly expanding. I keep thinking I’ve eaten at all the best places, then overnight another five incredible vegan food Berlin places appear. So this list of the best vegan restaurants near me gets constantly updated with my latest discoveries from the lots of vegan restaurants that keep on appearing.

This is, therefore, by no means a definitive list of everywhere you should eat… but it is, in my humble opinion, the best Berlin vegan food. So read on, drool, book your weekend in Berlin, and feast to your heart’s content on the best vegan food in Berlin.

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Read on:
* The healthy restaurant guide to Berlin
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* Visiting a sex club in Berlin
* The best hotels in Berlin
* The best thrift stores in the German capital


Best Berlin Vegan Restaurants: My Current Favorite Places


1. Brammibal’s Donuts

For the best donuts!
brammibals berlin

Talking of the best vegan places in Berlin... Scattered all across town, a small part of the American dream lives on in this vegan café with this classic treat which has been oh-so-deliciously veganized. If the song "Oh I went downtown and walked around the block/I walked right into the donut shop…" was part of your childhood, then Brammibal’s will be a sugary sweet heaven for you and maybe the best vegan restaurant Berlin possibly has. Not only are their vegan doughnuts hands down the best in Berlin (or, might I even say, in Europe) but they’re also wildly creative with their flavors. And the wide variety changes monthly (plus a changing weekend special) so they always keep us on our feet and wanting more. A vegan breakfast Berlin staple for those with a sweet tooth. Monday is vegan cinnamon roll day FYI. They also have free Wifi.

Instagram // Various locations


2. Alaska Vegan Bar

Excellent all vegan Spanish tapas bar good for any occasion!
vegan tapas at Alaska Bar Berlin

Alaska has been in existence for quite a while now, but only recently did I fall completely in love with it. An unpretentious curb-side terrace in a residential area of Neukölln hides delicious vegan versions of Spanish tapas that are great at any time of day — seriously, give it a try for boozy weekend brunch. The patatas bravas are a reason alone to make your way there, but literally, everything on the long menu is stellar, down to the amazing quality of their sourdough bread. The service is friendly, the ambiance is great, the prices are more than fair, really, you cannot go wrong here! They also have vegan piña coladas!

Reuterstraße 85, 12053 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


3. Calm Coffee

For amazing buns!
calm coffee berlin

Instagram has been a great place for cute cafés to flourish this past year, with easy-to-share pretty interiors and even prettier food and drinks. One place that's fast becoming a regular weekly pit-stop for me is Calm Coffee and their changing menu of delicious yeasty vegan buns and "cloudy" drinks. I think the photos speak for themselves, but all the buns and "cloudy's" (a creamy and dreamy layered drink of various flavors, pictured above is the mango-matcha version topped with matcha-flavored oat cream) are vegan (there are also a few non-vegan menu items, despite what Happy Cow says). Look out for the fruit buns (strawberries and raspberries), they are TO DIE FOR. Great iced coffee in Summer too!

Wühlischstraße 38, 10245 Berlin
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4. Gazzo

For the best pizza
gazzo pizza berlin

There are a few other places where you can get really great vegan pizza in Berlin (la Stella Nera, Sato, Zero Stress), but Gazzo is hands down my favorite, both for the quality of the pizza (dat sourdough crust though) and the ambiance/location. Beware that the place isn't 100% vegan, but there are always many vegan options on the menu and the vegan cheese they use is absolutely delicious. The sourdough is soft, thick, and chewy and there's a great wine menu alongside. Best enjoyed on a steamy summer day on the terrace. The place could definitely use more vegan desserts (there were non at the time of my visit), but I'm so excited about Gazzo, I just want to eat pizza there day in and day out. To top it off, they use only local, sustainable, and natural ingredients. WIN. If you prefer think crust or are into neapolitan-style pizzas, try Gemello.

Hobrechtstraße 57, 12047 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


5. Chimneys

Vegan softserve in a chimney cake — enough said!
Chimney Berlin Vegan

Make sure you're not planning to eat a full meal shortly after eating something from Chimneys vegan cafe because this will for sure ruin your dinner – it's a meal in and out of itself. And a perfectly legitimate one, I reckon, if slightly pricey. But what more can you ask for on a hot day when you're craving something sweet. These are over the top, but they are delicious, freshly baked, and, well, they look amazing!

Instagram // Two locations


6.Vegano Flavors

For a very meaty experience!

For those who miss a big juicy steak (or not), Vegano Flavors packs a punch in flavour and originality with their middle-eastern all-vegan meaty plates. Not one for the gluten-intolerant however, but this is truly meat alternative done very very right, full of flavours, plus amazing hummus, great bread and lovely service.

Raumerstraße 6, 10437 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


7. FREA

For sustainable fine dining in a beautiful place

FREA is one of the few vegan fine-dining options in Berlin (there is also Lucky Leek) and has something really special going on in that it is also zero waste. The plant-filled interior design screams class and the seasonal menu of creative dishes are more than top-notch. A little bit on the pricey side to some, but of course you get what you pay for and everything from the vegan menu at FREA is an amazing vegan restaurant. The wine menu is also great. My favorite spot to have a fancy vegan meal on a special occasion — very romantic! The main course selection is stellar.

Kleine Hamburger Str. 2, 10115 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


8. Vincent Vegan

For the best vegan burger of all history of burgers

vegan restaurant berlin - vincent vegan

Out with the rubbery soy patty, this is junk food heaven. I wish Vincent Vegan had chosen a better location to finally set sail in Berlin, but I understand that they are trying to reach the mass, and I guess a brand new shiny mall is the place to do that (sometimes they operate out of their food truck at events). The fact remains that the brand new East Side Mall is an eyesore like I've rarely seen one, and the only ever reason I will step food inside is to grab me one of the amazing Beyond Burger from Vicent Vegan. I'm sure everything else is also good, but that's all I'll ever eat from there, despite the hefty price, and despite the shitty location. That burger trumps everything else possible. Grab two or three, just in case and cross over to the East Side Gallery to eat them. But why no sweet potato fries tho?

Tamara-Danz-Straße 11, 10243 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


9. Veganz

For vegan groceries!
veganz

How many cities can pride themselves on having a fully vegan grocery store? Well, Berlin obviously does and Veganz is your one-stop shop for a large selection of vegan cheeses, amazing snacks, cream cheese, yogurt, chocolate, granola bars, ice cream, and everything else you could think of. Veganz grocery stores have it! Having vegan shops that offer all those vegan products is one of the best part of living in Berlin!

Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


10. Li.ke

For great Thai food!

li.ke vegan berlin

Li.ke hasn't been opened for that long but already has a jam-packed terrace most evenings, and there's a good reason for that: it's delicious and some of the best vegan food Berlin currently has in store. The decor is extremely garish and fun and tacky and so very Thai, and that's what drew me in the first place. Beyond the great atmosphere, there's some really amazing vegan Thai food to be had (it's all vegan, yes!), sticky rice (yes!!!!), and what the hell, vegan fried eggs (try them, they're amazing!). Pair with a visit to the Boxi weekly market right across the street (food on Saturday and second-hand on Sunday).

Grünberger Str. 69, 10245 Berlin
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11. Greenfinch

For vegan pancakes — a rare find in this city!
greenfinch vegan berlin

Greenfinch is a lovely hip café in Prenzlauer Berg. The food is all vegan and you'll find things like sourdough, hummus bowl, and muesli as well as the main reason for me to visit — a glorious stack of vegan pancakes followed by one of their daily amazing cakes. There are also a few lunch options to pick from. A beautiful little cozy space to start the day with a vegan brunch!

Käthe-Niederkirchner-Straße 10, 10407 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


12. Holy Flat!

holyflat-vegan-berlin

Neukölln is fast becoming my fave hood to hang, and HOLY FLAT! is definitely one of the reasons why. Healthy, natural & environmentally friendly bowls, with hands down the best damn tofu I've ever had (in the kimchi bowl, depicted above). The. food is inspired by European, Middle Eastern, Central, and South American flavors, and everything is available in vegan and vegetarian meal options. There's also a HOLY FLAT! in Prenzlauer Berg.

Lenaustraße 10, 12047 Berlin
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Eberswalder Str. 22, 10437 Berlin
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13. Han West

For amazing dumplings and baos!

han west

Fans of Asian food and all things dumplings, rejoy! Han West is a fantastic hole in the wall where you order outside and then eat at the lovely adjacent bar. They have a few options, but I always opt for the vegan combo box, which has a little bit of everything (some dumplings, a steamy bao bun, and some french fries served with all sorts of dips). It's a big meal that I always end up somehow finishing because it is so delicious. This is also my go-to lazy Sunday delivery option. Super delicious!

Görlitzer Str. 69, 10997 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


14. Vux

For the best cupcakes in town Oh Em Gee.
vux vegan cake berlin

One of the best vegan restaurants in Berlin when it comes to cakes... Vux has some pretty incredible food, and Berlin has some pretty incredible vegan cakes. So when I say that Vux has the best cupcakes in town, that should not… repeat, should not be taken lightly. In particular, the peanut butter cupcake. Mmmhhmmmmm. It’s like peanutty heaven in cupcake form. If that’s not up your street, there’s sure to be something else that will suit you - Vux has so much choice for cakes that to say you’re spoiled is a massive understatement. Also, one of the top vegan restaurants Berlin has for brunch.

Wipperstraße 14, 12055 Berlin
Facebook // Directions


14. Tsu Tsu

For Japanese vegan fast food: vegan karaage!
tsu tsu

A recent discovery of mine, Tsu Tsu offers vegan (and non-vegan, there are some animal products in the kitchen) Japanese fried chicken that is crunchy and greasy and amazingly delicious. Served with a wedge of lemon and some sides such as edamame, french fries, or onigiri, eat this curbside on the lovely Graefestraße with a cold beer on a sunny day and thank me later. Summer in Berlin, and the vegan living is easy ;) Tsu Tsu is the vegan food option you didn't know you needed!

Graefestraße 2, 10967 Berlin
Instagram // Directions


VEGAN-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BERLIN

If you know anything about vegan travel destinations, then you’ll have seen Berlin consistently appearing - and now you understand why. It’s quite simply unrivalled it even has vegan and vegan-friendly hotels! And if you’re planning your trip to Berlin, you need at least a week or two to get around everywhere - and you’d better practice your competitive eating before your visit as there are no less than 600 vegan-friendly restaurants in the entire city! And a cozy place to roll to at the end of the day you must have. Here are my picks.

Do check out my full list of Berlin accommodation recommendations here.


1.Almodóvar Hotel

Almodovar Hotel

Nested in the heart of vibrant Friedrichshain is the wonderful oasis that is Almodóvar Vegetarian Hotel. Such a special place! If you are bored of cookie-cutter hotels, then Almodóvar vegan hotel is definitely the place to be! The decor is cozy and warm with beautiful chunky wood furniture and nothing at all is sourced from animals. The rooms are huge and the bed is comfy with nice little touches such as a provided yoga mat, which made it extra special for me. The great breakfast buffet is absolutely delicious and in large part vegan and the wonderfully peaceful spa on the top floor is the perfect place to end a busy day exploring the city. A truly special place a minute walk away to some vegan places!

Boxhagener Str. 83, 10245 Berlin (directions)

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Hotel Otto

Hotel Otto Berlin

Hotel Otto Berlin

Hotel Otto Berlin

Hotel Otto is another vegan-friendly hotel and is located in the peaceful neighborhood of Charlottenburg, remote enough to catch your break and unwind, yet just a short train ride away from the center of things. Otto really shines in the quality of its service, priding itself to cater to special needs or any dietary requirement. And boy did they deliver! We were served amazingly fluffy vegan pancakes each morning alongside vegan yogurt and I’m pretty they would have obliged to any of our special requests. The rooms are modern, bright, and airy, with super fluffy beddings and nice lounging areas. There are quite a few Berlin vegan restaurants just around the corner too.

Knesebeckstraße 10, 10623 Berlin (directions)

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Which ones of those vegan restaurants are on your list for the next time you visit Berlin? Or is there anything missing from my Berlin vegan guide? I'd love to add more raw options like raw cakes, and also still looking for the best tofu scramble.


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Dream vacation: Stay at a Hotel in Paris with a View of the Eiffel Tower

What could be more dreamy than staying in a hotel in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower? The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and it is sure to take your breath away. So what is the best hotel Paris Eiffel Tower view option? Let’s see.

Paris is a city that is steeped in history and culture, and there is no better way to experience it than by staying in a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower. You will be able to wake up each morning and enjoy the breathtaking view from any superior room, and you will be able to explore all the city has to offer without having to worry about finding a place to stay.

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If you are planning a trip to Paris, then you should definitely consider staying in a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower. It is an experience that you will never forget. Today I wanted to share my top recommendations for Paris hotels with a view of the Eiffel Tower!


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There are actually quite a few Paris hotel Eiffel Tower view options. Below I’m listing the best Paris hotels with Eiffel Tower view. Paris hotels view of Eiffel Tower high on your bucket list? I gotchu.

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Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

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First “hotel Eiffel Tower view” is the Pullman. The Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel is right next to the Eiffel Tower and as such offers amazing views. The Pullman Paris is located on the left bank of the River Seine, right next to the Eiffel Tower, and a short walk to the Louvre Museum. It’s actually one of the first Pullman Hotels to open in Europe. The hotel offers a high level of personal service with a sense of French hospitality. The rooms are designed in a contemporary style with all amenities, including air conditioning, WiFi, and high-speed Internet access. Breakfast is served every morning at this hotel and guests can enjoy it on their own time schedule or have it delivered to their room.

This Paris hotel with Eiffel Tower view also has an exclusive restaurant where guests can enjoy French cuisine. There are also two bars for guests to enjoy drinks before dinner or after a day exploring Paris. The hotel was freshly renovated in 2014 and thus offers amazing amenities and extremely comfortable furniture. When it comes to hotels with a view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you really can’t go wrong with The Pullman!

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Hotel Balzac

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Located in an old historical mansion, this fully refurbished hotel is a 5-minute walk
from Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. The chic interior is wonderful for a cocktail in the lounge or an exquisite evening meal in the restaurant. Whether you're dining in, or at the intimate Wine Bar and Wine Cellar, guests are definitely spoiled for choice. For the most wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower, and if budget isn't a concern, opt for the "Suite Royale" where you'll be spoilt with an Eiffel Tower top view. Located on the top floor, the suite offers an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower from its terrace as well as a plush decor that will make you feel like a million bucks. Its decor in warm and intimate tones contributes to creating a unique atmosphere. One of the best Paris hotels with Eiffel Tower views in my opinion!

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Shangri-La Paris

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Another luxury hotel in the category "hotel Paris with view of Eiffel Tower", Shangri La is wonderful. Surrounded by a lush park, these 5-star hotels offer excellent facilities and the most beautiful rooms and suites. If you want to enjoy the charm of Classic France after sunset, opt for some shopping at Galeries Lafayette which is about 20 minutes away from here. There’s also a metro station closeby. The Shangri-La Hotel welcomes is located in the former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte, a beautiful listed building. The hotel faces the river Seine, on the side facing the Eiffel Tower. It reflects both Asian hospitality and the French art of living. There are two restaurants, one of which has Michelin stars. An indoor pool and a spa area provide relaxation. The main feature of this hotel is that there are two ways to get a great view of the Eiffel Tower. You can either choose to get it from inside your hotel room with large windows, or you can experience the nightlife on one of its top floors at nightclubs and bars. There isn't much more else to explain about this wonderful option!

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Hotel Le Walt

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Next up on this Paris hotels with Eiffel Tower view list is Le Walt. Le Walt is a charming cozy boutique Paris Eiffel Tower view hotel located in the heart of the city, close to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. The hotel has 30 rooms and two suites and offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. The Walt is one of the few hotels that allow pets, so if you’re looking for somewhere to take your furry friends while you visit, this is the place. The hotel also has a restaurant with panoramic views of the city, as well as an elegant bar with a beautiful terrace. At Le Walt, you'll have views of both the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral — a popular choice for those who want to see these iconic landmarks without paying sky-high prices.

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Hôtel La Comtesse

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Also on this best hotels in Paris with Eiffel Tower view list is La Comtesse. Set in the 19th-century Haussmannian building, Hôtel La Comtesse Tour Eiffel is another solid option if you're dreaming of waking up to views of the Eiffel Tower. La Comtesse is a Boutique Hotel in the heart of Paris. It is located on a quiet street, yet only a few steps away from the most famous attractions in Paris - including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. La Comtesse offers personalized service with utmost attention to detail. Each premium room is uniquely decorated with style — there are also many thoughtful amenities such as free Wi-Fi and plush robes. The hotel is near many shops and restaurants so you can easily explore all that Paris has to offer. The staff is friendly and helpful and will gladly recommend the best places to visit. The beds and pillows are a dream.

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Hotel Brach Paris

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Hotel Brach Paris is a small family-run hotel located directly across from the Eiffel Tower in Trocadéro, a neighborhood in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. The hotel has been welcoming guests since 1930 and has since become one of the most popular hotels with views of Eiffel Tower Paris. It's also one of the few hotels in Paris with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower. All rooms are spacious and have modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The hotel also offers a number of dining options including a bistro and breakfast buffet.

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Hôtel Raphael

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When it comes to Eiffel Tower view hotels in Paris, Hotel Raphael Paris is a beautiful boutique hotel with a central location in the heart of the city of lights that affords one of the best Eiffel Tower views. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, as well as many other attractions. The hotel’s rooms come with a private balcony that overlooks the iron lady, which will deliver an unforgettable view of the iconic landmark. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional French cuisine, including classic dishes such as escargot and steak frites. Hotel Raphael Paris also has a beauty salon, where you can get your hair and nails done while enjoying the stunning view of the city — how cool is that for a memory? As far as hotels in Paris with best view of Eiffel Tower go, Hotel Raphael Paris is an excellent choice for travelers looking for something unique in Paris!

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Airbnb with Eiffel Tower View

There are more options than just hotels in Paris with Eiffel Tower view. While Airbnb is the most well-known place for apartment rental when traveling and there are definitely some great Eiffel Tower view Airbnb options out there, recently I have been loving Plum Guide as their offer especially well-curated properties that are definitely a notch above Airbnb, in my humble opinion. When Paris hotels Eiffel Tower view options are a bit too impersonal, check out those great Aairbnb Eiffel Tower view options.


Rooftop Abode

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At the top of this list of Airbnb with Eiffel Tower views is the wonderful Rooftop Above. You will literally see the tower from every standpoint within the apartment. The best part here is that it sleeps up to 12 with its 5 bedrooms! So this is the perfect apartment for a friends' trip to Paris. The apartment is just stunning and filled with light and I feel like you might have a hard time even getting outside to explore Paris! If you do manage to make it out, you’ll emerge on a quiet street close to the Champs Elysees, where you'll find amazing shopping, great restaurants (it is Paris after all!), and many of the city’s most famous landmarks a stone's throw away. Gather your besties!

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Eyeful of Iron

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Another beautiful apartment in Paris with fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower. Even if Eyeful of Iron is centrally located, it's still very peaceful in a beautiful high-rise building. It is bright & airy and can sleep up to four — another great pick for a friends' getaway. There are loads of restaurants and cute cafes nearby, and the nearby Rue Cler and Rue Saint Dominique are super cute for a stroll if you want to get off the beaten path a little bit. Don't forget to have a sundown picnic with champagne at Champs de Mars, of course.

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Les Oursons

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Nestled right between the Grand Palais and Golden Triangle, this apartment offers great views of the Eiffel Tower and is closely located to all the main attractions. Its bright and airy open plan oozes class and beauty and you'll find yourself wanting to spend a lot of time there daydreaming while staring at the Eiffel tower out of the window. On warmer days, make sure to fully enjoy the balcony with a romantic meal with unbeatable views. This Airbnb Paris Eiffel Tower view nest is best suited for a romantic getaway.

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Yoga Retreat Greece: Where to go

If you're looking for yoga retreat Greece destinations, I've got you covered. For this guide, I have handpicked the best yoga holidays and yoga retreat Greece options currently on offer, for yourself alone or as a couple.

For yoga retreats, Greece is one of my top picks; not only do I love visiting the Mediterranean countries, but Greece has it all — Greek island life, great food, and all that ancient culture! I have found that I often want a little more than just yoga when on retreat, and like to tick off multiple boxes by either combining it with another activity or visiting a place that has an interesting history.

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Ready for your next yoga vacations in Greece? This selection of yoga retreats in Greece has something for everyone including solo travelers, they all promise to leave you rejuvenated and are located in some of the most amazing places the Greek mainland and archipelagos have to offer. So do allow plenty of time to visit the surroundings on your free time, especially if you're attending a retreat in one of the Greek islands. And do check out this guide for more inspiration on Europe yoga retreats. And please don't forget your travel insurance!


The Best Yoga Retreats in Greece


Hiking and Yoga on Kos

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This week-long unique yoga retreat in Greece is all about balance. With morning yoga sessions and sunset meditation at the Asklepion (the healing temple where Hippocrates was trained), two afternoons of hiking where you will explore and get to know the island better, and options to visit the natural hot spring thermal baths, there is no doubt you will leave relaxed and revitalized. The intimate retreat center (15 people max.) is located by beautiful beaches but is only 1.5km from the center of Kos town making it the ideal location to explore Greek culture in the afternoons and retreat into calm and quiet sea view for the rest of your stay. The food is vegan and vegetarian friendly and breakfast, dinner, snacks, and (non-alcoholic) drinks are included (feel free to pick up some local vino for dinner). The perfect retreat to kick off your new healthy lifestyle!

Duration: 7 days / 8 nights
Price (USD): double occupancy – $939/ per person; single occupancy – $1,084 per person
Closest Airport: Kos Island International Airport (20 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Greek
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, the menu is vegan and vegetarian

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Vegan-Yoga Retreats in Greece by Soulbreeze

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Soulbreeze Greece yoga retreat, founded and led by yoga teacher and psychology instructor Sofia, offers various retreats throughout the year in Greece (Athens and Antiparos for 2020). Soulbreeze’s mission is to create a retreat environment where you can take a deep soul dive and emerge as a more conscious, compassionate, and aligned human being. This yoga retreat in Greece won’t just transform you on a physical level but promises to be a holistic and soul-healing experience, in beautiful accommodations in nurturing settings. All meals and snacks are vegan and provided. One of the best yoga retreats in Greece!

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Price: from €1,000 per person
Closest Airport: Athens/Paros National Airport
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, the menu is vegan

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Luxury Yoga and Fitness Holiday near Athens

Nefeli Nine’s personalized yoga practices and fitness break promises to leave you with a glow, inside and out. You will be challenged with daily yoga classes, vigorous morning hikes, and evening exercise classes… but you will also spend your afternoons recharging by the swimming pool, and if you are really lucky getting a massage (one included in the price) or facial. For your fix of Greek culture, there are the ancient ruins of Marathon nearby — yes, the birthplace of the marathon, for some extra fitness inspiration! All organic and locally sourced meals are provided, and they are able to cater to vegans. If your budget allows this is the perfect luxury yoga retreat in Greece to invest in yourself.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Price (USD): $2,180-3,028 per person
Closest Airport: Athens International Airport (26 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, French, Greek, and Italian
Vegan Friendly?: Vegan options

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Sailing and Yoga Retreat on the Aegean Sea

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If when you think of a trip to Greece you think of the crystal clear turquoise Aegean ocean then this is the retreat for you. This eight-day sailing-yoga retreat through the Cycladic archipelago promises to be the perfect place for a unique and unbeatable way to experience this part of the world. The exact itinerary, yoga styles, and which islands you stop at varies depending on the weather, but the retreat promises a secluded private beach, history-rich Greek towns, incredible views, unbeatable ocean swimming, star gazing (you can sleep on deck if you like) AND vinyasa yoga! If you love the sea, what more could you want? Breakfast and Lunch are provided, and dinner will be in a local taverna where you dock for the night. Vegans can be accommodated for, but let the organizers know in advance

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price (USD): $908 per person
Closest Airport: Athens International Airport (21 km)
Airport pick-up included? No (the x96 bus can take you from the airport to the meeting point; a taxi is approx. €50)
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English, Greek
Vegan Friendly?: Vegan options, let the organizers know in advance to make necessary arrangements.

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Greek Villa Yoga Retreat on Corfu

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The Just Relax team are seasoned yoga retreat runners, and if you are looking for an affordable, guaranteed enjoyable yoga retreat, then this one gets my vote. With morning and evening yoga classes and accommodation in a traditional Greek villa overlooking the ocean with easy access to the beach, this is a great choice of retreat if you are looking to unwind with a friend or your partner, in a welcoming group setting. Corfu is one of Greece’s most popular islands for a reason, with great beaches and a picturesque historical town. All meals provided are vegetarian with vegan options, and these include daily breakfast and five dinners. One day you will take a boat trip, where lunch is included, for a unique yoga session on the peninsular. You will also have day trips to explore Corfu a little more, whether you decide to spend it lounging on the sandy beaches, immersed in the island’s mythology, taking an evening yoga session, or wandering through the historic town center, that is up to you! Don't forget to pick up some olive oil to take home on the way back! An experience of a lifetime.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price (USD): from $729 per person
Closest Airport: Corfu International Airport (23 km)
Airport pick-up included? No, but Just Relax will try and group you together for shared taxis if possible
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Greek
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, all meals provided are vegetarian with vegan options

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Pilates and Yoga Getaway in Santorini

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Santorini is many people’s favourite Greek island for good reason, with its iconic blue-roofed buildings on the cascading cliff face, spectacular views, red and black sand beaches, and some great wineries. Sky Retreats, located in the picturesque Oia promises you a week of yoga and pilates retreat in luxury accommodation to fully embrace this magical island. Not only does the retreat include daily meditation, yoga, and pilates but also excursions to some of Santorini’s most idyllic locations (although don’t worry if you just want to chill by the pool, that is also an option)! Brunch and a 4-5 course dinner are provided daily, all-vegetarian but vegan on request. This is the perfect wellness retreat to experience Santorini for yourself.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price (USD): from $1,452 per person
Closest Airport: Santorini National Airport (10 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, vegan on request

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Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat in Mavrovouni

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If you are looking for a deep spiritual dive into yoga then this is the retreat for you. The day starts with meditation, Hatha yoga and a deeply healing yoga Nidra led by Bhavani, your experienced teacher, followed by brunch. The rest of the day is to spend at your will, whether that is exploring the off-the-beaten-track village of Mavrovouni, relaxing at the beach, or visiting the Diros caves. Some evenings are spent doing your own thing, but for 4 evenings there will be another yoga class. Daily vegan-friendly brunch is included as well as four dinners, and each room also has a kitchen. If you are really looking to retreat from the world and immerse yourself in traditional regular yoga practice then this is the yoga retreat, in Greece, for you.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: from $412
Closest Airport: Kalamata airport (60 km); Athens airport (180 km)
Airport pick-up included? Airport transfer can be arranged for an extra: $60 from Kalamata, $94 from Athens
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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I often look further afield for my next yoga retreat holiday, such as Thailand or Costa Rica, but I hope you can see that whatever you are after in a yoga retreat Greece is a beautiful destination that has something special and utterly unique to offer.


