- Immerse yourself in the total lifestyle.
A yoga retreat offers concentrated amount of time for one to focus on his/her practice. In other words, if your weekly class where you train hard daily, then retreat is the big race – just don’t forget to pace yourself for it.
- Get ready to deepen your relaxation.
Retreats take a person away from real life and the stress that comes with it. Even if you are a master meditator, there’s something about being away from daily familiar routine that lets you release your constant mental list-making. It gives you permission to fully let go of all distractions and worries and be free of the whole world. You will find that by letting them go, problems often find a way of working themselves out or lose their strength over the course of your time away.
- See progression in your practice in a very short period of time.
Yoga is a journey and though we try not to put too much emphasis on our achievements, that doesn’t mean that you haven’t made any progress. Deepening your practice means different things to different people and can be just as easy as learning to sit still for your entire relaxation period or it could be about your first Bhujangasana.
- Examine other areas of your life where improvements can be made.
Most retreats will include some ancillary benefits like expanding your eating horizons. Many of us get stuck in a food rut or routine, sticking to what we know. A retreat is a chance to push past those boundaries and get a bit adventurous with your appetite. During this time you can set the quantity of food intake and can also try eating new dishes or even go vegan with green vegetables, pulses and green salad.
- Travel on your own without feeling self-conscious.
Sometimes you just really want to get away from it all and it’s not always easy to coordinate that with friends or partners as they might have other plans. Yoga retreats are a safe environment to travel solo and you’ll find that even if you arrive alone, you’ll leave with a load of new friends. You can also bring a book and tuck yourself into a quiet corner or you can just stick to your mp3 player and listen music with ear phones, without disturbing anyone.
- Get the opportunity to connect with nature.
Most retreats or holiday venues are selected for their locations. You can choose your destination ranging from sea shore to mountains and from caves & valleys to islands. When nature calls, you just follow where your heart takes you to. This is where you get to connect with nature in its purest form. Once you have reached your destination, you enjoy and feel connected to it.
- Take a step back and re-evaluate your life.
It’s becomes hard to make decisions when you are immersed in a daily routine. Many of us go through entire days and weeks without skipping our set activities: Monday, zumba, Tuesday, book club, etc. etc. Taking a step outside that routine allows you a new perspective. Retreats are a great time to set goals as well as reflect on difficulties. After being away from daily routines, you might find that you have resolved some inner conflicts or challenges and removed confusions. You might find that solutions come to you from within, for questions that had been lingering for a while. It’s a great idea to take a notebook with you and write down your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis to track this progress, and also to use as a gentle reminder when you return to your daily life. By the time you return, you will be a much improved person.
Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh