One-time ballerina and all-round yoga queen, Naomi Annand is the woman behind beloved east London studio, Yoga on the Lane and author of two books. She picks three of her favourite yoga retreats for us
West Lexham, Norfolk, UK
Lots of my favourite London yoga teachers run retreats at this gorgeous space set in lovely landscaped gardens in the heart of Norfolk. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies to explore, from sanctuary gardens to chalk streams, and there’s a lovely lake for wild swimming. The yoga spaces are in a handsome converted barn and a super-cute old village hall. The rooms in the main buildings are pretty, with en-suite bathrooms, or you can rent one of the amazing treehouses, and there’s a garden kitchen café that does great coffee and wood-fired pizzas.
This gorgeous retreat centre is housed in an old Vice Royal palace, high above the city of Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. You have one-to-one yoga classes at an open-sided shala in the woods, the chefs create an Ayurvedic menu tailored to your personal energetic profile and the view of the Himalayas is ridiculous. To cap it all, they do Abhyanga, a four-hand, full-body massage with medicated essential oils.
I recently taught my first retreat here in collaboration with my friend Anna Jones – she designed the menus, and I taught the yoga. The house and grounds are gorgeous; some of the rooms are chic and modern, others old-school grand, but each of them is beautifully designed. The food in their three separate restaurants is all ridiculously good, and they have their own on-site genius of a baker. We did yoga on the lawn and meditated in a lovely light-filled inside/outside courtyard.
From discovering secret surf spots in the Yucatán, getting under the skin of Tel Aviv, or sniffing out the best pastries in Paris, join the fastest growing community of in-the-know travellers sharing firsthand experiences of the greatest places on earth, delivered straight to your inbox every week.