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Where to stay in Munich

If you're looking for the best place to stay in Munich for your upcoming trip, look no further! This blog post will guide you to finding the best hotel and Airbnb in Munich. There's plenty to see and do in the capital of Bavaria such as Englischer Garten and Nymphenburg Palace, but it can be overwhelming trying to find where to stay in Munich. Whether you're looking for a luxurious hotel or a cozy Airbnb, I've got you covered with this list of the trendiest and best places in Munich.

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Munich is a beautiful city with plenty of things to see and do. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's many museums or checking out the (in)famous Oktoberfest, you're sure to find something to your taste in Munich. And what better way to round off your perfect trip than by staying in one of the city's best hotels or Airbnbs? If you're interested, read my list of the best things to do in Munich, my guide to the best Instagram spots in Munich, as well as my vegan guide to Munich. Servus!

Where to Stay in Munich: the best hotels and Airbnbs


Louis Hotel

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Perfectly located a short walk from the Viktualienmarkt (where you'll also find traditional Christmas Markets) and many tourist attractions in the old town, Louis Hotel has some of the most spacious and tastefully-decorated rooms I’ve had the pleasure to stay in. Striking the right balance of hip and elegance, my room was so comfortable and so soothingly quiet for such a central location. The bathroom is heavenly, the staff is super attentive and helpful and the restaurant is stunning. I can’t speak highly enough of the Louis Hotel. One of my top picks in one of the best areas of the city for sure!

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Schwan Locke

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This is one of those places you’ll want to stay at for the experience as much as for the private rooms. The vibe is one of calm creativity – think stunning art, one-of-a-kind furniture, and mid-century industrialist design inspired by Munich’s Werkbund movement. The rooms are open and airy with an uncluttered feel and large windows letting in plenty of natural light. The perfect place to relax and recharge after a long day of exploring Munich. This is a great place for those who are looking for more affordable prices, yet still, a comfortable and stylish place to stay. There's a fitness center too! Easy walking distance to and from Munich Central Station. A great option!

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The Flushing Meadows

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If you're a fan of great design and a modern hotel, this beautiful hotel is an intimate alternative for guests that have seen their share of nondescript business hotels. Located in an industrial building in one of Munich’s best neighborhoods as easy walking distance to the Deutsches Museum, the Glockenbach, The Flushing Meadows features individual loft studios, a few penthouse studios with private terraces, as well as the Flushing Meadows Bar which is a popular spot with the locals. A great hotel only for cool people, which I know you are!

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Colour Me Beautiful

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Airbnb has very little in terms of great options in Munich, but have you heard of Plum Guide? They're a list of curated properties and Munich hotels for rent all over the world. This one called Colour Me Beautiful is not only beautiful, stylish, and affordable, but it's also centrally located, close to a few beer garden options, bright and spacious, and has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

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CORTIINA Hotel

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Louis’ hippest little sister, Cortiina, has super modern, colorful, and stylish rooms, a tub with an (optional) view (you naughty people) to a nice lounge area, and a friggin pillow menu! Fresh flowers all over, accents of classy oak wood amidst rich colorful textiles, Ren cosmetics, and a plush bed to pass out onto after you’ve had a few too many glasses at the most excellent Grape wine bar (that’s incidentally very vegan-friendly).

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Cherry Kirsch

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Another fab Plum Guide find, Cherry Kirsch is a studio apartment located just minutes away from Theresienwiese – where Oktoberfest takes place and has an easy access to need for a memorable stay in Bavaria’s capital. Equal parts sophisticated and stylish, the bright modern decor with splashes of color in its art prints, plump red sofa, and jazzy paintwork is just delightful. Very reasonable prices.

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BEYOND by Geisel

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Checking into BEYOND by Geisel is like checking into a 5-star luxury resort… in the city center! It features luxuriously furnished bedrooms and suites with panoramic views of the central district where you'll find the Town Hall or Rindermarkt square, adjustable a/c, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, WiFi, and Bluetooth speakers. The bathroom comes with a rain shower and everything is built for utmost comfort and luxury. A good option if you want to feel like a celebrity (or at least how I imagine they feel).

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DO & CO Hotel München

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This elegant and modern Munich boutique hotel is perfectly located in the city centre, close to all the main sights and attractions. The rooms are modern, spacious, and comfortable with beautiful views of the city. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and the restaurant is excellent. If you're looking for a 5-star experience, this is the place for you. This is an especially great hotel for a romantic getaway.

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The Charles Hotel

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The Charles Hotel is one of Munich's most famous and luxurious hotels. Located in the heart of the city in a historic building, it offers stunning views of the royal palace and the English Garden. The rooms are spacious, decorated with modern furniture, and have all amenities you need for a perfect stay. Did I mention the huge indoor pool? Because it's awesome. This hotel is a stylish oasis in the middle of Munich. With its understated elegance, The Charles Hotel radiates a sense of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of one of Germany’s busiest cities. The perfect spot for a luxury hotel in the Bavarian capital!

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Adventures in Depression and Microdosing

I feel there’s no avoiding exposing myself through and through on this one, so let’s cut to the chase. My mental health took a nosedive about seven years ago when I got dumped out of a relationship I had taken for granted as a forever thing. I picked myself right back up after the breakup, bought a bicycle, cycled halfway around the world, felt invincible and all grown-up for the hardship, and made a big deal of it all.

Berlin arrival, de rigueur dating-party-drug thing. I did have fun for a few months and have absolutely no regret.

But it all came crashing down on me like a high-pressure dam that’d been suppressing floods for too long. I don’t mean this lightly — it crushed me at max velocity. Pinned me down to the floor in a lost corner of West Berlin where I thought I had landed in a parallel universe I never wanted to know existed. An interstellar crap land of sort.

So there I was, trapped, lost, rolled up in a ball on the 70s carpet in a onesie too big for me because I was too broke to use the heating. Chain-smoking cigarettes as my newfound coping mechanism while advocating a healthy lifestyle. Chain-dating people to try and forget all that I had lost. Taking myself on Eurotrips to feel alive, yet wishing to be hit by a car at the next intersection.

I don’t know how long this undiagnosed situation of mine lasted but it became my default. Months, years maybe? It’s all just a blur. It took me over and became me. A broken person, and one too broke to afford the German health care system. I’ll leave here a few images of my then flat situation to set the stage for you.

I’ve been a strong advocate of full transparency throughout the now eight years that I’ve been writing here and on social media. So many bloggers and content creators are depicting unrealistic images that lead to so much distortion and malaise. I didn’t want to be one of them.

But also I didn’t want to let depression become a defining trait by letting it take so much space in my life that it becomes a topic, you know? I wanted to suppress it and walk the line I had tended for myself for so long. A line I most obviously could not walk in the fog of my depression. This became the deciding factor into how far down the rabbit hole I would go each time a depressive episode hit. The greater the distance between the standard I was setting for myself and the dumpster fire that was my mental state, the bigger the dissonance. I think this will continue to reverberate and bite me in the ass, like forever.

So I guess I clung to some sort of public image of myself, not as a way to deceive anyone, but rather as a means to survival. Except I created a spicy double-edge sword to bleed myself against every time hell broke loose.


Those last three years, I’ve had my life back on track, mostly. I have a full-time job, my own apartment, wonderfully supportive friends, health insurance, the means to pay for therapy, and the will to live a long healthy life.

And, perspective. And a great therapist, alleluia.

The reverberation still circles back around every so often, like a drill, to make sure I still know how to fall on my feet after a good spin. I don’t always.

A few things have helped, and one of them has been microdosing psychedelics. I think there is a time and place for this, and I wanted to give you the full 360 first because I don’t know if it would have served me as well had I not done the work first. Maybe? I’m glad I did the work first in any case.

For me “the work” has been first and foremost learning to sit in the center of the fire and let it burn and lick at my legs until it almost fully consumes me. I needed to feel my pain, and not mask it by cycling thousands of kilometers or doing so much yoga that I completely disembody from my own human experience. I needed to hit — and get comfortable sitting at — rock bottom. This was mostly unconscious work, but I always just wound up there no matter what.

I’ve previously written about my ayahuasca experience which you can read about. In the lead-up to it, I had been microdosing psilocybin (mushroom) with interesting, if faint results. I followed this protocol almost to the T and of course, experienced good results because I was taking care of myself, exercising more, decluttering my life, doing therapy, etc. I can’t decide how much of it to credit to the microdosing, but overall it has been a very positive experience and a very gentle introduction to psychedelics. I still found myself in a few depressive episodes through it, so this isn’t a cure-all or magic thing, ironically in this specific case.

Placebo or not, psilocybin positively affected my life, but at some point, I felt I had stalled in how it was serving me and wanted to try other things, not out of wanting to heal myself from anything, but as a way to explore untapped parts of my psyche. Now, this may come as a surprise to you, but LSD can be obtained legally in many parts of Europe. I buy mine here. And this for me has been far more transformative than psilocybin. Potentially because of all the preparation and work that have culminated in me being here now telling you about this, but also potentially because of the huge power of this drug. I mean, there is a reason why LSD has been researched in psychiatry for years to treat anxiety, depression, psychosomatic diseases, and addiction. I’m not here to tell you of the science, but rather of my own experience — and do please take it as anecdotal and do your own research. But what I’ve experienced is immense mental clarity, prolonged equanimity, intense wellbeing, drive, creativity, and pure joy in the present time and everything that led me to be here and now.

Microdosing has been the companion to the very tail end of a 3 to 4-year-long depression, at a time where I think I can speak for many when I say collective mental health hasn’t been at its peak. When all else fails around us and there’s little hope for humanity, at least I have found some solace in knowing that I can stand on my own two feet with poise and lightness when doomsday finally arrives for us all.


For the longest time, I was alienating myself by thinking that my pain was more intense, vivid, or different from that of others. It wasn’t. We’re all here living an equally vivid and painful existence, and I hope this can help you find a way to be more empathetic towards yourself.

Sending you love,
Amélie


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Yoga Retreat Costa Rica: Where to go

The mystical Central American nation of Costa Rica is a perfect place of stunning and lush jungle scenery, jaw-dropping beaches and an altogether welcoming country where you can lose yourself in the mists of ancient time and find yourself all over again. Your true deep self. And if you decide to embark on a yoga retreat Costa Rica has it all — a yoga vacation where you can practice yoga and attend spa services in a perfect location.

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If you know anything about yoga and travel, you'll be aware that it's all about getting in tune with yourself and your surroundings. Well, the all-encompassing nature of Costa Rica is the perfect backdrop for achieving inner calm and ultimate bliss through the practice of yoga. Doing one of these Costa Rica yoga retreats is one of the best things you can do for yourself while in this magical place.

If you're planning a getaway and looking for an awesome yoga retreat Costa Rica 2022, you've come to the right place!

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Yoga Retreat Costa Rica 2022: Where to go

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6 Days’ Yoga Retreat in Puerto Viejo

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In your quest to finding the best things to do in Costa Rica, you can't go wrong with OM at Cashew Hill in Puerto Viejo. It's six days and nights of unbridled yoga bliss, and is specifically designed for people who work in the wellness business and need some care, love, and attention for themselves – though you don't have to be any such professional and can just come to unwind and get away from it all, no matter what you do, and particularly during oftentimes stressful holidays.

Here, at this great Costa Rica yoga retreat, you'll enjoy daily yoga classes as well as breathwork and an astounding cacao ceremony that will have you mesmerized. Vegetarian meals – breakfast and dinner – are included and you'll have lots of time to do what you like, including exploring the lush vegetation and spectacular views.

Duration: 4 to 15 days
Price: Starting at $1,200
Closest Airport: Limón International Airport (47 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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4-Day Meditation and Yoga for Travelers in Limon

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Designed for the solo traveler, this mediation and Costa Rica retreat yoga holiday at the Vista Verde Guest House in the popular Limon area of Costa Rica is a real treat. You'll be transformed as you enjoy a deeply immersive experience into the rejuvenating world of health and wellness retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle (perfect for a meditative short walk), spectacular sun, and purifying sea, all your stresses will simply melt away as you give your inner self over to the reconnection with nature that you deserve.

This top-level yoga Costa Rica retreat features daily yoga classes and meditation sessions, sound healing and homemade organic meals you'll love. Plus, you'll be able to use the communal kitchen to conjure up any fare you want — and you'll have three night's accommodation.

Duration: 4 to 8 days
Price: Starting at $702 (affordable yoga retreat alert!)
Closest Airport: Limón International Airport (47 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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7 Days' surf and beginner yoga retreat Costa Rica in Santa Teresa

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A great way to connect with yourself is by combining surfing and yoga in a combo surf yoga Costa Rica retreat, and it's all happening at Selina Santa Teresa in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas. It's awesome and fun Costa Rica yoga with a real edge, and daily calming yoga classes and daily and exhilarating surf camp. It's a true yin yang experience.

Several yoga styles are taught at the open-air studio at Pura Vida, including Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga, and you can be a novice, intermediate yogi or advanced. You'll be transported to the beach and back for your surf lessons and have six nights' accommodation – either in shared dorms or private rooms – along with meals, wifi and lots more (I think horseback riding is a great option if you're into that). It all adds up to a great surf retreat and yoga Costa Rica adventure, and a total bliss-out.

Duration: 7 days
Price: Starting at $1,099
Closest Airport: Tambor Airport (19 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

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4-Day Yoga Detox in Alajuela

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If you love yoga and are also fond of the finer things in life, you'll be in seventh heaven at this four-day "reset detox meditation retreat Costa Rica" retreat in the tiny town of Atenas in the Costa Rican province of Alajuela (nearby the wonderful Arenal Volcano National Parks). Inside, you'll be in the lap of luxury as you do your restorative yoga classes in the beautiful yoga shala; and outside, the surroundings are a spectacular mix of mountains and coffee plantations that are a visual feast in one of the best climates in the world for your free time. Everything you need is included, including sumptuous accommodation and all your meals – with vegetarian, vegan and raw food options – and you'll have access to a stress-melting full-service spa (extra cost), cooling infinity pool, high-temperature steam room and lots more to make this one amazing yoga retreat in Costa Rica.

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Duration: 4 days
Price: Starting at $479
Closest Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (76 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!


4 Days Wellness and Yoga in San Pablo

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This is the perfect beginner yoga retreat Costa Rica can offer for those who want to do some yoga but don't have a whole lot of time. It's in San Pablo in the mountainous Central Valley and spectacular nature is the theme and the stunning backdrop (ocean views, drool). It's essentially a mini yoga retreat in Costa Rica in which you'll have just two yoga classes and also do some meditation while enjoying three meals a day made from organic foods. Accommodation is for three nights in a mini-suite, and you'll also be treated to a full body massage that will last an hour. This quick yoga retreat in Costa Rica also includes a day tour to the stunning Carara National Park and Pacific Ocean Beach.

Duration: 6 to 8 days
Price: Starting at $1,075
Closest Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (25 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!

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3-Day Surf and Yoga Retreat in Dominical

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Surfing the Pacific coast and yoga – what could be better? At Dominical Beach, you can have one of the best yoga and surf retreats Costa Rica has to offer. If you're adventurous and energetic and want to experience some amazing yoga in Costa Rica, this is the place for you. In this happening beach town with super year-round waves, you can combine the joys of surfing and yoga, which are different disciplines yet surprisingly similar (balancing on a board, anyone?)

This two-in-one Costa Rica retreat includes three yoga classes and one surfing lesson, as well as two nights' accommodation and all the equipment you'll need for both activities.

Duration: 4 to 8 days
Price: Starting at $391
Closest Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (110 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

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PS. On my quest to finding where to fine tune your yoga practice at the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica, let me know if I'm missing any Costa Rica yoga resort! I think Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and Blue Osa are other great ones to check out!


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The Best Pilates Retreats

I'm not saying taking up Pilates or going on pilates retreats will change your life, but hear me out… I am constantly striving for better balance and sustainability — in what I eat, how I move, how I dress, how I work, and how I socialize. Because the reality is I tend to overdo things a little bit.

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Mindful yoga retreats are great for a reset when things have gone out of whack, but Pilates is all about building strength, stability, and better and healthier movement patterns in the body. So Retreat + Pilates = perfect mind and body reset.


Why Go on a Pilates Retreat?

The short version, look and feel better.

The long version: Pilates focuses on toning and elongating muscle groups, think off-duty ballerina. But it's not just about how your muscles look; it's about how they move.

Pilates is a functional practice that can help with retraining imbalanced movement patterns and improving posture. It's also a good one for injury rehab and chronic pain conditions (hello, my poor aching body from working at a desk all day). In a recent review paper looking at different types of exercises for managing chronic lower back pain, Pilates was found to be 'more effective than all other exercise types' for improving the condition. As I said, look and feel better.

These are the best pilates retreats in the world right now. Whether you are looking for a week-long or weekend pilates retreat, a hybrid of movement practices or a reformer pilates retreat, I got you covered. Fun fact — did you know pilates got its name from its inventor, Joseph Pilates? I didn't ;)

Best Pilates Retreats in Europe


8 Day Yoga and Reformer Pilates Retreat in Fuerteventura, Spain

8 Day Yoga and Reformer Pilates Retreat in Fuerteventura
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If you are like me, deciding exactly what you want out of a holiday is a challenge: rustic European villa or tropical island escape? Activities or spa break? And most recently, yoga or Pilates? Well, thankfully, this wellness retreat is this perfect blend of everything. And no need to have years of experience either.

You will stay in a rustic Spanish villa on Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, located off the coast of Northern Africa. There is a flexible daily program of movement, meditation, and pilates classes led by experienced pilates teachers. The classes are designed to be accessible and challenging for everybody, from complete beginners to advanced practitioners. Also included in the retreat are two reformer classes, one private and one in a small group, which is the perfect opportunity to fine-tune your technique.

If you are just looking to chill, then spend your days lounging by the pool, in the hot tub, or in a hammock in a shady garden nook. One massage is included in the retreat package, but you can have a wellness consultation and pay for extra. If you fancy a bit more of an adventure, then I recommend renting a car and heading off to explore the island's national parks and world-renowned beaches. Gorgeous white sand at any time of year, but perfect if you are looking for a winter wellness European escape.

Duration: 8 days
Price: From €1,010
Closest Airport: Fuerteventura Airport (20 km)
Airport pick-up included? No, but can be arranged for an extra €40
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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4 Day Yoga and Pilates Retreat in the Swiss Alps

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There is nothing quite like a deep breath of clean mountain air to give you a mind, body, soul reset. On this retreat, you will stay in a gorgeous boutique alpine lodge and start your day with a pilates or yoga session followed by a nourishing brunch. The early afternoons are yours to explore the local village of Lenk, take an alpine guided hike, or sweat things out in the sauna made from a converted ski lift gondola! You will regroup in the late afternoon for a grounding yoga practice, meditation and pranayama with a wonderful retreat leader. In the evenings, you will enjoy a delicious Ayurvedic-inspired supper before slowly unwinding for the evening. Snacks, herbal teas, and a cable car ticket to explore the surrounding mountains are all included.

There is a train station in the village, so either making your way overland if you are in mainland Europe or catching the train from Geneva Airport is the most environmentally friendly way to reach the retreat.

Duration: 4 days (perfect for shorter trips)
Price: From €933
Closest Airport: Geneva Airport (104 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Contact the organizers

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6 Day Pilates Retreat in Málaga, Spain

6 Day Pilates Retreat in Málaga, Spain
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Shanti Som, located in a national park and just a stone's throw from Marbella, is one of Europe's premier retreat centres offering exceptional facilities, carefully curated retreats, and delicious food.

Shanti Som's pilates retreat includes three mat pilates classes, one reformer Pilates session, meditation and yoga sessions, a group hike, and two spa treatments led by an experienced pilates instructor and practitioners. You can also take full advantage of the center's facilities, which include a spa with sauna and steam room, fitness suite, and swimming pool.

You will stay in a Balinese-inspired beautiful room and enjoy three delicious, well-balanced meals a day. This luxury retreat is the perfect choice if you are looking for a complete physical reset.

Duration: 6 days
Price: From € 2,193
Closest Airport: Málaga Airport (32 km)
Airport pick-up included? You can be arranged a personal driver for an extra €70
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Top Pilates Retreat in the Americas


3 Day Farm-to-Table Pilates Core Fusion Retreat in Vacaville, California

3 Day Farm-to-Table Pilates Core Fusion Retreat in Vacaville
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If you can only spare a weekend for a pilates retreat, it has to be this one. Set on an organic farm in Northern Claifornia 400 miles from Los Angeles that has a stellar reputation for its farm-to-table cooking, not only will you move well, you will eat very, very well.

Every day kicks off with a core strength pilates practice and is rounded out with a softer movement practice to make sure you really reap the full benefits of pilates. In between, you can soak up farm life by exploring the grounds on foot or on a bike and even partake in a sourdough baking workshop. If you need some more traditional R+R, then relax by the pool and schedule a massage. To complete the rural retreat experience, you will stay in gorgeous luxe farmhouse accommodation, ranging from bell tents to tiny houses to the main farmhouse. All based on your individual needs.

Duration: 3 days
Price: From € 1,121
Closest Airport: Sacramento International Airport (50 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Mainly vegetarian, check with the organizer for vegan options.

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7 Day Soul Journey Movement Retreat with Energy Healing Hypnotherapy in Mexico

7 Day Soul Journey Movement Retreat with Energy Healing Hypnotherapy in Mexico
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Pilates is excellent for keeping you physically balanced and aligned, but what if you are looking for something a little more holistic? This gorgeous retreat promises to give you that full mind, body, and soul treatment with daily pilates or pilates-yoga fusion sessions, meditation and breathwork, energy healing practices, and a deep dive into hypnotherapy to help give your unconscious mind a reset.

The retreat center is nestled in tropical surrounds right on the coast, so even when you are enjoying downtime, you are in a deeply nourishing environment. Not only do you get to enjoy a week soaking up the Mexican sun and culture, but the retreat also includes pre and post-coaching sessions.

Duration: 7 days
Price: From € 2,702
Closest Airport: Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (74 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Best Pilates Retreats in Asia


7 Day Luxury Pilates Retreat in Canggu, Bali

7 Day Luxury Pilates Retreat in Canggu, Bali
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Although this mat, barre, and reformer pilates retreat sounds pretty full-on physically, it also includes unlimited spa treatments. Yes, you read that right, UNLIMITED. SPA. TREATMENTS. So when you're not working on your core stability, why not get a full body massage, or a facial, or work your way through their specialized ayurvedic menu?

This retreat really doesn't scrimp on the luxury; expect gorgeous airy rooms, three healthy food gourmet meals a day, plus unlimited snacks and detox juices; there is even a chauffeur service if you want to go out and about. If you are looking to intensify things a little, then make full use of the fitness suite and if you are after some mental wellbeing, make sure to check out the twice-daily meditation sessions.

Wondering where to go on your next retreats? Nowhere does it quite like Bali.

Duration: 7 days
Price: From € 3,182
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (12 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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7 Day Fitness, Meditation, and Reformer Pilates Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand

7 Day Fitness, Meditation, and Reformer Pilates Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand
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If you are looking for a pilates retreat that will give you a complete fitness overhaul, this is the one. The Absolute Sanctuary retreat center not only has an extensive fitness suite, they also have a reformer pilates studio (the first in Thailand, in fact!).

As part of this retreat package, you have unlimited access to all the group fitness classes, as well as four personalized personal training sessions. To keep things balanced, you also have access to the steam room of the spa center, and one massage is included in the price (although, feel free to indulge yourself in their spa menu, which includes everything from infrared saunas to Thai full body massages). There's also a pool where you can spend your afternoons unwinding with a good holiday read, or you can relax in the privacy of your suite. Or hop on a scooter and explore the island!

All meals are included and are designed to support your wellness journey, and the retreat center also has a juice bar where you can keep yourself topped up throughout the day.

Duration: 7 days
Price: From € 2,027
Closest Airport: Samui Airport (1 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Pilates Retreats in Africa & Middle-East


5 Days Energizing Pilates Holiday in Dalyan, Turkey

5 Days Energizing Pilates Holiday in Dalyan, Turkey
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If you are looking for an affordable pilates retreat, this is the pick of the bunch. This retreat includes three-morning pilates fusion sessions, all meals, a traditional Turkish Hammam, and a boat trip along the Dalyan River to visit the famed Turtle Beach, mud baths, and Kaunos Tombs.

This retreat is a real find. You will stay in a lovely, comfortable family-owned retreat center, with a large swimming pool and beautiful gardens with a citrus grove. This is a great place to go and relax whilst getting to experience some of the local highlights and still get your pilates hit.

Duration: 5 days
Price: From € 595
Closest Airport: Dalaman Airport (17 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English, Turkish
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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8 Days New Energy Ashtanga and Pilates Retreat at an Eco-lodge in Essaouira, Morocco

8 Days New Energy Ashtanga and Pilates Retreat at an Eco-lodge in Essaouira, Morocco
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It's no secret that I'm a little in love with Morocco. And Ashtanga. And Pilates. So what better option than this sustainability-conscious retreat which includes three hours of movement and fitness activities a day, daily Pilates and/or Ashtanga classes, general mobility practices and walks. This is all kept in balance by the modern and tasteful eco-lodge accommodation, set in a grove of olive, almond, and citrus trees, complete with a swimming pool, hammam, and sauna, and three delicious and nourishing meals a day.

Your schedule will be pretty full on, but there will also be opportunities to explore the town and medina of Essaouira, located 14 km away. If surfing is your thing, make sure you carve out some time to catch a wave on one of the nearby coast's renowned surf beaches.

Check out more retreats in Morocco and the best riads in Marrakech.

