Whether you are a beginner or advanced yogi, you may have heard about yoga retreats.
These yoga-centric holidays are popular among influencers all over social media, so you might be wondering – are they really worth the hype?
In short: yes. You may need to shop around a little in order to find the best retreat location for you, but we can guarantee that you will fall in love with yoga retreats when you find the right one. 88% of people who have done yoga think that their happiness level has increased. This form of exercise does wonders for your mental and physical health and has helped millions of people already – so why not give it a go and see for yourself?
1. Dive deeper in your yoga practice
The first and most obvious reason to join a yoga retreat is to get better at yoga. Because these holidays are designed to get you on the mat several times per day, and because you get the full attention of qualified instructors, there is no way you won’t improve your practice.
Additionally, you’ll add to your yoga knowledge, expanding your repertoire and ability.
2. Improve your breathing and stress management techniques
If you have a very stressful life and/or job, a yoga retreat allows you to connect to your breath in a way that you wouldn’t be able to by practicing twice per week. As a bonus, you will learn to relax – because everyone else is doing it – which will help you once the retreat is over.
3. Practice self care
Yes we know, you try your best to practice self care, but life gets in the way. We get it! Remind yourself that this time is yours and you should be using it to care for your mind and body. You will feel like a new person by the end of it!
Learn about essential oils, go on a walk on the beach and eat nourishing foods. Meditate. Find peace in knowing that you are proactively working on your health. Get some ‘me’ time in!
4. Visit new places
Use your retreat as an excuse to travel somewhere new. There are so many retreats to choose from all over the world, that you are sure to find one in a location you have never visited before.
5. Eat healthier
Yoga retreats tend to offer nourishing and delicious foods throughout your stay. Why not use this opportunity to learn about nutrition and get inspired with new plant based recipes to try out when you get home?
6. Meet new people
You will spend a lot of time with like-minded people on your retreat, and chances are you will find a couple of friends among them. As a bonus, you will be able to meet people from other countries and cultural backgrounds on most retreats so use this as an opportunity for cultural exchange and to make lasting connections. You’ll have another reason to visit the countries of your new found friends!
7. Practice digital detoxing
There is absolutely no reason to Instagram every single yoga pose from your trip. Leave your phone in your hotel room safe and use this opportunity to explore, try new activities and connect with nature without looking at it through an smartphone screen. You will realise how much time you ‘lose’ by not being present in the moment due to technology!
8. Try new things
Who said you were only allowed to do yoga on your yoga retreat? Try surfing, hiking, kayaking or dancing, or any other activity that you wouldn’t do at home. This is the ideal occasion to open your mind to new experiences!
9. Connect with nature
Now that you are doing a digital detox, try using this time to really experience nature with all its clean air, calming atmosphere and beautiful sounds. You will miss it when you’re back in the city!
10. Get creative and have fun!
A yoga retreat is only as good as you make it, so have fun and use this opportunity to stimulate your creativity and maybe even to start a new chapter in your life. Don’t focus on weight loss or fitness goals alone, as these things will only stress you out.
Relax and enjoy yourself and the rest will follow!