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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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 18 years in the adventure-travel field and for 10 years has had the honor to manage retreats for many senior teachers as well as being the preferred retreat management company for YogaWorks, the largest yoga studio cooperative in the US, along with many other studios.
18+ years working in adventure travel, a lifetime of enjoying travel
German, French, Spanish, Swiss-German
India, Hawaii, Cuba
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.
Raja Kapotasana (King Pigeon)
Merrisa comes to International Yoga with a background in yoga, tourism and event planning. She has directed operations for several companies in the yoga industry, including YogaWorks. Merrisa has completed over 1000 hours of teacher training and leads regular yoga classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having earned a Bachelor's degree in Tourism & Recreation, her mission is to help people enjoy their lives more fully through travel, yoga and adventure. Her love for travel began at an early age when she traveled to Mexico to build homes for families in need. This experience pushed her out of her comfort zone and allowed her to see the world from an entirely new perspective. While she enjoys traveling in luxury, her true passion lies in witnessing the unveiled culture of a society. She firmly believes that everyone should take time to travel in order to see, taste, and feel all that this world has to offer. Merrisa looks forward to helping you embark on the journey of a lifetime!
10 + years
Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose)
Taryn is a freelance digital marketer, travel blogger and performing artist based in Los Angeles. After 14 years in her traditional sales, marketing and operations roles, Taryn left her job to travel the world solo for over a year and now loves using the vehicle of travel to empower women to get after the life they truly want to live. If you can't find Taryn traveling or performing, she'll probably be taking photos of her two amazing rescue dogs, Bear and Stormy.
18 + years
Natarajasana (Dancer's Pose)
Jessica has been working in the yoga industry since 1998. Her journey started when she took her first class at YogaWorks in Santa Monica. She was immediately hooked and signed up for work in exchange for yoga classes the same day. Over the next few years, along with becoming a dedicated student, she secured a position as an employee working with Yoga Works founders Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. As the company grew she grew with it holding positions as Retail Buyer, Studio Manager, Teacher Manager and then onto her favorite position; overseeing the Workshops, Trainings & Retreats on a national level for over 50 studios. This position gave her the opportunity to work and travel with some of the most respected teachers in the industry. Jessica values the close relationships with teachers she’s developed over the years and continues to work closely with many of them to this day. Mixing her love of travel and yoga is a dream come true!
20 + years
Virabhadrasana III (Warrior 3) + Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle)
Fiona comes to International Yoga with an extensive background in movement and a lifelong passion for travel. Growing up, she spent summers visiting family in Ireland. This sparked her interest in experiencing the diverse beauty of the world at a young age. Her journey with yoga began after a decade of professional dance training. She studied with master teachers in New York City before moving across the country to California with her husband and dog. Now a yoga teacher herself, she leads regular classes at YogaWorks studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a bachelor’s degree in communication and years of experience working behind the scenes in the yoga industry, Fiona is dedicated to connecting people with ideas and tools for transformation. Yoga and travel happen to be two of her favorite ways!
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)
Ireland, Costa Rica
International Yoga was created in 2008 out of the belief that yoga and travel have the power to transform.
We are open 9am to 5pm PST, Monday to Friday, and available on the weekends for any pressing matters.
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.
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.
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.
To secure your place on any of our retreats via our Registration page or by phone by calling (+1) 866-599-YOGA (9642). 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.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check, and cash are all accepted.
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.
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.
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.