Why a Yoga Retreat
A Yoga retreat offers the opportunity for you to travel to an amazing location with your favorite teacher for a week-long immersion into your practice with other like-minded people.
As someone who loves to travel, I cannot think of a better way to get away. So what’s the hesitation? Time? Money? These “reasons of lack” can really stand in the way from you leading a life you love. I believe in quality living and investing in experiences that fulfill you. As a full time Yoga teacher, I can understand what it’s like to be pinching pennies. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are a few reasons why you may consider splurging on that upcoming Yoga vacation you’ve been dying to take.
You will meet amazing people. One of the joys of traveling is the company. You’ll be able to experience a whole new world, take pictures, and share stories with people who think just like you—people who love quality, holistic living and spending time getting to know one another. I met some of my best friends on my first Yoga retreat to Thailand, and I continue to meet incredible people around the globe.
You will deepen your practice. What’s not to love about practicing Yoga twice a day? Even if you’re enjoying all of the local delicacies and drinking every night, you’ll detox that right out. More than likely, you will want to eat well because it means a better practice the next day. So you may find yourself even shifting some negative eating habits and eliminating foods that drag your energy down. Still working on handstand? This is your opportunity to refine your practice and dive deep into areas of interest as you receive one-on-one, consistent attention from your retreat teacher(s).
Shift your Perspective. I have been to some beautiful destinations around the world along with some underserved third-world countries, as well. As I’ve found, each one provides its own unique gifts and opportunities for exploration and education. And oftentimes, you return home with a new sense of appreciation and gratitude for the life you lead and the community you live in. So my advice is always to embrace any opportunity to see how other people live and to experience a brand new place.
Challenge your comfort zone. Are you stuck in the routine of wake up, eat, work, exercise, watch TV, and fall asleep? If so, then it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and see how your body naturally adapts to organically moving throughout the day. A vacation is a great way to tap into your inner wisdom and find your own natural rhythm. You’ll be surprised by just how much energy you can have throughout the day when you’re operating at your optimum.
Relax and Revitalize. A retreat will usually offer two yoga practices per day with plenty of time to rest in between. You can take that time to explore, get a massage, or relax by the pool. Wouldn’t it be nice to take some time to refresh and revitalize those overworked and overtaxed cells of yours? I mean, think about all you’d have time for: long hours of sun bathing, backpacking, journaling, walking, hiking, etc. Trust me, your body will thank you after it has had the opportunity to get the nourishment it needs.
Eat Well. The food on a Yoga retreat is more than likely, amazing. Even if it is organic and vegan—you’d be surprised how wholesome and delicious these healthy cuisines can be. Also, not every retreat runs that way! On my retreats, we offer fish and meat for those who enjoy those sources of protein. And for those looking to detox, healthy fruits and veggies are in abundance.
Yoga. The qualities of practicing so often are immense. Your body will open up in ways you never imagined, and you’ll discover a genuine connection to your breath that will help you overcome unnecessary stress. There are two different practices that will enable this: the asana practice, which is a moving meditation, and the sitting practice, which is the opportunity to observe any negative holding patterns that are inhibiting you from leading a life you love.
A retreat gives you that time to getaway, re-evaluate and rekindle your zest for life. One of the best quotes I every read on Pinterest was…”travel is the one thing you can buy that makes you richer“.