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Our philosophy

International Yoga is rooted in the belief that world travel and yoga have the power to transform. For over 10 years we’ve combined the best yoga teachers with some of the most compelling global destinations for truly unforgettable and life-changing journeys. Breaking away from our everyday routines and delving deeper into our practice in a new environment allows us to return home recharged, with a renewed zeal for the quality of our lives back home along with a richer understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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our teachers

International Yoga is privileged to support some of the most experienced and well respected yoga teachers in the industry. Our faculty, many of whom have 20+ years of teaching experience and with whom we have been collaborating for over a decade, bring a wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to the retreats they lead. Devoted to providing their students the richest experiences, IY manages all of the many details that go into creating meaningful and successful retreats from start to finish so that teachers can focus on what they love: teaching!

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our Destinations

Finding the perfect retreat location is like finding a needle in a haystack. IY has combed the globe for the most compelling destinations, combining luxury accommodations with thoroughly unique cultural excursions. We have forged long lasting partnerships in locations like India, Bali, and Mexico working with the same teams for over a decade. This, along with our tried and true, quality properties ensures a smooth and meaningful travel experience from start to finish. 

 

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Working with IY

International Yoga provides teachers with full retreat management and logistical support. We were one of the first to market in the yoga adventure world and have a portfolio of tried-and-true properties and long standing partnerships across the globe. We oversee all of the many details that go into creating and executing a seamless retreat so teachers can focus on what they love: teach!   If you're interested in learning more about partnering with us, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR DETAILS.

Our Partnerships

International Yoga is proud to be distinguished as YogaWorks' preferred retreat management partner for nearly 10 years.  YogaWorks owns the largest group of yoga studios in the US, with 45+ locations across the US.

 
 

Giving Back

A key part of our mission is the people-to-people connection around the globe that our retreats foster. A portion of the profits from every one of our retreats is donated to support the following humanitarian organizations.

     

Michelle Fliegauf

Michelle Fliegauf

Michelle founded International Yoga almost a decade ago out of her love for both yoga and travel. She developed her wanderlust at an early age with annual trips to visit family in Europe, leading to a lifelong passion for studying, traveling, and connecting with other cultures across the globe. From Antarctica to Uzbekistan, from bicycling around the Himalayas to traversing Africa for a year via public transport, her passport was so full of stamps that she needed extra pages added twice! Michelle earned a degree in International Relations, speaks four languages, and has been a presenter at the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and San Diego. She has spent the last 15 years in the adventure-travel field and for 8 years has managed retreats for YogaWorks, the largest yoga studio cooperative in the US, along with many other studios.

 

 

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Years

15+ years working in adventure travel, a lifetime of enjoying travel

Speaks

German, French, Spanish, English

Favorite Destination

India

Stephanie McNamara

Stephanie McNamara

Stephanie comes to International Yoga with an extensive background in the business of yoga and active travel. Having worked for companies including YogaWorks and Backroads, Steph was given the privilege of assisting Erika Trice on her annual Bali retreat, and it was there she realized the best of both worlds did exist: yoga and travel. An integral part of the International Yoga family, she wishes to bring the opportunity to study with master-level teachers into the lives of those who also have a thirst for adventure and travel. A practitioner of many styles and a certified teacher herself, Stephanie is thrilled to engage anyone who is curious on how the practice of yoga can change your life forever.

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Practicing

12+ years

Favorite Asana

Raja Kapotasana (King Pigeon)

Favorite Destination

Bali

FAQ

How long ago was International Yoga founded?

International Yoga was created in 2008 out of the belief that yoga and travel have the power to transform.

What hours are you open?

We are open 9am to 5pm PST, Monday to Friday, and available on the weekends for any pressing matters.

What is included in the trip price?

Included in the trip price are all accommodation, breakfast, taxes, and many of the cultural excursions. Also very often included are private airport transfers and other meals. Generally not included is airfare, some meals, gratuities, and travel insurance.

When do I arrive or depart on a retreat?

The dates for our retreats indicate the arrival and departure dates of the trip. For example, if a trip runs from Jan 1 to 8, you would schedule your flight to arrive on the 1st and depart on the 8th. That said, we highly recommend arriving a day earlier whenever possible so that you can rest from your travels and adapt to any time changes before the actual retreat begins.

Does International Yoga book airfare?

Our expertise is in organizing all of the logistics on the ground, from the moment you arrive until you depart. We do not book airfare for you, but can recommend reputable travel agents to assist you, and always ask that you send us your itinerary to review before you purchase it. Please be sure to read the fine print about any restrictions on your ticket. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

How do I register?

To secure your place on any of our retreats via our Registration page or by phone by calling (+1) 415 250 0712. There is typically a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. (Cuba and India are exceptions with a $1000 deposit.) The final balance is due approximately 60 to 90 days before the start date of the retreat. A detailed confirmation email will be sent to you upon registration, with lots of helpful information to prepare for your trip ahead.

What kind of payments do you accept?

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check, and cash are all accepted.

What is your payment and cancellation policy?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 (or $1000 for Cuba trips) is required to hold your space. Final balances are due approximately 60 to 90 days prior to the start date of the trip. All payments are non-refundable after the final balance due date. All cancellations must be received in writing. We recommend you purchase travel insurance in case of cancellation due to weather, personal injury, political or environmental events, etc. Payments are non-transferable to another guest.

If I am traveling alone, will you match me with a roommate?

Yes, we will work to match you with another traveler of the same gender, if this is your preference. If we are unable to find you a roommate, however, a single supplement will apply.

Do you recommend travel insurance?

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip to cover for any unexpected event that may delay or interrupt your travel. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from, but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.

 
 

Testimonials

Joan Hyman, Teacher
International Yoga is awesome! Great with communication & totally on it with getting stuff done. They execute high quality to retreats and do the work of researching and finding locals on the ground to help. I have learned a ton working with IY and trust them handling my retreats.
 
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Sarah Ezrin, Teacher

I have known International Yoga for many years now! I first started to work with IY as a client and their retreats were always seamless, even to places like India! As a teacher, I began to work with IY, because of the unique itineraries and locations, but mostly because of Michelle! I feel incredibly supported every step of the way. IY is not a company I work with, but friends and collaborators!

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Erika Trice, Teacher
I love working with IY doing retreats as they provide so much support before, during and after the retreat. IY is organized and handles all of the small details that would distract me from doing my job which is to lead a really good yoga retreat. They are not only great with me as the teacher/leader but all of the students feel so supported and cared for as well.
 
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Laura Burkhart, Teacher
You can never go wrong with an International Yoga Retreat. They are so well organized and the retreat locations are stunning! Also, Michelle and Stephanie are extremely easy and a joy to work with.
 
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Trina Altman, Teacher

Leading a retreat through International Yoga was a wonderful experience for me. Michelle and Stephanie are the ultimate professionals. They supported me through every step of the process and were an absolute pleasure to work with. They are organized and on top of every last detail. To top it all off, their follow-up process after the retreat was so thorough that I understand why everything at IY runs like a well-oiled machine. I am looking forward to working with them again and again!

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Jeanne Heileman, Teacher

I have had nothing but positive, supportive expeirences with International Yoga. I find their approach to negotiations, communication and all aspects of establishing a retreat to be fair and respectful. In my years of working with Michelle, I have learned so much through her generosity and abundant attitude. They care about the students, the teacher and the location hosts. She has established long-term relationships with many location guides which is priceless. I highly recommend a trip through IY, you are treated wonderfully.

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