Thinking about signing up for a yoga retreat, but not sure if it’s worth the money? Here’s why everyone who loves yoga should attend a retreat at least once in their lives.
An Opportunity to Travel
Although it’s not a free vacation, you can definitely count on a yoga retreat to take you somewhere exotic, adventurous, or otherwise hard-to-reach. Places like Bali, Thailand, Hawaii, New Zealand, Peru, Mexico are some of the most common locations for yoga retreats. So, in addition to practicing yoga every day, you get to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world!
A quick Google search will present you with hundreds of yoga retreat options, but you can also check out this list if you want a jump-start. Choose a retreat in a location that interests you and read through what each program offers.
Some include day trips to exotic locations and cultural experiences, discounts on additional nights at the resort or hotel, or transportation to and from the airport. Some even include your flights in the retreat cost. Take your time and find the one that suits you best.
We spend so much time working, running around, and completing one task after another, we barely have time to breathe, let alone stop and relax. When you’re at a yoga retreat, though, that’s literally what you signed up to do.
Retreats usually have morning and evening classes on the itinerary. However, when you consider you can spend the rest of the day frolicking on the beach or lazing by the pool, those two hours of movement don’t seem too intense. You can also skip a class or two if it becomes too much. The point is to leave your worries at home and use your retreat time to rest, relax, and recharge.
So, let go of the stress and make every second count.
Deepen Your Practice
Of course, a yoga retreat is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice. Whether you want to learn more about pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, a new pose, or how to master a particular transition, a retreat offers you the time to tackle it. They’re also a great place to explore your limits, learn from others, figure out your mistakes, and immerse yourself in your practice in a way you’ll never be able to do in a 60-minute class back home. Ask questions, share your experiences with others, let go of all fear, and simply enjoy doing yoga.
The goal of every retreat is to offer you something special, magical, or different. Ultimately, though, a yoga retreat can help you discover new things about your body and mind.
Challenge yourself to try something new every day and use each class to go deeper into your poses, connect with your breath, and work on being in the present moment.
Whether you travel with a friend, a group of fellow yogis, your significant other, or on your own, you’re bound to meet some new people on your retreat. The bonus is everyone you’ll meet loves yoga and came to the retreat with the same ideas and motives. It’s always wonderful to be a part of a community where people can connect over a shared passion.
Don’t be afraid to start conversations, share your experiences, and learn from others. After all, you never know how many incredible friendships or potential partnerships you can develop. People are generally less stressed at a yoga retreat, so you have a better chance of connecting.
The new friendships you make can keep you motivated and inspired both during your trip and long after you leave.
Cleanse Your Body and Mind
As you rest, relax, and practice yoga every day, you’ll notice how clear and focused your mind becomes. Without the distraction of buzzing, flashing technology everywhere, you’ll begin to hear, see, and feel more. You’ll also be able to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air.
Meals are usually prepared specifically for retreat attendees and consist of local fruits and vegetables. The nourishing vitamins and minerals support both your physical and mental needs.
A retreat definitely isn’t the place to count your calories or worry about the number of macros each meal provides. Just enjoy the fresh, tasty ingredients!
Catch Up on Sleep
But there’s just something about a week of yoga and meditation that will make you sleep like you’ve never slept before.
“Catching up” on sleep isn’t something you should do on the regular, because it’s not nearly as beneficial as a well-organized sleep routine. However, it’s important to do so if you’ve been burning the midnight oil for way too long.
A Yoga retreat can offer you the chance to sleep in, gently wake up, and then prepare for a day of yoga, meditation, and rest.
All you’re expected to do is take care of you. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
If an opportunity to join a yoga retreat presents itself, grab it with both hands and don’t let go! The value far outweighs the price. Do some research and find a location, teacher, or program that speaks to you. Then, book it and go—you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget.