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I've reserved this Ashtanga Yoga Retreats page for mostly the tradtional and authentic Ashtanga Yoga Instructors. The first retreat listed is the Sri K Pattabhi Jois institute which is the only place in the world where Ashtanga teaching certificates come from. Most of the instructors below train here regularly or they are ongoing retreat centers that hire teachers from the SKPJI. Rest assured you are getting a true ashtanga experience here!

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Ashtanga Yoga Retreats:
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute

Mysore, India 

I can’t write a page about Ashtanga Yoga Retreats and not put this on it. This is the grandaddy of them all! The KPJAYI is where serious yogis come to deepen their knowledge and practice. This is the place where certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga is granted. Note I said granted, not given because you don’t just take a 200, 300 or 500 hour course and get a certificate. Do not go here expecting to complete teacher training as certificates are only granted when they feel you are ready. You stay at the institute for a one month minimum, maximum 3 months, practicing yoga in the morning at the time slot you are given (can be very very early!!!) six days a week and resting on Saturdays and the day of the full moon. The teacher is R Sarath Jois, the grandson of the late K Pattabhi Jois. On Friday’s and Sunday’s you will do a led practice the other days are Mysore (at your own pace) with Sarath on looking. If you’re looking for alot of personal attention and hand holding the KPJAYI is probably not the best place for you. Mainly people are there to absorb the energy of their fellow yogis and practice with the best. Sarath will give you the next pose when he feels you are ready. After you have completed your time at the institute you are allowed to return no less than 6 months later.

Costs and prices are not listed for these Ashtanga Yoga Retreats and can only be obtained by contacting them. If you’re really serious about getting a pure traditional Ashtanga experience check this one out, but be ready to work hard at your practice.


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Ashtanga Yoga Retreats:
Kino MacGregor and Tim Fieldmann

Samahita Retreat, Thailand

Dates: March 30-April 13, 2014 

This one was a little tough to find believe it or not! Every year Kino and Tim do a two week retreat here and this just became number one on my to do list . The Samahita Retreat is listed above as they offer ongoing Ashtanga Yoga classes and you can check in for a personal retreat. However, the chance to work with Kino and Tim for two straight weeks in a beautiful setting-wow.

 Kino Macgregor is responsible for increasing the popularity of Ashtanga Yoga in North America immensely in the past few years. She has a very popluar facebook and twitter page and an enormous youtube video library of helpful how to's and tips for anyone interested in Ashtanga Yoga. I personally have used her videos numerous times and found them very very helpful. I've also read and love her book POwer of Ashtanga Yoga. She is one of the most advanced Yogi's in the world. The beauty of her teaching is that she wants to give it away so freely. She is truely passionate about Ashtanga and living the principles along with it. I love Kino Macgregor, she serves daily inspiration for me to grow and practice without any ego.

Ashtanga Yoga Retreats:
Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

Goa, India

Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga Retreats is situated in Goa, a state on India's west coast which is lined by the Arabian Sea. You can choose from one or two week stays. The accommodations aren’t a five star resort but for an Indian Yoga Retreat they are considered a bit higher standard. If you’re serious about your ashtanga practice these Ashtanga Yoga Retreats needs to be on your list. There are 6 morning classes and 4 afternoon classes per week. Students should aim to arrive on Saturday between 2pm and 5pm, the first class of the yoga course is Sunday morning and the last class is on a Friday morning, with departures on the last Saturday by 10.00am .

"Set in a lush tropical garden with monkeys in the trees and hammocks strewn about, this retreat is pretty close to nirvana." Elle Magazine (USA)"

Food: 3 Vegetarian meals included in cost, Ayurvedic treatments available at extra cost.

Cost: varies according to which retreat you take but generally be looking to pay 450-700 pounds for one week, either shared or private accommodations and for two weeks it would be 750-1200 pounds shared/private. The cost seems to increase with the instructors who come from Sir K Pattabhi Jois Yoga Institute.

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Ashtanga Yoga Retreats:
 Samahita Yoga retreat Center

Koh Samui Suratthani, Thailand

Not the typical Ashram, but not a resort either, it’s a perfect blend of both. This company offers on going retreats without any date restrictions and they also offer special retreats with guest teachers, including yoga teacher training. Another one of their offerings is their health and wellness programs. With their wellness and treatment center onsite they offer more than just yoga- including thai massage, swedish massage and much much more. With the daily yoga retreat schedule morning tea begins at 7am followed by a morning Ashtanga including pranayama. Then off to a buffet style brunch and a little free time. In the afternoons you’re treated to a restorative yoga class. Accommodations are just steps away from the beach making it a peaceful and wonderful place to find inner balance. One quick tip though, if arranging transportation it’s best to get a taxi on your own as the center’s van is a little pricey.

