A yoga retreat is a unique experience which supports us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. While there are many benefits to yoga retreats, the following three reasons are what keeps me creating these sacred spaces for students:
1. It shifts your perspectives
When you physically travel to new locations (even if it is only hours away!) you step out of your comfort zone. Exploring unfamiliar or foreign places encourages you to see the world through fresh eyes and in order to adapt you will need to learn from the people and cultures around you through receptivity, humility and compassion.
2. Improves your Wellness
No matter how 'healthy' you think you may be, there are always aspects of your life you could improve. Retreats are designed to aid you through healthy routine (deep sleep, wholesome foods, physical movement, time in nature and community) which purifies from your possibly over stressed/busy life. This is done in a safe enviornment through Holistic Health practices that include not only body, but the mind and spirit for ultimate well-being. With an intentional, progressive and supportive atmosphere, unhealthy patterns/habits often surface and are recognized, as opposed to ignored and suppressed. The space for rest encourages reflection and awareness, which then opens up the doors for transformation. With awareness comes the desire and responsibility to make necessary shifts. Your teacher(s) will mentor you and offer accessible practices/tools to create the shifts yourself and maintain well-being once you are back home.
3. Builds community from the Heart
During a retreat there is power in the intimacy that is created with oneself, but most importantly there is a greater sense of connection and harmony felt as you share this experience as a collective. The dynamics are always unique to the individuals and circumstances brought together, yet all are encouraged to welcome one another from a place of authenticity. There are fewer 'masks' worn as you only know one another from a neutral and supportive space. You have time to be present with once another, without distractions or alternative motives. Community forms quite quickly as you spend time together on and off the mat, and in a foreign context. Often these authentic connections become long lasting relationships and remind you to stay open-hearted as you move through life.
LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her here