Yoga in the western world is no longer a lesser travelled path made by ethereal hippies and bendy Wendy’s. Today, yoga has become accessible to the masses and for many good reasons.
Countless studies show the mental and physical benefits of practising yoga and mindfulness. Each person may see an effect that is unique to them, given yoga’s many types and benefits. If you are an experienced yogi, or just starting up, a yoga retreat is an excellent way to take some time for yourself and enjoy a relaxing and often unique experience.
Here are our top six reasons to book yourself onto a retreat today:
The element of mindfulness that is usually practised with yoga allows for time spent with yourself to connect and maybe gain a better understanding of how you’re feeling. Our lives are so often busy and hectic, and a retreat allows you to have a conversation with yourself and ask questions like, what can I do to reduce my stress? Am I happy in my life? Or, what do I want to achieve? You might learn a whole bunch of things about yourself that you didn’t know.
Improve and Evolve
With learning in mind, education during a yoga retreat doesn’t just stop with your inner self. Experienced and practised yoga instructors lead classes. If you are new to the experience, you will be gently guided through the basics of meditation and yoga. If you are already proficient, you might find yourself mastering that tricky pose, or learning about a new style.
The most crucial thing in your world is you! This doesn’t mean you have to be selfish or stop thinking about others. In fact, taking care of yourself gives you the capacity to see what is most important and prioritise looking after and caring for the things that are most important to you. Designated time spent on giving yourself that little bit of extra care is likely to stay with you long after the retreat is over.
Deepen Your Connection With Nature
As humans living on the earth, we are all connected to nature, even if we are not aware of it. A yoga retreat will provide you with the opportunity and guidance to connect with the powers of nature. Research shows us the evidence that nature is good for us and people who have worked on aligning themselves with nature have reported an improved state of wellbeing. Some retreats even offer treehouse accommodation to allow yourself to fully immerse in the smells and sounds, even at night time.
Yoga retreats are designed with all of the above in mind, which means beautiful and tranquil environments are often chosen as a place to host. You could find yourself discovering your new favourite country.
With inner health and wellbeing an extensive factor, you will be offered delightful and nourishing local cuisine designed to cleanse your body and provide the perfect energy for the day’s activities. Choose a retreat that has a top chef who uses organic ingredients for the ultimate nutritional adventure.
So take some well-earned time out for yourself and explore the options and choose a yoga retreat that is right for you! We hope you enjoy your new relaxing and fulfilling adventure.