So you’re salivating at the thought of going on a 7-day yoga retreat to Mexico with your favorite yoga studio but don’t think you’ll be able to take the time off. There is no need to feel defeated. There are many options available to you with many weekend NY yoga retreats available only a bus ride away.
If you are short on money or time there are still some option for you to choose from when it comes to spending time in yoga retreat. One such alternative is a weekend yoga getaway. Yoga and meditation retreat centers of all kinds are located around the world and there are many Yoga Retreats that can be found near New York City. You can find everything from bare bones cabins in the woods to plush accommodations view luxurious suites.
Benefits of Yoga Retreats Getaways
Weekend yoga getaways are great because many of the centers offer à la carte services, if that’s your cup of tea. You can choose to participate in group classes, be led in private meditations, visit an ayurvedic medical practitioner, and reward yourself with spa treatments, vegan meals, room service, or none of the above depending on your mood and budget.
There are centers where you can choose to observe silence and wear a special badge so that no one tries to speak to you. They even have a separate dining room for those who would prefer to eat in silence.
Practicing yoga and meditation a couple times a day for a weekend can provide you with a much-needed boost of energy. As the work weeks grind on your short battery, a recharge here and there can stave off the need for an extended vacation.
Many of the centers also offer weekend yoga workshops. It’s always a great idea to try and coordinate your weekend with a workshop that peaks your interest. You may also find that a teacher whose class you love or whose class you’ve always wanted to take is giving a hands-on weekend workshop. In that case, it’s highly recommended that you take advantage of the opportunity as doing so can do wonders for the development of your practice.
Yoga weekends are also great for romantic trips. Couples who practice together can help each other maintain a more balanced lifestyle and enjoy the added benefit of the synchronized opening chakras and endorphin boost. That good vibe can carry right from the weekend into your everyday life.
In New York particularly there are many retreats that can be reached from the city by a public form of transportation such as train or a bus that makes daily trips to various locations around the state where many of the yoga retreats are located. There are also many retreats upstate, in Maine and other neighboring states. Of course weekend car rental can be a viable option, as well if some of the retreats can only be reached by a car.
Yoga Retreats Costs
Prices for regular New York retreats, as well as for any other yoga retreats can range from hundreds to even thousands of dollars depending on how long you plan to stay, location, the level and type of teachers and yoga classes offered, as well as quality of accommodations. However weekend yoga retreat that only lasts a weekend rather than a week or longer might be much cheaper alternative for anyone interested attending, but who might not have time or money for longer retreats that usually take place in more exotic locale. And if you find out that these weekend getaway retreats are still beyond your means you can contact the staff at these retreats and try to negotiate a deal by offering your services in exchange for a discount on your stay.
Explore your options, as there are tons out there, and consult your friends and yoga instructors. Also we’ve put together a growing list of local New York retreats you can attend that can be easily reached from NYC. New York Yoga Retreats.
Roque L. Rodriguez III is a poet and yoga instructor in New York, NY. He is currently taking the 300 hour yoga teacher training course at ISHTA Yoga NYC and looks forward to going on a yoga retreat in the future. A weekend yoga retreat might be just the thing you need to scratch that yogic itch.