Tatler Spa Award for destination yoga

destination yoga - yogic star!

What every self-respecting yogi is looking for: a week of challenging classes with expert teachers – the type who inspire, motivate and lend life wisdom – without the ashram-type suffering and soggy cabbage.

destination yoga operates in serene and lovely locations from India to Crete.  Plump for Puglia, in Italy’s deep south, for a perfect blast of stretching, sunshine, swimming, warm homemade bread and a whitewashed farmhouse with soulful, earthy vibes.  The owner, Julia, is an energy worker and healer who will calm the chattering of your mind; her two devastatingly good looking sons are like something out of Jesus Christ Superstar – one a carpenter, the other a sculptor – and they play ancient drums and chant. 

The food is a delicious extravaganza: local cheeses, tons of salad, wholemeal pizza.  Even beginners blossom, learning to release stressed bodies and creaky joints, while teachers like Heather Elton know just how to push New York alpha-bendy types to new levels.  There are market jaunts and meditative walks in the forest. 

And all the while the light and landscape of Puglia draw you out of yourself – raw and elemental, it begs you to reprioritise and reassess.  Time out for your mind as well as your body.

See also: all 2013 yoga dates and destinations