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In my opinion, yoga retreats are magical in the sense that they allow us to be transported, for a few days, to a space-time completely different from our daily reality, in a cocoon of well-being where everything is p
lanned to take care of us and do us good.
If you have the opportunity to offer yourself this breath of fresh air, do not hesitate because the benefits of a yoga retreat go far beyond our expectations.
Indeed, there are so many reasons to choose this style of travel/vacation that it was difficult for me to narrow down the list to just 10. But here they are, below I present to you my top 10 reasons to participate in a yoga retreat:
1. Slow down, reflect and realign priorities in life
A reason to go on a yoga retreat is to give yourself an opportunity to slow down the hectic pace of everyday life, press the pause button and disconnect for a few days.
By disconnecting from your daily life, you will have the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, you will finally be able to simply BE.
Take this wonderful opportunity to be alone, to tune in, to find yourself, to reconnect with your inner voice and listen to your real and fundamental needs.
Through many and various practices and tools, a yoga retreat can help you take a step back and assess where you are from a distance. Indeed, a large number of yoga retreats offer daily meditation sessions, moments of absolute silence conducive to introspection. The goal is to silence your mind, to prevent you from overthinking in order to make the most of the present moment.
2. Deepen your yoga practice
Attending a yoga retreat can take your yoga practice to the next level. It will help you to deepen your practice, to better understand yoga in general but also you and your body. Most yoga retreats offer a minimum of two yoga sessions per day, often longer than studio sessions, and a variety of yoga styles.
And without distraction, no kids to pick up from school, meals to cook, scheduling your next dental appointment, returning books to the library, calling Aunt Sylvia, etc. you will quickly level up whether mentally, physically or spiritually.
In addition, do not hesitate to take advantage of any one-on-one time teacher offers to help you with your practice.
3. Boost your brain and body biochemistry
By slowing down, by reconnecting to yourself and to nature, by not exposing yourself to your daily activities, or to any type of stress, you allow your batteries to recharge. It is therefore possible for you to rejuvenate yourself physically and mentally in depth. Creativity, inspiration and clarity of mind often come in these times.
In yoga retreat, you also surround yourself with positive energy and joy which grow naturally from moving, meditation, eating, sharing, breathing, speaking with purpose and with other practitioners.
4. Commit to eat healthy
One of the very best parts of a yoga retreat is to have few days where all of your needs are met without you having to put in a huge amount of effort. One of them is the food and what a pleasure to be able to sit down and enjoy delicious and healthy meals without worrying about having to choose a menu, shop, cook or do the dishes afterwards.
Indeed, going on retreat is an opportunity to eat well without having to worry about it yourself.
And since most retreats have or hire dedicated chefs, one is rarely disappointed with the outcome.
5. Stress relief
One of the main goals of a yoga retreat is to provide participants with the opportunity to really relax, to rest properly and to enjoy a stress-free life for the duration of their stay.
Everything is set up so that you can relax, be fully present in your yoga practice, your personal activities during free time, the excursions and the amenities made available like getting a massage, relax by the pool, the sea or even enjoy the natural environment around you.
Add to that the benefit of having your retreat leader and resort staff available to ask questions, to offer solutions, and to help create a beautiful experience for you.
Meanwhile, you have nothing to do but focus on the retreat and yourself.
6. Digital detox
It is not an obligation but during a yoga retreat you have the possibility to completely disconnect from technology. It is often recommended to take advantage of this opportunity to detach yourself from your smartphone, computer, emails and social medias as much as possible so that you can be fully present with yourself, be able to listen to your own needs, your desires without external distraction.
It's not every day that you can have the luxury of prioritizing yourself, so, if possible, try to do it all the way. But don't worry, if you don't want to take the experience that far as it can be very difficult, your devices won't be confiscated and you can keep in touch with the outside world!
7. Connect with others
Going on a yoga retreat is the guarantee of meeting like-minded people with a strong taste for yoga, well-being and probably travel.
It is for you the opportunity to broaden your horizon, to discover other cultures and to meet people who have the same interests as you, thus facilitating exchanges and why not weave a solid, deep and lasting bond of friendship. Some lifelong friendships.
8. Reconnect with nature
Most yoga retreats take place in locations conducive to reconnecting with nature and often offer the possibility of spending time outdoors.
Excursions will be offered to you in this regard but in most cases, the very place where the yoga retreat takes place will already allow you to commune with the surrounding nature. Therefore, once there, do not hesitate to take the time to observe, listen, get closer and connect with the local fauna and flora.
9. Health benefits
After all that we have just seen, the health benefits of a yoga retreat make perfect sense don’t you think? The simple act of exercising your body and relaxing your mind every day is bound to help you feel healthier both physically and mentally.
Going on a yoga retreat is like getting fit effortlessly (or almost...)
A yoga retreat can be life changing and help you deal with any emotional and mental issues you may have as well as some physical pain.
10. Discover the world and see beautiful destination
Many yoga retreats are held in beautiful places, regions or countries around the world. By participating in a yoga retreat, you are responding to an invitation to travel, it is an opportunity to discover our beautiful planet, to go to places where you might never have been and where you would never have gone otherwise.
A yoga retreat is like be on a vacation in a beautiful place combined with an experience that benefits you on a deeper level, you get two for the price of one!
11. As a Bonus benefit: because you are Worth It!
Yes, you deserve it!
You deserve a break, you deserve to be taken care of, to be pampered, to be deeply relaxed.
Indeed, we often do so much for others in our daily lives and there comes a time when it becomes difficult to find time to take care of ourselves...
So why don't you treat yourself to an experience you really deserve?
Do not hesitate to inquire because yoga retreats are offered throughout the year in a large number of destinations, each of them is different with an emphasis on different types of yoga, durations, experiences, comfort and costs.
I let you dream of these beautiful holidays that you could offer yourself and I will see you soon on your yoga mat!