International Yoga is rooted in the belief that world travel and yoga have the power to transform. Since 2008 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.
20 years working in adventure travel, a lifetime of enjoying travel
German, French, Spanish, Swiss-German
India, Hawaii, Cuba
Merrisa comes to International Yoga with a background in yoga, tourism and event planning, and 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!
Sales & Operations Director
Peru, Bali, or anywhere in the wilderness
Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose)
Fiona brings her creative eye and passion for movement, design, and travel to her work at International Yoga. 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 before moving across the country to California. Now a yoga teacher herself, she leads regular classes at studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a degree in communication and media and many 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! When she's not designing retreat itineraries and curating our newsletters, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two beagles!
Marketing Communications Manager
Ireland, Iceland, Peru
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)