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Full Immersion Yoga Retreat or Yoga as part of a Colorado Spa Vacation

Yoga is certainly one of the most popular types of health related retreats.

Yoga retreats in Colorado could simply offer a daily yoga class along with other activities and exercise, including walks, hikes, and mountain biking, skiing, and local tours. These can be part of scheduled events associated with a more structured retreat, or they can be "on your own", where you plan your yoga vacation partly around a set of yoga classes, private lessons or workshops.

A more structured retreat can combine yoga with spa treatments, including massages, body wraps, facials and pedicures. Saunas and hot tubs are also generally available at spa resorts. Weight loss spa retreats will often combine yoga and meditation with additional exercise and the appropriate diet. And you will have access to much of the spa treatments and activities.

Totally structured and pure to Yoga's origins in Buddhism, these retreats are often all inclusive including daily yoga classes, meditation, vegetarian meals and a total lifestyle. Some people may consider these retreats more as a religious retreat based on Buddhism.

A Colorado Yoga Retreat or Yoga as part of Your Vacation?

A Colorado yoga retreat doesn't need to be all encompassing or totally inclusive.

If yoga is already part of your lifestyle, you can find the appropriate yoga program at a spa resort or a separate athletic club. Then just plan other vacation activities, perhaps with your family or spouse, around "your yoga time".

If you're new to yoga, being introduced as part of a spa vacation is great way to go. You don't need to dive head first into a fully structured yoga retreat, especially if you're not sure you'll like it. Instead, integrate some form of yoga activities along with spa treatments, and general sight-seeing activities.

The best way to plan this type of retreat is to find a spa resort in Colorado that also has some form of yoga available. They often have regular daily classes, but could also offer more comprehensive workshops.

An example would be to base your vacation from the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa that has Yoga and Pilates workshops. Or you can stay anywhere in the Vail, Colorado area and schedule yoga workshops and meditation at the Vail Athletic Club. You are sure to meet interesting people, too.

Colorado Yoga Retreats – Total Immersion and Beyond!

For the more advanced Yoga enthusiast, there are several retreat centers that will take you to a new levels. These centers are among the best anywhere. In fact, the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Center near Boulder, Colorado is a premier yoga teacher training school.

One aspect that separates these retreats from others is the high degree of structure and focus on yoga, meditation and even diet. Total immersion in a yogic lifestyle can also include meditation and chanting for relaxation and quieting the mind.

As advanced as these retreat centers are, they always welcome beginners. So if you want to delve right in, they will make you feel comfortable and accepted.

You can even go to a higher level beyond yoga, and enter the world of Tibetan Buddhism at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The Shambhala Colorado retreat center attracts thousands of visitors a year from all over the world and is home to The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. This is the largest and most elaborate example of Buddhist sacred architecture in North America.

Their emphasis is much more about a full lifestyle according to Buddhism, rather than yoga simply for relaxation and exercise. They also may have a silent retreat option. No talking allows true introspection and reflection, along with meditation and many seminars and workshops.