6 reasons to go on a yoga retreat
Wondering if a yoga retreat is for you, or whether it’s worth the money? Well, going on a yoga retreat is one of the best things you can do for your mind, soul and body, whether you’re a beginner at yoga or a pro. Here are just some of the benefits of taking time out to invest in your practice, health and happiness at a retreat.
1. You will experience lots of new things
More often than not, yoga retreats are held in serene spaces or locations that are surrounded by nature. On a retreat, there is a fair amount of free time for you to explore the area, soak up the scenery and get a feel for a different culture – all of which will lead you to awaken your senses and feel alive.
2. You will have distraction-free time to practice yoga and focus on yourself
When you’re in the middle of the chores, demands and responsibilities of everyday life, it can be really difficult to find as little as five minutes for ‘me’ time. The complete opposite happens on a yoga retreat, and it’s wonderful; with no distractions to get in the way of practice and nobody to look after other than yourself, every minute of the day is yours. Stretch regularly, bask in the sun, read the book you’ve been putting off, plan your next goal… ah, the options are so good!
3. You will meet like-minded people
There’s this invisible bond that forms when you occupy a time and place with other yogis. Maybe it’s because you share special moments of self-reflection in each other’s company, or because you see each other working through practice-related problems or weaknesses to get to a better place mentally and physically. It’s probably also the fact that you get to spend time talking to each other, exchanging stories of your past and hopes for the future. This bond isn’t broken as soon as you leave; many find that they pick up positive retreat friends for life, cheerleaders across the miles.
4. You will improve your yoga ability
It sounds obvious, but at a yoga retreat you will have the chance to really work on your practice. Strengthen poses (asanas), improve the flow between positions and learn to control your breath (pranayama). These skills will stay with you when you return home, enhancing your yoga practice from that point onwards. You might also get to try some different types of yoga to what you’re used to, so where better to shake up your routine than when in the safety and comfort of a specialist retreat?
5. You will gain perspective and realise what’s important to you
Space is hugely underrated in modern life, both in the geographical sense and in the metaphorical sense. Our homes are often cluttered, just like our minds. Being on a yoga retreat will ease you into a spell of self-study, which allows you to assess who you are, where you are in life and what you do in a calm and supportive environment. You’ll gain perspective, appreciation and clarity when it comes to what really matters to you, so that when you return home you can truly start living in a way that aligns better with your beliefs and ambitions.
6. You will invest time, energy and money in yourself
It’s easy to spend time, energy and money on quick fixes – books that claim to teach you how to meditate in just 20 pages, frequent physio appointments to sort out your posture, pretty diffusers that promise to waft healing essential oils around your home, even when it’s frantic. However, all of these small purchases add up, plus they have this annoying tendency to be short-term solutions that don’t tackle the problem at heart.
While a retreat might seem expensive, it’s actually a bit of a bargain! Think about it: time away in a beautiful place with friendly people, healthy food and snacks prepared by knowledgeable chefs, expert tuition in yoga and meditation and, best of all, the chance to return home feeling refreshed, energised and equipped with happy memories and a lifetime of benefits.
Now you’re feeling inspired to book your retreat! Why not join me for a magical yoga retreat at Casa Fuzetta on 11th-16th April, Olhäo, Portugal?
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It will be a life changing experience – see you there!