Yoga Travels

Our mission is to offer unique opportunities to practice yoga in monasteries, ashrams, rooftops with mountain views, beaches and other outdoor places of exceptional beauty.

We are

a Canadian travel agency specializing in Yoga and well-being. Since our foundation in 2008 we have created different tours offering the opportunity to explore beautiful locations and to get in touch with local cultures while learning and practicing Yoga. 

Yoga is always available and always optional on our tours. 

our team

Janice Varuna

Yoga Teacher / Founder

Janice Varuna founded Yoga Travels in 2008 after over 30 years of project managment, travel and self discovery through yoga and meditation. She has studied and taught yoga around the world in India, Europe, the Americas and Asia. Much of her training has been in India where she travels to bi-annually to continue her studies. Janice has a wealth of business, teaching and travel experiences which she shares along with her passion for life.

Bernard Bacle

Tour leader / Owner

Bernard’s passion for travel dates back to his childhood, having followed his globe-trotting parents in Europe and Africa, as well as living abroad for a number of years. He has now stepped foot on all continents, and has a special fondness for Africa and South-East Asia. He is a student of yoga appreciating it’s calming and relaxing benefits. Bernard is the owner of Club Adventure and a partner with Janice Varuna helping to make Yoga Travels tours as seamless and interesting as possible for our valued clients.

Daniel Migneault

Travel Consultant

With 40 years of traveling the world and over 30 years of experience as a travel consultant with Club Aventure, Daniel has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best advice to help you get the most out of your next yoga adventure abroad.

About our Yoga

The yoga on our tours is suitable for anyone with a desire to learn the basics and expand their knowledge. Our approach is that everyone can do yoga regardless of your age or physical abilities.

Practice makes perfect

Yoga truly is a merging of the body, mind and spirit. The yoga taught on Yoga Travels tours is an overall holistic approach including a balanced sequence of physical poses, breathing techniques, relaxation, mantras and meditation.

Our tours

Rejuvenate and renew in Bali

Bali – Indonesia

Tour postponed to 2022 

Seize the opportunity to practice yoga with International teachers and students, eat healthy food, shop for local products and experience our insider notes on hidden treasures (yoga experiences, hotels, restaurants, spas, etc) in the area.

Explore El Salvador

El Salvador  – Central America

Tour postponed to 2022 

Travel to Central America and discover the beaches, volcanoes and National Parks of El Salvador. Yoga Travels has curated a tour that includes daily yoga plus activities like kayaking and hiking.

Adventures in Bhutan

Bhutan – Asia

September 21, 2021 – September 29, 2021

BHUTAN is the flagship tour, the reason why Yoga Travels was originally founded. We are amazed by their ability to keep their culture intact while still allowing a VERY limited number of people to tour the country. Bhutan still holds that mystery, that excitement and joy every time we step off the plane in Paro.

North India Ashram Tour

India – Asia

October 1, 2021 – October 12, 2021

Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Are you ready to possibly be outside of your comfort zone and be humbled by your surroundings? Are you ready to stretch yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually? Are you ready for teachings from Indian swamis answering your BIG questions? If you answered yes to these questions then you are ready for the Yoga Travels North Indian Ashram tour.

Experience Nepal

Nepal – Asia

October 4, 2021 – October 13, 2021

Travel through Western Nepal on a journey of yoga, culture, jungles and the Himalayas as we fly, drive and hike our way through this part of Nepal.  Be amazed at the opportunities to practice yoga in the mountains, and by the riverside.  Spend 2 days in the Chitwan National Park jungle searching for the illusive Royal Bengal tiger, the one-horned rhinoceros and other wildlife.

Goa Ashram and beach tour

India – Asia

October 14, 2021 – October 26, 2021

This tour invites you to visit ashrams and spend time at the various beaches of Goa. Goa offers beaches from the north to the south along the mid west coast of India. There is a large Christian population due to the history of the Portuguese settling in this area in the last 2 centuries. This tour offers regular yoga classes and an opportunity to visit a few ashrams and stay at one for a short retreat. If you are looking for a nice mix of yoga, shopping and beach time this is the tour for you.

Sky to sea South India

India – Asia

October 28, 2021 – November 8, 2021

We have it all on this tour of South India. The old city of Cochin, tea plantations in the mountains, backwater boat tour by the coast, beach time in Kovalam, and a 3 day stay at an ayurveda resort with full staff of ayurveda doctors and assistants.  Oh and did we mention Yoga everyday (and if you’re not a yogi no worries, come along you’ll get to sleep in, while we salute the sun).

Ayurveda Wellness Retreat India

India – Asia

November 8, 2021 – November 15, 2021

Come and find your bliss…

Testimonials

“It was such a pleasure to be nurtured for 2 weeks. We had no worries! Janice was sensitive to participantsʼ requirements and flexible. What a well thought out trip. Thank you so much.”  
Dee Dee, Val-Des-Monts Canada

5/5

“You are very kind, interesting and caring people. Thank you.”
Gloria, Santiago Chile

5/5

“Yoga Travels in Bhutan will be a memorable journey into happiness.  The people, the landscape and the soul of the country will touch you deeply”
Sylvie, Paris France

5/5

“I feel so blessed to have been part of the group!!  I will have long standing memories of the places visited, good times, friendships made.  The trek to Cherie Monastery was excellent!  The trek to Tiger’s Nest phenomenal!  Thank you for taking such good care of us.   Namaste.”
Marilyn, Richmond Canada

5/5

“Thank you Janice for a trip I will remember forever.  Meditating in temples, watching the monkeys climb up the monastery walls from my hotel window, doing yoga outside while watching the morning mist lifts from the mountains, saying silent mantras wile bumping along the crazy, twisting roads to Trongsa are all memories I will treasure.  It was a joy to visit beautiful Bhutan and meet it’s friendly, open people.  it was a privilege to travel with you on what was truly a journey of mind, heart and spirit.”
Kristin, Ottawa Canada

5/5

Having practiced yoga for a number of years, I can truly say that Janice is one of the best teachers with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working. Each of her classes has a focus, and that focus will change from week to week. Her instructions are clear and she makes it very clear that each person’s practice is their own practice, she is there as a guide. Having said that, she is also mindful and aware of each participant and will offer individual comments to ensure that all asanas are being done correctly. I wholeheartedly recommend Janice’s yoga classes.”
David, Cobourg Canada

5/5

“The beauty, the wonder and the inspiration of Bhutan will not leave you during your stay. Any negative feelings or doubts just dissipate and the people and the land welcome you into their arms with big smiles and bigger hearts. 
Bhutan is the perfect backdrop to a Yoga and self discovery holiday. This is an experience you’ll never forget and remain in your heart forever.”
JENNIFER, LONDON UK

5/5

“ My flight was delayed and I missed my connections however there was a wonderful response from Yoga Travels and everything was sorted out and I still made the tour.  Much appreciated.”
Sarah, London England

5/5

Come and meet us

We are located in Byward Market

Working hours

Monday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm

We are here

306 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, ON
Phone: 1.800.668.2000 / 613.789.8000
Email: info@yogatravels.ca

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