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When the warm weather comes around we can say a temporary goodbye to the gym and the yoga studio. What could be more perfect than a stretch of beach for practising yoga? There are numerous beach locations around the world that are ideal for trying out relaxing or energising poses in a natural setting, ranging from the hipster and exotic to the quiet and peaceful.

The fact that #BeachYoga was used over 430,000 times on Instagram in June shows how popular this idea has become. The ideal is a deserted beach with fine sand and not too many shells. The best time of day is early morning or sunset when it’s not too hot. Here’s our pick of the places where yoga fans can practice their art in the warmer months:

Tulum, Mexico

In the Yucatan peninsula, a white sandy beach faces the turquoise Caribbean Sea. In this relaxing setting there are a number of yoga retreat centres to choose from. And if you have some free time, there’s always a Maya temple or two to visit in the area.

Arambol, India

The Arambol beach in north Goa attracts yoga fans from around the world. (Shutterstock)

Thirty kilometres from Mapusa, in north Goa, this village attracts yoga fans from around the world. The main beach is relatively untouched and quiet, with a bohemian vibe. You can stay in a cabin, and there are monkeys and exotic birds in the jungle nearby.

Joatinga, Brazil

Surrounded by cliffs, Joatinga beach in Brazil is a hidden jewel. (Shutterstock)

The quiet beach, which is surrounded by cliffs, is ideal for practising yoga on grass or rocks. Far from the buzz of the big beaches, this hidden jewel is relatively unknown to tourists. Better to go in the morning at sunrise.

Cascais, Portugal

The view of the surrounding mountains makes Cascais in Portugal an extremely relaxing spot. (Shutterstock)

The golden bays of this small fishing village west of Lisbon are a favourite spot for yoga and surf lovers. There are several yoga retreat centres to choose from. The view of the surrounding mountains makes it an extremely relaxing spot.

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok island in Nusatenggara province, Bali, provides a calm setting away from the crowds. (Shutterstock)

An unmissable destination for amateur and experienced yogis alike, Lombok island in Nusatenggara province provides a calm setting away from the crowds in Bali. And there are lots of options for yoga classes on the island.

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

The silver sands and gentle waves on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, guarantee calm and relaxation. (Shutterstock)

The beaches on this wild peninsula on the Costa Rican Pacific coast are ideal for practising yoga. The Penca, San Miguel and Coyote beaches are among the most beautiful and least visited. Silvery sand and gentle waves guarantee calm and relaxation.

Byron Bay, Australia

The beaches at the Byron Bay in Australia are quite popular with surfers and yoga fans. (Shutterstock)

Located on the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane, this coastal town on the Pacific coast is a favourite with surfers and yoga fans. The wooden houses and hippie communities add interest, and yoga classes and retreats are on offer on a number of beaches.

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

The Fuerteventura island with its mix of black and white sand, rocks and lagoons is one of the most beautiful in the world. (Shutterstock)

With its 70 beaches, this small island – a mix of black and white sand, rocks and lagoons – in the Canaries is one of the most beautiful in the world. The quietest spots include Ajuy, a port opposite Puerto de la Pena, and the Playa de la Barca.

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