Duration: 8 days
Price: From €1,440
Closest Airport: Essaouira-Mogador Airport (2 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: All levels
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, but let them know in advance

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Yoga Asana Series: Urdhva Dhanurasana aka Wheel Pose

Sanskrit Words: URDHVA DHANURASANA = UPWARD-FACING BOW POSE, aka WHEEL POSE
Urdhva = Upward
Dhanu = bow
Asana = pose
(pronunciation: OORD-vah dah-nour-AHS-anna)

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Urdvha Dhanurasana is most often translated as Wheel pose, although the direct Sanskrit translation is upward bow pose. (Confusingly, this pose is sometimes called Chakrasana, which does literally mean wheel (chakra) pose (asana), but Chakrasana tends to mean different yoga poses in different styles of yoga, so let’s stick to Urdhva Dhanurasana = Wheel pose!). More on the heart chakra here.


Why You Should Practice Urdhva Dhanurasana

If you have been spending some time limbering up your back and opening your hip flexors with Bhujangasana (cobra pose) and Ustrasana, then it might be time to start playing around with Urdhva Dhanurasana, aka. Wheel pose.

Note that word, *playing*. Wheel pose is the sort of asana that can take a little time to get familiar and comfortable with — but should not be taken too seriously! Why? Well beyond the fact that yoga asanas are just, well, asanas (not yoga, as a whole — here are some book recommendations if you want to actually get to know more about yoga), trying too much and pushing too hard in this pose hurts.

The trick to keeping this pose pain-free and beneficial for the body is exploring spinal extension.
Spinal extension is the direction the spine moves in when we do an intense backbend (the opposite of spinal flexion in our forward bend). Some areas of the spine are bendier than others. When you rely on a naturally flexible lower back, not only could you potentially injure your low back in the long run, but you are missing out on a load of juicy Urdhva Dhanurasana benefits!


Urdhva Dhanurasana Steps

In these instructions, I have marked out stopping points. Wheel pose usually develops in steps with preparatory poses; each stopping point marks a step you might reach or aim for. Resist the temptation to skip over key alignment principles in order to progress to the next stopping point. The idea is to build a strong physical foundation for the pose.

Once you have reached your stopping point, jump to step 11, which will guide you out of the pose.

  1. Lie on your back, feet hip-width apart or slightly wider (wider is helpful if you have bigger thighs). Check your ankles are roughly under your knees.
    1. Optional: Take a few rounds of Bridge pose (covered below) to warm up the spine and hip flexors.
  2. Place your hands by your ears with your fingers pointing back towards your shoulders. This will create a strong stretch in the wrists.
  3. Come into Bridge pose: push firmly into your feet (especially the big toe) and lift your hips up. Engage the inner and outer muscles of your thighs by imagining you are squeezing a block between your thighs (or you can literally place yoga blocks there). You are looking for the sweet spot of engagement, so your knees and thighs remain in one line, neither tracking in nor out. Gently engage your glutes. Stopping point 1.
  4. Push firmly into your hands. On an exhale, push into your hands just enough to lift your upper body, so the top of your head can very, very lightly rest on your yoga mat (do not put weight into your head and neck). 
  5. Your elbows will want to splay outwards, so engage the muscles of your inner arms to draw them into the midline of your body. Feel the muscles around your shoulder girdle firm up as you do this. Stopping point 2.
  6. Keep all this engagement, and feel your connection to the earth through your hands and feet. Push firmly into them to lift up. Let the head hang, and the neck relax. Stopping point 3.
  7. If you can, straighten your arms (all the way, or just a little). Check that the shoulder blades are still spreading across the back. The muscles around the shoulder girdle and the upper arms are firmly engaged to keep the upper body strong.
  8. It’s not uncommon for the toes to point outwards — a little bit of a turn out is fine (especially if that is how your pelvis and femurs are structured), but try not to let them splay out all the way. Contracting your inner thighs together helps with this. Stopping point 4.
  9. Refine your pelvis and protect your lower back: tuck your tailbone under slightly. Become aware of the area where your gluteus maximus meet your hamstrings (just under your butt) and see if you can engage the muscles in this area. Stopping point 5.
  10. Play around: 
    1. Explore walking the feet in. 
    2. Open your heart: push through your feet and hands firmly and extend through the upper back to send your chest and heart to the back of the room.
    3. Lift one toe off the ground and then the other. 
  11. To come out of the pose, take your time and gently touch your head down to the mat. Then tuck your chin so you can place the back of your head down on to the mat. Slowly lower all the way down.
  12. Take a few breaths lying flat on the mat, notice the effects of the pose.
  13. Take the feet as wide as your mat and let the knees knock together, widening and releasing through the lower back and pelvis.
  14. From here, a twist is a great way to neutralize and stretch out the spine.

Urdhva Dhanurasana Benefits

  • Full body strengthening and opening.
  • Spinal mobility, especially upper back (thoracic spine) extension. 
  • Chest and shoulder opening.
  • Builds strength in the shoulders and arms.
  • Improves posture: opens through the whole front of the body, especially the hip flexors, front of thighs, and chest. This makes it the perfect pose to counterbalance desk life.

Urdhva Dhanurasana Variations, Tips, and Tricks

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Anatomy 101: Get To Know Your Spine

Understanding how your spine is structured and where you want to be focusing, opening, and stabilizing during Urdhva Dhanurasana can help improve your Wheel pose and backbending in general.

The human spine is divided into four parts:

  • The cervical spine, aka the neck
  • The thoracic spine, aka your upper back
  • The lumbar spine, aka your lower back
  • The sacral spine, aka your sacrum (the fused vertebrae at the back of your pelvis).

Why is it helpful to know about the spine to benefit your Wheel pose and improve your backbends in general? The different parts of the spine have different levels of flexibility and also like to move in different ways. Understanding the mechanics of your spine can help you pinpoint where you need to focus on to improve your backbends or make them safer.

Spinal Mobility and Urdhva Dhanurasana

The bendiest part of your spine = your neck — but all you need to do in your wheel pose is let the head hang heavy. The least mobile part of your spine = the sacral spine; these vertebrae are fused and are a part of the pelvis, so whatever the pelvis does, the sacrum does. In Wheel pose, we lengthen the sacrum, i.e. tuck the pelvis under slightly instead of letting it tip back.

Why do we lengthen the sacrum? To support our super mobile, flexible, and bendy lower back. The lumbar spine has a lordotic curve, meaning it curves the same way the letter C does. Apart from the neck, it is the most mobile part of the spine because unlike the thoracic spine, which is attached to the ribs, so it can’t go that many places, these vertebrae hang loose.

So super flexi-lower back means super-flexi backbends, right? Sort of, but this is not what we are aiming for. It’s really easy to use just a few vertebrae in the lower back to create the illusion of a deep backend, but there is very little whole spinal extension going on in reality. In time, this can lead to lower back ache and even disc problems. This is why we engage the glutes and lengthen the sacrum, as this prevents the lower back from overextending and helps distribute the spinal extension through the spine. The other thing we do is focus on chest opening. Why? To bring some much needed spinal extension into our upper backs.

The thoracic spine has a kyphotic curve (a backwards C shape), and it likes to round forward (spinal flexion) and hunch. It also has a lot less free movement, as mentioned above, because our ribs attach to it. To counterbalance that rounding — which can lead to poor posture, upper backache, and impact the neck — it’s helpful to improve the general mobility in this area of the body. This includes bringing into spinal extension — the opposite of its preferred natural movement.

In your Urdhva Dhanurasana, focus on your upper back. Think about bringing the extension up into these vertebrae; not only is it beneficial for the upper back and posture, but it helps support your whole spine by distributing the bend throughout the spine!

Warm-up

Wheel pose is excellent because it works on the whole body; this also means the entire body needs to be warmed up and prepared for the pose! Focus on opening through the front of the body, especially the fronts of your thighs and hip flexors, and mobiling around the shoulders and chest. Opening through the heart is helpful, but making sure your shoulder girdle is strong and stable is also integral for this pose.

Balance Strength and Flexibility

When people struggle to lift up into a full Wheel Pose, it is usually due to one of three things: they are not strong enough in the arms and/or shoulders, glutes, and legs; they are not open enough in the shoulder joints, and/or chest, or hip joint; or they are afraid.

If you are afraid, it is a mental block. These are normal, and how you choose to navigate the mental block is personal. Please don’t push yourself beyond the threshold of comfortability; you may feel able to try and work on your Urdhva Dhanurasana regularly, and slowly chip away at the fear or resistance. However, if it is evoking a strong reaction, probably best to leave it for a while. There are plenty more asana out there, and perhaps in the future, if it feels right, you might return to Urdhva Dhanurasana.

If it is a strength issue: One of the best yoga tricks to build overall strength are sun salutations. Be patient with yourself, and focus on developing strong, stable shoulders during your chaturanga.

If it is a flexibility issue: Developing a regular yoga practice, like doing a sequence like this one or several Surya Namaskar daily, is a great way to develop more mobility and general flexibility. Yin yoga is also a great option to create more flexibility.

Another thing you can do is practice yoga later in the day when the body is more open and warmed up from having been up and about for several hours.


Best Urdhva Dhanurasana Variations

Bridge pose

Bridge pose is like a baby Wheel pose. It’s a great alternative that works many of the same areas of the body and is probably the best warm-up pose. Finding as much spinal extension as possible in Bridge pose is integral before moving on to Wheel pose.

To do Bridge pose, start lying on your back, just like Urdhva Dhanurasana. Push into your feet to lift your hips, and either stay like this and push the palms of your hands firmly into the mat. Or, interlace your hands underneath you; this allows you to open the chest more.

You can also do a restorative bridge pose by placing bricks underneath your sacrum. This is also great for those with pituitary gland issues or low blood pressure who can get dizzy from the intensity of the pose.

Dhanurasana

Bow pose! Because Urdhva Dhanurasana is an ‘Upward-Facing Bow Pose’. The benefits of Dhanurasana as a preparatory or alternative yoga pose to Wheel pose is that it is particularly good at opening up the chest and shoulders. It can help you find the flexibility you need in the upper body to lift up into Dhanurasana comfortably.

Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

If you are comfortable in your Wheel Pose and looking for advanced asanas, try exploring One-Legged (‘Eka Pada’) Wheel Pose, a challenging pose that looks and feels amazing.

The aim is to work on lifting one leg up towards the sky. However, start by getting comfortable with just lifting your toes off the ground. You will feel how your weight shifts and how you have to redistribute your weight evenly across the points of your body that have contact with the ground to maintain integrity in the pose.

Remember to practice on both legs; it’s common to find it easier on one side than the other. Even if it feels less fluid or not as natural on the other side, it’s an opportunity to work on any weaknesses in strength or flexibility on that side!


Urdhva Dhanurasana Sequencing

It’s essential that your body is warm and you have spent lots of time preparing your spine, hip flexors, and shoulders before you practice this pose. In the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series, Urdhva Dhanurasana is the first pose of the finishing sequence — it comes so close to the end because it means the body is properly warmed up by the time you reach it.

Even if Wheel pose is a regular fixture of your yoga practice, don’t be tempted to put it too early in a sequence — it doesn’t take much to upset your back.

If you are working towards Urdhva Dhanurasana, it is great as a peak pose. A peak pose is when you build an entire sequence around preparing for a particular (usually complex) pose. If you're a yoga teacher, an Urdhva Dhanurasana sequence might involve: Cat-Cows at the beginning to mobilize the spine, extra holds in plank pose to strengthen your shoulders, low and high lunges to prepare your hip flexors, Trikonasana to open the sides of the body, Gomukhasana to open up the chest, and Camel pose.

So that is everything you need to practice Urdhva Dhanurasana safely! Happy yoga-ing.


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Berlin Sex Club: My Kitkat Experience

I remember being at my Couchsurfing host Laura in Milan in preparation for my arrival to Berlin, about six years ago. She lived between the two cities, spent a lot of her weekends in Berlin, and kept yapping on about how free-spirited Berlin was. Specifically, she mentioned several times how wonderful it was that people were just strutting totally nude in Berlin sex clubs such as Berghain (an abandoned power plant turned into the most famous techno club, AKA the church of techno) and Kitkat Berlin, getting it on in public in central Berlin as casually as you’d sip a beer on a rocking chair on the porch of the Marina back where I'm from.

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I remember thinking she was either completely off her rocker, or something decidedly weird or wrong was going down in Berlin.

I remember thinking that. That was cute.

Fast-forward five years, and find me half-naked in a Berlin sex club.

Oh, Berlin.

Berlin, Berlin, Berlin. A great place to come indeed...

So where to start. Maybe with the fact that I am excessively prude, despite what the people in my social circle would say of me right now. I really am! But there is this very healthy approach to nudity in Germany that’s been captivating me since day one. And Berlin has loosened me up, in all the best possible ways.

If you're just passing through Germany's capital and are curious about the club scene, you've come to the right place. Berlin is regarded as the party capital of Europe and there is even a club commission and people like Lutz Leichsenring to literally fight for our right to paaaaarty and make sure the city's nightlife is alive and well and the best place for all old and young people to enjoy together. So come to club nights with an open mind, there is so much to explore in Berlin outside of the mainstream clubs.

I haven't visited that many sex clubs in Berlin or plain Berlin clubs for that matter, but outside of Kitkat, there is, of course, one of the most famous clubs — Berghain, with its legendary doorman Sven Marquardt and its wonderful Panorama bar, some more obscure sex parties like House of Red Doors (follow Bad Bruises on Instagram) and Kater Blau which is a lot tamer. The city's nightlife and the best clubs come alive very late in Berlin but it is so much fun I promise — so have an afternoon nap, drink a Redbull, or, ya know, do what it is you gotta do in order to stay up late for the Berlin nightclub.

My friends, please come to the dark side. And Elon Musk, please go to bed. I hope it's Friday night? Saturday night will also do. You've come to the right place. Grab your fetish wear (some recommendations below) and why not maybe some body paint, and get ready for a good time. Many clubs in Berlin are regarded as cultural institutions, so you're not just (potentially) having casual sex, you are doing something a little bit cultural! I'm really not a techno fan, but for me anything that has to do with cultural resurgence after the fall of the Berlin wall is absolutely fascinating and worth seeing.

No matter your sexual orientation, the club culture in Berlin is a safe space and open environment for all to be free and enjoy hedonism. Kitkat is not a gay sex club per se, but really anything goes here. Every second Friday is Revolver, where Kit Kat becomes a gay club for a night, an especially good time for my gay men friends ou there. Do check out their special events Electric Monday or Carneball Bizarre parties too! And let me know if you have more gay bar recommendations.


So what's the deal with KitKat Berlin and the sex club Berlin scene?

It all started as a bit of a joke when I was trying to convince myself that going to a spa completely nude with a group of friends was no biggie. In the German capital, it’s considered unhygienic to use the spa facilities with a swimsuit on, so everyone’s in the buff. So I guess it’s the spa culture that pulled me into this investigation of public nudity, and along came the important role of the FKK movement (Freikörperkultur, or "free body culture", in English). I can’t quite pinpoint when I got completed sucked into the Berlin sex culture and decided I wanted to know more and free my own body. But I did and, as it’d been the case with several aspects of my life since becoming single, I also wanted to test my own boundaries, do the sex club Berlin thing, and so this Kitkat Berlin review was born.

Was I naive before or has Berlin turned me into a pervert? There's a bit of truth in both, I suppose.


First time? Here for the KitKat Club dress code? Read on!

In the grander scheme of Kit Kat Berlin or any sex clubs Berlin stories though, my experience was pretty tame. I went with a girlfriend, danced the night away, watched all the beautiful people strut their stuff and more, and got home by 7am, which is pretty early for a night out in Berlin if you ask me. What’s been more interesting was to observe the changes that have operated in me between being shell-shocked that such a thing would happen when I was back in Milan, and seeing it as an innocent night out with a pal a few years later. Sure, there were people having public sex around me, but to me, at that moment in time, it was just beautiful. My KitKat Berlin experience was beautiful. And I was beautiful. And everyone was beautiful.


Bored of the sex club Berlin options already? Check out my Berlin tour recommendations!


Planning to visit Kitkat Berlin or any Berlin Sex Clubs?


The kit Kat berlin dress code

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Wondering about the sex clubs in Berlin dress code and just how much of a strict dress code it is? While there aren't any strict dress codes, be aware that the less you wear the better when doing the sex club Berlin thing (and also the better the chances of getting into any great club that has fetish parties)! It is a Berlin sex party after all! I visited Kitkat Club wearing these latex hotpants and a see-through bralette and felt overdress. So I got one of these little numbers for my next Kit Kat club outfit! If you have time and you're in Berlin, you can also visit Maskworld, Superschlüpfer, and Swartzer Reiter for a Kitkat Berlin outfit and all sorts of kinky things. And that goes both for men and women. Kit Kat Club dress code is chill, but just don't wear too much - especially if you're a single man ;)

What about kitkatclub berlin outfits for men?

Ah yes, the male kit kat club what to wear conundrum. I receive a lot of messages from men who tell me they have no idea what to pick for a Kit Kat Club Sex outfit or ask me how to dress for KitKat berlin if you're a dude. In doubt, keep it simple, and keep it black. You've probably noticed by now that Berlin's official dress code is ALL BLACK EVERYTHING, so obviously the same goes for the Kitkat dress code. A simple pair of black shorts and a bare chest will do. I'm hoping you're accompanied by a female, otherwise, chances of getting in are greatly reduced. It's just... like that, I'm sorry boys. People in a large group will also struggle getting in, so do spread out. Beware that there can be long queues at peak times. Sometimes visiting on Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon can be the best thing. Get a good night rest, go get brunch, and then go to the fetish club :) A very Berlin way to spend the weekend!

Just don't stress out, wear as little as you're comfortable with (but wear shoes, for goodness sake, ew!) and you'll be fine. People are undressing at the cloakroom, so you can get a sense of what goes once you're there too, and you can remove more or less once you're there. Always a good idea to carry condoms and set up a meeting point with your friends — there are a lot of people!

What's your Kit Kat Berlin dress code? I'm curious!


What’s going to happen once you’re in there?

Nothing you don’t want to happen! Kitkat Club Berlin has got to be the most consensual place I have ever visited. But before all that, if you’re anything like me, I was curious about the logistics of getting “undressed” once you arrive there and have passed the KitKat club berlin door policy test.

After being asked by the doorman if we were wearing anything a bit sexier under our woolly jumpers and both of us simultaneously flashing him, we followed everyone and disrobed, leaving everything in the free cloakroom.

KitKat dresscode unlocked, we are in!

Kitkatclub is super chill! The people are beautiful, there are loads of chilling, dancing, and cuddling areas, and some darker areas where naughtier stuff is happening, but really, it’s for you to decide what you do with your evening. With such a place comes a set of rules and I felt respected and comfortable to a point I never did in any other random bar.

There are several sizes of dance floor to pick from at KitKat with different styles of music (some great and not-so-great music in my opinion!), generally a main room, and some rooms dedicated to the sexy stuff (the dark room).

There’s nothing more you should specifically know about Kit Kat Club Berlin. I think it’s something that should be experienced if that’s what you’re into, not because that’s “the thing to do.” But if you love to feel free and liberated if you’re comfortable with nudity and with people screwing around you, if you’re kinky as I am and want to know more about Kitkat Berlin sex, if the idea of feeling like you’re in that scene from Super Troopers or in a Stanley Kubrick movie rocks your world as it did for me, then by all means go and visit a Berlin sex club and tick the damn Kit Kat Club Berlin Germany checkmark of your damn German list, kiddo. It may well be one of your best clubbing experiences. Go get it.


Have you been to Berlin sex clubs? How was your sex clubs Berlin experience? What is the best club, the best dark rooms?


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Best Thrift Stores Manchester Guide

Anyone who has walked the streets of Manchester can tell you that it’s a fashionable city. From students to office workers, its residents are known for their effortless style and love of retro fashion trends. One of the reasons for this is the many fantastic vintage shops and thrift stores Manchester has to offer. In fact, the city’s alternative Northern Quarter is home to some of the best vintage clothing stores and boutique charity shops in the entire country.

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Whether you’re looking for elegant 50s dresses, 70s mod jackets, 90s band tees, or just great deals on clothes, you’re guaranteed to find it in Manchester. There’s so much more on offer than the unwanted hand-me-downs often associated with second-hand stores. Manchester’s vintage shops are packed with high-quality and great-value treasures.

Ready to shop? Below are 8 of the best thrift stores in Manchester.

My Thrift Stores Manchester Guide


Afflecks

Afflecks is a large indoor market in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The famous shopping emporium is spread over multiple floors and is known for its quirky independent traders, including plenty of thrift shops and vintage fashion.

Traders regularly change and there’s always something new to discover. Milner & Son is a cool spot for vintage clothing, second-hand homeware, and retro toys and gadgets. Red and Blue Umbrella focus on cartoon vintage and sportswear. Or for something a little fun and different, American Graffiti is one of the most colourful vintage and retro shops Manchester has to offer. If you’re looking for a costume for your next fancy dress party, this is the place to go.

With a variety of traders all under one roof, Afflecks is a great one-stop destination for vintage shopping in Manchester. Especially during rainy winter months when you don’t want to be outside too much.

Address: 52 Church Street, Manchester


Blue Rinse

It’s almost impossible to miss Blue Rinse when walking along Oldham Street in Manchester, with its colourful graffiti exterior, ever-changing window display, and name in bold bubble letters.

Inside, the vintage store is just as colourful. Brightly decorated murals frame rows of vintage, reworked and thrifted clothing, specialising in 80s and 90s fashion. If oversized denim, patterned knits, and flannel shirts are your style, Blue Rinse is the vintage store in Manchester for you. The shop also has some great vintage football jerseys and sports gear.

Plus don’t miss the daily kilo sale, with 1kg of vintage clothing for just £15. The entrance is right next door to the main Blue Rinse shop.

Address: 29-31 Oldham Street, Manchester


Pop Boutique

While Pop Boutique now has multiple locations in cities across England and Sweden, their story began in Manchester in 1985 with their first permanent vintage shop in Afflecks. The small clothing store can still be found in its original location in the market today. Almost 10 years later, the brand expanded by opening its now-iconic Oldham Street store.

Pop Boutique on Oldham Street is one of the best vintage stores in Manchester, with two floors packed with fantastic thrifted items. On the ground floor, you’ll find plenty of recycled and vintage clothing from the 50s-90s, as well as their own brand collection. Downstairs is an all-in-one vintage shopping haven, with everything from retro jewellery, bags and shoes to an eclectic selection of furniture and homeware.

The popular Manchester thrift store even has its own hairdressers and a cute cafe serving food and coffees. Everything you need for a great day out.

Address: 34-36 Oldham Street, Manchester


Oxfam Originals

Just across the street from Pop Boutique is another of the best thrift stores Manchester has to offer, Oxfam Originals.

Oxfam Originals isn’t your average Oxfam charity shop. Their Manchester thrift shop stocks a curated collection of only the very best donated vintage and designer clothes. You’ll find high-end brands including Fred Perry, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and plenty more.

While the prices may be slightly higher than other Oxfam shops, the store offers fantastic value for money, with lots of unique, signature pieces that you definitely won’t find anywhere else.

Address: Unit 8, Smithfield Buildings, 51 Oldham Street, Manchester


Thrift Shop Manchester

Thrift Shop Manchester is a hidden treasure trove of great vintage items right on the corner of bustling Piccadilly Gardens. Despite being in a different neighbourhood to many of Manchester’s other best thrift stores, it’s certainly worth the detour for a visit.

The store’s vintage clothing offering includes plenty of denim and leather jackets, colourful tees and playful shirts. Items are labelled by colour to indicate the price and any deals, which includes 3 for £10 on many pieces. You’re guaranteed to find a bargain here if you’re thrift shopping in Manchester on a budget.

Thrift Shop is part of the Cow Family, which owns several vintage clothes shops in Manchester including COW (below).

Address: 39 Parker Street, Manchester


COW Vintage

Sister store to Thrift Shop, COW Vintage is a high-end boutique in Manchester with two floors of ethical vintage, upcycled, and handmade clothing. The store has a huge focus on sustainability, so you know that your purchase won’t be harming the environment.

COW specialises in 90s and Y2K clothing, with band tees, halter tops, floral dresses and bomber jackets galore. Make sure you check out their reworked items too, with trendy modern alterations to older vintage pieces that needed some extra love.

Address: 61 Church Street, Manchester


Bags of Flavor

Bags of Flavour is another of the best vintage shops in Manchester. But this time for the guys.

The shop’s unique name comes from owner Richard Gill’s 20+ years of creating one-of-a-kind bags from damaged vintage clothing and fabrics. He started making these bags whilst living in the states, hence the Americanised spelling.

The small retro boutique now also sells a carefully curated and handpicked selection of 70s and 80s men’s clothing, with a focus on sportswear, puffer jackets, and sneakers. The store is known for its unbeatable range of old-school men’s Adidas gear.

Address: 13 Tib Street, Manchester


RSPCA Charity Shop

Last but certainly not least, RSPCA NQ is a boutique charity shop in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. All profits go to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, so it’s a must-visit if you’re an animal lover. The charity thrift shop has some great vintage and retro clothing, as well as bags, books, games, homeware, and more.

Address: 15 Oak Street, Manchester


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My Vegan Collagen Guide

Is collagen vegan? No, it's not. Can you boost your collagen as a vegan? Yes, you can. Here's my vegan collagen guide

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I love myself some vegan skincare products and it’s no secret that I’m a vegan supplement junkie… so a vegan collagen guide felt long overdue!

collagen for vegans

Over the recent years, collagen has become a real buzzword in the realms of beauty, health, and wellness, promising us bouncy, wrinkle-free skin and better joint and bone health. This apparent elixir of youth is infused in everything from skin creams to smoothies, and don’t even bother running a google search on ‘best collagen supplement’ because the number of results will make your head spin.

So what is this miracle thing… and is it really all it’s cracked up to be? In this blog post, I break down the facts and myths about collagen, particularly around vegan collagen supplements. Is collagen vegan? No, it's not. Can you boost your collagen as a vegan? Yes, you can.

Collagen for vegans is a hotly debated topic, as it is yet another one of those things that people tend to claim you can’t get with a plant-based diet. Lies… and there is even a pretty solid argument for why vegan collagen is preferable over animal produced alternatives.

Collagen for vegans


So, What Even is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in humans, making up around 30% of our total protein mass. The reason why there is so much of it? It does a lot of important jobs; in fact, it basically holds the human body together. It’s in our skin (like a lot, like 75% of it), our joints, bones, tendons, even our eyes and blood vessels!

