By Diana Gerstacker
TheActiveTimes.com

Buried in the stress of our daily lives, it's hard to appreciate our connection to the universe and our small but important role.

It's so easy to get carried away and lose focus of what's important. Minds crowded and bodies exhausted we all need an escape every once in a while to reestablish that connection.

For many people yoga is that perfect escape. The practice challenges the mind and body, while helping us focus and let go of the unimportant. When you’re looking to unwind and refresh, a yoga retreat might be the perfect opportunity.

We've outlined 10 of the best yoga retreats in the world. From Dominica to Massachusetts, these are the places that have restored the mind, body and spirit of thousands of yogis.

Top Yoga Retreats Around The World

Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
 

Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

Overlooking a private beach with access to warm clear waters, this retreat is set on the southern tip of Koh Samui island in Thailand. The flexible programs allow guests to get as involved in yoga as they want -- whether that means dropping into one or two classes or signing up for a package that includes a personal wellness consultation among other wellness activities.

Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
 

Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

In addition to great programs, Kamalaya has a steam cavern, swimming and plunge pools and fantastic fitness facilities. kamalaya.com

Shreyas Yoga Retreat -- India
 

Shreyas Yoga Retreat -- India

This high-end resort set on 25 pristine acres brings new meaning to luxury, while simultaneously offering some of the best yoga and meditation programs anywhere in the world. The resort blends amenities and comforts of a five star hotel with traditional yoga teachings.

Shreyas Yoga Retreat -- India
 

Shreyas Yoga Retreat -- India

The fusion is best reflected in their completely vegetarian menu, on-site organic farming and Ashtanga and Hatha yoga practices. shreyasretreat.com

Esalen Institute, California
 

Esalen Institute, California

Sitting on 27 acres of precious Big Sur coastline, this California retreat is well-known for it’s top-tier yoga instruction and the breathtaking beauty that surrounds it.

Esalen Institute, California
 

Esalen Institute, California

Perched between the Pacific Ocean and a string of mountains, the institute is home to organic farms, an art center, hot springs and educational facilities. esalen.org

Osho Meditation Resort, India
 

Osho Meditation Resort, India

Set in the Pune province of India, this resort offers many excellent yoga programs, but the main focus here is on active meditation. Perhaps best described as a high intensity workout for body and soul, guests leave Osho refreshed and revitalized.

Osho Meditation Resort, India
 

Osho Meditation Resort, India

The morning classes address body flow, rhythm, breathing techniques and so much more, visitors to Osho have plenty to choose from and even more to learn. osho.com

Amansala Resort and Retreat, Mexico
 

Amansala Resort and Retreat, Mexico

The stunning oceanfront resort of Amansala offers guests the opportunity to start their day amid ocean waves and yoga poses. Classes, workshops and packages explore everything from relaxation to total-body fitness in a surreal beach setting and there’s plenty to explore on town.

Amansala Resort and Retreat, Mexico
 

Amansala Resort and Retreat, Mexico

Take a bike ride to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum or swim in Tulum's Grand Cenote, a natural freshwater pool. amansala.com

Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana
 

Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana

Set in the Montana Rockies, Feathered Pipe Ranch is a rustic getaway like no other. Guests benefit from the knowledge of visiting teachers who specialize in everything from mindfulness to healing arts and enjoy amenities like the sauna, hot tub and bathhouse.

Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana
 

Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana

Surrounded by the richness of nature, there are also opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, swimming and canoeing on the property or in the millions of acres of forest and mountains that surround the ranch. featheredpipe.com

Miraval Resort & Spa, Arizona
 

Miraval Resort & Spa, Arizona

This award-winning retreat offers guests a wide variety of yoga classes, a world-class spa and more activities than you could imagine -- all in full view of the breathtaking Santa Catalina Mountains.

Miraval Resort & Spa, Arizona
 

Miraval Resort & Spa, Arizona

Set in the High Sonoran Desert, Miraval has something for everyone -- from nutrition to outdoor adventures, they offer events to meet all interest but their specialty lies in yoga and meditation. miravalresorts.com

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