“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
Don’t let your light of yoga get dim, get ready to breathe a little deeper, stretch out stiff shoulders, brush up your Sanskrit, and get ready to take a break from all the hustles and bustles.
If you used to do yoga and nowadays your daily schedule is not allowing you, but you long for it, a Yoga retreat may be an immeasurable and relaxing getaway for all your problems. You may want to choose a refreshing retreat, for yourself along with traveling; a yoga retreat is the best way to bring harmony in your life.
A satisfying yoga retreat will leave you rejuvenated and give you space to discover who you really are! How to know which is the best yoga retreat for you? Here are some tricks and tips, discover your soothing getaway, happy reading!
Do you want yoga retreat or little yoga in your retreat?
These sentences might look the same, but let me tell you that there is a difference. Some retreats focus the composition on providing you one or two yoga classes, and you spend more time traveling; spend time on the beach; hike or attend workshops on nutrition and personal development. If you want little yoga with lots of experience, make sure you choose a retreat that gives you this flexibility.
Yoga-emphasized retreats will offer you classes all day long with little weekend excursions. You will experience meditation, asanas, chanting of mantra and pranayama, or even private sessions with an instructor. Whichever you choose, make sure you know what you are in for!
Which style suits you?
No doubt you will meet likeminded people in a comfortable setting. From there, everything is up to you. You will want to select a retreat that suits your style or any other specific interest around yoga-like, vinyasa, hot, power yoga or ashtanga. Kundalini has its own categories with large scale kriyas that includes breath exercises, chanting to activate kundalini energy. Kripalu, Vini yoga or Iyengar will focus more on holding a posture a little longer. Yin yoga and restorative yoga will not fail you, with very little flowing movement. You can see there are many styles and all are very confusing, you don’t want to go for the wrong retreat. Choose a retreat that offers the style of yoga that suits your needs and desires.
What is your budget?
Best yoga retreats can be a bit expensive; it is very important to check before you book one. Don’t go for a show-off to be honest and book what you can afford. Duration and time are two factors that affect the price. If you attend a retreat during offseason, like summer, it may not be crowded, but more pocket-friendly. The longer duration you choose, the more it will cost you. You may also look for, what is included in the price, or are there any hidden charges?
A little pre-planning will not harm you; the very first step of booking a yoga retreat is to select an appropriate time that suits your schedule. You don’t want to worry about your daily life routine during your yoga retreat. So, decide in prior how much time you want to give this yoga retreat: a weekend or maybe a whole week. Your yoga retreat may be an escape from a single day to several weeks depending upon your commitments, but it doesn’t matter, the retreat is for balancing your life, and get it back on the track. A week’s retreat could be equally satisfying than a weekend’s retreat.
What are your goals?
You may be looking for something specific from your yoga retreat. You may be hoping to relax your mind with plenty of meditation, or looking for an escape from your emotional problems, or your yogi friend has influenced you for this yoga retreat, or maybe you want to shed some light of yoga on your life journey. On the other hand, you may be looking for an intense workout, with challenging yoga poses for weight loss, promoting fitness and learning advance asanas.
When you choose any retreat, keep your goals in mind, to align which one is the best to experience for you? You might make lots of friends with the same interest, but your experience will enhance when you get what you are looking for, so do some research before booking a relaxing getaway for you.
Is choosing the right location crucial for you?
Pursue a retreat that combines your style with all the luxury you want. Location doesn’t matter much but, what if you can enjoy yoga in your favorite place?
On the other hand, you might be interested in learning a particular style with a specific teacher, and then the location will not matter. In that case, prioritize; what you need over what you want. Choose the location that suits the best, who knows, you might discover something new.
The best yoga retreat is all about you so listen to your gut feeling and go for it. There is no better guide in this world than your gut feelings.