So what does it do? In short, it keeps us bouncy. The most prevalent type of collagen in our bodies (fibrillar collagen) is key in maintaining the structures of our body, which means it is both sturdy but also tensile, or stretchy. This balance of strength and flexibility is basically the sweet spot for all things in life… but to bring it back to the realm of collagen, and specifically its anti-ageing and skincare qualities, it helps keep our joints juicy and skin smooth and wrinkle-free.

As I said bouncy, and not just looking youthful, but feeling youthful… it’s basically the spring in your step (and skin and knee joints)!


How Do I Get Collagen, plz?

The body is pretty good at making its own; however, as we age, it gets less good. Unfortunately, we start breaking down collagen quicker than we make it. It’s estimated that the breakdown begins around age 20 when we start producing around 1% less every year. However, there are a lot of variables to do with lifestyle and human genes too that affect collagen production. But it is no secret that as we age our skin wrinkles and becomes less elastic, and our joints and connective tissues start seizing up too.

So, what can be done about this? There are certainly lifestyle changes we can make to minimise increased collagen breakdown, such as wearing sunscreen, smoking less… and of course eating right.


How to Eat for Optimal Collagen

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Collagen is a protein made of 19 different amino acids (if you are unsure about what essential amino acids are and how they make up proteins, then check out my blog on BCAA for vegans where I break it all down).

It is a misnomer that we need to eat collagen to create more collagen in the body. Instead, we need to make sure that we are supporting both our body’s collagen production as well as trying to preserve existing collagen.

It’s not always as simple as taking a supplement — the body's ability is complicated, just because we give it what we think it needs doesn’t necessarily mean we get the results we hoped for. However, when it comes to collagen there is good news! Studies, such as this one, have shown great results in improving skin elasticity, healthy hair, and health in older women after taking a collagen supplement regularly over a sustained period.


Essential Nutrients for Collagen Production

So what goes into producing and preserving collagen? You need not just the primary amino acids of collagen but the specific nutrients needed to support the collagen synthesis in the body. Key in the production of collagen are:

  • Protein — a wide spectrum of amino acids make up collagen, but most prevalent are glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline
  • Vitamin C

Other recommended minerals are:

  • Zinc
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Biotin
  • Silica
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E

My advice? Eat a well-balanced, plant-based diet full of citrus fruit to make sure you get a full spectrum on the nutrients you need, but you might also want to take a collagen supplement.

This is where the myth about vegans and collagen comes in. A majority of collagen supplements are made from collagen — makes sense, because collagen contains a bulk of what the body needs to create more collagen… One major caveat, ALL direct sources of collagen come from animal products. Why? Because plants don’t need collagen, so they don’t produce it!

Wait, does that mean there are no actual collagen products for vegans?!

Of course, there are!! To create more collagen the body just needs all the ingredients, i.e. those amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which the body then uses to generate collagen and thus building blocks of proteins.

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that you need a supplement made of collagen to produce more collagen. Want to know why? When you consume anything — food source, supplement, whatever — the body digests it. As in, it breaks it down into its building blocks (abundant amino acids, sugars, fatty acids) and then transforms it into what it actually needs! So when you take a collagen supplement, be it plant-based or otherwise, that same process of breaking it down into its basic units occurs.


What’s the Best Source of Collagen for Vegans?

I make sure I eat a healthy, balanced, vegan diet (it’s not difficult to do at all, check out my vegan grocery list if you want some guidance), but I do also use one of the best vegan collagen supplements.

Vegan Collagen Sources

It’s highly likely that you already get adequate protein in your plant-based diet, but if you are on a collagen drive, you might want to emphasise it.

Soy products are great as they are complete proteins, but also pulses and legumes, nuts etc. Legumes and nuts are also a good source of biotin so you are packing in some extra collagen-boosting power with them!

Of course, lots of fruit and vegetables to make sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. Orange and yellow plants tend to be high in vitamin A, and broccoli, citrus fruits and kiwis are a good source of vitamin C. But I wouldn’t split hairs over it, eating a wide variety of fruit and veg will give you everything you need to keep your whole body working as it should.

Antioxidants help to promote the production and slow down the breakdown of collagen, so up your blueberry and green tea intake.

If you like superfoods, then spirulina and sea buckthorn are good collagen supporting choices.


Vegan Collagen Supplements

Vegan collagen supplements are usually called collagen builders — because they contain everything your body needs to build more and preserve existing collagen.

A quality supplement contains everything needed specifically for collagen production and preservation in the ideal quantities. You may be able to take care of it solely through diet, but if you are noticing a marked lack of bounce in your skin or achy joints, it’s worth seeing if a supplement makes a difference.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any studies testing the efficacy of vegan collagen builders — although anecdotally (and I include myself in this) they do seem to work.


Why Choose Vegan Collagen Supplements Over Traditional Non-Vegan Ones

There are also additional benefits of using a vegan alternative collagen builder. A majority of non-vegan collagen supplements are ethically culpable as they source the animal parts they use from factory-farmed animal sources. Not only does this perpetuate animal cruelty, but they also have a larger carbon footprint as a result.

Also, many of the popular supplements have been found to contain a toxic heavy metal. One study on popular brands of bone broth, which is rich in collagen, by independent body Consumer Wellness, found trace amounts of antibiotics, insecticides, and pharmacological drugs in the majority of products available.

So when you weigh everything up it’s clear to see that vegan collagen builders and supplements are a much better choice.


Recommended Vegan Collagen Boosters

Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links.

If you are desperate to make one of those collagen smoothies you see all over Instagram, then SunWarrior Collagen Building Protein Peptides has my vote.

If you prefer a capsule form, then Garden of Life’s collagen builder is one of the few non-powders that gets good results.


Skincare and Collagen for Vegans

When it comes to collagen, you are more than what you eat. Free radicals in sun damage and smoking are major collagen destroyers, so if you don’t already incorporate a high factor SPF into your daily skin regime, now is an excellent time to start (as is cutting down smoking…).

You might also notice skin creams and serum which are said to contain or stimulate collagen… the thing is the body needs to produce collagen inside out (through your diet) so it’s basically impossible for these to actually give your skin more collagen. HOWEVER, they do often have a plumping effect on the skin making it look juicier and dewier and reducing fine lines. I love the ones that include aloe vera as it's both soothing and plumping.

My recommendation, though, is to make sure you have a good skincare regime (which includes eating well, staying hydrated, and sleeping enough) and investing in some quality vegan skincare products that both nourish and protect the skin!

So that is everything you need to know about collagen for vegans and vegan collagen sources!

Does vegan collagen work? You gotta try and let me know! ;)


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Where to Stay in Manchester? My Accommodation Guide

Wondering where to stay in Manchester and what the best hotels are? Manchester is one of the UK’s most iconic and best places, with a music scene that has given birth to bands like Oasis and Joy Division as well as a few football teams that are kind of a big deal. But as a city break destination, it’s often overlooked when compared to London or several of the other bigger cities in England — which is crazy considering it has so many things to see and do and the level of quality Manchester accommodation you can find.

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My recent impromptu visit to the city — these things happen when you love to travel, and you find an amazing Manchester-based tattoo artist on Instagram — began by roaming the depths of Booking.com to find Manchester accommodation that suited my requirements. And also something that offered an ideal home-away-from-home to recover from several days of tattooing and exploring the Manchester vegan scene and the best Manchester thirft stores (one of my fave travel activities!). Fortunately, my search proved to be fruitful, and I stumbled upon plenty of incredible places to stay in Manchester.

Wondering what the best Manchester hotels are? Whether you’re looking for Manchester Piccadilly hotels that are a quick stroll from Piccadilly rail station and easy access to Manchester Airport, or a boutique accommodation for a bespoke trip in one of Manchester’s best neighborhoods, or quirky spots immersed in Manchester’s most lively areas which you search for the best Manchester art gallery — this post will prove more than enough choices to suit your needs!


Where to Stay in Manchester


Cow Hollow Hotel

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Located in the Northern Quarter not too far from Market Street and many tourist attractions, this restored turn-of-the-century textile mill is undoubtedly one of the most interesting boutique hotels in Manchester, which is home to 16 luxury hotel rooms. While the Cow Hollow is a high-tech and beautiful hotel, it doesn’t shy away from the history of the building and fully embraces the industrial aesthetic. Everyone loses their shit a bit over exposed brick, don’t they? Every room, as well as the lobby and bar, is beautifully designed, offers a luxury experience, and is affordable. They do have a beautiful on-site bar called the Plantation Bar, which has several beautiful seating areas engulfed with lush palm trees.

One of the more interesting things I found about the Cow Hollow is that rather than having their own restaurant, they prefer to focus on what they do best — being a bespoke hotel. Instead, they are good friends with several eateries in the area and can provide genuinely informative and helpful suggestions — which is especially beneficial if you're like me, and always looking for a decent vegan spot to eat nearby.

Check out prices at Cow Hollow now!


Native Manchester

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Native (formerly The Place Aparthotel) is situated in The Ducie Street Warehouse, a grade-two Victorian Warehouse that boasts six floors of 166 apartments and eight penthouses with private outdoor terraces. So yeah, as far as Manchester Piccadilly hotels (near the station) go, Native is definitely one to scribble down on your to-do list.

If you’re looking for Manchester accommodation that’s not only in the heart of the city but also has lots to offer — you can’t go wrong here. This apartment hotel has a restaurant and bar, a coffee shop, and even fitness studios for travelers who don’t let wanderlust get in the way of their workout regime — or if you’re like me and love a peaceful yoga space. When it comes to the rooms themselves, the generous kitchen and living space are perfect for returning after a long day of exploring the city and feel right at home!

Although Native has done a fantastic job of creating an environment that almost makes it seem like a shame to leave, the surrounding neighborhood is definitely worth exploring. So if you’re looking for a few things to check out nearby, you can do so here.

Check out prices at Native Manchester now!


Selina

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Selina’s NQ1 Manchester accommodation is one of their many locations throughout the world, and much like Native, it’s situated in a refurbished Victorian building. You’ll find that this tends to be the case in cities such as Manchester as they have a rich industrial history, for which the buildings make ideal locations for delightful hotels and apartments.

But this isn’t a history lesson, let’s get back on track. One of a few fab budget hotels of Greater Manchester, Selina is located in an area that’s jam-packed with vintage stores, artisan coffee shops, and all the pubs you could possibly need for a good night out — and a subsequent wicked hangover. In regards to the accommodation itself, the rooms range from twins to six-bed community hostel-style rooms, making it an ideal location if you’re traveling solo or with a group. They also have an on-site coffee shop, restaurant, and bar — but one of the most interesting aspects of Selina is their co-working space. This, coupled with their high-speed Wifi, makes it a brilliant place to stay if you’re a blogger or freelancer in need of a space to get some work done.

Check out prices at Selina now!


Malmaison

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Malmaison is a hotel that fully embraces the finer things in life and reflects this throughout the entirety of its 117 luxury rooms and 13 suites. Whether you’re on a business trip or simply there to see the sights, this is a boutique hotel in Manchester that will live long in memory. Located right across the road from Picadilly Station, Malmaison puts you amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Not only giving you an authentic feel for the city, but it also means you won’t have far to walk if you want to explore.

Their on-site Chez Mal restaurant serves locally-sourced and inspired dishes with a great vegan menu, while the Chez Mal bar will provide all you need in more in the form of cocktails and other drinks. Also, they have a fully-equipped gym and luxury spa — so if the weather is particularly awful (it often is in the UK), you have everything you need to relax under one roof.

Check out prices at Malmaison now!


Velvet Hotel

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Although there are many, many places to stay in Manchester — few will have the charming, luxurious appeal of the Velvet Hotel. Located on Canal Street in the Village, one of the city’s most lively districts, the Velvet is another of Manchester’s Piccadilly hotels to keep in mind. Every room and penthouse suite has been designed individually, so you know that a lot of thought has gone into making it as comfortable and accessible as possible. Their not-so-standard ‘King Rooms’ is the most affordable available, whereas the Penthouse Suite is more idyllic for those with lots of cash to spend.

Downstairs you’ll find the Velvet Bar and Restaurant, both of which maintain the same charming passion for luxury both in the style and design as well as the food and drink they serve. It’s clear that their goal is to WOW you at every corner, which they do a good job of, but also they succeed in giving you a beautiful and comfortable place to lay your head down for the night. What more could you want?

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Whitworth Locke

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Whitworth Locke is the perfect Manchester accommodation for creatives who appreciate history, design, and a place where — as they put it themselves — the “lines between work & play blur”. Located in an old cotton mill a short walking distance to and from Palace Theatre, this is another place to stay in Manchester that benefits from a raw industrial vibe, with a few sprinkles of creative thought, authentic culture, and a passion for bespoke hospitality that is difficult to rival.

I’m someone who always appreciates the quirkier things in life, so Whitworth Locke’s bright color schemes and creative living spaces are a good place for a home-away-from-home. With 160 apartments and suites to choose from, each varying in shape, size, and design, it’s safe to say each stay at Whitworth Locke will be a unique experience. Their on-site ‘Cotton Mill Bar and Restaurant’ continues the creative spirit and features a vast range of locally-inspired cuisine as well as Peruvian dishes from Peru Perdu.

Being situated in Manchester’s Civic Quarter, this hotel is only minutes away from many independent shops and bars, ideal if you’re someone who prefers to avoid chain stores and check out what the real people of a city have to offer.

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Victoria Warehouse Hotel

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As you can probably guess from its name, the Victoria Warehouse Hotel is a beautifully restored Victorian warehouse that’s about a ten-minute drive from Manchester city centre and nearby Salford Quays - not to be confused with Victoria Station and the Manchester arena area. Many other hotels in Manchester opt for an industrial appeal, but this has got to be one of the most authentic and effective of them all. At a glance, the rooms may appear to be a bit bare and basic, but you’ll soon begin to notice intricate details and a warmth that makes it a really pleasant place to stay.

Each room has all of the usual amenities such as tea and coffee, etc. But one of the best things for people who like to get up and go is the ‘grab and go’ breakfast they offer every guest, ideal fuel for stomping around the city for a whole day. Also, they have an in-house yoga studio which guests can use to take part in evening classes. So whether you’re a yoga fiend such as myself or want to stretch out after a long day of travel, you won’t have to leave the hotel to do so.

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Hotel Gotham

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Last but most definitely not least, Hotel Gotham is the perfect place for luxury and extravagance when it comes to Manchester accommodation. With 60 rooms (55 rooms and five “inner sanctum suites” that feature original features such as bespoke furniture, enormous luxurious beds, marble bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows, and Egyptian cotton bed sheets (I mean, why wouldn’t they?) — it’s safe to say they strive to ensure that every guest is as relaxed and blown away as possible.

Every room spares no expense when it comes to design with dazzling geometric carpets and dramatic windows, while the dark polished woods, tactile burnished metals, and luxurious leather make for a unique sensory experience. This is combined with features that make sure guests have everything they need. Examples of which include an espresso machine, soft robes, mini bar, seated area, and also a TV and Wifi.

Check out prices at Hotel Gotham now!


Are there any places to stay in Manchester that you think should be on the list? Let me know!



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My Best Yoga Retreats Europe Guide

Summer is almost here! It’s time to plan a yoga retreat Europe vacation! I know many of you (including myself) often look towards South-East Asia (Thailand and Sri Lanka are high up on my list) or South America for a yoga retreat, but when the budget is tight and the time is short, there’s no need to go too far afield, as there are amazing options for a retreat in Europe. And while some countries may seem more appropriate than others for the best yoga retreats Europe locations because of their proximity to beautiful beaches or nature, I’ve found that there are fantastic options where to go in Europe for stress relief with daily yoga classes and meditation, especially for a short break.

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Below are the best European countries and best places on my radar for the best yoga retreat Europe options in 2022. I've tried to cover all bases from luxury yoga retreat center to more affordable yoga retreat options. For more spiritual retreats ideas, check those out if you're after either a detox retreat, a retreat for couples, some meditation retreat options, or, why the hell not, an ayahuasca retreat.


First Class Yoga Retreats in Europe: My Recommendations


7 Days yoga holiday europe in Algarve, Portugal

European yoga retreats

Located along the beautiful Algarve Coast of Portugal (a popular destination in and out of itself), this seven-day week-long peaceful yoga retreat with The Jewel of Yoga offers European yoga retreats trips to relax and unwind through yoga sessions, meditation classes, and spa treatments. Daily yoga sessions and pranayama are paired with free time for you to hit the beach, hang by the pool, walk in the national park, take surf lessons, or treat yourself with a relaxing massage. You can also rent a car to visit the surrounding coastal area.

The intimate accommodation is five minutes away from famous surf camps and beautiful trekking areas. Pair that with fresh organic meals, comfortable facilities, and a relaxing environment, and you've got yourself a wonderful hatha yoga holidays Europe you'll remember forever.


Duration: 7 days
Price: From $1,363
Closest Airport: Faro (60 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Good for all yoga practitioners
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Vegan meals on request

Check out retreats in Lagos now!


Back to Nature Mountain Retreat, France

Set in a beautiful location amidst the snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, waterfalls, forests, and lakes of the beautiful French Alps, these retreats combine the rejuvenating activities of yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, hiking, and forest bathing, with personal development work with a certified life and leadership coach. This is an opportunity to press pause on the everyday and immerse yourself in nature. Mountain guides will take you beyond the beaten path to explore the natural wilderness of the magnificent Alps. With plenty of time outdoors you will welcome deep sleep at the retreat base – a stylishly renovated Alpine farmhouse – along with relaxing soaks in the hot tub and time out in the sauna.

The four-night fully inclusive retreats take advantage of the stunning mountain seasons, and a delicious menu made with locally sourced and foraged ingredients. Spaces are limited to 4 to 12 participants per retreat so go ahead and reserve your spot on one of the remaining retreats: Summer Flourishing (23-27 June 2022), Autumn Harvest (12-16 October 2022) or Winter Wonderland (26-30 January 2023).


Duration: 4 days
Price: From €2000
Closest Airport: Geneva (60 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Alikats Mountain Holidays now!


Sun Salute Retreats in Costa Blanca, Spain

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Kilometers upon kilometers of white sand beaches and beautiful cliffs will be the natural beauty backdrop of one of the best yoga holidays in Europe at Sun Salute Retreats in Costa Blanca, Spain. What more can you ask for? A yoga retreat that’s located a mere few footsteps from the beach? You got it all, at Sun Salute Retreats — it's the perfect place. Here, you can combine various activities in small groups, and create your very own schedule away from the bustle of everyday life, and the prices are really fair. A great value!

Discover the Spanish culture, sample the local cuisine, relax on the beach, go scuba diving, go cycling, discover local markets, and of course do plenty of yoga style, including both restorative yoga and yoga nidra at the end of the day! One of the best yoga retreats in Europe, Sun Salute is a really amazing way to combine your European travel with a yoga retreat and do a bit of everything. The Sun Salute crew is an inspiring community that promotes the wellbeing of the spirit and body through natural healing and fitness. Cozy accommodation, vegan-friendly local cuisine. Sold.


Duration: 5 days
Price: From $563
Closest Airport: Murcia-San Javier (30 km)
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!

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Greek Island Mid Summer Retreat with High on Yoga

This is where I'll be heading this Summer with my favorite Berlin yoga teachers. Mateusz and Anita are two absolute rays of sunshine offering some stellar yoga classes and I have never looked back since I started practicing with them in 2017. I also did my recent yoga teacher training in Berlin with Mateusz and so I feel like we've developed a relationship where he truly understands my practice and guides me accordingly. The retreat will be located in the beautiful island of Aegina, in a villa hidden from the main bustle and surrounded by a huge garden, right next to the beach. I think you should join us!


Duration: one week
Price: From €850
Closest Airport: Athens (40 minutes)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at High on Yoga now!


Europe Retreat on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Experience the rugged terrains and pastel-toned villages of the nearby Amalfi Coast as you join this yoga and culinary retreat. Alongside daily yoga and meditation sessions, the retreat includes cooking classes, healthy food, and several excursions to local villages, farmers' markets, and wine cellars. The lovely hosts are passionate yogis who have been traveling around the world in search of alternative ways to improve their lives, live at a slower pace, and practice yoga for over ten years.

Join them for a few days to experience all the health benefits of great yoga and amazing nutritious food, alongside breathtaking views of nature, drenched in extra virgin olive oil!


Duration: it's a 5-day retreat
Price: From $1,200
Closest Airport: Naples (31 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

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Jiva Healing in England

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Looking for Yoga retreats in the UK? The English countryside will always have a special place in my heart. And Wiltshire is a great reminder of a small town vibe and all the wonderful lush green nature I remember so fondly.

With an abundance of verdant landscapes and prehistoric majesties, Wiltshire is a place that tantalizes all senses. At Jiva Healing, you can combine yoga by different teachers and feel inspired by the impressive 17th-century watermill set in a ten-acre property of woodland and meadows. I can’t really think of more relaxing and rejuvenating beautiful settings for a day yoga practice! One of the best yoga retreats Europe has to offer. What’s even cooler is that the mill is run entirely on renewable energy. Be inspired by the healthy cooking and nutrition classes, alongside daily yoga, meditation and hot tub sessions. Your afternoons are free to explore the surrounding area. One of many great retreats in England!


Duration: 3 to 8 days
Price: From $795
Closest Airport: Southampton (51 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out more retreats in the UK!


Suncokret Body and Soul Retreats in Hvar Island, Croatia

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There’s little else that screams yoga retreats Europe holiday other than a yoga retreat on beautiful islands! Recenter yourself and find inner peace with the holistic program at Suncokret Body and Soul Retreats. Set in the cute village of Dol Sveta Ana on Ivar Island, on a backdrop of lush greenery, Suncokret is one of my top yoga retreat Europe 2021 options for the Summer. The program includes daily yoga practice with the wonderful Evening Marie, nature walks on a private island via a short boat trip, organic and nutritious meals, meditation, and a lot of downtime to let you explore and recharge.

Located in the east valley of Dol in Hvar island, Dol Sveta Ana will charm you with fragrant lavender plantations, stone cottages, and farmland. Croatia is always a good idea when it comes to a European yoga retreat!


Duration: 6 to 8 days
Price range: From $877
Closest Airport: Split (48 km)
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out more European retreats in Hvar now!


Fykiada Retreats, Greece

Fykiada boutique retreat organizes exclusive luxury yoga retreats Europe trips on the Greek islands in high-end locations a with world-acclaimed yoga teacher selection. From cosmopolitan Mykonos to the otherworldly scenery of Koufonisia and the authentic island of Kythnos, each retreat is one of a kind and tailored to the needs of the group. What makes the greek retreats even more special, is the fact that Fykiada Retreats is run by two girls, Anna & Eranthi, who are island experts and take care of every single detail. From a selection of stunning seaside locations to stylish interiors, conscious welcome gifts, and local touches, everything promises that you'll be taken excellent care of.

Activities at Fykiada include sea-kayaking to hidden beaches, hiking to ancient temples, private sailing to sacred islands, food workshops, dinner to local tavernas and live music are always part of the special experience that it's offered.

Fykiada Retreats collaborates with international yoga teachers who provide unforgettable trips, amazing yoga retreats, and high-quality learning experience.


Duration: various
Price: Depends on duration
Closest Airport: Depends on location
Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request

Check out retreats at Fykiada now!


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30 Best Eco-Friendly Travel Products

The best eco-friendly travel products are the ones that help you save money, reduce waste and your carbon footprint, and stay connected to your values. I’m all about making travel easier and more sustainable. This roundup of the best eco-friendly travel products will show you a few of my favorite sustainable travel hacks to make your next adventure a breeze!

You’ll find out why I love bamboo toothbrushes, how to quit using plastic while traveling, and other ways to travel sustainably without sacrificing comfort or convenience. I’ve covered it all, from reusable water bottles to solar-powered battery packs. This list of eco-friendly products will help you live greener and travel better.

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The Importance of Sustainable Travel

Sustainable travel is important for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is that it’s essential to keep our planet and everything living on it healthy and safe. Tourism is responsible for approximately 8% of the world’s carbon emissions.

It’s estimated that a single tourist vacation generates an average of 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year. While this may not seem like a big deal by itself, add up all those individuals each year and it’s staggering enough to make an impact. So if you're a frequent traveler, please be aware of your environmental impact.

Waste from tourists alone has become such an issue in some popular destinations that locals petition to reduce or completely eliminate tourism. If each individual does his or her part to keep these areas clean and reduce their own waste, we can keep traveling (sustainably) for years to come.


Eco-Friendly Toiletries


Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo Toothbrush
  • WHY CHOOSE GREENZLA? We've put together the perfect pack of 4 charcoal bamboo toothbrushes, charcoal and mint-essence dental floss in its own glass jar plus a bamboo toothbrush case for easy, clean and neat storage and travel. This natural dental kit is gentle enough to be used by all members of the family to improve and maintain oral hygiene.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY & ZERO WASTE. Our eco-friendly toothbrushes are made from sustainably sourced materials that are soft & springy to use, so you wonÕt damage your gums with harsh brushing. Our charcoal mint dental floss cleans hard-to-reach areas of the mouth to maintain healthy gums. And our BPA-free, charcoal-infused bristles help to remove stains from teeth and keep them sparkling and white.
  • A COMPLETE DENTAL HYGIENE KIT. Not just for home use, your new bamboo toothbrush can be safely and hygienically sealed inside the bamboo tube holder, while your charcoal dental floss comes sealed hygienically inside a glass jar, so theyre perfect for travel. Whether youre heading off on a long trip or just an overnighter, pop your dental brush and dental floss into your toiletries bag, suitcase or backpack and youre ready to go.
  • NATURAL MATERIAL - We use only responsibly sourced natural materials for our dental care pack. Our bamboo toothbrushes, dental floss and bamboo travel holder are all additive, coloring, and BPA-free, so theyÕre better for you and better for the planet too.
  • QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST - With Greenzla, you know youre buying a brand of natural quality that you can trust. We specialize in products that are not only eco-friendly, but work exactly as stated _ thats the Greenzla guarantee to you. Even our packaging is recycled and biodegradable! Absolutely love our products - or well give you your money back.

Bamboo toothbrushes are awesome eco friendly alternatives to plastic brushes. It’s not only an eco-friendly travel product, but also something worth investing in for home daily use. The kit comes with four toothbrushes, a wooden carrying case for travel, and a glass jar of charcoal floss. The handle is super-durable and the soft charcoal bristles provide effective cleaning power. The entire thing is zero waste!


Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste Tablets
  • 3 Month Supply - The future of oral care - No Plastic, No Waste, No SLS, No GMO, No Nonsense - Just 100% Eco Friendly, Natural, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Recyclable, Super Effective, Mega Minty Mouth Toothpaste (exactly the same as traditional toothpaste just tablet form, not plastic tube)
  • Super easy to use! - Pop a tablet in your mouth, chew for 15 seconds and feel the fresh foam fulminate your entire mouth. Brush as normal (dentists recommend 2 minutes), spit and rinse. Repeat twice daily for the best possible results.
  • All the ingredients for the healthiest teeth! - We follow the advice from the overwhelming majority of dentists and have included a healthy 1450ppm Fluoride per tablet. Full ingredients list in the description.
  • Cleanest and freshest mouth feel ever! - Our tablets are infused with natural mint flavour which give you the dentist clean feel after every use. Great for the home and perfect for travelling, you can take your GloBoid toothpaste tablets wherever you go.
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee! At GloBoid our #1 priority is your happiness. If you're not happy, neither are we. We stand by our product 100%, so if you're not satisfied we will do whatever it takes to change this. Whether it be refund, new product or both, we will make it our mission to give you only the best experience - no questions asked.

These toothpaste tablets contain activated charcoal, fluoride, and 180 pieces all conveniently packaged in a zero-waste container. Not to mention, they taste good, are vegan/cruelty-free, and environmentally safe. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality, as these tablets do just as good a job as your tube toothpaste at home. Enjoy fresh breath, a clean mouth, whitening, and strong teeth while doing your part to eliminate plastic waste.


Bar Shampoo & Conditioner

Bar Shampoo & Conditioners
  • ✔️HIGHEST QUALITY AND NATURAL CARE! Being 100% organic and eco-friendly these shampoo bars are made of high quality all natural ingredients! Cold pressed to achieve the best quality these cute solid bars will naturally treat and restore your hair to its original shiny state without stripping it while the added conditioner effect will make your hair soft and light as a petal! You will notice a difference in the way your wet hair feels after washing!
  • ✔️100% ECO-FRIEDNLY AND TRAVEL-FRIENDLY! These shampoo bars do not contain any chemicals or preservatives that can damage your hair while our packaging is 100% biodegradable and recycling! Their compact size and lightweight making these shampoo bars perfect choice for travel camping airplane or on the road helping you take a good care of your hair while being 100% waste free!
  • ✔️PACK OF 4 FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY! This pack of shampoo bars comes with 4 unique essences – Lavender, Honey, Seaweed and Chamomile! Designed for all ages, our organic approach of plant-based butters and essential oils such as shea butter cocoa butter cocoa oil olive oil etc…makes these compact hair soaps a smart and safe choice for your kids as well! Each pack will last a person between 4 to 6 months! That’s approximately 2-3 bottles worth of shampoo!
  • ✔️ZERO WASTE IS OUR MISSION! Green Earth is our goal! Everything from our products to our packaging is sourced with big care and consideration! We understand that millions shampoo and conditioner bottles are being thrown away each year in the U.S. Our focus and determination are fighting the plastic waste and being part of the solution to stop it for rocketing That is why our products are always 100% plastic and metal free, made of organic ingredients and zero-waste packaging!
  • ✔️100% SATISFACTION OR MONEY BACK! Our Shampoo bars are 100 Organic and our packaging is 100% recyclable! We love using them and we know you will love them too! If for any reason or no reason at all you decide to return them we will refund you 100%!

The latest craze in travel toiletries has to be the shampoo bars and conditioner bars that are now available. Many brands are producing these, as not only are they more environmentally friendly and zero waste, but they also help with that pesky problem of liquid toiletries in carry-on luggage.


Biodegradable Soap

Biodegradable Soap
  • REFRESH YOUR SKIN: Drench your skin in the hydrating blend of coconut and essential oils for a radiant complexion. Our moisturizing bar soap is balanced for all skin types, and its non-irritating formula can be used on your face, body, and hands.. The Vitamin E helps lock in moisture for that fresh, silky feel all day long
  • A GENTLE CLEAN: Our bath soap  is consciously crafted with nourishing biodegradable  ingredients. This gentle, cruelty-free bar soap is safe for all skin types. Find serenity in the shower with your eco-conscious bath soap bars
  • REVITALIZING SCENTS: Five scented soap bars for you to choose from: Lemongrass, Grapefruit Basil, Juniper Sandalwood, Sea Spray & Aloe, Sweet Honeysuckle. Discover the fragrance that is right for you with these soaps for women and men
  • LATHER UP: Forget the days of dry, cracked skin. Our soaps lather quickly for a lasting clean and fresh feeling. The replenishing  blend of essential oils helps scrub away dirt without stripping moisture from your skin
  • SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY: Our bar of soap is wrapped in low-waste, paper-based, 100% recyclable packaging, for a plastic-free and responsible clean. Indulge yourself in sustainability without sacrifice

While some people think that biodegradable soap is only necessary when camping, it’s definitely environmentally beneficial to use it during your regular showers and baths as well. The chemicals in normal soap are almost impossible to break down naturally, leading to pollution of water sources. Whether you’re camping or hiking, live in a house with a septic or sewer system, biodegradable soap is ideal for keeping yourself and our water clean.


Zero Waste Deodorant

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Zero Waste Deodorant
  • 4+ MONTHS SUPPLY LASTS MUCH LONGER THAN OTHER BRANDS of natural deodorant; this 2 pack includes a total 3.7 ounces, one full size stick for your bathroom and one travel size for on the go
  • MINI DEODORANT IS PERFECT FOR TRAVEL and fits in your handbag, gym bag or backpack; enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of applying fresh scent to your armpits at any time
  • PLASTIC FREE VEGAN DEODORANT WITH 100% COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING in eco-friendly, zero waste biodegradable cardboard push up tubes
  • GENTLE MAGNESIUM & BAKING SODA FORMULA; natural moisture absorbing and odor neutralizing ingredients that work even on sensitive skin for effective protection from smelly underarms
  • NO STINK & NO NASTIES – FEEL CONFIDENT with aluminum free deodorant with no parabens, phthalates, triclosan, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, soy or talc

Whether you’re used to using bar deodorant or the spray kind, both produce a lot of waste. This Natural Deodorant stick set comes with a full and a travel size, and comes in 100% compostable packaging. Plus, it’s aluminum-free!


Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Reef-Safe Sunscreen
  • REVOLUTIONARY SUN CREAM :: Moisturizing reef safe sunscreen SPF 50, waterproof for up to 80 minutes whether in the sand, sun, sea or surf. Strong broad spectrum mineral based sun protection from UVA / UVB rays to help protect you from sun burn and DNA damage. PA+++
  • CORAL REEF SAFETY :: Reef Repair sun cream is a (non nano) Zinc Oxide based reef safe sunscreen that is 100% Oxybenzone free, Octinoxate free & completely chemical free. Safe for marine and aquatic life including our delicate coral reefs, guaranteed to protect!
  • INGREDIENT SAFETY :: Reef Repair sunscreens are 100% Paraben free, Silicone free & Titanium Dioxide free, providing proven sun & skin safety for you and your family. Our A+ grade Zinc Oxide mineral sunblock gives you the strongest UV protection available. Daily application is now fun and easy.
  • ULTRA CLEAR :: Non Sticky, non oily water based & biodegradable mineral sunscreen. Applies transparently with almost no rubbing and spreads evenly on your skin. No white cast or ghosting effect like other natural physical sunblocks. Does not leave sticky or greasy feeling on your skin and will not cause excessive sweating.
  • OTHER BENEFITS :: Our 100% natural reef safe sunscreen is a revolutionary layer of sun protection and moisturisation for new, sensitive or damaged skin. All natural, organic and reef safe formula with bonus ingredients like red raspberry seed and coconut oil for extra sun care protection.

If you’re planning on doing some snorkeling or diving on your trip, be sure your sunscreen is safe for our reefs and marine life. Regular sunscreen contains chemicals and small particles that are known to damage or bleach coral reefs. Mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which do not cause coral bleaching. This sunscreen is reef-safe, all-natural, water-resistant, SPF 50, and biodegradable.


Menstrual Cup

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Menstrual Cup
  • 100% Happiness Promise. We are so confident that you’ll love our products that we back them all with our Happiness Promise. This means if you aren’t totally satisfied, we will make it right. Either a full refund or a replacement product. We’ve got you.
  • Period Freedom. Pixie is a reusable silicone cup that collects your monthly discharge or menstrual flow. Inserted similar to a tampon, Pixie Cup sits in the vaginal canal comfortably with no odor, leaks or risk of TSS. Easy removal and leak-free periods means no period blood stains! Also works as a conception cup!
  • Works for Every Woman. You can wear Pixie Feminine Cups for 12 consecutive hours before you clean or reinsert. Whether you're an active teenager who enjoys sports or a busy mom, you can enjoy every part of life while you run, swim, or dance. We have a menstrual cup for you while in motion or in your sleep.
  • Works for Every Woman. You can wear Pixie Feminine Cups for 12 consecutive hours before you clean or reinsert. Whether you're an active teenager who enjoys sports or a busy mom, you can enjoy every part of life while you run, swim, or dance. We have a menstrual cup for you while in motion or in your sleep.
  • Buy One, Give One. Every time you purchase a Pixie Cup, a cup is donated to a woman in need. Here at Pixie, our goal is for every woman to have access to period products and you can help us! With help from people like you, we’ve donated 135,000+ Pixie Cups so far!

Something I have been using since my teens that gets rid of so much waste and necessary single-use plastic applicators. Definitely a must have!


Refillable Toiletry Bottles

Refillable Toiletry Bottles
  • [ Travel Bottles Set]Amphism colorful travel bottle set come with 4pcs 3oz silicone cosmetic container. These travel containers suit for pura d'or toiletries ,shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions,hand sanitizer gel, hand soap and other thicker liquids.
  • [100 percent Leak Proof Travel Bottles]Take it with you and go travel! These squeezable travel containers are soft and flexible, each travel bottle comes with 3-layer sealing cap and non-drip valve, offers protection to your luggage and cloths.
  • [Refillable & Safety silicone]Our refillable travel tubes are made of food grade silicone ,designed for safety and convenience. Food-safe travel toiletry containers, pliable but durable silicone, usable for salad dressing, ketchup ,mustard etc.
  • [Easy to fill and clean]Easy to refill due to the large opening mouth of the travel containers set when unscrewing the cap and easy to squeeze out. You can easily clean these toiletry containers by soaking in warm soapy water .
  • [Used Widely]Perfect for business or personal travel, activity, outdoors, and more. Also could be a perfect gift for your girlfriend, wife, and family.

Not ready to make the transition to bar toiletries? The next best thing you can do is invest in some refillable bottles, in lieu of purchasing a bunch of travel-sized items to bring on your trip. These silicone bottles, while not perfect, are much better than their plastic counterparts. Silicone is more durable and less harmful to the environment than plastic. It is better at resisting heat and cold than plastic, and it lasts longer. If burned, silicone turns to harmless silica, carbon dioxide, and water (unlike plastic which releases toxins).


Reusable Razor

One impactful habit to adopt is doing away with disposable razors! First of all, they really don’t do a good job, particularly with dense or coarse hair. As a woman with thick coarse blood, they never did it for me anyway. These safety razors are for men or women, made of metal and bamboo, are super-durable, and all you have to do is purchase razor refills.


At-Home IPL

At-Home IPL
  • 【Sapphire Advanced Cooling 】The built-in dvanced sapphire technology can fits the skin perfectly. That can effectively reduce the temperature to relieve pain and protect the epidermis.
  • 【Permanent Hair Removal】The laser hair removal device emits a light that is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the hair follicles that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
  • 【9 Levels & 2 Modes】1-9 Adjustable energy level suitable for most skin and hair.The higher the energy level the better the hair removal effect, please start from low to high. This Hair removal device has 2 modes, just long press the flash button to adjust the mode that suits your hair removal area.Auto mode is suitable for large area hair removal, it saves more time.
  • 【3 Functions & LCD Tunch Screen】The laser hair removal Upgraded 3 functions: (HR), (SR) and (AC) . With this professional device, you can achieve the effect of beauty salon at home. Smart LCD screen just need touch the screen to adjust the mode and level you need;that clearly display the remaining times, modes and levels.
  • 【Economical Whole Body Treatment At Home】 Compared to the large costs of salon on hair removal, this laser hair removal can get the same result with less costs.And is more safety and gentle for skin.Upgraded 999900 flashes enough for 9-11 individuals' whole body hair removal. It’s life time purchase.

When I tell you this is the best purchase I’ve made in the past five years (at least), I’m not exaggerating. After I started using this at-home IPL, I went from having to shave daily to once every two weeks. And almost as cool as that fact alone, it’s zero-waste. I go through far less razor cartridges using this bad boy.

It’s expensive, but so unbelievably worth it. In addition to its environmental benefits, just imagine having a beach vacation and not having to shave your bikini line every day!


Biodegradable Dental Floss

Biodegradable Dental Floss
  • ✔️ AFTER THE SUCCESS OF OUR TOOTHBRUSH KIT NOW YOU CAN BUY JUST THE FLOSS. WE SELL IN CRAFT FAIRS AND ARTISAN MARKETS NOW ON AMAZON - Feel guilt free buying this 100% Biodegradable VEGAN Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss with Refillable Glass Container + Free Refill - Natural Candelilla Wax and Peppermint Essential Oil. Floss length is 33yds x2 from a Family Owned Company who really helps the environment.
  • ✔️ VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE unlike silk floss - Our ECO FLOSS is 100% Biodegradable, made from Bamboo Charcoal Fiber so it breaks down in approximately 60-90 days. Packaging is all recyclable or biodegradable.
  • ✔️ AMAZING DEAL 2-PACK OF THE BEST FLOSS (EVER) - Help the environment while using a high quality product. Our ECO FLOSS is extremely easy to use, comfortable and soothing to your gums.
  • ✔️ OUR COMMITMENT TO MOTHER EARTH - We donate 10% of our profits to ocean and environmental conservation, so your purchase TAKES ACTION. Our packaging is also 100% recyclable and plastic-free. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we will make it right or process a refund.
  • ✔️ CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PLASTIC-FREE PRODUCTS - Click "add to cart" for our ECO FLOSS and try our PREMIUM Collapsible Straw & Foldable Spork Kit before checkout. We are constantly developing convenient products to avoid plastic in our daily lives. Mother Earth Thanks you.

For biodegradable, natural, organic, eco-friendly, zero waste dental floss, look no further! This charcoal floss comes in a glass jar which you can reuse for pretty much anything, and paper packaging. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free!


Biodegradable Cotton Swabs

Biodegradable Cotton Swabs
  • ALL-NATURAL TRUSTED BRAND : Every Q Tip is 100% Organic and every cotton bud is uniquely made with ultra-soft, hand-spun All-Natural cotton. We take the environmental friendliness of our Bamboogaloo toothbrushes very seriously so each of them are made from vegan materials sourced from nature!
  • ORGANIC BAMBOO : Every Cotton swab is made from natural fast growing and sustainable Bamboo. We guarantee premium, quality, smooth and splitter-free because each of our bamboo sticks is heat treated, which assists with water resistance.
  • 100% BIODEGRADABLE: Our Bamboogaloo cotton swabs are 100% Biodegradable & Eco-Friendly. Every product is guaranteed to be Hygienic, Safe and made of Natural materials. It comes in 100% Plant Cellulose wrapping. There is zero plastic in any of this wrapping.
  • TRIED & TESTED, THEN APPROVED : Our cotton buds are 100% Natural - all of the packaging and Cotton swabs are BPA-Free & Plastic-Free. Every part of this product and its packaging is also absolutely Compostable & Sustainably Sourced.
  • KEEP DANCING GUARANTEE : We stand behind every All-Natural & Organic Bamboogaloo product! Our service has been tried & tested for years, and we always make sure each customer is happy with your Bamboogaloo product. We are sure our Guarantee will Keep You Dancing!

These zero waste, biodegradable, organic, vegan cotton swabs are perfect for travel or home. The pack comes with 1,000 and uses sustainably sourced materials.


Reusable Makeup Wipes

Reusable Makeup Wipes
  • 2 in 1: Erase & Exfoliate - Use the short fiber side to erase makeup in gentle circular motions then flip to the long fiber side (side with tag) to exfoliate the skin. Continue in gentle circular motions for flawless skin
  • Bye Bye Makeup Wipes Forever! The Original MakeUp Eraser is a premium, patented, polyester cloth made up of millions of tiny hair-like fibers that work together to create a "suction" for all dirt, makeup, & oil in your pores
  • Our Mission: MakeUp Eraser is dedicated to creating the most sustainable makeup removal product in the world by using only the most accessible resource available: WATER. We truly believe we can eliminate the 3rd most wasteful product in the world: WIPES
  • Game-changing Benefits: 1 MakeUp Eraser is equal to 3600 makeup wipes! No added chemicals. Free of alcohol, oils, astringents, parabens, fragrances, & sulfates. Reusable, machine washable, & lasts 3-5 years. Great for sensitive skin & dermatologist approved
  • Wipes Create Waste, We Don’t: Together, let's stop creating unnecessary waste & save Mother Earth one less makeup wipe at a time

My mom got this for me for Christmas a few years ago, and initially, I wasn’t too impressed. After using it, however, it’s a must-have when traveling (or staying home, for that matter). All you do is wet the cloth (no soap needed!) and it removes any waterproof eye makeup, foundation, red lipstick, or other makeup that can be difficult to remove. And of course, zero waste! It’s also hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Win!


Deet-Free Bugspray

Deet-Free Bugspray
  • EFFECTIVELY REPELS - NO NATZ is proven to work very well against gnats, no-see-ums, sand gnats, mosquitos, and biting flies. Developed in 2002 on the Wilmington River and marshes of Savannah, Georgia; also tested on Turkey Creek in Dublin, Georgia where the mosquitos are as big as small birds; NONATZ knows gnats!
  • Hand-Crafted Safe Formula - NO NATZ is a hand-crafted formula made with the finest essential oils including: rosemary oil, lemongrass oil, geranium oil, citronella oil, olive oil and coconut oil. Not only is NO NATZ DEET-Free, it is hypoallergenic and safe on synthetics. With our non-greasy formula and pleasant fragrance, you won’t even know you’re wearing it.
  • Best Seller - NO NATZ has become the best-selling personal bug spray available across the United States. Why? Because it really works, and it smells good. Just shake, spray and start enjoying the outdoors again.
  • Perfectly Portable - Don’t you hate not having bug spray when you need it? With NO NATZ that problem is solved. We offer this very effective formula in a variety of sizes with the smallest being a 2oz pump spray bottle that will fit nicely into your pocket, purse or backpack. Annoying gnats are now a thing of the past.
  • About The NONATZ Company – The NONATZ Company is not a big corporation with hundreds of employees, it’s a small family operation with unique ideas. We are a Veteran owned business and can proudly say our products are made in America. We stand behind all our products. If for any reason you are not satisfied, please immediately contact us and we will things right.

This natural insect repellant works for up to six hours against mosquitos and up to four hours against ticks (including deer ticks). It’s made of natural ingredients such as lemon and eucalyptus oil, is free from parabens and phthalates, and smells surprisingly good.


Clothes, Laundry, & Stuff To Wear


Eco-Friendly Detergent

Eco-Friendly Detergent
  • ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING POWER: Concentrated powdered laundry soap works on all your laundry, from high-tech fabrics to delicates, washing away smells, stains, and left-behind residue from previous detergents.
  • HYPOALLERGENIC: Washing soda and powerful, natural ingredients work together to deep clean, rinse from fabrics completely, and leave nothing on your clothes. The fragrance-free formula is ideal for those with sensitive skin and will not cover stains or odors with artificial brighteners or perfumes. Our powder laundry detergent is safe for hand washing.
  • CLOTH DIAPER FRIENDLY: This detergent is safe to use on baby fabrics, effectively deep cleaning cloth diapers and other baby clothes between wears perfect along with your other baby essentials .
  • LESS IS MORE: Each bag contains just four ingredients and one tablespoon per dose. No suds, just a deep clean that leaves fabric fresh and soft and your washing machine cleaner by removing old laundry detergents left deep in your machine.
  • EPA SAFER CHOICE CERTIFIED: Charlie’s Soap laundry soap and our other sustainable products are certified safer for the environment and is septic safe. The eco-friendly formula helps remove fats, oils, greases, and odors from sewer lines, saving your town money and water making it the perfect laundry solution.

If you’re planning on doing laundry during your travels, this is one of the best eco-friendly travel products to bring. These zero-plastic detergent sheets are perfect for taking with you on the road since there’s no liquid involved! No plastic to worry about, either! Instead, these sheets are a natural, septic-safe, biodegradable, vegan way to clean clothes while traveling. One sheet is good for two loads of laundry, and the pack comes with 16 sheets. It’s hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin, as well!


Eco-Friendly Sandals

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Eco-Friendly Sandals
  • Yoga Mat footbed with arch support
  • Rubber sole
  • Made in USA
  • Platform measures approximately 0.25 inches
  • Heel measures approximately 0.5"

Ever since I found these sandals sometime back in 2016, they’re all I wear during the summer. I do wear different styles of Sanuks, such as the Yoga Sling, but the brand, in general, is by far the most comfortable I’ve ever tried. I have wide feet, so finding comfortable shoes is always an issue. The sole is made of rubber, they are vegan and cruelty-free.


Washing Bag

Washing Bag
  • FAST & CONVENIENT: The patented washboard-in-a-bag design gives a machine quality wash in just minutes and you can wash anywhere – perfect for hotels, hostels, camping, backpacking, dorm rooms, RVs and scout trips.
  • SO SMALL AND LIGHT: Weighing just 5.3 oz. and folding to pocket-size, this world’s smallest washing machine takes up no space and lets you travel clean, light and free.
  • EASY TO USE: Space, water and time-saving, and electricity free. With the simple six-step instructions displayed on the outside of the bag, anyone can wash clothes quickly, hygienically, and effectively and reduce their impact on the environment
  • VERSATILE & MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Ideal for small to medium loads including T-shirts, underwear, socks, bras, delicates, dishcloths and more. Between washes use it as a dry bag to keep gear dry or as a dirty laundry bag.
  • JOIN 300,000+ SCRUBBA WASH BAG USERS WORLDWIDE: Grab yours and travel cleaner, lighter and with more freedom. Plus have the peace of mind that it’s backed by our 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. If something goes wrong, we will make it right.

Taking this ultra-portable machine on the road is a breeze. Scrubba Washing Bag allows you to travel lighter, saves time, money, and water. It’s a convenient pocket-sized travel companion. In many ways, it is more hygienic than hand washing and twice as effective.

Travelers, backpackers, hikers, backpackers and holiday-makers all over the world have experienced first-hand the quality wash provided by the Scrubba internal washboard.


Eco-Friendly Travel Towel

Eco-Friendly Travel Towel
  • ECO FRIENDLY: 100% Organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified so you can be sure this peshtemal towel is good for both yourself and the environment. Made by local artisans in Turkey. LARGE size at 37 x 69 Inches.
  • ALL IN ONE TOWEL: For use as your beach, bathroom, hammam, pool, gym, spa, travelling or camping towel. You can even wear it as a blanket, shawl, sarong, scarf or pareo. Lightweight, folds small + SAND DOESN'T STICK!
  • QUICK DRY & ABSORBENT: High quality luxury hammam towel made with a quick drying and highly absorbent weave. Soft & comforting fabric made into eye catching designs.
  • SUPPORT MARINE CONSERVATION - 10% of profits will be donated to marine conservation via Sea Shepherd.
  • RISK FREE PURCHASE: If for some reason you don’t love our towels then let us know within 30 days of receiving your item and we will give you your money back - no questions asked.

This Turkish multi-use towel is a great thing for travel. Despite its large size, it folds up to be quite compact. It is eco-friendly and made from natural materials, vegan and cruelty-free. It’s made of 100% organic cotton and is Oeko-Tex certified. Its quick-dry and absorbent qualities make it perfect for use while traveling. And, to top it all off, a percentage of sales is donated to Surfers Against Sewage and Sea Shepherd nonprofits.


Luggage, Backpacks, & Packing Accessories


Cruelty-Free Hiking Backpack

Cruelty-Free Hiking Backpack
  • Large, lockable U-zip duffel-style access to main compartment - 40L total volume
  • Meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines (Size X-Small/Small: 19.3H X 13.8W X 8D inches)
  • Lockable zipper access to padded laptop & tablet sleeve (fits up to most 15" laptops)
  • Stowaway backpanel, shoulder straps and hipbelt with zippered rear flap for protection
  • Two front mesh waterbottle pocket

The 40L Osprey Fairview is the perfect eco-friendly option for a hiking trip. Osprey is widely renowned for their quality backpacks, and the Fairview is no different. Padded, adjustable shoulder straps and a hip belt make this one of the most comfortable options out there, as well – plus its ventilated padded back panel to keep you cool. For smaller trips, there is a detachable day pack, too! Made of entirely cruelty-free materials. Check out my post on the best travel backpacks for more ideas!


Eco-Friendly Luggage

Eco-Friendly Luggage
  • Has a Weight of 3.92 kg and a Capacity of 72.9 liters
  • Zipper Closure, 1 main compartment, 2 front zipper pockets and interior pockets
  • Multi-directional 4-wheel Saguaro system, Ergonomic handle with release button
  • Medium Black Recycled plastic bottles Luggage Bag
  • Product Dimensions: 29in (H) x 19in (L) x 11in (W)

One of the best eco-friendly travel products you could invest in is eco-friendly luggage, of course! With its reputation for sustainable products and durability coupled with the fact that this line is made entirely out of recycled water bottles, you can’t go wrong with the Samsonite Eco Lite Spinner. Part of eco-friendly luggage is luggage that withstands extensive travel without needing to continually replace your suitcase! Samsonite is one of the top luggage brands for a reason, with global lifetime warranty and authorized Samsonite repair centers.


Eco-Friendly Packing Cubes

Have you started using packing cubes yet? No? What are you waiting for!? I love using packing cubes because I can organize my clothes by outfit, by article of clothing (undies, shirts, etc.), or by portion of the trip (if part of the trip is hiking and part is sight-seeing, for example). They keep your belongings organized and easily accessible. These packing cubes by Northern Olive are made from organic cotton, an eco-friendly and more sustainable alternative to nylon or polyester cubes.


