When you have multiple passions, it is smart to combine them in one experience and to maximize your pleasure. This is what I did one year ago when I was traveling around the world. I was in Bali at that time and I combined my stay in Ubud with an unlimited weekly pass in a yoga studio. I created my own little yoga retreat. The intensive yoga practice, healthy diet and fresh fruit juices resulted in a glowing Adriana. I was on top of the world! I could handle everything better, including myself!
Below you can find the 7 reasons to go on a yoga retreat, according to my experience:
TAKE YOUR YOGA PRACTICE TO A HIGHER LEVEL
It can be a challenge sometimes to maintain a regular yoga practice when you have a busy work schedule. During a yoga retreat they often offer yoga classes twice a day and sometimes you can even register for extra workshops to work on a specific area. A more intensive practice allows you to see progress and results a lot faster.
EXPAND YOUR HORIZON
Often people go on a yoga retreat alone. You have more time for yourself to reflect about yourself, your life and just take the time to be mindful about the here and now. You are stepping out of your comfort zone, exploring new places, meeting new people, getting yourself in weird situations maybe due to cultural differences or other funny reasons. The unknown is stimulating your senses, makes you see things differently and it may even inspire you to change things.
YOU WILL ACTUALLY TAKE ON MEDITATION
On a yoga retreat, a certain atmosphere is being created that invites you to slow down. A serene location and tools are being offered, it is now up to you to use them and start doing the work. Because all distraction is being removed, you can focus on you inner silence and meditate for longer periods of time. You will have lots of free time to relax, read or just ‘be’ and breathe.
To really focus on inner work, we sometimes have to shut off from the outer world. Therefore, yoga retreats are sometimes held in places where there is no wifi available to avoid any distraction. No messages or e-mails coming in to remind you about the upcoming deadlines.
YOU DE-STRESS AND RELAX
It is funny how we sometimes have to get away from our home to be able to fully relax. Leaving the places that would otherwise remind us of our responsibilities, usually makes the stress level drop immediately. You only have to focus on your enjoyment, your well being, your inner self and your body. Often extra services are offered such as massages or relaxing treatments, to make you fully enjoy your stay.
NOURISHING YOURSELF WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST
When a yoga retreat is all inclusive, your healthy diet is taken care of. You don’t have to worry about what to eat, about the groceries or the cooking. You just gather around the table and enjoy the food. Depending on the theme of your retreat, you can sometimes opt for a detox program.
MAKING NEW FRIENDS
Whether you go on a yoga retreat alone, as a couple or with friends, you are surrounded by people who share the same interest. You inspire each other, bond and share experiences. If you book an international retreat, you surround yourself with people from all over the world. Who knows you might even meet your next best friend! Or if not, you just make a lot of new friends all over the world.
Are you convinced? Or not quite? Stop doubting, treat yourself and just book your next vacation to be a yoga vacation! Join me on one of my yoga retreats to Portugal, Italy or Morocco! If you book before March 31st, you can still enjoy the early bird price!
Take a look at the yoga retreat website and learn more about our retreats. I wish you one happy yoga travel !