The world’s greatest meeting of land and sea, California’s own Big Sur is one of the most magical places to connect to nature, the spirit, the mat and oneself.
Big Sur spans the Pacific Coast from San Simeon to Carmel along the coastal range of the Santa Lucia Mountains, attracting yogis and adventures to explore the deep woods and waterfalls, ride horses along the sandy beaches, and see the many creatures that live in this promised land.
Because of its intense beauty, we have decided to take “off the beaten mat” style yoga retreats in Big Sur. Below our top reasons why you’ll want to attend.
5 Reasons to Attends a Yoga Retreat in Big Sur
1. Experience the Wildlife of the Area
From whales visible from shore to dolphins and otters swimming along the base of the mountains make Big Sur one of the best destinations to get to experience some of the best sea creatures the United States has to offer.
When there it’s also possible to see some of the largest, rarest, fastest and slowest lifeforms on the planet, including blue whales, California condors, peregrine falcons, and elephant seas.
And you better watch your step, mountain lions live in the mountains feeding on deer, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, and rabbits. If you enjoy really experiencing other creatures, Big Sur is for you.
2. Take Extraordinary Hikes
From beach trails to more mountainous ones, there’s no way you can get bored hiking in Big Sur. When you first visit Pfeiffer Big State Park in Big Sur, the most recommended trail is Pfeiffer Falls. This trail is the ideal challenging hike among the giant redwoods. Plus you get to visit a rocky waterfall, so what could possibly be so bad.
In addition, Ragged Point has acres of manicured lawns and California wildflowers enjoyed by both humans and hummingbirds.
In Big Sur for longer than an extended weekend? Try making it through this list and let us know what your favorite trail is!
3. Horseback Ride on the Beautiful Beaches
One of the coolest adventures to take in Big Sur is scenic coastal horseback tours, as you view the coastal paradise and flower-studded meadows, enduring Redwood groves, translucent streams, and secluded beaches.
If you choose to horseback, you’ll be able to gain a new look on the scenery as you view indigenous animals from up above.
4. Dive Deeper Into Your Yoga & Meditation Practices
Flowing on your mat while overlooking the world’s most overstanding meeting of yoga and sea is a life-changing experience that can connect you deeper to yourself. Meditating in nature will allow you to connect to what lies inside of you and to Mother Earth at large.
You have to experience it to believe it.
5. Connect to Friends Around the Campfire
One of the best parts about exploring a new place while on a yoga retreat is having the opportunity to do so with a loving community. Throughout every day in Big Sur or another retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded people.
At night, we’ll all sit around the fire and enjoy a mouth-watering meal as we gaze at the stars and swap stories.
Living every single day for the mat, Sara is a yoga teacher, a published yoga writer and storyteller, an innovative yoga marketer, a YOGANONYMOUS editor, and a dedicated yoga student.
Sara strives to live from the connection of her head and her heart and encourages her students and clients to do the same by motivating them to step into their full powerful purpose through the transformational magic of yoga.
When not on the mat, you can find this earth sign hiking up a mountain in the beautiful Boulder, Colo., where she’s based or shredding down a ski hill.