Going on a yoga retreat can be your best escape to feel rejuvenated and energized away from the noise of the cities. Combining yoga with travel will be a breath of fresh air in your life by leaving aside all the stress. Travel satisfies the adventure junkie in you and yoga helps in connecting you with your body, mind, and soul.
Nobody remains untouched by stress which is the main underlying cause of a gamut of diseases. Yoga helps in providing an equal work-life balance. The yoga retreat will not only give you a long due vacation but will also help you in finding a direction and clarity in life.
A retreat is a whole universe in itself where you get opportunities to expand your horizons. Even if you do not have time to go for two weeks of retreat, try going for a weekend and you will feel the change. Yoga retreat in Nepal has participants coming from all over the world to experience yoga in the lap of Himalayas.
If you are planning to go on a yoga retreat, consider the following points to find the best retreat in India:
Your budget should be predetermined while planning to go on a yoga retreat, so that you search the ones within your budget range. Keep in mind that the longer and far the retreats are, the more it will cost. Also, it is not a wise choice to always look for cheap options. You have to decide what you choose: quality or quantity.
You should look for retreats that are inclusive of everything except air ticket. If everything is not inclusive in the retreat package, it is likely that you may overspend on staying and meals. You can save money by staying with a roommate instead of opting for a private room or living in dorms.
Which type of person are you – a mountain person, a beach person or simply someone who loves to be at one with nature? Choosing the right location will depend on your taste. You can find yoga retreats all over the world. Look for a place you are interested to discover or a place you have always wanted to explore.
Yoga retreat is all about relaxing and rejuvenating, so look for a comfortable place. You should look for a location where you will feel at peace. While selecting a location, you should also keep in mind if you want a retreat solely dedicated to yoga or a combination of yoga and dancing, or yoga and trekking/hiking and various other additional activities. If these activities excite you and you want to explore these additional activities, then choose your location accordingly.
- Yoga teacher
Whichever yoga retreat you choose, make sure it offers a yoga teacher that has enough experience in guiding a group of participants about vacation and yoga. You can ask for recommendations from yoga teachers you know near your house.
Search for reviews and testimonials online so as to make sure the yoga teacher is qualified with enough work experience of yoga retreats. You can also search for the personal website and social media of the yoga teacher. You should make sure that the style of their teaching style aligns with your needs as every yoga teacher has their own style of teaching. This is your time to experience yoga retreat and you have taken time off from your busy schedule, so you do not want to have a bad experience and be guided in a way according to your preference.
- Theme of the retreat
As the yoga retreat differs from place to place and on so many other levels, the theme of the yoga retreat varies too. You will have to decide which theme of the retreat you are looking to have the best experience. Some retreats focus on spirituality and personal growth whereas some focus on health and fitness.
If the retreat you have chosen is based on spirituality and you were looking for health and fitness, then, it might disappoint you. So, make sure to look for your best fit of the retreat.
Also, enquire about the size of the retreats. Some retreats offer large groups whereas some offer small and intimate groups. If you do not like large groups and do not wish to interact with a lot of people, select a smaller group. If you are looking to make connections with new people you are free to select a larger group to meet like-minded people.
- Time and duration
The time and duration of the retreat totally depend on how you work up your schedule and commitments. It is not necessary to take a 2-3 week trip to welcome yoga in your life.
The long duration of the retreat is not directly proportional to the best experience. You can take a weekend for a getaway to re-energize and rebalance your life. If you want to heal and are looking to take your life in control, then what are you waiting for? This is the time to go for a retreat and feel happy.
- Solo traveling or with companions
You have to decide whether you want to take a solo trip to a yoga retreat or you want to have a company of your friends or family to enjoy with a group of known people. If you travel with friends and family, you can help them to grow as well.
Do not worry if you want to take a solo trip or are forced to go alone because your friends and family are not ready to go with you as you will meet a group of people with whom you can build lifelong connections.
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. Manmohan Singh conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking Packages in India