Recreation & Electronics


Kindle

Kindle
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath. Your Kindle has been tested to withstand accidental immersion in water.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

Anyone who knows me knows I am (was) so proud of my epic book collection. I could go to a bookstore and literally spend hours sitting in the aisles and browsing, afterward spending hundreds of dollars. I love knowledge and love to read non-fiction. It makes me feel more confident in voicing my (strong) opinions, knowing what the fuck I’m talking about, haha.

However, in January 2014 I sold them all, except for a few favorites I left at my mom's to keep for me when I took off for Asia. Now I stick with a Kindle, which isn’t as satisfying as turning a page, but far more travel- and eco-friendly. The Kindle Paperwhite is the best option for me. It’s thin, light, waterproof, and has different storage options. Plus, I don’t need to mention how much paper it saves.


Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mat

Eco-Friendly Travel Yoga Mat
  • PORTABLE: The Voyager() yoga mat by JadeYoga is thin, lightweight, durable, and ready to travel. It weighs about 1 1/2 pounds and, at only 1/16" thick, folds up to about the size of a yoga block, making the Jade Voyager() yoga mat perfect for gym bags, carry-on luggage, and backpacks.
  • NON-SLIP: Natural, open-cell rubber provides far better grip than synthetic yoga mats. The superior traction of a JadeYoga mat helps you hold your poses. The extra slim Voyager() mat provides more stability for better balance. The Voyager() makes the perfect exercise mat for men, women, and anyone looking for a nature-friendly and slip-resistant workout mat.
  • NATURAL MATERIALS: Jade yoga mats are made from entirely toxin-free materials with no PVC, phthalates, heavy metals, or other harsh chemicals. Easy to clean, we recommend JadeYoga's plant-based Mat Wash, so you can spend more time focusing on your yoga practice.
  • SUSTAINABLE RUBBER: JadeYoga mats are made in the USA with imported rubber that is carefully sourced with the future in mind. Our yoga mats are made from natural rubber, tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource.
  • BE THE CHANGE: Jade is committed to giving back to the earth with every mat sold. We want to leave the earth a better place than when we found it. As Jade mats come from trees, we decided to give back by planting a tree for every mat sold. And since 2006, through our partnership with Trees for the Future, we have done just that, planting over two million trees so far.

There are a ton of eco-friendly yoga mats out there that I absolutely love, but for travel, I prefer the Jade Voyager. Actually, Jade has two different travel yoga mats – the Voyager and the original Travel Mat. The Voyager is slightly thinner and weighs a little less, which I prioritize when traveling. For any other traveling yogis out there, this is one of the best sustainable travel products to have.

Both are made of natural rubber, which comes from trees. To offset this, for every mat sold, Jade Yoga plants a tree! That’s right, since 2006, they’ve planted over 1,000,000 trees!


Solar Lantern

Solar Lantern
  • Bright solar powered lantern with 75 lumens of LED light. Multiple brightness settings make it a perfect indoor or outdoor light.
  • Lightweight, inflatable, collapsible, waterproof (IP67), shatterproof, and dustproof. Completely safe for children.
  • Great for camping, hiking, fishing, emergency preparedness, patio parties/picnics, fun in the pool, and more. Makes a perfect gift.
  • Long Battery Life - Up to 24 hours of light when battery is fully charged. No additional batteries needed!
  • Two Ways To Recharge (Solar & USB) - Recharges in approximately 10 hours of direct outdoor sunlight or by micro USB input (cord included) in 1-2 hours.

This solar-powered lantern is a great product to have on-hand for hiking, camping, or at home for emergency preparedness. In the event that sunlight is low, it’s also chargeable by USB (cord is included). It’s also inflatable and waterproof, so don’t worry about it getting wet!


Solar Charger

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Solar Charger
  • 25000mAh High Capacity: The solar power bank charges up 8-10 times for your phone and 3-4 times for your tablet, and it can be used for 9 days on average per charge.
  • 4 Large Solar Panels: This solar charger comes with 4 high-performance solar panels that can reach 6W in direct sunlight to keep your phone up and running even in places without electricity.
  • Fast Charging: With the upgraded 15W outputs, the portable solar charger can fast charge an iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes. One USB C port and dual USB A ports achieve the simultaneous charging for three devices.
  • Built for Outdoors: Rugged construction is dust, shock and splash resistant, you can hang it on a backpack or put it in a bag when camping, hiking. Built in a bright LED flashlight, perfect for power outages and other emergencies.
  • 2.5X Recharging: The USB C port supports both input and output. A full recharge will take about only 8 hours with a PD fast charger (not included). Internal security system protects your device from damage.

This is a great solar charger to have handy. There are four solar panels, making it much more efficient than most others on the market, who seem to use solar charging as a backup and not a primary energy source. There is also a micro-USB to use for charging in the event that sunshine is lacking. The design is rugged, durable, and waterproof, making it perfect for camping or other adventure activities.


Eco-Friendly Food & Beverage Accessories


Collapsible Cups

Collapsible Cups
  • ➤ [Product Information]- Please recognize your collapsible cups are sold by Infree official store, to Ensure high quality product and premium after-sale service. Our 2 pack travel cups come with 2 straws. The size of cups before folding is 2.16*6.29.3.81(In) and after folding is 2.16*2.16*3.81(In).
  • ➤ [Tips]- First, please make sure the lid and hole are totally sealed after the cup is full of drinks. Second, don't put the cup in your backpack when the cup is full of drinks, because vigorous shaking may lead to loosening of the plug.
  • ➤ [Safe Material & New Upgrade Version]- Infree collapsible travel cup added a anti-scald ring for safety. Besides, we increase one more collapsible layer to enlarge the capacity. Our collapsible travel cup made of food grades silicone, plastic lid. It is easy to clean, non-toxic, odorless, non-staining, durable, flexible & reusable, safer and larger than similar products in the market.
  • ➤ [Awesome Design]- Our portable travel folding silicone cup comes with D shape hiking hook. It is easy to be hung on the bag of a connective hand rope and portable hook. space saving and only 2.16 inches when collapsed, fits well in your pocket, purse, backpack, suitcase and takes up no space, ideal for outdoor hiking, camping, travel, and sport events. Also perfect using in office as coffee cup.
  • ➤ [Recyclable and Easy to Clean] - Our cups are safe, durable and easy to carry. It is very suitable for outing and camping. The cups can be washed by a dishwasher and the plastic cup sleeve on the cup is removable.

The Crenics set comes with two collapsible food-grade Silicone cups, each holding up to 19oz (550ml). They are lidded and even have a mini-carabiner to attach to your bag. Perfect if you’re traveling as a couple or want an extra to keep at home. As a bonus, it can be used as an eco-friendly, portable water dish for your pet! If you’re someone who really likes to drink from a straw, don’t forget to also purchase some reusable, eco-friendly reusable straw instead of plastic straws. I find it so much nicer to sip on a metal straw anyway.


Organic Shopping Bags

Organic Shopping Bags
  • LARGE CAPACITY: These large bags measure 18”W x 14.25”H.
  • 100% ORGANIC COTTON: Made from eco friendly, biodegradable organic cotton
  • MULTI USE: These bags are perfect for groceries, the beach, shopping, the pool, travel and much more.
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: Hand sewn with the highest quality organic cotton, these bags are made to last.
  • MACHINE WASHABLE: Wash on cold gentle cycle, hang to dry.

These organic cotton reusable shopping bags are perfect for travel or home use. I’m from the Canada, where you generally only have a ‘paper or plastic’ option – of course the paper bags break easily, are not reusable, and I don’t even need to go into the harmful effects of the plastics.

Now, living in Europe, you are not given grocery bags automatically, you have to pay for them. This is great for dissuading people from using plastic bags, but also a pain in the ass if they don’t offer cloth bags as well. These organic reusable shopping bags are great not only for groceries, but shopping of any kind. They’re durable, washable, and fold up nicely in your luggage.


Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo Cutlery
  • BAMBOO VS. Bioplastic: If you're looking for eco friendly cutlery, make sure it's made with bamboo! Genuine bamboo cutlery is truly sustainable because it is a GRASS which can be harvested in 3 years.
  • SUSTAINABLE, RENEWABLE, ORGANIC: Our bamboo disposable utensils are the better ECO FRIENDLY alternative to plastic. Bamboo is the fastest growing and most renewable sustainable plant in the world.
  • STRONG STURDY PREMIUM CRAFTSMANSHIP: Bamboo’s incredible high tensile fiber makes it the SUPERIOR material for polished tableware. Strong, smooth, reusable & recyclable.
  • MODERN, STYLISH FOR ANY OCCASION: Your guests will love this bamboo cutlery set. Perfect for parties, picnics, BBQ, camping, rustic weddings, travel or daily use. An inspiring conversation starter!
  • 300 PC Spoons

Ideal for camping, hiking, or to keep a set of cutlery on-hand while traveling, bamboo is the way to go. Bamboo is technically a grass which is super-fast growing. It’s biodegradable, compostable, organic, and durable. If you’re looking for sustainable materials, bamboo is the perfect plant and a great component of the best eco-friendly travel products.


Reusable Coffee Cup

Reusable Coffee Mug
  • Collapsible cup: It’s literally never been easier (or more fun) to bring your own reusable cup! This compact cup collapses down to just 2 inches. Whether you’re enjoying coffee or smoothies, the 12 oz Stojo is perfectly portable for your commute, camping trips, and travels. When you’re done, simply remove the heat sleeve, open the tab, and collapse it down. Leak-proof, fits standard cupholders, and get a load of that Ink Black color!
  • Handles both hot & cold: Whether it’s hot tea or iced lattes, Stojo’s food-grade premium silicone and temperature-resistant sleeve can handle it all.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe: Yup, you’re welcome. To clean your Stojo, place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Or, wash by hand. The Stojo Cup (and all Stojo products) are designed to come apart and back together again for a super deep clean. The separable parts are: heat sleeve, lid, collar, tab, and cup. (Note: our 12 oz cup does not come with a reusable straw.)
  • Safe & sound: Made from platinum food grade silicone and #5 recyclable plastic which means no BPAs, BPSs, phthalates, leads, or glues.
  • Sustainability shouldn’t mean sacrifice: In 2012, three Brooklyn dads had a caffeine-fueled idea: a collapsible, leak-proof coffee cup that makes it easy for people to say no to disposable culture (and look really, really good). Today, Stojo makes a host of ultra-portable accessories—from bottles, to bowls, to straws. They’re the ultimate planet-friendly products that make sustainable living easy.

This is another eco-friendly travel product that is great for both travel and local coffee shops use and that you'll use for a long time. In the USA especially, many to-go, disposable coffee cups are made of Styrofoam – no bueno! Use this instead for your daily coffee fix. It’s collapsible so you can easily pack it in a carry-on.


Reusable Water Bottle

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Reusable Water Bottle
  • AESTHETICS MEETS UTILITY - Sipping With Style Just Got Easier: Yomious glass drinking bottle has a sleek and chic design that is not only eye-catching and pleasing to look at but makes you crave water so much that your lips can’t help but fancy another feel of our premium prime Borosilicate glass which gives every drink an added layer of excitement, be it a super hot coffee or an ice cream shake.
  • ADVANCED IMPACT RESISTANCE - Silicon TightSleeve Shield: Ever wanted to take your favorite clear water bottle to the office, park, or gym but the thought of it instantly shattering scares you? Try switching over to Yomious glass water bottle with silicone sleeve as it is designed for sturdy impact resistance giving your ease of mind when carrying it. Truly Anywhere, Anytime.
  • RAW & NATURAL BAMBOO LID MEETS SCIENCE - Forget About Leaking Bottle Caps Ruining Your Furniture: Scared of your little fur buddies running around the house, flipping your travel water bottle, and creating a mess? Yomious reusable water bottle has a natural bamboo lid that is effectively wide mouth designed with a stainless steel insert and a commercial-grade Silicone O-Ring seal to give you spill-proof glass drinking bottles with lids.
  • SIP IN THE SUN, WORRY-FREE - Leaching & BPA-Free Glass: Stay hydrated throughout your day and leave the chemical leaching worries to us as this leak proof water bottles is engineered with prime Borosilicate glass shielding your water from harmful chemical leaching and bacterial growth to enjoy your sunny adventures peacefully.
  • GIFT A SIP BUDDY, NOT JUST ANOTHER BOTTLE - Extended Manufacturer Guarantee - Love it or your money back! If for any reason you decide this glass shaker bottle isn't what you thought it was, we offer a 90-day money-back refund so you can go ahead and try it without any risks. That’s how confident we are in our dishwasher safe reusable water bottle.

If you already know you are drinking from a safe water source, you don’t need water purification, just a reusable bottle. This one ticks all the boxes – it’s made of glass, silicone, and has a bamboo lid – all eco-friendly materials! It’s simple, straightforward, and affordable. BPA, PVC, Lead, and Cadmium-free, making it one of the safest options out there. Not to mention, it comes in a number of cute colors.


Water Purification System

Water Purification System
  • COMPACT: 16 oz. purifier bottle makes safe, clean drinking water from virtually any freshwater source
  • FAST AND EASY-TO-USEIdeal for international travelers, hikers, and emergency prep kits
  • REMOVES WATERBORNE PATHOGENS (e.g. Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Rotavirus); Bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and Protozoan Cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium)
  • AWARD WINNING [OnePress] design Just Fill from any sketchy freshwater source, then Press on a low surface (e.g. ground), then Drink safe water, anywhere
  • FILTERS particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic); zero aftertaste, eliminates bad odors, improves clarity and flavor

Here is a reusable water bottle that also acts as a water purifying system. It’s very straightforward and easy to use – plus, it kept me safe drinking river water in Ecuador! One filtration cartridge from Grayl saves the equivalent of 300 plastic bottles! Alternatively, the Steripen is a very popular option. Really, it depends on your needs and preferences. If you know you’ll be drinking from questionable sources, this is one of the most important eco-friendly travel products you could invest in.


Final Thoughts

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of sustainable travel and how it can help with environmental conservation. There are many ways to be environmentally conscious while on vacation, from packing your clothes in eco-friendly reusable bags to carrying less plastic water bottles by using refillable metal or plastic containers. I hope these tips help make your next trip a little more eco-friendly and sustainable! What is one of your favorite eco-friendly travel products that you use during your travels? Share them with us in the comments below so we can include them in our post as well!


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Your yoga Retreats Koh Phangan Guide

It’s a shame that Koh Phangan has a rap to certain only for the Full Moon Party. People from all over the world flock to the Gulf of Thailand to this pristine island to pretty much ruin it, ruin the peace, ruin the environment, and disrespect the locals. If you think I’m exaggerating, watch Trouble in paradise on Youtube. I first came to Koh Phangan a few years ago not knowing what to expect, having only heard of the Full Moon Party via Alex Garland. I ended up falling hard for what would become “my special place”. I’ve since returned numerous times, mostly for two things: the vegan food and the yoga retreats Koh Phangan.

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What does Koh Phangan evoke to you? Party or nature? Do you know that over 50% of the island is a national park? If you’ve landed on this page, I assume you’re part of the “other siders”, the peace seekers who come to Koh Phangan for the alternative community, the wellness, and the yoga. And yes – the Koh Phangan yoga retreat scene is amazing and provides a sanctuary for yogis seeking a break from the “real” world. Or perhaps this is, in fact, the real world — I certainly believe so.

When it comes to doing yoga Koh Phangan has a few too many options and it can be overwhelming. So I wanted to give you the best places Koh Phangan yoga today to help you pick your perfect Koh Phangan retreat. All yoga levels welcome, everywhere, always.

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* Where to go for yoga teacher training courses


Yoga Retreats Koh Phangan: Where to go


Pure Flow Koh Phangan Yoga

If you want to be reaaaaal secluded, in a place where you can only get to by boat and there are no cars, Pure Flow Yoga Retreats Koh Phangan is the best way to go. Traveling with purpose might be hard to achieve in today’s travel industry but The Pure Flow Yoga Koh Phangan retreat definitely offers this. The yoga studio is located in the most secluded place on earth. Pure Flow allows you to have seven or 14 days of an intimate and life-changing experience with yoga. The accommodation is surrounded by lush greeneries, decorated with simple Thai style, and jungle fauna. It also offers all the expected activities of a remote island — snorkeling, diving, hiking, kayaking, etc. While enjoying these outdoor activities and feeling completely disconnected from the rest of the world, you still get to connect with the locals and experience a real, raw and genuine Koh Phangan Retreat.

Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (21km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Thai
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Wonderland Healing Center Detox Retreats

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If you're looking for a detox center and jungle’s more your gig, this is a fab option. Wonderland Healing Center offers 4 days-long Koh Phangan retreats that’ll provide you with a wonderful plant-based experience and encourage a deeper connection, both to yourself on the yoga mat and to nature. Along with yoga, meditation, fasting and detoxing, there’s also pilates, reiki, and sound healing. Wonderland Healing Center houses a private swimming pool, herbal steam room, ocean view, and massage and spa treatments areas based on your individual needs. The spacious accommodation comes with beautiful garden and mountain views. A fantastic Koh Phangan Yoga option.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Price: €79
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (22km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Thai
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Orion Healing Center

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It's easy feeling relaxed at Orion Healing Center. With their 29 days intensive healthy living yoga retreat centre right by beautiful Sri Thanu Beach, you can really let loose and be centered. This Koh Phangan retreat offers rustic comfortable accommodation with a 5-minute walk to the beach. It is also set with a tropical natural backdrop abundant with butterflies and exotic flowers. During the course of the retreat, each guest can enjoy organic farming, cooking classes, daily yoga classes, fasting, cleansing, etc. Classes at Orion Yoga Koh Phangan suit all levels and their detox yoga sessions is specially tailored to those who are fasting and cleansing. Add to that Thai herb steam room, two yoga shalas, and an abundance of high-quality healthy vegetarian food and fresh tropical fruit and fresh juices at the Orion Café and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a retreat of a lifetime. A balanced life can be achieved through a balanced meal of healthy raw fruits, fresh salads, and delicious vegetables, I’m a strong believer in this.

Duration: 29 days, 28 nights
Price: €2,308
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner
Languages: English, Thai
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Shakti Yoga

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Shakti Yoga Koh Phangan dubs itself a sacred space for self-healing, emotional detox, and heart connection. We all need a little emotional detox, amirite? Their eight-day retreat is taught in a safe environment that is ripe for inner transformation and the cultivation of self-awareness. This Koh Phangan retreat center has a range of activities that will help you empower yourself, take control of your emotions, find your true potential, and really cultivate the art of letting go (read: not giving a shit). With their emotional detox programs, you have a chance to be one with yourself through morning walks, meditation, and daily yoga (all levels). Shakti Yoga gives allows guests to pick their own time for self-transformation by offering flexible schedules. It also has its own swimming pool for chill-out sessions and vegetarian/vegan food.

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price: €778
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (25km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Greek, Russian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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One Yoga

One Yoga Koh Phangan

One Yoga Koh Phangan offers short retreats as well as longer teacher training courses. Their vision is to offer the perfect place for the gift of yoga in a retreat-style setting without the normal distractions of everyday life. With Koh Phangan as the backdrop, that’s mission accomplished for sure. Come practice daily yoga, pranayama, deep meditation, spinal breathing, and listen to the daily talk on the process of the purification of the subtle body and stages of meditation and the cultivation of samadhi. All yoga classes and meditation sessions are optional so each person can take the retreat at whatever pace suits them. Vegetarian and vegan food is offered.

Duration: 28 days, 27 nights
Price: €871
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport (24km)

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, Finnish, French, Spanish
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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Samma Karuna

Samma Karuna Koh Phangan Yoga

Samma Karuma welcomes you beach-side in their large and beautiful yoga halls. What can sound more heavenly than taking a dip in the sea right after your daily yoga class? Possibly doing this as part of one of their many self-discovery and self-realization Koh Phangan retreats, available in six to 29 days. Samma Karuma also offers teacher training (one with a volunteering (thus reduced-cost) opportunity), ayurvedic cleanses, expressive techniques based on conscious movement and live music, cathartic techniques, Pranayama, initiation to Tantra yoga, non-dogmatic lectures on self-actualization, Qi Gong, hatha yoga, compassionate sharing and mindfulness practice. Various types of bungalows with private bathrooms are available. All vegan restaurant.

Duration: various
Price: n/a
Closest Airport: Koh Samui International Airport

Airport pick up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

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The Yoga Retreat

I’ve known The Yoga Retreat for their Ashtanga program, but they also offer Vinyasa, TTC, and detox programs. It’s a wonderfully secluded place, far away from everything (you might like to rent a scooter, which I always do when I’m in Koh Phangan anyway). Their retreats range from six to 30 days and include chanting, meditation, the yoga of your choice, a steam room, a wonderful, amazing, mouth-watering buffet, a/c private rooms with mosquito net, multilingual staff, and outdoor showers. Their accommodation offers encouragement towards the simplicity of living in the midst of natural surroundings: open your heart and your window to the tropical weather and enjoy the sound of nature. For those who wish to delve deep into the tradition of yoga, the lovely folks at the Yoga Retreat really know their shit about yoga practice, and their Ashtanga. This is of course for all levels, but more advanced yoga will 100% not be let down. Located nearby the lovely Haad Tien Bay.

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The Best Digital Nomad Visa For Remote Workers

One of the hardest things about life as a remote worker is navigating the various digital nomad visa options for different countries. Each destination has its own rules and regulations regarding the amount of time you can stay and the work you’re allowed to do while traveling. This has resulted in many nomads jumping regularly between countries for a visa run and in order to live and work around the world.

digital nomad visa for remote workers

But with the rise of remote work, especially since the recent global pandemic, some countries have started to introduce special digital nomad visas or remote worker visas to entice working nomads to stick around for longer stays. Below are some popular destinations for the best freelancer visas available now. For more on the digital lifestyle, do check out my insurance for digital nomads article.


Digital Nomad Visa Countries in Europe


Portugal Digital Nomad Visa

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Portugal is one of the most popular European countries for digital nomads. This is partly due to its exciting cities, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine, and partly due to the ease of obtaining a remote worker visa from your home country.

Portugal’s independent workers and entrepreneurs visa gets you one year in the country, with the option to renew for up to five years. And after five years, you can apply for permanent residency.

To qualify for the visa application, you need to show proof of owning a business entity (or a contract for providing services), as well as proof of sufficient income or a term of responsibility signed by a Portuguese citizen or resident as part of your application form.

Visa Cost: €83 for the visa plus a €72 resident permit fee.
Visa Length: 1 year. Can be renewed for up to 5 years.
Income Requirements: ​​€600 per month.


Estonia Digital Nomad Visa

Estonia was the first of EU countries to create a dedicated digital nomad visa. Launched in 2020, the freelance visas allow digital nomads and remote workers to live in Estonia for up to a year.

You can apply for the digital nomad visa for Estonia if you run your own business, work as a freelancer, or have a contract with a company registered outside of the country. The main condition is that you can prove a monthly income of over €3,504 for the six months prior to your application.

Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced countries in Europe. They also offer a first-of-its-kind e-Residency that allows entrepreneurs from all over the world to start and run an EU-based company online.

Visa Cost: €80 for short stay or €100 for long stay.
Visa Length: 1 year.
Income Requirements: ​​€3,504 per month.


Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

Croatia doesn’t technically offer a nomad visa, but they do have a Temporary Residence Visa available to digital nomads and their family members.

The permit allows you to live in Croatia for up to a year. To be granted the permit, you need to show that you can afford your stay with proof of a €2,252+ monthly income. And if you plan to be in the country for the full 12 months, you need to show you have at least €27,000 available.

Croatia has long been a popular destination for digital nomads. The exciting coastal city of Zadar is even home to an organized digital nomad village called ‘The Valley’.

Visa Cost: €55-120.
Visa Length: 1 year. Can reapply after 6 months away.
Income Requirements: €2,252 per month.


Malta Digital Nomad Visa

Malta’s Nomad Residence Permit allows non-EU digital nomads to work remotely within the small island nation for up to one year.

With year-round sunshine, a large expat community, and close proximity to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, Malta makes the ideal base for digital nomads.

To apply for the remote work visa you must meet a gross monthly income threshold of €2,700, have health insurance, hold a valid property rental or purchase agreement, and pass a background check.

Visa Cost: €300 administrative fee.
Visa Length: 1 year.
Income Requirements: ​​€2,700 per month.


Czech Republic Nomad Visa

The Czech Republic is an amazing and affordable and central place in the European Union to settle as a freelance worker in Europe. The Czech digital nomad visa is a long-term business visa for freelance workers that allows you to live and work in the Czech Republic for six months up to a year.

The main requirement to be eligible for a Czech freelance visa is to be a freelancer. You'll need to obtain a trade license, a local address, and a background check. It's a little trickier than some other nomad visa options, so many people choose to hire legal help to fill the paperwork. Up to you. You'll also need to attend an immigration interview.

Visa Cost: $227 USD if applying from the United States
Visa Length: six month to 1 year.
Income Requirements: ​​Bank statement showing at least 124,500 CZK (or about $5,700 USD)


Digital Nomad Visa Countries in the Middle East


Dubai Digital Nomad Visa

Not only is Dubai one of the safest cities in the world, but it’s also one of the best places to live for expats and digital nomads. Its advanced infrastructure, countless co-working spaces, and beautiful beaches make the Middle-Eastern city a working nomad's dream.

The Dubai remote work visa requires you to be a business owner or employed and able to work remotely, and have proof of earning US$5,000 for three months prior to your application. The remote working program gets you one year in Dubai.

Visa Cost: US$287 for the visa, but jumps to US$600 with valid insurance and Emirates ID fees.
Visa Length: 1 year.
Income Requirements: US ​$5,000 per month.


Digital Nomad Visa Countries in the Americas


Mexico Digital Nomad Visa

Mexico already has a 6-month long tourist visa, which makes it a popular destination with long-term travelers. That along with its diverse landscapes, sunny climate, and low cost of living. But now the country also offers a new temporary resident visa, which gets you up to one year, with the option to renew for an additional three years.

The Mexican nomad visa is uniquely targeted toward Canadians, however, remote workers of any nationality are welcome to apply. You need to show proof of a monthly income over US$2,130 over the last six months or a bank account balance of over US$35,500.

Visa Cost: US$30.
Visa Length: 1 year, with the option to renew up to 4 years.
Income Requirements: US$2,130 per month, or US$35,500 bank balance.


