Are you someone who struggles to relax? Do you find yourself looking forward to time to unwind but are on to the next five things you want to get done by the time it rolls around? Maybe you’re the person who is constantly in reach with technology. Perhaps you’re the person who needs a moment of mindfulness to be present or a whole couple of days. A yoga retreat can help with all of that and more. Is it right for you?
To Retreat or Not to Retreat?
If any of these sounds like you, a yoga retreat might be just what the doctor ordered. If you’re thinking the retreat part sounds on point but could leave the yoga—don’t worry, you’re not alone. One might ask, why do I need to plan a trip around exercising, and how is this supposed to help?
Well, besides the fact that yoga has tons of practical uses like preventing burnout or getting a good night’s sleep, retreats themselves often consist of much more than yoga. There are often activities, sights to see, and people to meet.
What to Expect from a Yoga Retreat
At first impression, a yoga retreat can sound like a fancy, prolonged workout experience decorated with chanting and deep breaths, but you can’t fully grasp the benefits if you haven’t tried it. Heading to a remote location for the core purpose of feeling good and healthy mentally and physically is not an experience to compare to others.
If you have tried yoga before, expect the practice on a retreat to be more amplified and detailed as there is more time to dedicate. While each retreat is different, as well as location, you can likely expect to be practicing at least once a day. Doing your research to find the right retreat for you is key.
It can feel a little like work, but the truth is, don’t most things in life worth doing require applied effort? Don’t knock it till you try it, but until you can consider if you’re really into booking the trip (and possibly recruiting a friend to join), pop into the quiz above.