A lot of people are quite busy and it’s not always possible to go on a full yoga retreat. If you fit in that category, than the following yoga retreats might be something for you. These are just a couple of days long and they are perfect for those who’d like to escape the city for a couple of days to go on a mini-retreat. It’s a great way to relax and unwind from your busy life. They are perfect to do alone, or with your partner or friends. 

Yoga Retreat New York

The state of New York has a lot of great yoga retreats to offer withing its vicinity. So even if you are in the big apple you can just hop on the train or the bus to visit the next one that I looked up for you! Yoga retreats in New York are gaining popularity, but this one is very special for the spiritual seekers upon us. Besides that, New York isn’t known for its affordable yoga retreats, but this is one of the cheapest holidays that I’ve seen so far.

Sivananda Yoga Ranch (Prices start at US$ 120)

The Sivananda Yoga Ranch is a quiet and peaceful place, located 100 miles outside New York City in the USA. If you happen to visit it, you can choose between traveling by airplane or a bus to get there, but probably the best option is to take the bus because you will be able to enjoy the amazing scenery in that way. Joining this yoga retreat will help you escape from your fast-paced routine and tons of responsibilities, reconnect with nature and relax your mind. The place is just two hours away from New York City, it’s easy to get to, and pretty affordable for anyone who wants to discover the power of yoga routines.

This wonderful place gives you the chance to check-in at 2:00 pm, so you don’t have to get up early and be in a hurry like on any other workday. You can choose from single rooms, doubles or shared rooms. The single and the double rooms are more appropriate for people who like to be with some company. Moreover, those who want to experience more excitement and be closer to nature are allowed to bring their tents and sleep outside. The Sivananda Yoga Ranch also offers single and shared apartments. So, there is a choice for everyone, even for the most pretentious guests.

Enough for the great facilities, there are various yoga techniques you can learn in there. After all, it’s the main reason why you have to visit the place. The Five Points of Yoga the Ranch suggests include special breathing, proper exercise, relaxation, diet, meditation, and positive thinking. After you are done with yoga, you will have the chance to enjoy delicious organic meals. The place usually offers brunch and dinner to its guests. The food at the Ranch is strictly vegetarian but extremely tasty. You will deprive yourself of meat, eggs, and fish this time, but think of it as the best time to purify your organism. The interesting is that onions and garlic are not part of the yogic diet too. But we don’t need to complain, there are plenty of other new things we can try and enjoy very much.

This place is a great affordable yoga retreat, which can offer us amenities as if we are staying in a five-star hotel, but at reasonable prices. In your free time, you can enjoy different spa procedures, detox programs, hot stone therapy. You may even find the famous Russian banya and treat yourself with this relaxing experience. If you are not a fan of the spa, you may go swimming, country walking or hiking, it’s up to you, there are lots of different options.

When we hear of Yoga Retreat New York, we might imagine going to a deserted place with terrible conditions, and eventually, it can make us give up our trip. But that is not the case here. The Sivananda Yoga Ranch can provide us both quietness and closeness to nature and good accommodation and facilities at the same time. Don’t hesitate to visit this unique place, and of course learn some brilliant yoga techniques, which will be so beneficial for your physical and mental health.

For more info on this retreat, click here.

Yoga Retreat California

If New York is not really your thing, or you’d like to have a better climate when you are on a retreat during fall and winter, then the next one might be something for you. This one is reasonably priced and has a lot to offer.

The Expanding Light Retreat (Prices start at US$ 258)

If you are looking for peace and spirituality, The Expanding Light Retreat might be the perfect place. It is a spiritual community, located in Ananda Village in California, USA. The place is really easy to get to, you can choose among traveling by bus, train or airplane. If you happen to choose traveling by plane, it is most recommended to book your flight to arrive at the well-known Sacramento International airport. But it will be better to travel by train or by bus because you will be able to enjoy the amazing landscape nearby. Here you can experience Ananda Yoga, which is a teaching that brings yoga back to its original spiritual essence.

When you arrive at The Expanding Light Retreat, you can choose between indoor and outdoor accommodation. If you are a traditionalist, the place offers both standard and deluxe rooms. The Yoga Retreat has three different buildings. But if you seek excitement and decide to try the outdoor accommodation, a recreational vehicle, RV camping, and tent camping will be available to you. Guests are usually very happy with the facilities, they are given twin beds, always fresh towels, and even air- conditioning in some rooms. So, you don’t have to deprive yourself of all the amenities you are used to.

As mentioned, the place offers Ananda Yoga teaching. In case you need to get your body, mind, and soul harmonized, Ananda Yoga might be quite beneficial for you. This teaching increases your level of consciousness. It is perfect for beginners in yoga. The place also presents Sadhana meditation, which is a more personal spiritual effort. When you are done with your yoga or meditation, the friendly staff has prepared for you a variety of delicious meals. If you treat yourself with a trip to The Expanding Light Retreat, diverse breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be included in your package. And don’t worry, even if you are vegetarian, there is plenty of tasty food for you too. The guests might choose among vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or organic meals.

If you don’t want to stay inside, you can go out and visit this sweet treat: Ananda’s market or the treasure-filled boutique. You can buy great presents for your friends and family and ask them to join you on your next trip to this peaceful place. When you come back to the yoga retreat, you can enjoy massages, reiki therapy, and spiritual counseling. It’s like going to a spa hotel but at a more reasonable price.

The Expanding Light Retreat is ideal for people, who have the desire to gain more spirituality. If you are not familiar with yoga and meditation, you can certainly learn wonderful new techniques to relax your mind. You have the opportunity to stay at excellent facilities and try extremely delicious meals. And of course, you will be given the chance to reconnect with nature and take a break from your routine and responsibilities in the big city. Don’t hesitate to visit this place and take care of your physical and mental health and well-being.