Costa Rica Digital Nomad Visa

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Beaches, waterfalls, jungles, and volcanoes are some of the amazing natural landscapes you get to enjoy as a digital nomad living in Costa Rica.

The tropical Central American country offers a new visa called Rentista, or Person Of Independent Means Visa, which allows self-employed people and entrepreneurs to stay for up to 2 years. Unfortunately, you cannot work remotely for another company on this visa.

To get the digital nomad visa you need to show a monthly income of US$2,500 or deposit US$60,000 into a bank in Costa Rica to be made available over the 2 years. The visa can be renewed once two years are up. And after three years, you may be eligible for permanent residence.

Visa Cost: US$250.
Visa Length: 2 years.
Income Requirements: US$2,500 per month, or deposit of $60,000 in a bank in Costa Rica.


Panama Digital Nomad Visa

One of the most developed nations in Central America, Panama’s high-speed internet and low cost of living make it another great choice for digital nomads.

Panama introduced its Short Stay Visa for Remote Workers in May 2021. The digital nomad visa lets you live in Panama for up to nine months while working for a foreign company or as an independent freelancer. You then have the option to renew for another nine months.

To be accepted, you must prove an annual income of $36,000, as well as sign an affidavit stating that you will not accept any job offers within Panama.

Visa Cost: US$250 application fee, plus a US$50 visa card issuance fee.
Visa Length: 9 months, with the option to renew up to 18 months.
Income Requirements: US$36,000 a year.


Cayman Islands Digital Nomad Visa

Known for its high-end beach resorts and world-class scuba diving, The Cayman Islands is a dream destination for remote workers looking for luxury in the Caribbean sun.

The Cayman Islands have their own visa for digital nomads called the Global Citizen Certificate (GCC) which allows you to stay in the islands for up to 2 years.

The visa is targeted toward high-level executives and consultants, with much steeper income requirements and visa fees than most other countries. You’ll need proof of an annual salary of at least US$100,000, as well as a fee of US$1,469.

Visa Cost: US$1,469.
Visa Length: 2 years.
Income Requirements: US$100,000 a year.


Antigua & Barbuda Digital Nomad Visa

Another option for living in the Caribbean as a digital nomad is the stunning island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Antigua Nomad Digital Residence allows remote workers to live on the Caribbean island of Antigua for up to 2 years. That’s more than enough time to enjoy many of the island’s 365 beautiful beaches.

The visa fee is steep at $1,500, but the annual income requirement is half that of the Cayman Islands, at just US$50,000 a year.

Visa Cost: US$1,500.
Visa Length: 2 years.
Income Requirements: US$50,000 a year.


Brazil Digital Nomad Visa

Brazil is the first country in South America to offer a dedicated digital nomad visa. Launched in January 2022, the visa allows foreign nationals who are employed outside Brazil or who run their own company to live in the country for a year.

With a minimum income requirement of just US$1,500 a month, or US$18,000 a year, Brazil’s brand new digital nomad visa has one of the lowest income requirements of all digital nomad visa countries.

Visa Cost: Unknown.
Visa Length: 1 year, with the option to renew.
Income Requirements: US$1,500 per month, or a bank balance of US$18,000.


Angamardana 101

What is Angamardana?

I've been on a mission recently to break out of my yoga practice plateau. You know — where suddenly you hit a wall in your practice, or worse yet, things you could do a month ago suddenly become impossible. This is not my first time at the yoga plateau-rodeo, and in my efforts to keep my sanity intact and find a way out of this rut, I came across angamardana — and my curiosity was peaked.

Angamardana is a yoga adjacent fitness system that not only claims to give your hatha yoga practice a boost but also promises a host of benefits affecting the muscles and skeletal structures, as well as the nervous system and improved mental health. My initial research promised me this 'powerful system' would help me reach my peak physical potential… sounds good, but maybe a bit too good? So what is this angamardana thing all about, and is it really all it's cracked up to be?

Oh, and while you're here — and if you are also in that yoga plateau rut here are my other tried and tested ways to break out of it:

Angamardana 101

Angamardana is a fitness system pioneered by Sadhguru (born Jagadish Vasudev), a self-proclaimed spiritual guru from India, a New York Times bestselling author, and speaker who has given talks everywhere from the World Economic Forum to Google.

Sadhguru is the founder of the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-led, non-profit, spiritual organisation, most known for its yoga program led from its ashram in Tamil Nadu. Angamardana is an element of the Isha yoga system.

Their yoga program has spawned several Isha certified yoga teachers who adhere to its Hatha yoga system, spiritual ethos, and teach Isha angamardana.


Angamardana 101

What does Angamardana Involve?

Angamardana is a set of 31 dynamic floor exercises that address different aspects and parts of the body to work on the whole human mechanism. These exercises are practiced in a specific sequence and involve different poses combined with movements and breathing patterns.

Angamardana has been developed to promote greater physical strength and flexibility of the muscle. As well as working on the muscular system, it, like many forms of exercise, can positively impact the nervous system and blood circulation system and influence the basic energy system (chakras).

Angamardana requires no yoga props or fitness equipment, although a mat might be useful, so long as you have a 6ft x 6ft space, you are good to go. It emphasizes using your own body weight, which is an excellent (and affordable) way to improve your fitness.

Angamardana is essentially a form of preparation for yoga, but it makes some pretty big claims well beyond warming up the body and skeletal structure. The intention of Angamardana is to reach the peak state of ultimate health. Through this focus on the physical other elements of the human being are influenced, including mental health and general wellbeing. Some pretty mighty claims, to say the least.

How Old is Angamardana?

There are claims that Anagamardana is an ancient practice founded by Agastya, a revered Ancient Hindu sage who appears in some of the most important yoga and Hindu texts, including the Rig Vega, Ramayana and Mahabharata.

So, is this true? No. Agastya is, however, the patron saint of Kalari, the oldest form of martial arts in India. There are definitely parallels between the warmup sequences for Kalari and the Angamardana exercises; however, these warmup sequences are likely a modern invention.

To be clear, Angamardana is NOT an ancient spiritual practice. It is an exercise sequence invented by Sadhguru (or adapted from the Kalari routines he would be familiar with), probably sometime within the last 30 years.

What does Angamardana mean?

When I looked up the meaning of Angarmadana, all I could find was the explanation by the Isha foundation claiming it means 'gaining complete mastery of the limbs, organs and other parts of the body'.

Hmmmm. My initial instinct was that it might be a Sanskrit word (like many yoga asana names, such as Gomukhasana and Bhujangasana) that has come to mean that in time — Sanskrit is a gloriously flexible language. But, nope, that instinct was wrong.

After trawling the internet, looking up India's many, many regional languages and using phonetic transliteration charts (your girl does her research), Angamardana is actually a Kannada word! Kannada is the dominant language of Karnataka state — and Sadhguru is from Mysore, a city in Karnataka).

So what DOES Angamardana mean? As far as I can tell, it simply means... massage (there is actually a book that details the specifics of Angamardana massage, written in Kannada in the 1970s). Make of that what you will.

Is Angamardana yoga?

The short answer — no. The long answer — yoga and angamardana are definitely interrelated (in the Isha system), but ultimately no.

Angamardana is considered a precursor to hatha yoga. Unlike yoga, which is a pathway to liberation and the complete integrated union of our entire beings, potentially with the universe or a higher power. Angamardana claims to be a powerful system solely concerned with the physical: the nervous system, muscles and connective tissues, skeletal structures, circulatory system, and basic energy system.

In fact, although Angamardana is affiliated with the Isha yoga system, the exercise doesn't require you to have an existing yoga practice. Presumably, if all you are interested in is the physical, you can practice only Angamardana.


Angamardana Benefits

These are the benefits angamardana claims:

  • Builds strength and flexibility across the muscular, soft tissue, and skeletal system
  • Improves spinal mobility
  • Improves overall physical fitness
  • Increases overall energy, leading to greater wellbeing
  • Prepares the body for hatha yoga

I think these are all plausible and potentially realistic. Most of those you will get from pretty much any exercise regime or fitness system. 

However, it also claims:

  • To 'prepare the human mechanism for a higher possibility' (let me know if you know what that means)
  • That it is one of the 'most powerful ways to gain fitness' (right, seems a bit niche for that, but okay)
  • That it has 'universal appeal' (I'm yet to come across anything ever that is actually applicable to every single person ever)
  • That it leads to 'ultimate health' (oh boy). 

So can the angamardana benefits extend to that level? Well, I'm not sure anyone can make those claims in good faith.

I definitely think that angamardana can improve fitness and be helpful for a yoga practice, but I don't believe it is the ultimate method that will work for everyone.


Angamardana Red Flags

On a general note, the Isha and angamardana system, like many yoga lineages, claims to do a lot. But claiming to be a power system providing complete mastery of the physical aspects of the body that has universal appeal… sent my red flag alarm bells into overdrive.

When you give angamardana a google, you will find that pretty much all the hits are associated with Isha Yoga. This means it's hard to get an impartial perspective on it. Also, you can't practice it except under the guidance of an Isha trained teacher.

Sadhguru's close affiliation with President Modi, the leader of the currently elected right-wing Hindu nationalist party (the BJP), is deeply troubling. Although Sadhguru is choosy about how he interprets the BJP political agenda, undoubtedly, he shares some of their appalling ideology.

Where do I practice Angamardana?

Unfortunately, angamardana keeps itself pretty under wraps — you won't find instructional videos or tutorials online (although you may find little snippets of the practice). However, there are quite a few Isha affiliated teachers around, so if you are keen to practice, you can look them up.

Of course, you can always make your way to the Isha Ashram in Tamil Nadu for the Isha yoga training. But, be warned, that training will cost you upwards of $9,000 USD (slightly less if you are an Indian citizen living in India)!!

For some infinitely more affordable teacher trainings in India, check out my recommendations.

I think angamardana can benefit the body, especially yoga practitioners. Given that angamardana is intended to improve strength and mobility, specifically in line with a yoga practice, I think it's a great choice if you are looking to break out of a plateau in your yoga practice. However, I find it unfortunate that it falls so firmly under the Isha/Sadhguru umbrella, as that is not really my vibe.


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Find the best eco friendly yoga mat

Let’s face it – with constant warnings of impending doom regarding the ongoing climate situation, we can all afford to be a little more eco-conscious. How does your yoga mat measure up? Are you in the market for an eco friendly yoga mat? And what exactly makes a yoga mat sustainable and what are some alternative sustainable materials? Regardless, these are the market’s top environmentally friendly yoga mats to accompany you in your yoga practice.

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I initially thought about writing this post with the intent to focus on environmentally friendly travel yoga mats. However, when I was compiling my list, I realized that my all-time favorite eco-friendly yoga mat is not exactly travel-friendly, but I couldn’t omit it from the list. I’ll specify which of these are travel-friendly as well.

what makes a yoga mat environmentally friendly vs. toxic?

There are a number of qualities to consider when shopping for your next eco-friendly yoga mat. How it is sourced, what it’s made of, ethics and sustainability, whether or not it’s biodegradable – all of these are important factors to contemplate.

Look for mats that don’t contain synthetic materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) – this is a plastic that’s responsible for that ‘new yoga mat’ smell. PVC also emits toxic chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that we inhale when our faces get up-close and personal with our mats. These not only have an impact on your health, but also have an environmental impact as they don't decompose.

Cork yoga mats and natural rubber yoga mats are both great options for natural materials to look for in environmentally friendly yoga mats and non-toxic yoga mats.

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best for travel


liforme travel

I couldn’t choose between my two favorite travel mats, so I didn’t! I love the Liforme Travel Mat for extra stickiness if I know I’ll be practicing in a humid climate or taking heated classes. It’s on the pricier side, so it’s probably best for frequent travelers or people who just want to have a more lightweight mat regularly available to them.

But let me tell you, this eco-friendly yoga mat was an absolute lifesaver when I was practicing yoga in Koh Phangan!

Liforme Travel Yoga mat
  • TRANSFORM YOUR PRACTICE – Liforme’s portable mat unit. At 72" x 26" x 0.09", it‘s perfect to use on it’s own, as a topper and light enough to be carried to classes. This product comes with a free Yoga bag.
  • ULTIMATE GRIP – This premium mat benefits from the ground-breaking Liforme “GripForMe” material that gives you unparalleled warrior-like grip whilst practicing.
  • REVOLUTIONARY ALIGNMENT SYSTEM – Our intelligently designed unique “AlignForMe” system helps guide and prevent injuries to Yogis of all experience levels, maximising Yoga enjoyment.
  • TRULY PLANET FRIENDLY – Liforme incorporates the most ‘body kind’ specially engineered eco-polyurethane and rubber. These mats are PVC free, made using high quality non-toxic materials that keep the mat clean and hygienic.
  • MADE BY YOGIS, FOR YOGIS – Liforme Yoga Mats are loved and adored by 100s of 1000s of Women and Men Worldwide. Join the Liforme family with this exclusive, comfortable and lightweight Mat.

Jade Travel

The Jade Travel Mat is more portable given its greater flexibility and is made solely from natural tree rubber. While I prefer the Liforme Travel Mat for hot classes, I prefer the Jade Travel Mat for just about any other type of class.

Not to mention, Jade is a great brand for environmentally friendly yogis – they plant a tree for each mat sold to offset the amount of rubber they use in manufacturing their products. Rubber is an awesome eco-friendly option for mats!

Jade Yoga Mat
  • PORTABLE AND CUSHIONED: The Travel Yoga Mat by JadeYoga is lightweight, durable, and ready to go. It weighs about 3 pounds and, at only 1/8" thick, the Travel Yoga Mat will fold to fit in your backpack, but also has enough cushion to provide comfort in your workout.
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: JadeYoga mats are specially designed to provide a superior level of traction. We only use natural rubber because it provides a better grip and has more cushion and is better for the earth than synthetic rubbers (PVC, PER, TPE, EVA). The result is a yoga mat that provides grip, comfort, and durability.
  • NATURAL MATERIALS: Jade yoga mats are made from entirely toxin-free materials with no PVC, phthalates, heavy metals, or other harsh chemicals. Easy to clean, we recommend JadeYoga's plant-based Mat Wash, so you can spend more time focusing on your yoga practice.
  • SUSTAINABLE RUBBER: JadeYoga mats are made in the USA with imported rubber that is carefully sourced with the future in mind. Our yoga mats are made from natural rubber, tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource.
  • BE THE CHANGE: Jade is committed to giving back to the earth with every mat sold. We want to leave the earth a better place than when we found it. As Jade mats come from trees, we decided to give back by planting a tree for every mat sold. And since 2006, through our partnership with Trees for the Future, we have done just that, planting over two million trees so far.

Best for daily use


tiggar yoga

The Tiggar Yoga Mat is a solid choice for someone who has a daily practice and for yoga teachers. I noticed very little wear-and-tear on the Tiggar mat while maintaining a regular practice. Like the Jade mats, Tiggar mats are made from 100% biodegradable rubber, which comes from trees. Jade has a leg up on Tiggar, however, since they actively work to plant trees in local communities.

Still, the Tiggar Yoga Mat is a solid choice if you’re in the market for an eco-friendly yoga mat that doesn’t break the bank.

Tiggar Yoga mat
  • Made from biodegradable, 100% natural tree rubber with non-toxic foaming agents and non-AZO dyes.
  • Premium 4 mm thick, 72” x 24”. Our yoga mat is suitable for all types of floor activities, including yoga, pilates.
  • Superior quality , Comfort and Support. Tigger Yoga uses the highest quality materials available to deliver outstanding performance.
  • Excellent grip & slip resistance. performs brilliantly in any style yoga, even in the most dynamic and sweaty of environments.
  • 100% Eco Friendly , Zero waste manufacturing process. Made in Taiwan. Independently tested by SGS.🌟Before using : All natural rubber has distinctive smell that is like a just unpacked new book. as long as the mat was spread on a cool and ventilated place for 3 - 4 days , the smell will disappear gradually.

jade harmony

The Jade Harmony is one of my favorite eco friendly yoga mats. It’s slightly thicker than the Jade Travel Mat, providing a little extra cushion for arm balances and inversions than its travel counterpart. I also find the rubber texture of the mat quite comfortable for Yin and Restorative yoga, anything that requires longer holds of the poses.

I love old, worn Jade mats, since they have a natural floppiness to them that comes over time. They’ve got plenty of traction for room-temperature classes, but I personally prefer something stickier for a heated practice.

Jade Harmony
  • THE PERFECT YOGA MAT: At 3/16” thick, the Jade Harmony() Yoga Mat is the perfect combination of grip, comfort, and weight - making it our most popular yoga mat, ranked #1 by many yoga teachers and practitioners. And like all Jade mats, the Harmony() mat is made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource.
  • NON-SLIP: Natural, open-cell rubber provides a better cushion than synthetic rubber, making it easier to achieve and hold poses. It makes the perfect exercise mat for men, women, and anyone looking for a nature-friendly and slip-resistant workout mat.
  • NATURAL MATERIALS: Jade yoga mats are made from entirely toxin-free materials with no PVC, phthalates, heavy metals, or other harsh chemicals. Easy to clean, we recommend JadeYoga's plant-based Mat Wash, so you can spend more time focusing on your yoga practice.
  • SUSTAINABLE RUBBER: JadeYoga mats are made in the USA with imported rubber that is carefully sourced with the future in mind. Our yoga mats are made from natural rubber, tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource.
  • BE THE CHANGE: Jade is committed to giving back to the earth with every mat sold. We want to leave the earth a better place than when we found it. As Jade mats come from trees, we decided to give back by planting a tree for every mat sold. And since 2006, through our partnership with Trees for the Future, we have done just that, planting over two million trees so far.

best for inversions & arm balances


manduka eko

I love the thickness (5mm) of the Manduka Eko Yoga Mat for inversions and arm balances. Something about knowing I’ve got a little padding underneath me helps with the anxieties and uncertainties that can accompany more advanced, complicated poses. Despite its thickness, it provides perfect stability when you’re upside-down or balancing on your hands.

This mat also has pretty good grip for room-temperature classes. For heated, super-sweaty classes, consider investing in a Manduka Yogi Toes towel to keep your footing.

The main downfall with Manduka mats is that they don’t recommend using homemade or natural cleaning solutions on the mat (which is what I prefer to use). They suggest using your Manduka mat only with their cleaning spray, which is kind of a pain to keep ordering. The spray is also eco-friendly.

Manduka Eko
  • eKO YOGA MAT: Eco-Friendly, biodegradable mat with natural rubber grip that catches if you start to slip; Sustainable construction, non-Amazon harvested natural tree rubber mat supports both your practice and our planet
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: Provides superior durability lasting 2x longer than other natural rubber mats; The eKO mat offers superior joint protection and unmatched grip and support for your yoga, Pilates, exercise or fitness routine
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL: Rippled surface texture for superior traction; Naturally made and 99% latex free; Closed-cell surface prevents sweat from seeping into the mat, tightly woven scrim resists tearing or stretching
  • SUSTAINABLE: Every EKO mat is made from biodegradable, 100% natural tree rubber with non-toxic foaming agents, non-azo dyes, no PVC or harmful plasticizers; All scrap is re-used for a zero waste manufacturing process
  • PRODUCT DETAILS: 71" x 24", 5mm thick; Keep your mat in top condition by wiping down after every practice with Manduka’s Natural Rubber Yoga Mat Restore to maintain the performance of your eKO Series yoga mat; Midnight Color

best for yin & restorative


jade fusion

This is another environmentally friendly yoga mat that has a really nice, comfortable thickness. It’s thicker than the Manduka Eko (above) at 7.95mm. This gives it slightly less stability, yet makes it ideal for soul-warming, close-to-the-ground classes such as yin and restorative.

Add an organic cotton blanket for more comfort and support, and you’re good to go!


Jade Fusion
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: JadeYoga mats are specially designed to provide a superior level of traction. We only use natural rubber because it provides a better grip and has more cushion and is better for the earth than synthetic rubbers (PVC, PER, TPE, EVA). The result is a yoga mat that provides grip, comfort, and durability.
  • ULTRA COMFORTABLE MAT: The Fusion mat is a thick exercise mat designed for restorative yoga, Yin yoga, Pilates, core fitness, or anytime you need extra comfort! At 5/16” thick, the Fusion Mat provides extra cushion for whenever you want, or need maximum comfort.
  • NATURAL MATERIALS: Jade yoga mats are made from entirely toxin-free materials with no PVC, phthalates, heavy metals, or other harsh chemicals. Easy to clean, we recommend JadeYoga's plant-based Mat Wash, so you can spend more time focusing on your yoga practice.
  • SUSTAINABLE RUBBER: JadeYoga mats are made in the USA with imported rubber that is carefully sourced with the future in mind. Our yoga mats are made from natural rubber, tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource.
  • BE THE CHANGE: Jade is committed to giving back to the earth with every mat sold. We want to leave the earth a better place than when we found it. As Jade mats come from trees, we decided to give back by planting a tree for every mat sold. And since 2006, through our partnership with Trees for the Future, we have done just that, planting over two million trees so far.

best for heated yoga


liforme

I really don’t think other mats can come close to the grip that the Liforme Mat provides during a hot yoga class. I’m definitely a sweater when I practice, regardless of the room temperature, so you can imagine how soaked I get in a heated class! This is the stickiest mat I’ve found thus far (and trust me, I’ve tried plenty of them!).

The fact that it’s an environmentally friendly yoga mat just makes it that much more special.
If you’re taking exclusively heated classes, this bad boy is definitely worth an investment.

Liforme Yoga Mat
  • TRANSFORM YOUR PRACTICE – This Premium Yoga mat is designed to be the most innovative & comfortable mat on the market to optimise your home exercises. This product comes with a free Yoga bag.
  • ULTIMATE GRIP – This premium mat benefits from the ground-breaking Liforme “GripForMe” material that gives you unparalleled warrior-like grip whilst practicing.
  • REVOLUTIONARY ALIGNMENT SYSTEM – Our intelligently designed unique “AlignForMe” system helps guide and prevent injuries to Yogis of all experience levels, maximising Yoga enjoyment.
  • TRULY PLANET FRIENDLY – Liforme incorporates the most ‘body kind’ specially engineered eco-polyurethane and rubber. These mats are PVC free, biodegradable in 1-5 years in normal landfill conditions and made using high quality non-toxic materials that keep the mat clean and hygienic.
  • MADE BY YOGIS, FOR YOGIS – Liforme Yoga Mats are loved and adored by 100s of 1000s of Women and Men Worldwide. Join the Liforme family with this unique, comfortable and thick Mat.

sorry to disappoint…


It was disheartening to learn that my OG yoga mat, the Lululemon original mat doesn’t make the mark when it comes to environmentally friendly and sustainable yoga mats. Nor does the Kind Mat, which was my favorite for practicing inversions and arm balances.

But, in my case, adjusting to more eco-friendly options and cork mats was the right decision.


yoga teacher training in bali

Yoga Retreat Bali 2022: Finding the Best Retreats

The beautiful island of Bali has become known in the health-minded sphere to be an incredible location for all things spirituality, wellness, decadent spa treatments, veganism, palm tree house galore, and of course yoga. And when it comes to taking a yoga retreat Bali is truly like nowhere else — there is no better place. For years now, people have been flocking to the island at all stages of their yoga journey to take a break from their daily life and experience all the incredible energy and rejuvenation retreats the island has to offer to practice yoga or do a yoga teacher training.

If you think you're not advanced enough or not good enough (I hear that often), here's one of many yoga quotes I truly love: "A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms." There are yoga retreats in Bali for everyone's individual needs, and I hope this post inspires you to take your first step towards fitness retreat packages that include daily yoga sessions, an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful beaches, palm trees and other lush vegetation, and healthy food (some raw foods too) in the most beautiful setting.

With countless Bali yoga retreats and fitness retreats ranging from month-long to a day retreat, the island of the Gods and its ancient wisdom is a true epicenter for yoga, health and wellness retreats. I feel like Soulshine Bali, Azadi Retreat, and the Yoga Barn are already world-famous, but with so many other top picks Bali retreats to choose from, I narrowed my best picks down the best yoga retreats Bali has to offer (read this for some Bali itinerary idea) to help guide you in your decision and find the best yoga retreat Bali to suit your own goals for your daily practice in paradise.


***The best time to visit Bali is from April to September which is the dry season.


Here is some more Bali content from me:
* Eight Reasons Why Ubud is Still Awesome
* 15 Vegan Restaurants to Try in Ubud for a unique experience
* My visit to Nusa Lembongan


Yoga Retreat Bali: my 2022 picks


Bagus Jati, Ubud, Indonesia

Located right in the middle of the island, Bagus Jati wellness resort is a great place hidden deep in the serene jungles and rice paddies of Ubud, the heart of the island's spiritual and wellbeing center. The luxury Balinese villas within the Bagus Jati Health and wellness yoga resort are the ideal place for you to make use of the traditional Balinese healing services such as reiki, holistic counseling, vegan and spiritual nutrition, as well as of course different options for daily yoga classes and meditation practices. The retreat also offers unique day trips and local experiences where you can immerse yourself in the culture with outings to the nearby waterfalls and treks, Balinese dance lessons, and herbal remedy making. It's no surprise the Bagus Jati Health and Wellbeing retreat in Ubud is recognized as the best retreat in Bali, and all over the world, perfect for anyone looking for yoga vacations in beautiful villas.

Duration: 3 days, 2 night
Price from: $494
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (45km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $27 per person
Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Japanese
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out the retreats at Bagus Jati


7 Days Unlimited Yoga Holiday in Canggu, Bali

yoga retreat bali

For the perfect retreat and an energizing 7 days of yoga, Canggu's wellness programs and holistic approach offer everything an ocean and yogi lover needs. This 7-day yoga retreat Canggu is hosted at the peaceful Serenity Eco-Guesthouse in the heart of Canggu and only a few minutes away from the beach, the lovely town of Desa Seni, and the local community. This yoga retreat offers its guests up to 10 yoga classes a day with styles including Hatha, vinyasa, acro, ashtanga, and more. You’ll also have access to their meditation classes room for perfect meditation sessions and a complimentary daily breakfast during your stay. Accommodation options include a mixed dorm, private single or double rooms suitable for an array of budgets. Offering an incredible location, ample time to explore the surroundings, and unlimited yoga makes this Bali yoga and meditation retreat one of the best of the best!

Duration: 7 days, 6 night
Price from: $71
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (10km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $18 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English, French, Indonesian and Malay
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Serenity Eco-Guesthouse now!


