Are you looking for a great yoga retreat this year? To have the best experience possible, it's important to understand what to look for and what factors to prioritize when selecting from the available options when choosing yoga retreat. Follow these practical tips to find the right yoga retreat for you.
Whether you've been doing yoga for a long time or have been neglecting your well-being, it's important to take the time off to reboot your life. Make a commitment to your health and wellbeing by going on a yoga retreat to a place that will reinergize you and give your the clarity and the direction you need. Besides serving as a much needed breather from the wear and tear of everyday life, a yoga retreat can be your window to spirituality and a great opportunity to forge new friendships and experiences that can last a lifetime!
Below are practical tips for selecting the right yoga retreat that’s just right for you;
Don't Make Pricing a Priority
If you study Eastern philosophy and yogic wisdom, youknow that yoga prioritizes spiritualiy, modesty and restraint over material wealth and wordly benefits. Luxurious retreats with expensive accommodations, fancy dining and other luxury perks might not be the best option when choosing the retreat. Often these places don't focus on spiritual development or the improvement of practice of yoga, but instead provide atmosphere where you are more inclinded to be pampared and spoiled. These places can be great if you're looking for a relaxing type of vacation, but not if you're interested in a retreat that will benefit your overall wellbeing.
Therefore, discard the extravagantly priced yoga holiday packages and pick the one that fits your budget and needs. Overspending can lead to financial problems and stress down the road, so choose the retreat you can afford. Another good tip is to try to select all inclusive package that includes air fare, dining and accommodations in its total cost, otherwise you might end up spending a lot more money on top of what you will pay for retreat only.
Prioritize Practice and Education
When you type “yoga retreat” and hit search, you might be overwhelmed with number of listings and options, but don't fret, you'll find what you need easily if you focus on your specific needs and priorities. If you are serious about rebooting your life, it's important to choose the retreat that fits your goals. It's a good idea to choose a place that in addition to regular yoga offers classes dealing spirituality and mental wellbeing. Yoga is an ancient practice offering wisdom of a thousand years with many lessons. Your retreat should not only be about physical exercise. Yoga encompasses many elements including philosophy, history, meditation, pranayamic breathing, and life principles and ethics. By focusing on all these other important aspects, you will improve your knowledge of yoga, which will not only help with your physical practice but also will improve your overall wellbeing by helping you become more compassionate to yourself and others. You will benefit greatly by choosing a retreat offering varitey of classes in Eastern wisdom and tradition.
Choose Style and Teachers
Choosing to go to a yoga retreat can be an enormous commitment. It requires you to take the time off work and it can also be very costly. To ensure you have the best experience you must do a diligent research to ensure the retreat you decide on will fit your specific needs. You need to decide what style of yoga you like, how intense you want your classes to be and if possible find out who will be teaching the classes that will be offered at the retreat. The last thing you want to experience is being put in a class of advanced yoga practitioners if you're only a beginner and just starting on the path of yoga. Also, if you prefer certain teachers you might follow them on social media or their website to see when and where they will be teaching classes. You can use this information to help you decide on which retreat to go to and when. Whatever retreat you decide on, try to learn as much as you can about each places to ensure it matches your style and what you're looking to get out of your experience.
Consider The Size of The Group
Often the size of the retreat and the number of people in individual classes can also be an important point to consider. If you're looking for a more personal, intimate experience, it's better to find a retreat offering smaller classes. If you're looking to socialize, find new connections and make new friends, reatreats with larger number of participants might be more suitable for you.
If you're an extrovert who needs to have lots of people around you to be happy, you should choose a larger type of a retreat.. However if you want to focus on your inner well-being practice and a place where you can practice in peace and quiet, look for the retreats that offer classes with less practitioners. Remember no matter what size you decide on, it's important to find a retreat where you will have time to spend on self-reflection and rejuvination. This can be done more easily in smaller retreats, so often retreats offering smaller classes are preferable to the larger ones.
So just like with all the other tips on this list, please evaluate your needs and goals and decide what would be the ideal environment for you that will be the most beneficial in what you are trying to achieve.When choosing a retreat program, remember it is for happiness – your happiness. Go for whatever you think might bring you joy!
About Author: Manmohan Singh is a yoga enthusiast himself, freelance writer Manmohan lets his free spirit flow with his thoughts as he pens them down in his writings. He loves travelling and believes that ‘knowledge shared is knowledge gained.’ This concept inspired him to set up his own yoga institute in Rishikesh,India and other countries to spread the message of yogic sciences. His Yoga school (Rishikul Yogshala) imparts teachings on Yoga and Meditation under guided instructions of traditional yoga teachers. Interact with him through his website: https://www.rishikulyogshala.org and http://yogadealsonline.com/