Happy International Yoga Day: Here are the best retreats on the globe

Cape Town - Downward dog, Bhujangasana and Trikonasana was on all yoga lovers' lips and hips on Tuesday, 21 June, as the world celebrated International Yoga Day (IYD). 

Yoga is a 5 000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India, the IYD website says - a practice which aims to transform both body and mind. 

On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, after the call for the adoption of the dedicated day by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014. "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition," Modi said at the time. 

"It embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature." 

In suggesting 21 June, Modi said, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world."

Although 21 June was also the longest winter day in the Southern Hemisphere, people from across the globe in all seasons embraced IYD with outstretched arms - literally. 

Check it out: 

If you're after the ultimate international yoga escape, here are our Top 3 global retreats:

Surf Maroc Retreat, Morocco

Surf + Yoga = Ultimate Bliss

Surf Maroc offers weeklong retreats throughout the entire year, each one featuring the sublime combination of yoga and surfing. A typical day includes morning and evening yoga classes, afternoon beach time, and nourishing meals. 

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Nepal Yoga Retreat & Spa, Nepal 

Nepal Yoga retreat is a is a sanctuary tucked in the hills of the Kathmandu valley, surrounded by temples. A centre where you will find, simple and wholesome organic food, Sanatam yoga, mantra singing, yoga philosophy explained and guided meditation.  

It is a place that welcomes anyone seeking peace, quiet, solitude, healthy food, yoga training and instruction, piece of mind and inward perspective.

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Bhutan Yoga Tour, Bhutan

This 17-day experience full of hikes, evening and morning practices, delicious dumplings, and cultural immersion. 

For the true explorer, the retreat also includes an optional five-day trek through the Druk Park.

On SA soil, you can check into one of these yoga retreats across the country: Grab your mat and #blissout with these 9 yoga retreats across SA

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