7 Days Yoga Wellness Holiday at Shanti Toya Ashram, Bali

health retreat bali

When looking for one of the best yoga retreats in Bali, the island offers the perfect backdrop with its serene rice fields and jungle views sprinkled with traditional Javanese huts. That’s the exact landscape you’ll witness upon entering Shanti Toya Ashram. This 7-day yoga wellness retreat offers guests an incredible retreat package of yoga and authentic Balinese cultural experiences (The Balinese people are a delight). The three yoga styles offered at this retreat are Hatha, vinyasa, and yin yoga. Each day during this yoga treat is a little different, but every day incorporates a morning yoga practice and a Balinese cultural activity such as Balinese cooking classes or dancing classes. A perfect way to begin or end your South East Asia trip and find your inner peace!

Duration: 7 days, 6 night
Price from: $178
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (22km)
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, and all organic food too

Check out retreats at Shanti Toya Ashram now!


8 Days Wellness Yoga Retreat in Ubud, Bali

bali yoga

Spend a rejuvenating eight days in a supportive environment in Ubud at one of the Firefly Bali yoga resorts. A perfect yoga experience for all levels and those looking to grow in their spirituality. Everything you’re looking for in a health retreat, Bali provides. That’s no exception at the Firefly Resort with every day of this wellness retreat involving daily yin, Hatha, or Vinyasa yoga classes. Guests are served daily organic and vegetarian meals by the friendly resort staff with unlimited herbal water. When guests aren’t doing their daily yoga practice, they’re encouraged to enjoy the surrounding rice fields by bicycle or partake in a Balinese experience such as cooking or offering-making classes. This yoga retreat in Ubud also includes cacao and fire ceremonies and one Balinese massage is included in the cost of the retreat. If daily massages are your thing, you can always book more in your free time. You're in good hands!

Duration: 8 days, 7 night
Price from: n/a
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (30km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for an additional fee
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Firefly Resort now!


4 Days Luxury Detox Yoga Holiday

Yoga seminyak

For detoxifying wellness and weight loss yoga programs with a touch of luxury, Seminyak, located in the heart of Bali, offers one of the best yoga retreats in Bali: a 4-day yoga retreat that focuses on lowering stress, clearing your skin, and boosting your energy levels. For four days, you will partake in a daily schedule that includes a cleanse of fresh-pressed juices and organic, raw meals. Each day you will participate in a power yoga class and cal also book extra private sessions if needed. The yoga retreat center also includes a one-time colonic treatment by a certified colonic therapist and a one-time 60-minute spa experience (or any other of their unlimited spa treatments). All guests will have a consultation with a certified nutritionist before partaking in the juice cleanse and colonic treatment. Accommodation during the four nights includes private rooms with a superior garden view. This is the ultimate wellness retreat experience and the perfect place for those looking for a life-changing detox.

Duration: 4 days, 3 night
Price from: $491
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (31km)
Airport pick up included? No, can be added for $31 per person
Skill Level: Beginner
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, daily vegetarian meals are included

Check out retreats at Blue Karma Resort now!


Pelan Pelan Yoga Vacation

pelan pelan bali

Pelan Pelan offers many yoga holidays (many of them for couples!) in their idyllic setting with a beautiful outdoor pool and beautiful gardens in Canggu. Pelan Pelan Bali will give you the opportunity to experience the Balinese culture (don't miss attending a live music gig!) and its delicious food. You can also book some surf lessons. Pelan Pelan offers hatha yoga classes that will fit all levels. One of the most comprehensive retreat centers with delicious daily meals — the best place for your yoga vacation! An unforgettable experience.

Duration: 8 to 22 days
Price from: $1573
Closest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) - 1 hour
Airport pick up included? Yes
Skill Level: All
Languages: English and Indonesian
Vegan Friendly?: Yes

Check out retreats at Pelan Pelan now!


For more yoga retreat inspiration, here are more popular destinations:

* Best India yoga retreats
* Yoga retreat in Europe
* Yoga retreat Thailand
* Yoga retreat Costa Rica
* Womens-only retreats
* Silent and meditation spiritual retreats


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Riad Kheirredine

Find Your Perfect Riad in Marrakech

Not too long ago, I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in a blissful riad in Marrakech. My entire stay in the Red City was incredible, but it is the magnificent riad I am still dreaming about.

Riad Kheirredine

With a touch of the winter blues kicking in, I have been spending rather a lot of time googling riads in Marrakech planning my next fantasy trip. I have stayed in some pretty boogie places in my time, from zero waste hotels in Cambodia to Thai island wellness retreats, from traditional Venetian Palazzos to urban chic boutiques in Istanbul, but Moroccan riads are waaaaaaaay up there. The interiors and interior garden are always exquisite, the hospitality is next level, plunge pools and hammams are standard, and — as a serious bonus — for the level of accommodation you get, they are often surprisingly affordable. Wondering what are the most instagrammable riads in Marrakech? Well, all of them.


So, What is a Riad?

If you are planning a trip to my favorite North African country (fine, the only North African country I've visited), then a stay in one of the riads of Morocco is a must.

A riad (derived from the Arabic word ryad meaning garden) is a traditional Moroccan house with a central courtyard or garden (and/or a rooftop terrace), traditionally with a fountain and full of plants. In Marrakech, traditional riads were often originally the family home of wealthy citizens, but nowadays, many have been converted into gorgeous boutique hotels and guesthouses. Given the red city's illustrious history as a trading hotspot, Marrakesch riads are also known for being some of the most palatial, architecturally stunning, and gorgeously decorated in the whole of Morocco.

Where to Stay in Marrakech

Riad Kheirredine

Marrakech undoubtedly has some of the best riads of Morocco, and nearly all of these are located in the heart of the medina. The medina is the city's historical center, and within its walls, you will find all the city's main sights and have the best souks on your doorstep. With its rambling maze-like streets and incredible energy, staying in the medina is not only convenient but gives you a real taste of this bustling, hectic, culturally extraordinary city.


The Best Marrakech Riads

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After some serious research, I have picked a selection of the best Marrakech riads on offer. They all include at least one meal (breakfast or brunch) per day, and many of them can happily accommodate vegan diets. They also all have air conditioning, which is a must during the year's hottest months, from June through October.

Riad Kheirredine

inside the riad

I can personally vouch for this award-winning boutique hotel as one of Marrakech's best riads. Fine, maybe I'm biased because I had the most glorious birthday stay here, but you try and beat this gorgeous plant-filled oasis with mind-blowing suites and rooftop views of the Atlas Mountains. And that's not to mention the absolutely incredible staff who will take care of your every need (including handing you a mobile phone with their number pre-programmed so they can rescue you if you get lost in the medina), or the amazing in-house restaurant. Many of the riads I have listed are vegan friendly, but Kheirredine was not only amazingly accommodating for me, but the food was unbelievably delicious. Riad Kheirredine is located, like many of the red city's top riads, in the Marrakech medina.


Riad Chorfa

riad chorfa

This gorgeous riad in the Marrakech medina gives you the perfect mix of culture, vibrancy, and relaxation. Each room is uniquely decorated with bold colors, traditional tiles, and gorgeous textiles. Riad Chorfa is a great option if you are traveling solo or with a family, as they have everything from single rooms to doubles and family rooms — you can even take all your friends and rent out the entire riad! It is the perfect place to seek respite in the interior courtyard after a busy day exploring Marrakech (and to recoup from the hustle and bustle of the medina). Recharge by lounging on one of the day beds surrounding the pool in the central courtyard or find a shady nook and admire the views from the rooftop.


Riad Al Loune

Riad Al Loune

This is one of the best value riads in the Marrakech medina, as pretty much everything your heart could desire is included in the price. This riad not only has gorgeous, traditional rooms but there is a wellness space where you can book in for massages, a hammam, a central courtyard with a plunge pool, and bonuses such as wifi and airport shuttle included in the price. It also has a highly recommended in-house restaurant, so if you don't feel like venturing out in the evenings you will be well taken care of.


Dar Zemora

Dar Zemora

Dar Zemora is the exception to the rule: an amazing riad not in Marrakech medina. If you are looking for an alternative location for a riad in Marrakech, then you can't go wrong with one of the most exclusive regions of the city, the Palmeraie — named for its extensive palm groves. Dar Zemora is perfect if you want something a little more laid back, a tad more spacious, and a whole lot of luxe. Dar Zemora has just seven rooms (some with a private pool and terrace), set in gorgeously manicured grounds with a kitchen garden whose produce is used by the in-house restaurant. There is even a croquet lawn if that's your thing! You will enjoy a top-notch spa and hammam and a large pool heated with solar panels (making it perfect for a stay in the cooler months).


Palais Des Princesses & Spa

Palais Des Princesses & Spa

One of the best affordable riads in Marrakech. The spa and wellness center with an indoor swimming pool, hammam, a hot tub, and a massage area alone makes this one of the best riads in Marrakech. But with a gorgeous flower-filled courtyard and plenty of space on the roof terrace to relax, as well as very comfy beds, you will leave this riad feeling thoroughly rested and renewed.


Demeures d'Orient Riad & Spa

Demeures d'Orient Riad & Spa

If money is no issue, then Demeures d'Orient Riad and Spa is an excellent choice. Known as one of the top-end luxury riads in Marrakech, expect spacious rooms (including suites with some seriously boogie bathrooms), impeccable service, and high-quality amenities. And of course — as the name implies — excellent spa facilities, including a hammam, and plenty of massage options available. There is also a large central swimming pool, which is free for guests, but if you are staying elsewhere in the medina and desperate for a dip (and curious about how the other half lives), you can pay for access.


Riad Aguaviva

Riad Aguaviva

Located in the quieter northern part of the medina, this small-scale boutique riad is a great choice if sustainable travel is important to you. Their food is locally sourced, they focus on more sustainable energy choices, and they have eliminated a majority of single-use plastic. With lots of comfy nooks and crannies to relax in, a plunge pool and a lovely light-filled courtyard, you won't be disappointed with this riad.


La Maison Arabe Hotel, Spa & Cooking Workshops

La Maison Arabe Hotel

This heritage riad first opened up its doors in 1946 and has remained a stalwart on Marrakech's luxury hotel scene ever since. It has a range of lovely rooms and suites (some with the sort of private bathroom that are designed to make you feel like you have died and gone to heaven) and lots of great modern comforts like LCD televisions in the rooms and a fitness suite. Oh, and don't get me started on the grounds with two swimming pools, the hammam and spa, and complimentary afternoon mint tea in the inner courtyard with every booking. Good food is taken seriously here, and if you want a piece of the action, you can even sign up for a cooking class in the ground floor bar!


Riad L'Hotel Marrakech

Riad L'Hôtel Marrakech

Recently, when I feel stressed, I look up images of Riad L'Hotel Marrakech, and all my troubles melt away. This multi-award-winning riad owned by Jasper Conran is, in a word, breathtaking. Thoughtfully designed (I expect no less with Conran at the helm) to channel a modern interpretation of 1930s elegance, the five suites, shared spaces, and expansive plant-filled courtyard with a swimming pool promise you the most relaxing stay in understated luxury surrounds.


Riad Dar-K

dar k

If you are after the uber instagrammable stay, then Riad Dar-K is for you. Minimalist neutrals, natural textures, and earthy tones meet traditional Berber touches with a whole lot of plants. This super chic yet easygoing aesthetic has been designed, I suspect, for the social media-loving among us. But it's definitely not style-over-substance! The rooms are spacious and full of thoughtful touches, the lovely shaded patio with a plunge pool is the perfect place to hide from the midday heat, and the dreamy roof terrace with shaded squishy sectionals and floor cushions makes the perfect nap spot. If you have any dietary requirements, this is also the ideal place; their seasonally aligned menus can be made vegan, gluten-free, and allergen friendly.


Dar Assiya

Dar Assiya

Located in the heart of the red city, this traditionally decorated riad melds culture with luxury. Featuring a beautiful central courtyard with a swimming pool in the common areas, which the five double rooms and larger suites open onto, a stunning roof terrace with sunbeds and a canopied shaded seating area, and lots of corners throughout the riad with seating areas to relax in. This riad takes comfort seriously and is perfect for unwinding after a busy day exploring.


So hopefully, you have found a Marrakech riad to tickle your fancy! There really is something for everyone, whether you are just looking for something affordable with the basics like air conditioning, something scenic with room or rooftop views of the Atlas mountains, or the full spa experience complete with pools, hammam, and hot tub — I got you covered. Oh, and if you are looking for something with a wellness edge, check out my guide to Morocco's best yoga retreats.


300 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at High on Yoga

My Yoga Teacher Training in Berlin at High on Yoga

I’d been wanting to do a second yoga teacher training since moving to Berlin to fully immerse myself into what had been my lifesaver since my arrival. I couldn’t quite figure out the best way to go about it or which school to pick. Then I started practicing with High on Yoga, and it felt like the perfect fit: the studio teaches intense sequences heavily inspired by Ashtanga and I felt like I had found the best of both worlds between my love for Ashtanga, missing the guidance of a teacher’s voice, and my need to have a sense of community and belonging in a studio. At High on Yoga, I found exactly that and was excited to join their 300-hour teacher training program last October.

yoga teacher training

As the course is now winding to an end, I wanted to share a bit more about it and let you know what you can expect if you too decide to enroll in it — which I can only highly recommend.

If you're looking for an English-speaking yoga teacher training in Berlin with the highest standard of teaching, are also an Ashtanga or Rocket Yoga practitioner (even if you’re not, you might find something really amazing here!) and would like to remain within this classical form of learning and teaching, then this might be the perfect thing for you too. The program at High on Yoga was incredible and we learned in the Ashtanga style which is what I prefer. It was a tough but rewarding journey that I would recommend to anyone wanting to become a yoga instructor or just deepen their practice and knowledge of this wonderful discipline and tradition.


My Experience Doing a Yoga Teacher Training in Berlin at High on Yoga

HOY YTT


My yoga teacher training in Berlin at High on Yoga was an amazing experience overall and I’m so glad I did this for myself. I had previously done my first yoga teacher training in India in 2015 back when I lived in Asia and it was a completely different style of learning. Not that it was bad. But High on Yoga was next-level good.

The program at High on Yoga spanned from October to January across many intensive weekends, and, in between, plenty of time to let the knowledge be assimilated. Most importantly for me, I was able to continue with my busy schedule through it. For reference, I and several other students have a full-time job and managed to do both the training amidst busy work schedules.

For me, this time structure worked so much better than an intensive 30-day course format, because there was no cram-in-your-head and forget-it-all-afterward involved. We spent intense weekends learning, then spent the following week going through it all over again, discussing together in a Whatsapp group, and really taking the time to digest and process the new learnings. Nice side effect: I made new friends that share my love for yoga — a non-negligible aspect to consider. It can be hard to make friends in Berlin!

300 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at High on Yoga

Physically, also, this schedule made so much more sense than the 6-day schedule I experienced on my first Yoga Teacher Training. You’re not off the hook from practicing on weekdays, however! The teacher training comes with an unlimited pass to the High on Yoga studio and you are required to practice six days a week. Just not all day long like it was the case on my first YTT!


Daily schedule

We met on weekends at around 7am on Saturdays to start with meditation and Mysore practice, followed by taking the beginner-level class with Mateusz, which was super helpful. Observing him teach and give adjustments to other people was vital to the learning experience, once he shared his awesome tricks of the trade with us. When all you have to practice on in your teacher training is other bendy advanced-level students, there’s a big part of reality missing, so it’s helpful to see how he does it with less experienced students. It’s also been helpful for me to practice what I learned on some friends who have less experience with yoga in between classes. This, you definitely do not have access to in an intensive month-long retreat.

Following that was a long lunch break and then we’d meet again around 1pm for asana study with Miriam (breaking down a single pose over a very long period of time to fully understand its proper alignment and mechanics), theory and philosophy, and hands-on assists, my favorite part.

On Sundays, we met a bit later, around noon usually, and studied sequencing, mantra and chanting, sometimes more asana break down, and ended the day with the Intense Level class from Mateusz, which is my favorite class of all time and likely the most advanced yoga class you’ll find in the city.

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Towards the end of the training, we also had anatomy classes with Songül which were mind-blowing. It really helps to understand and teach others once you have a grasp on the mechanics of the body. I loved that.


Learning hands-on adjustments

We spent hours learning how to adjust different poses, which is, in my book, an essential skill for any yoga teacher, and one that is often ignored by many yoga teacher training schools. Learning hands-on adjustments with Mateusz was my favorite part! I love receiving hands-on adjustments in my practice (one of the many highlights of practicing at High On Yoga!) and learning how to give them back feels like really learning how to be able to help people in their practice and like I'm doing something good for them.

Hands-on adjustments feel like receiving a wonderful deep stretch/massage and like you are really exploring each pose/your body to its full potential. They are amazing and Mateusz is the king of yoga assists. When I say you’ll be learning from the pro, I’m not exaggerating.

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Learning from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras

A big part of the training revolved around yoga philosophy and its most important texts. We were given the opportunity to read and discuss texts from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali including the eight limbs of yoga, which I was already familiar with and loved diving deeper within. We all had slightly different translations from the texts and it was actually fascinating to compare translations and discover a deeper meaning to some texts. You’ll definitely want to get yourself a copy of these two books.

We also chanted some of my favorite mantras mostly on Sunday evenings, which I absolutely loved. To a point that I decided to buy a floor harmonium for myself! Mateusz was nice enough to teach me a few chords so I had a nice starting point. Chanting has an integral role in the teacher training at High On Yoga, which is right up there in my favorite elements along with the adjustments.

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Even if you are not an Ashtangi or do not plan to teach an Ashtanga-based style of yoga, for me, there is something so intrinsically important with the type of training offered at High on Yoga — for perpetuating the tradition of yoga in its purest form. With so many yoga schools having popped up over the years and yoga being somewhat bent out of shape (pun intended), learning the tradition first and foremost is a way to ensure that the quality of yoga that will be taught in years to come will retain its wholeness. And I definitely want to be a part of that.


All info regarding YTC at HOY can be found here.


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Portugal Yoga Retreat 2022: Where To Go

You want to relax, refresh, and get away from the hustle of your daily life? So why not escape for a few days or weeks to a yoga retreat in Portugal? Portugal is an amazing country with beautiful landscapes that offer incredible serenity and mild climate year-round. The Portuguese are also some of the most peaceful people on earth! Whether you're looking for a Portugal yoga retreat nestled in nature's beauty or something more urban-like Lisbon, Portugal has it all! In this article, I wanted to highlight 10 retreat centres where you can enjoy your next yoga vacation to Portugal.

The best time to visit Portugal is in Spring. Don’t forget your travel insurance, here’s my favorite.

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The 10 Best Yoga Retreats in Portugal


4 Day Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Holiday with Surf and Massage in Cascais, Portugal

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Wake up to the sound of the ocean every morning, get up to meditate at sunrise right by the sea with great people, and practice yoga while hearing nothing but the sounds of the beautiful waves, that's what awaits you at this yoga retreat in Cascais. This is a great place to relax, detox, and de-stress. You will enjoy delicious vegetarian meals and have plenty of time for walks on the beach or national park and surfing if you wish. It’s a really beautiful location.

This Portugal yoga retreat and surf camp offers a morning meditation session by the ocean, yoga practice with a view of the sea, one massage treatment, and three nights of accommodation with a shared bathroom. A great budget option for young retreat goers.

Duration: 4 days
Price: $319
Closest Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 20 minutes
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


5 Day Wellbeing Getaway Yoga Camps at Sandhi House in Ericeira, Lisbon

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This yoga retreat Portugal in Sandhi House is set in one of the most beautiful locations on the Portuguese coast, Ericeira. The house has a stunning view over the ocean and you can practice your yoga overlooking the waves or in the beautiful gardens. This wellness retreat will offer you plenty of time to relax and enjoy nature, as well as some lovely yoga sessions with experienced teachers. They teach a mix of yin and dynamic yoga classes, so you'll both relax (try the yoga nidra to experience deep relaxation!) and get your sweat on. You will practice yoga at the beach most mornings (weather permitting) with a mix of yin poses/restorative yoga in beautiful surroundings overlooking the ocean. You can also choose between morning or evening sessions on some days. Other activities include meditation practice, walking, surfing, SUP, and more.

Duration: 5-day retreat
Price: $593
Closest Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 32km
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


4 Day Mini Yoga and Surf Retreat in Lisbon

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Oasis Backpackers' Hostel Sintra Surf invites you to a surf and yoga retreat in Portugal that you will remember forever. This is the perfect place to learn how to surf, as the waves here are gentle and consistent. The hostel has a great location, with direct access to the beach. You will enjoy daily yoga classes every morning on the rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean before hitting the waves for some surfing lessons. You'll also get plenty of free time to explore the nearby castles, rocks to climb, and forests to explore. Bikes are also available for rental. Located in a former holiday colony of the Portuguese Railway, the retreat sits in the pinewoods right next to the Atlantic ocean, in between the two beaches of Praia das Maças and Praia Grande. A dream.

Duration: 4 days
Price: $343
Closest Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 29km
Airport pick-up included? No, but you can easily reach them by public transport
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!


8 Days Deluxe Massage, Surf, Hike, and Yoga Holiday in Ericeira, Portugal

Deluxe Massage, Surf, Hike, and Yoga Holiday

This Deluxe Massage, Surf, Hike, and Yoga Holiday is a perfect way to experience all that Portugal has to offer. You will stay in an eco-friendly retreat center situated on the edge of a nature reserve with stunning ocean views. You can enjoy yoga classes every morning as well as hikes through the beautiful countryside or along the beach. Hatha Flow yoga is a great way to prepare your body for the day, by becoming stronger, more flexible, and breathing better. You will also have the chance to enjoy a traditional Portuguese massage or even learn how to give one yourself. After that, you can relax in the yoga room with some tea and snacks before heading out for your surf lesson. The center is just next door to Ericeira's famous surfing beach, where you'll be able to catch some sun and relax.

Duration: 8 days
Price: $639
Closest Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 20 minutes
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


4 Day Eco-Friendly Yoga Holiday in Aljezur, Portugal

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A yoga retreat Portugal in Aljezur is a great way to get back to nature and enjoy some peace and quiet. The retreat center is situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful countryside of Western Algarve. You can choose between Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin, or restorative yoga classes every morning. There are also meditation practices every morning, and the great opportunity to take surf lessons, of course. With so much to choose from, you'll never get bored! You can also take advantage of the yoga shala where you can have some tea and relax after your class.

Duration: 4 days
Price: $239
Closest Airport: Faro Airport - 82 km
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!


7 Day Yoga, Meditation and Soul Food Portugal yoga retreat at Nature Lodge in Odeceixe, Portugal

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Located on a private peninsula, Nature Lodge offers yoga and meditation retreats in Portugal that you will never forget. On this 7-day yoga retreat, you can enjoy two daily meditation practices as well as Hatha Yoga classes every morning. It's the perfect way to get away from it all for some much-needed rest and relaxation! There are also optional outdoor activities such as surfing lessons, SUP, canoeing, or just going to the beach.

Duration: 7 days
Price: $721
Closest Airport: Faro Airport (FAO) - 90 minutes
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes, and it’s all delicious food!


5 Day of Running Yoga Holidays in Funchal, Madeira Island

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This yoga retreat in Funchal is a great one for very active people who wish to combine running and yoga. You'll explore a new part of the Island every day while running through the most beautiful sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Laurissilva Forest, as well as the ancient Levadas (irrigation canals). You'll also do yoga every day, of course. The program is designed to make you stronger and more flexible by using dynamic movements in conjunction with breathing techniques. The best place to meet with like-minded people and make new friends!

Duration: 5 days
Price: $1,008
Closest Airport: Madeira (FNC) - 25 km
Airport pick-up included? Yes
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


8 Day Self-Care Yoga and Meditation Holiday on the Atlantic Ocean of Sintra

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This yoga retreat in Lisbon is not just your average meditation and Hatha Yoga holiday. You'll be staying at a luxurious eco-friendly backpacker hostel situated on the Atlantic coast, with stunning ocean views from every room. From the private rooms, you can get a double room with twin beds or one double as well as single rooms. The center has its own restaurant where you can enjoy healthy food as well as vegan options, so no need to worry. You'll also get to enjoy two yoga and meditation classes every day, as well as one healing workshop. There's plenty of time for relaxation too, so you can take a swim in the ocean or just enjoy the organic food, lay out on the beach, and listen to the waves.

Duration: 8 days
Price: $541
Closest Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport - 29 km
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!


4 Day Transformative Fasting Detox Cleanse and Yoga Retreat in Portimao

Detox Cleanse and Yoga Retreat in Portimao

This cleansing and detox yoga retreat in Portugal is a great way to get back in shape after the holidays. You'll enjoy two daily mindfulness practice sessions, as well as Hatha Yoga classes every morning, designed to rejuvenate your body and soul. There's also an optional activity each day such as surfing lessons, SUP, and spa treatments (acupuncture, massage, etc). This is the perfect opportunity to focus on yourself and get rid of any negative energy you may have been carrying around.

Duration: 4 days
Price: from $697
Closest Airport: Faro Airport (FAO) - 52 km
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: On request


6 Day Luxury Healing Retreat with Yoga and Harmonization of the Chakras in Algarve

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This next level Portugal yoga retreat is perfect for people who are looking to improve their overall health. You'll enjoy two daily yoga and meditation classes, as well as one healing workshop. The program is designed to help you harmonize your chakras and increase your energy levels. The itinerary is tailor-made according to your preferences and needs, so you can go at your own pace. During your stay, you'll enjoy two yoga classes per day by the amazing hosts, two meditation sessions, and two massages.

Duration: 6 days
Price: $2,432
Closest Airport: Faro Airport (FAO) - 19 km
Airport pick-up included? No
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages: English
Vegan Friendly?: Yes!


Hope you find something you like! Check here for more yoga retreats in Europe.


15 Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Munich

Top 11 Munich instagram spots

Visit Munich, and you may find yourself enjoying beer and sausages, dressing up as a Bavarian, and eating yogurt that comes with a wooden spoon. But what about visiting the best Munich Instagram spots to fuel your feed and make everyone envious? I gotchu. Heading to the Bavarian capital? Looking to up your IG game? Check out this list of 11 of the best Munich Instagram spots, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities to visit!

Many of these Munich Instagram spots are along the way of the best sights in Munich, so it’s easy to combine your sightseeing with snapping some cool pics for your Instagram page. While you're at it, check out my vegan guide of Munich and my Munich hotel guide!


11 Munich Instagram spots Not To Miss


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