I totally believe that you do. Juggling your work, social life, family, self care, etc. and doing all that in a city environment, which is already stressful without all of those extra factors... Woo, damn right, you need a holiday!
Actually, even more than a holiday, you might need a yoga retreat. Here are 5 reasons why I think you should consider going on a yoga retreat in stead of a regular holiday.
1. LONG LASTING BENEFITS
Taking time off in any format is in itself invigorating and refreshing. But once those 10 days of your holiday are over, you are back to your same old daily routine. And if you repeat the same steps in your life, you will always get the same results.
Going on a yoga retreat will definitely have a more long lasting benefits in your life. You will come back home with a new set of tools that will help you lead a more conscious, more productive and more fulfilling life.
2. REALLY TAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF
Did you ever have that feeling that you needed a holiday to recover from your holiday during which you spent most of your time planning, trying not to miss out on anything, researching where to go and what to do and then trying to balance all that with the preferences of your travel companion(s)?
Retreats offer you the opportunity to take a whole week and fully attend to your needs. There is enough time to reflect, journal, finish that book, or just spend time alone and enjoy the silence. Whatever it is that recharges your batteries the most, a retreat will offer you a supportive environment for that.
3. YOGA AND MEDIATION PRACTICE
No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, your yoga and meditation practice will for sure benefit from the daily routine during the retreat. Dedicating yourself to it consistently is very helpful in creating or strengthening your own sustainable personal yoga practice.
Most retreats offer two yoga classes a day, which will do wanders for your strength, flexibility, body awareness, focus and your self-discipline.
4. HOLISTIC (SELF-CARE) PACKAGE
Your well-being is directly related to what you consume - but not only through food. All the sounds, images, thoughts, movements that you "consume" during your day become the building blocks of your body-mind system.
In a yoga retreat, the activities are planned in a way to be varied and enjoyable. The natural setting of being far away from urban distraction, city lights and perpetual noise is conducive to your practice and your over-all well being. A retreat is nourishing both for your body and your soul.
5. FINDING YOUR TRIBE
I am often asked if retreats are suitable for solo travelers. While at the same time, the vast majority of guests are solo travelers. And those that you most probably share many of your interests with.
The atmosphere at a yoga retreat makes it easy to connect to each other in meaningful ways through sharing your love of yoga or nature, learning together, and also through creating a shared safe space in which everybody is free to express themselves and simply be who they are without being judged.
If you've already attended yoga retreats, please share your reasons for participating and also what you feel you have gained from your retreat.