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Mindful Middle East Travel 

Roman ruins of the Temple of Hercules with columns in the Citadel Hill of Amman, Jordan, Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa is a perfect place to practice mindful travel. Not only is it a beautiful part of the world that will awe you with its rich history, cultures, and natural wonders. It also offers the opportunity to deeply learn and unlearn and to reckon with all that we think we know. The Middle East and North Africa region has been unfairly covered in the media and maligned for many years. Those of us who practice mindful travel are committed to scratching beneath the surface. This allows us to learn the real stories of the places we visit. As mindful travelers, we seek to connect with real people, hear their stories, and be in awe of all we learn. 

Yoga retreats abroad provide an opportunity to not just have a unique vacation, but to learn and process the entire travel experience. Yoga retreats like mine include cultural trips and excursions led by local people to support local communities. We seek to learn from our new friends, to give back in meaningful ways, and to be committed to caring for our bodies and minds. In doing this, we process and integrate in a deeper way and commit to living the teachings of yoga off the mat and into the world around us.

Some of you might be thinking “Ok cool, but why the Middle East?” Read on or learn more about my background and retreats here

Why Middle East Travel?

Need more reasons? Check out this article from Vogue, extolling the virtues of Middle East travel.

Best Middle Eastern Countries to Visit

Obviously, I want to be cheeky here and say all of them. However, here are some good places to start. Beyond this short list, Middle East travel is your oyster.

Middle East Vacations

Taking your own Middle East tour is a wonderful way to spend your vacation. However, if you aren’t comfortable heading out on your own quite yet, consider joining a small group tour. Even better, join me on one of my Middle East and North Africa Yoga and Culture Retreats! During my yoga retreats abroad, we incorporate gentle yoga and mindfulness sessions to soothe the body and mind. Furthermore, we build community with like-hearted people who are similarly curious about cultural travel and social impact trips. 

There is so much to see and do in this beautiful corner of the world, why not share it with a group of supportive, new friends? Discover the diverse geography, savor the amazing food, and leave feeling inspired and settled in your body and mind. 

Cultural Appreciation

Travel with a purpose by learning about the rich cultures of the region and supporting local people. Join cultural tours led by local guides who can share a deeper understanding of history, art, people, and social issues. Practice reciprocity by giving back and making a positive social impact on local communities. Be willing to learn deeply about a place and challenge any existing beliefs you might have. 

Middle East Yoga Retreats 

Yoga retreats abroad are always an amazing way to connect with a new place in a deeper way. Thoughtfully designed yoga practices along with the support of a group allow for space to process the overall travel experience. Together, we can explore what it means to travel mindfully and to live the teachings of yoga off our mats and out into the world around us.

If you are interested in learning more, check out my upcoming yoga retreats (Morocco in October 2022 or Turkey in May 2023) or reach out to me with any questions! Otherwise, happy Middle East travels!

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