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Eight incredible places you can do yoga around the world.

Whether it’s under the water or in the snow, in a crater or on top of a mountain, there’s plenty of enticing ways to experience yoga around the world.

Here are our top picks.

Stand-up yoga in a crater cave

Imagine floating atop a geothermal spring, twirling your fingers in the warm water while staring up at the sky through the opening of an ancient crater during yoga nidra.

Park City Yoga Adventures offers stand-up paddle boarding yoga amid the 10,000-year-old limestone rock at Midway Utah Resort. It can be a bit chilly in winter, which just makes losing your balance and falling off into the hot spring all the more inviting. See here.

Underwater yoga in Bali

Take relaxation to a whole new level with underwater yoga in Bali. The Zen Harmony Diving experience at Alila Manggis in East Bali combines yoga, Ayurveda and scuba diving. Divers wear specially designed masks which allow them to breathe through their mouth and their nose, unlike regular deep dive masks which only allow breathing through the mouth.

The program is open to people of any level of experience in either scuba diving or yoga. Beginners dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres and can do a three-day training program to prepare. It might sound a tad disconcerting, but doing yoga underwater is said to help control breathing, increase lung capacity, improve meditative focus and reduce stress. See here.

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‘Snoga’ at Falls Creek

Snow bunnies can combine their love of skiing and yoga at Falls Creek in Victoria. Trackers lodge has three five-night retreats in September, which include a 1.5 hour morning session (which can be cut short on a powder day!), and an afternoon wind-down session. Guests are given the option of doing the class outside, or inside in a communal area or by the fire.

You can also try cross-country skiing and enjoy a picnic and yoga by a lake. The retreats are priced from $1250 per person, including breakfast and dinner, with some more suited to singles and others designed for Mums who don’t ski but want to relax in the lodge while Dad and the kids do. Even if you can’t make a retreat, the lodge offers yoga every afternoon. See here.

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Yoga among the dolphins in Las Vegas

Cat pose, cobra pose and downward-facing dog are all common yoga postures, but what about dolphin pose? The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas offers a unique experience which involves doing yoga in a private room as Flipper and friends swim by.

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The classes are held in an underwater viewing area with several large windows within Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.

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The Mirage spa director Stephanie Doud said the experience was designed to take advantage of the atmosphere of relaxation provided by dolphins.

The one-hour classes, which can be customized for all skill levels, are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8.30am and cost US$50 per person, including a post-class smoothie and a day pass for the fitness centre, spa vanity, wet areas and lockers. See here. (Post continues after gallery.)

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Yoga in the French Alps

Soak up views of Mont-Blanc – the tallest peak in the European Alps – as you try different styles of yoga at the annual Chamonix Yoga Festival in France.

Instructors from around the world descend at the Majestic Hotel for the yoga and wellbeing event, from July 8 to 10, with classes held both inside and outdoors. See here.

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HeliYoga in the Valley of Fires State Park

For a truly extravagant experience, how about flying in a helicopter from Las Vegas and landing on top of one of the tallest peaks in the Valley of Fires State Park for a yoga class overlooking the dramatic red sandstone formations followed by a glass of champagne?

Maverick Helicopters introduced HeliYoga – Limitless in conjunction with award-winning yoga company, Silent Savasana in 2016.

But the 2.5 hour experience for up to six people, which includes limo coach transportation from the Strip to the helicopter terminal, isn’t cheap. It is only available by private charter and costs US$3,499. See here.

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Sunrise yoga at Byron Bay

Be one of the first people in Australia to see the sun rise with a morning yoga session at Elements of Byron at Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast. The resort, which opened in 2016, overlooks Belongil Beach just north of town, with views towards Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point.

Yoga is held on the grass or on a specially built wooden podium, where you can move between poses as you listen to birds tweeting and waves rolling against the shore. See here.

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 Mountaintop yoga in Aspen, Colorado

Take a 15-minute gondola ride to the summit of Aspen Mountain, best known as a favoured ski resort for celebrities including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Kate Hudson, and embark on a yoga session on the wooden deck.

Classes cost just US$5 in winter and summer – totally worth it for the spectacular views of the Elk Mountain Range alone. See here.

Image: Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News.
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