We seem to be leading busier and busier lives, wit more expectations piling on top of us almost daily .. finding the time to practice yoga can be a challenge. A committed day, weekend or week of yoga could be just what you need to deepen your practice, and hence connection to yourself, recharging yourself !
On a retreat you will likely have 2 classes a day. With this experience of practicing every day, you will notice the changes not only in your physical body, but in your mental state as well, the body, mind and spirit respond very quickly! Allowing some extra time will give you exponential rewards! Coming home afterwards, you might even be inspired to start a new home practice or take your existing practice to a new level within yourself.
2. You will create a new level of awareness
Going to a new and different place creates an opportunity to see the world, and yourself, in a new perspective, expanding your awareness. Experiencing the unknown is fantastic and an accelerated way to grow and learn. You will have the luxury of time to do just what you want to do. To contemplate to enjoy, to truly smell the roses … When you change your routine and your surroundings, you see things in a different light, a more expanded, creative & infinite way.
Being on a retreat is all about you, your body, mind, soul, your connection to yourself, enjoying the yoga, eating healthy foods and slowing down. Sometimes it is easier to give yourself that indulgence when you leave your comfort zone of home and go somewhere far away and exotic. Even half a day can be a start. And if your retreat long enough, is all-inclusive you get 3 healthy and delicious meals every day prepared for you. Most retreats also have free time in the afternoon to do what ever you like to make the most out of your day.
4. Meet new like-minded people.
When a bunch of people on a similar path get together in a beautiful place, new friendships are bound to happen. It is inspiring to surround yourself with other yogis from around the world and to practice together. Gathering like this in a group is sometimes the perfect mirror to remind us that, although everyone is unique, we are all connected.
You work hard in your daily life and you can always find reasons why you should or excuses for not doing something for yourself. We all lead busy lives, and we often neglect to live life to its fullest. When you immerse yourself for a week of yoga, you find the creative juices just waiting to come out. Not only do you find your own inspiration, but you come home and are able to share it with others.