White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center
Santa Barbara, California
Why you’ll Love It: You sleep in yurts. This retreat center dates to 1967; founder Ganga White is one of the country’s most well-known yogis.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: just outside town in a canyon with views of the Pacific
Post-Yoga Diversions: The campus sits in the mountains overlooking Santa Barbara, so there’s plenty of exploring.
When To Go: Retreats are scheduled year-round. If you don’t have a whole week to unwind, the Memorial Day Yoga Retreat is a great way to spend a long weekend.
Cost: $150 deposit, then a $675 donation, includes accommodations and meals; whitelotus.org
Why You’ll Love It: The ultra-chic hotel has an amazing Yoga, Movement, and Meditation program. Great for the hipster crowd.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on a bayside dock or in the movement center, with panoramic views of the bay
Post-Yoga Diversions: The spa offers acupuncture, fitness training, and nutrition-focused cooking lessons. And there’s always South Beach ...
When To Go: anytime. Year-round retreats, workshops, and seminars available.
Cost: from $1,200, includes two nights accommodations, daily yoga and meditation, a spa treatment, and breakfast and lunch; standardhotels.com
Big Island, Hawaii
Why You’ll Love It: Nearby volcano Kilauea provides a dramatic backdrop for a restorative vacation.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the most picturesque spots in the United States.
Post-Yoga Diversions: scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking by waterfalls and botanical gardens. A black-sand beach is only a short walk away.
When To Go: The resort hosts instructors throughout the year; check out the Yoga, Meditation, and Live Music retreat: Relax and Restore in Paradise, April 6–11.
Cost: $999 for a room with private bath for six days and five nights, includes three meals a day and daily yoga with live music; kalani.com
Whidbey Island, Washington
Why You’ll Love It: It’s an inexpensive and homey getaway for those who really want to simplify and enjoy peaceful surroundings.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: in a forest on Puget Sound, 25 miles from Seattle
Post-Yoga Diversions: wandering five acres of woodlands and appreciating the lush landscape and wildlife
When To Go: 2010 retreats are ongoing, or you can drop in for a weekend of yoga.
Cost: starts at $375 for two nights lodging, includes vegetarian meals and two to three yoga classes a day; yogalodge.com
Bikram Yoga Retreats
Why You’ll Love It: Some like it hot―and these Bikram retreats are pretty sultry.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: at one of three locations: on Kauai, Maui, or the Big Island. The ocean is just steps away!
Post-Yoga Diversions: surfing, snorkeling, and hiking
When To Go: Check out the Big Island retreat in summer 2010.
Cost: from $1,395 to $1,895 per person (double occupancy), includes seven nights lodging, daily brunch, five gourmet dinners, luau, yoga, posture clinic, and island excursions; bikramyogaretreats.com