Yoga holidays, or commonly known as yoga retreats, have been gaining popularity in recent years for their many benefits. Aside from learning advanced yoga techniques, yoga retreats give you “a chance to experience yourself differently,” says Malcolm McLean, a popular Montreal-based yoga instructor. Below are a quick three things to expect in a yoga retreat:
Connect with other yoga enthusiasts
Yoga may seem like an individualistic practice, but yoga retreats actually highlight the social aspect of yoga. Yoga retreats usually come with scheduled free time to allow participants to enjoy the offerings of the location where the yoga retreat is being held. During this time, they can choose which activities they want to do, such as hiking, swimming in the pool, and engaging in a sporting activity that they are comfortable with, among many others. Participants can use this time to meet other fellow yoga enthusiasts, and engage in conversations about their personal lives outside the program. Some of the most lasting personal connections can be had at retreats.
Checking-out of ‘normal’
As part of a wellness retreat, participants are usually in a location with a serene atmosphere. Mountains and beaches are among the popular choices of locations for yoga retreats. This is mainly because of the peaceful ambiance they provide. Plus, nothing could be better for the soul than some time with mother nature while doing the things you enjoy.
In addition, vacations with a focus on health and wellness will tend to push you where you wouldn’t go otherwise. Expect to deepen your yoga practice, learn advanced meditation techniques, or simply explore and be inspired by healthy cooking you never thought you could do.
Note: To ensure that you will not worry about your social responsibilities during the break, make sure that you have completed them before hopping on a plane to the location. It would be disappointing if you can’t enjoy yourself in the yoga holiday due to unfinished business back home. Securing friends and neighbors to check in with your house and pets, making certain your work doesn’t come calling, and maybe acquiring insurance can also help put your mind more at ease.
All of the activities included in a yoga retreat are often designed to “hold you in good stead and help cope with all that life has to offer,” says Health and Yoga. Further, having the time to yourself and stepping outside of your normal routine will give you the opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate your motivations, goals, and beliefs in life. My husband and I love to travel and ‘step away’ from our normal lives for this exact reason. It provides perspective, and helps to see the beauty in what you have and to provide focus to prioritize what you truly want and need.