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Yoga in Greece: The Perfect Idea for Your Summer Break

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Greek Yoga instructor Olga Militsi offering a summer course at the beach on Evia Island. Credit: Olga Militsi / Greek Reporter

Greece has one more reason to become your next summer destination, and that’s none other than yoga.

The country is emerging as an excellent choice for yoga aficionados from all around the world.

From the magical coastlines and the traditional picturesque islands to the beautiful cities full of ancient history, Greece is the ideal place to practice yoga while immersing oneself in the country’s rich culture.

Even though the Greek Orthodox Church has expressed its discontent about the popularity that yoga has gained over the past years among Christians, Greece is full of beautiful yoga retreats that allow travelers to rejuvenate while enjoying picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Summer Allows for Yoga at Mythological Sites

Spirituality has always been a part of the Greek culture: oracles, mythological sites, and temples show that ancient Greeks were passionate about spiritual guidance and inner balance.

And that’s what yoga is all about. Yoga practitioners learn how to harness the power of their mind to reach a state of absolute calmness and awareness. Yoga is also a great antidote to stress. Breathing techniques along with stretching exercises help the body release accumulated tension and focus on the present.

A Magical Retreat on a Private Island

The Silver Island, located in Eboea, is a privately-owned earthly paradise. This place is ideal for travelers who want to be surrounded by nature, while practicing yoga away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Practicing yoga at Meteora, Greece in summer
Yoga at Meteora. Credit: Olga Militsi / Greek Reporter

Famous British fashion blogger RosieGlow, in referring to her vay-cay to the Silver Island Yoga retreat, wrote: “I can safely say that it was the best week I’ve had in a very long time, if not ever! Everything about the retreat was perfect; from the surreally beautiful island location to the delicious vegetarian food to the weather and of course the amazing yoga sessions.”

Euboea, aka Evia, is also known for its crystal clear waters and surrounding mountains. The deep blue water of the Aegean Sea is so clear that the bottom is visible from the surface even kilometers away from the shore.

Retreats all over Greece

Yoga retreats can be found all over the country. Travelers can combine their daily practice sessions with sightseeing and tours.

Whitewashed and blue-painted traditional houses on the islands, cosmopolitan towns, and wineries in small villages provide travelers with plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture after their daily yoga sessions.

The diverse landscape of the Greek islands gives yoga fans plenty of options as to where they’ll practice. One can practice in the surroundings of verdant nature or crystalline waters, on sandy or pebbly beaches, or on mountains with thick vegetation and breathtaking views.


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