For more info on this retreat, click here.

Yoga Retreat Florida

For those who are looking for something more special or looking for something adventurous, the next retreat in Florida is a must to do! Prices for this retreat are steep, but it’s something that you’ve never done before.

Paradise Yoga Sailing Retreats (Prices start at US$ 1,050)

Have you ever thought of doing yoga, while sailing? It is possible now with Paradise Yoga Sailing Retreats. This particular retreat is going to take place in Sarasota, Florida, USA. If you want to feel the power of the water and the wind and to rejuvenate your senses, this will be the perfect opportunity for you. By taking this trip, you might combine the great benefits of yoga practice and the pleasure of sailing at the same time. There are plenty of things you might discover at the sea. You will be left with tons of beautiful lifelong memories from this experience. Let’s face it, yoga retreat on a boat sounds so unusual but quite exciting. Signing up for this retreat will let you see Egmont Key, which is only accessible by private boat.

If you choose to join this retreat, you will have the chance to learn more about sailing or simply enjoy the fresh breeze of the Gulf of Mexico. You will start your day with yoga and meditation. Perhaps, you have heard about the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbeans, now you have the brilliant chance to see them in person. The yoga retreat is offering luxury accommodations and different combinations of leisure and adventures, depending on your preferences. You will get in touch with experienced instructors on the boat. They will help you keep yourself happy, flexible and healthy. Yoga has a wide range of benefits for human health, and the sea breeze will be a great addition to it.

When you finish doing the yoga practices and meditations, or get tired of the sun and the wind, you will need to support yourself with a nice meal. Luckily, there is a variety of farm-fresh organic meals you can try on the boat. You will be given a rich breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Also, diverse snacks and beverages will be available to you at any time. Whether you are an experienced sailor or a beginner, you can take advantage of this opportunity and treat yourself with amazing sailing experience. The prices are acceptable and even the deposit is refundable if you decide to cancel your reservation up to 14 days. Usually, guests create good memories and they are always willing to come back.

People, who have already tried doing yoga while sailing, confirm that it is a great way to recharge your batteries and enjoy the quietness and freshness of the ocean. If you are into adventures, don’t hesitate to take up this trip. You can ask friends and family to join you and share this splendid experience with them. It’s guaranteed you won’t regret it. You will improve your health and well-being by having nice meditation and yoga sessions with your professional instructors. Not to mention how many beautiful sceneries you are going to enjoy. You will be left with excitement and wonderful memories for the rest of your life.

If you’d like to go on an adventure, click here for more information.


Those were a couple of short yoga and meditation retreats just for you. You can choose a suitable time yourself, these centers are mostly open all-year-round and they are great for people who want a quick getaway. If this is not really what you are looking for, or you’d like to visit a different location. Here you can find a short yoga retreat just for you.

If you have any more questions, or you’d like me to help your perfect yoga retreat, reach out to me in the comment section below!

And for now…

Nama-stay wonderful!

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. C

    Thanks for this great article. Going to a mini yoga retreat sounds nice. The pictures look really nice, you get to be with other people practicing yoga outdoors. I really like the sailing retreat in florida, because you could do yoga out on a boat. Then you’ve got the motion of the water, and the water all around you. 

    I’d be most likely to go to New York retreats since I live in NY.  It looks like at the yoga ranch you can go outside which is nice. Being that it’s a mini retreat, I’d probably go to the closest one, while if it were a full retreat I might travel further. 

    Thanks for your expertise on yoga retreats and have a great day!

    1. Virendra

      Thank you for your comment C and have a great day as well!

  2. Christopher Harvey

    Thanks for the information.  I have been thinking of getting into yoga.  I have read a little bit about it and it seems very relaxing.  I knew there were yoga retreats but had no clue where to find them. I like the idea of the one in New York and one thing that I think would actually make the whole trip great would be to take a train if possible.  I’ve always wanted to see New York and this seems like a great way to do it all.

    1. Virendra

      Hi Christopher, I think it might be a nice combination to visit the New York area and then finish off with a yoga retreat to go back home completely relaxed!

  3. Stella

    These mini yoga retreats are such a great idea to mingle with other practitioners and get out to a new environment for a short time. I’ve noticed some businesses in my local area such as tour boats and inns getting on board with the idea. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.

    I have a funny question, though. I read what you said about garlic and onions not being part of the yoga vegan diet. Why is that the case? Or is it just the Sivananda Yoga Ranch that follows that rule?

    Great suggestions! Thanks!
    Stella 🙂

    1. Virendra

      Hi Stella, that’s a very good question and it’s a bit too hard and elaborate to explain fully, so here is a website that can explain it better than I can.

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    Hi Virendra. 

    I am interested to attend a Yoga session and the places you share to attend is marvelous. Any recommendations for a beginner? Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and actually improve health as well. I recommend anyone thinking to improve your mental and physical health to attend Yoga lessson.

    Thank you. Marc.

    1. Virendra

      Hi Mark, I would recommend for you the retreat in Florida. The other two are quite specific retreats and they go deeper in all kind of aspects.

  5. Henderson

    I think that the yoga retreat at Florida will be a very good one for me because I can stay around with my family there. Like you have said, not everyone has time for a full retreat. I personally have wanted to go on a retreat for a while now but I didn’t have time. Tha ks to you, I will be able to go for one of this mini ones. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Virendra

      Great that you found a mini retreat that is suitable for you! Enjoy it and let me know what your experience was!

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