Imagine staying in the midst of nature for a week, indulging in yogic practices, surrounded by like-minded individuals and with all the basic necessities taken care of. Away from the hustle-bustle, away from the constant beeps of messages and away from the chores and stress. Sounds dreamy right? Well, a yoga retreat is what can make all of this a reality and also bestows you the opportunity to explore the age-old science to the fullest.
So, what makes a yoga retreat special and why you should at least be a part of it once in your lifetime? Read on to know why.
New Bond with People who Share a Similar Mindset
A retreat is a chance for you to meet and greet new people from different walks of life and various parts of the globe. The interesting thing is that all these people share a similar mindset and that’s why they are a part of the program. Throughout the duration of the retreat, you spend time together, sharing your feelings, talking, laughing, crying and supporting each other. Slowly and gradually you form a deep connection with each other that stays on throughout your life.
Spend Time Away from Technology
Though it may seem unimaginable to stay away from your gadgets for a week or so, but gradually you’ll appreciate that you got the chance to do so. There are retreats that focus especially on digital detox and requests you to stay from technology till the retreat in over. Reason being – since you’re shut off from all those texts, calls, messages, social media updates and more, your mind is more relaxed and focused on the job at hand. You will lighter, refreshed and satisfied with yourself once you get used to it. Try it to experience it.
Healthy Eating and Better Lifestyle
The primary aim of a yoga retreat is to make you healthier, happier, joyous, and bless you with a good lifestyle. Food plays an important role in the overall wellness of the participants. There is usually a wide range of choices available ranging from vegan, to lacto-ovo to gluten free and much more. The food is prepared by the in-house chefs and the products are usually sourced locally from the retreat’s own farm or the nearby farmer’s markets. Free from any types of additives, the food along with the herbal drinks, not only nourishes your body but also flushes out the toxins making your body healthier and rejuvenated. You can also learn the cooking styles and do it the same way at your home.
If you recently had a break-up, divorce or just had a traumatic experience, a yoga retreat is an ideal place to heal yourself. The calm and peaceful surroundings of a retreat accompanied by its healing atmosphere act as the perfect abode to help you get out of all those hurtful memories and live life once again. The bonds with other people, the yogic practices, good food, rejuvenating surroundings, etc. all create a good effect on your mind and body and help you to look at the positive side of life.
Discover a New Place
Going to a retreat is almost like holidaying, but with a strong focus on health and wellness. Whether it is India, Thailand, Costa Rica, Spain or the US, a yoga retreat gives you the chance to explore a new place. Explore the culture, tradition, food and places of interest to have some gala of a time with your retreat buddies. If it is Thailand, make sure you explore some of the wonderful beaches of the country that are famous worldwide. If you are planning to visit India, be ready for a culture shock. But most importantly, don’t forget to explore the numerous places of attractions in the country.
Be with Yourself
A city life hardly leaves you with any time to reflect back on your life and think about what you are doing in life. Once you a part of a yoga retreat, you get ample time to just sit back and relax and think about your own life. Away from the cacophony of the cities, the pure air and calm atmosphere act as a catalyst to bring out the ‘thinker’ in you.
Plenty of Fun
Always remember that every retreat includes some extra activities that are meant just for fun and relaxation. After all, what’s the point of coming to a retreat if there is no fun and enjoyment? A day or two will be reserved especially for activities like hiking or swimming or adventure activities. Make the most of these days with your pals and create memories that will stay with you forever. Have loads of fun and smile as much as you can. Forget about the worries and just immerse yourself in the moment.
A yoga retreat is really an option worth trying instead of your regular vacations and holidays. Give it a try and come back refreshed and energized. So, what are you waiting for, pack your bags and get, set, go.
An Opportunity to Dig Deeper and Learn More
Your busy life hardly gives you any respite and taking time out for yoga seems too difficult, isn’t it? Well, a yoga retreat is your getaway to discover and learn this ancient science in detail and take back the knowledge with you. Majority of retreats, be it a yoga retreat in Thailand, yoga retreat in Costa Rica or Yoga Retreat in Nepal, have experienced, knowledgeable and renowned yoga teachers who have dedicated their lives to yoga. Learning from these enlightened people is something you should cherish. You can learn as much as you can during the sessions and even take their advice and consultation during free times. Delve into the study, understand the true meaning of yoga, learn about different yogic practices and take back the wisdom to get your life back on track.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organize 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. Bipin Baloni conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.