Child minding available: yes

Other Activities (other than yoga):wellness treatments at their treatment center, lounging on the beautiful beaches


for the ongoing daily yoga retreat

share two bedroom loft $133 USD per person per night

semi private room $156 USD per person per night

single superior room $172 per person per night

Deluxe suite add $65 per night, $420 for one week, $806 for two weeks, $1170 for three weeks and $1430 for four weeks


  • Fully equipped accommodation with AC
  • Full brunch and dinner buffets
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Herbal steam room
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Wi Fi internet
  • Service charge
  • VAT government tax

Non Yogi partners welcome: yes

food: full brunch and dinner buffets

dates: ongoing for these rates, also host specific retreats throughout the year

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Ashtanga Yoga Retreats:
Triopetra Yoga Retreat

Crete, Greece

Instructor Kristina Karitinou is one of the very few people in the world who is fully certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri. K Pattaabhi Jois, and because of this she is a well known and respected teacher. Triopetra Yoga Retreat center runs ongoing Ashtanga Yoga Retreats from Feb 12th- Nov 12th. The daily schedule starts with a morning Ashtanga (Mysore-self paced but with an instructor to help and correct you) class six days a week, and then an optional one at 6pm. There are also face treatments, thai massage, ayurvedic massage, vedic astrology readings are also available for you to book. There are so many activities to do during your free time, too. Accommodations are shared or private and they also have a house available for a larger group of people. Please note the accommodations are not onsite with the shala but rather a short walk. The food is served from their restaurant called the Soul Kitchen with Chris Clark, who I hear is an outstanding vegetarian and vegan chef. Something to note: when booking, if you are wanting to learn from Kristina please ensure she will be present, as she does travel and her husband takes over classes, while she is away.

Child minding available: no

Other Activities (other than yoga): mountain hiking, biking and bike rentals, wild orchid photography, optional cooking classes

Cost: 650 euros per week shared or 850 euros for private or $850 USD shared, $1105USD for private

Non Yogi partners welcome: yes

food: 3 vegetarian or vegan meals per day at their Soul Kitchen restaurant

dates: Ongoing Feb 12 to Oct 12, with no yoga classes on Saturday

Ashtanga Yoga Retreats:
Ashtanga Yoga Berlin

Lindow, Brandenburg, Germany

If you want to dive a little deeper into your Ashtanga yoga and go beyond just the asanas this is a great place to start. The week long retreat in May has a schedule laid out for lots of yoga classes including Mysore, pranayama and meditation, along with discussion on yoga texts. Instructor Grischa studies under many senior Ashtanga teachers and founded Ashtanga Yoga Berlin. The accommodations are located on their farm approximately 75 min drive from Berlin in a small place called Lindow, Brandenburg. A quiet and serene place perfect for going deep.

Child minding available: no

Other Activities (other than yoga): nothing listed- perhaps site seeing in Germany!

Cost: 550 euros plus accommodations-includes food
accommodations:-double room shared attached bathroom 170 euro per week/ $221 USD-

double room shared with dettached shared bathroom 140 euros/$182 USD per week-

triple room with shared bathroom 120 euros/$156 per week-In the yoga hall 60 euros/ $78 USD-your own tent 40 euros/ $52USDNon Yogi partners welcome

included but not specified

dates: May 18th to 25th, 2013- I'm awaiting an update for their next one!

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat:
Ashtanga Yoga in Bali with Dena Kingsberg
Campuhan, Ubud, Bali  

Dena Kingsberg is Sri K Pattabhi Jois most advanced female student. She completed the 4th Series in 1996 and is certified by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

The title of this retreat is- Rustic but beautiful! The shala is actually nestled into the rice paddies. The climate is humid in Bali so please bring some towels to your yoga classes! Accommodations are the Ananda Cottages boasting tranquility in the cool hills just a 25 minute walk from town. The decor in the rooms is beautiful and you have a wonderful pool to swim in during your breaks

Child minding available: no

Other Activities (other than yoga): swimming, relaxing, walking to town Ubud


Retreat includes:

6 nights with accommodation Superior room + yoga + breakfast

private room $1400

twin share $1100 per person

yoga only $ 600 Sunday - Friday

Non Yogi partners welcome: yes


breakfast included


Sept 28- Oct 4th, 2013-We'll update you when we hear of antoher retreat with Dena

Arrival : Saturday September 28 after noon

First class : Sunday September 29 @ 7.00 am

Class times : Sunday - Friday 7.00am & Sunday - Wednesday 4.00pm

Last class ends : Friday October 4 @ 10.00am

Check out : by 12.00 noon. Friday October 4

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