Top 5 beautiful places to practice yoga in SnowdoniaPublished on 31 Jan 2022 by Amy Bowers
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or you’re just dipping your toes into this mindful practice, there are lots of beautiful places to practice yoga in Snowdonia. You can combine a holiday in North Wales with a dedicated yoga retreat. Or possibly just the occasional class while you try other activities in the area.
There is nothing better than practising yoga in a beautiful, outdoor location. We love our yoga practises on our living room floors or in the village hall but yoga in Snowdonia is something else! It’s a whole new experience to combine yoga with the sounds of birdsong and a breeze in your hair. Feeling the ground beneath your feet and the sun on your face as you practice your sun salutation is a wonderful, energising experience! You could be standing on the edge of a lake, the foot of a waterfall, the top of a mountain or in a wild flower meadow!
If you feel comfortable practising yoga alone then there are endless possibilities for yoga in Snowdonia. Just roll out your mat in a beautiful location and relax into your practice. If you need a little guidance then try an audio yoga class which can be found on YouTube, Audible or yoga subscription sites like glo. Pop your earbuds in, set your phone to the side and let the audio guide lead you through a session.
There’s nothing stopping you practising yoga in Snowdonia wherever you choose but I’ve also rounded up some incredible classes, retreats and holidays with qualified instructors.
Yoga holidays are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in yoga for a few days. You’ll notice improvements quickly and, if you’re new to yoga, it’s a fun way to dive in and learn as much as possible in a short time.
This seasonally inspired wild swimming and gentle yoga is a half-day micro-adventure in the mountains of Snowdonia. The exact location of this experience is only disclosed to those who sign up to keep this special spot a tranquil space.
If you’re new to wild swimming then this is a great opportunity to try it in a safe and relaxed environment with Harriet from HEB Coaching. Harriet is an open water swimming coach and will help you to feel comfortable during your wild swim so you can fully appreciate the healing properties of cold water. Harriet often works with people with swimming fears or phobias so you’re in safe hands here!
Chelsea will be the yoga teacher and will lead a gentle session suitable for all abilities.
The whole experience has a slow, relaxing pace to ensure you not only enjoy the swimming and yoga but also the beautiful Snowdonia scenery around you.
Chelsea and Harriet offer a number of sessions throughout the year. Bookable via Airbnb Experiences, which is a great platform to find unique activities hosted by local people.
If you’ve ever wanted to give SUP yoga a go then now’s your chance. Located at Llyn Gwynant Campsite, a beautiful campsite at the foot of Snowdon. These lakeside yoga and SUP yoga sessions will give you a memorable challenge and, hopefully, a new skill to take home with you!
Led by the campsite’s qualified yoga and SUP teacher, these classes make the most of the serene, glassy lake. Test your yoga skills with this class specially adapted for a stand up paddleboard. Movements need to be much slower and more controlled so it’s a great physical workout!
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground then opt for the lakeside classes. You’ll roll your mat out next to the lake and enjoy a relaxing practice with views across the Snowdonia mountains. If you’ve done any hiking recently then this is the perfect post-hike stretch to ease aches and pains and stretch out those tight legs.
SUP yoga is challenging if you’re new to either sport but classes can be tailored to beginners to ensure you get the most from your session. You’ll be working on your core strength in the most magical setting. That final savasana resting pose while floating on the lake on a paddle board might just be the best way to practice yoga in Snowdonia!
Aber Falls Waterfall
Location: Abergwyngregyn, Llanfairfechan
If you’ve ever wanted to perform your yoga routine with an epic backdrop then this is the place to do it! Aber Falls is a spectacular 40 metre waterfall with an easily accessible two-mile footpath to reach it.
Rocky ledges and grassy surfaces half way up to the waterfall provide a perfect place to practice yoga. You will be perfectly safe on these flat ledges but you’ll be close enough to feel the spray from the waterfall as it crashes down to earth with a powerful roar. Embrace the energy of the waterfall as you breathe in that fresh, misty air filled with water that has flowed through the mountains.
This is a popular spot during the summer months so self-conscious yogis may prefer to arrive early or find a spot away from the crowds. You may also wish to sit and meditate with your feet in the rockpools at the bottom. There’s plenty of space to find a quiet spot along the river and there’s even a deep plunge pool at the bottom of the waterfall.
The walk to reach the waterfall is almost as spectacular as the falls themselves as you meander through forests and wild meadows.
Llyn Padarn’s Lonely Tree
Location: Llyn Padarn
What better place to practice your tree pose then next to Llyn Padarn’s famous Lonely Tree. This single tree on the edge of the lake has become Insta-famous. It’s a popular spot for photographers to capture the striking elegance of the tree with the lake and mountains in the background. Aside from this being a photogenic spot, it’s a perfect place for a relaxing yoga practice or meditation.
If the lake looks inviting then take the opportunity to reconnect with nature and immerse yourself in the water. If you’re new to wild swimming then remember to take it slow. You may even choose to pop on a wetsuit, especially in the cold winter months.
If you’re looking for a local yoga teacher then check out Nalini Yoga. Ella has weekly classes in Llanberis and Beddgelert and her photos offer inspiration for beautiful yoga locations around Snowdonia.
Tru Dru Yoga is run by Cat Stuijt and she hosts classes in various beautiful locations around Gwynydd. Cat runs weekly classes at a community hall but it’s the seasonal classes you need to look out for spectacular yoga in Snowdonia.
During the summer months Cat holds outdoor yoga and meditation practises with beautiful views across the Snowdonia mountains. From April onwards you’ll find Cat just outside of Snowdonia at Burt’s Kitchen Garden, a beautiful campsite nestled between the mountains and the sea. Classes in this laid back setting are truly magical and can be followed by a short walk along the Welsh coastal path. A dip in the sea is optional but highly recommended!
Keep an eye on Cat’s Instagram page and website to get updates about her seasonal classes.