Make Sure You Don’t Get Caught In One Of These Pitfalls
Yoga retreats are all the buzz right now, which makes us excited because we love yoga and we love to travel. But there are a lot of choices to make and things to consider when choosing the retreat that’s right for you. That means there’s a big chance that you’ll be stressing out instead of blissing out if you make one of these mistakes.
To make sure that doesn’t happen, we turned to the yoga retreat experts at Yoga Travel Tree to provide some tips about so that you don’t get “rain on your retreat.”
Ask yourself these 5 questions to find the right-for-you-retreat
1. What Type of Retreat?
There are a wealth of different types of retreats available today with lots of different options. Some retreats involve a small number of people going to an area in the world where yoga and meditation will be your primary focus. Other retreats bring a larger group and more instructors to offer a variety of class types intermingled with daily excursions and experiences. There are retreats that offer an intensive training schedule like a teacher training retreat. And the list goes on and on. It all comes down to a matter of preference, and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you board that plane.
2. Who Are The Instructors?
Most retreats these days are at least one week long. If you’re going to be taking daily classes with an instructor, it’s a good idea to get a sense of what style they teach, what their personality is like, and how they will make this retreat a memorable experience. Most instructors have a strong social media presence or even blog you can check out to get a sense of who they are and what drives them–so be sure to do your homework and check them out. Even better, do a quick Youtube search to see if your potential instructor has a class you can take in order to get a sense of how they teach. If you can’t make it through a class with them via the web, chances are you’re not going to have that fulfilling yoga experience you’re anticipating.
3. What’s On The Menu?
This might not seem as important to you as you think…With the rising popularity of detoxing and special retreats devoted to “detoxing” your body, it helps to understand what types of food you’ll be eating while on your journey. If you’re going on a detox retreat, it’s common to expect a week long of eating fresh, vibrant, mostly vegan or vegetarian foods. These retreats typically involve eating at a specific resort for the duration of your visit. It’s also common to have a personal chef cooking for your group during that type of retreat.If you want to venture out, tasting the unique foods of your region and culture, there are retreats that do that, too. Also, this is super important if you have allergies or specific dietary concerns. Some retreats can’t cater to or accommodate these needs, which should be a deal breaker.
4. What’s in Your Bag?
Packing too light or packing way more than you need is a nightmare that you don’t want to experience. Keep in mind the type of retreat you are going on. If you are on one that is exclusively meant to grow and hone in on your yoga practice, you’ll need little more than your mat, yoga clothes and a few personal belongings. Other retreats that involve day hikes through incredible land marks, trips to various cities or villages, hiking, diving, biking, will require more appropriate apparel, so pack accordingly.
5. Why Be Openminded?
This hands down is the most important aspect of going on a retreat! (just like your practice, huh?) You might make some life long friends on this journey. You might not. You might find that the schedule you’ve previously glimpsed at is far from being rigid and structured. In many cities or villages around the world, time goes by a lot slower, and locals are a lot more laid back and relaxed. If you don’t keep an open mind, you will miss opportunities to be present and experience new things. You’re a yogi, go with the flow!