6 Reasons To Book A Yoga Retreat For Your Next Vacation

Originally posted on Bliss Out Retreats

Let’s be honest: lifestyle magazines and publications are famous for using beautiful imagery and models to make yoga retreats look like bliss on earth, but are sunrise sun salutations and gluten-free dinners really your idea of paradise?

Yoga retreats aren’t for everyone, however, they are certainly fit for anyone seeking a getaway to explore the Self and connect to Source. This type of escape is more of an internal vacation that helps guide transformation; because exploration of self-discovery is the kind of holiday you grow from.

Here are 6 reasons to consider booking a yoga retreat for your next vacay:

  1. Healthy break for your body, mind and spirit.  Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy based on building a connection between mind, body and spirit. When you’re looking to increase the energy flow in your body (and your life); find peace for your mind; or open your heart center, a yoga retreat can help. The combination of yoga, mediation and nature will help move the energy between these three elements of your being. As soon as you show up for yourself, all the stress will just melt into your mat.

  2. Free pass to wear comfortable clothing everyday! Yoga pants and bikinis for a week? Seems like a no-brainer. Not having to worry about what to pack takes a lot of stress off your vacation preparation. Whether your retreat is being held near the water or somewhere high on a mountaintop, comfortable clothes are always the mandatory uniform.

  3. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Those who Om together, vacay together. So why not join your fellow yogis for a sweet escape? Yoga retreats tend to attract people who are very free-spirited, open-minded and free of judgment. Not only does this create a safe environment to practice, it offers the chance to be surrounded by a community that shares the same interests in building a healthy lifestyle.  If you’re thinking about attending a yoga retreat solo, go for it! Many yoga practitioners attend their first retreat alone. Just be sure to do your research and join a group that uses experienced instructors and has valid credentials.

  4. Eat amazing grub.  It’s typical to find a yoga retreat program that’s also passionate about healthy food. Many retreats offer yoga classes combined with three meals a day provided by a holistic chef. You can expect natural cooked meals throughout the entire vacation. What does that mean? Think local, whole, organic and seasonal dishes that both nourish the body and energize the palate.

  5. You don’t have to plan (for once).  Tired of always having to create an agenda? When you sign up for a yoga retreat the calendar is set by the time you show up on your mat.  Yoga classes are generally offered first thing in the morning as well as in the afternoon or evening as well as meals, workshops and mediation sessions. Usually, there will also be an open window for free time. So if you like spontaneous adventure, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore.

  6. Perfect combination of relaxation and invigoration. Have you ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation? Exploring a new territory is exciting and adventurous, but it can also leave you exhausted by the time you pack up and head home. A well-rounded yoga retreat will offer a combination of vinyasa yoga (heating) and restorative yoga (cooling). The positive thing about an asana workout is that it increases your heart rate while also working to relieve any tension held in the body. So if you’re looking for an active getaway, yoga is a great outlet. But most importantly, this practice will give your body the chance to organically release stress and build fresh inspiration.

Sound like paradise?

A yoga retreat will most likely offer you a path towards inner peace, but remember: it’s always a journey.

Ashley Rose Howard

Ashley Rose Howard is a New York City based writer and yoga instructor. Her work has appeared in various fitness, wellness, and lifestyle magazines and websites.

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