By Susan Perry-Livett
Most of us, especially in busy cities with equally busy lives, feel that they need a serious break sometimes. Some of us would normally say that we need a holiday, but is a holiday enough? Maybe we need more than just a cocktail, a beautiful beach and a good book.
Yoga, meditation, massage and other holistic healing retreats can be just what you need when a holiday is just not enough. Yoga retreats can really create a platform for transformation and self-discovery. Here some fantastic reasons why to take a yoga retreat:
It is all about me
The main reasons to take a yoga retreat is to take care for your wellbeing. A retreat is the perfect place you can get the “me” time you deserve. The idea of a retreat is to create a safe space where you can nurture your body and soul. The atmosphere is relaxed, everything is taken care of and you really have to do nothing but enjoy the activities, surroundings, food and company (or alone time if you need that).
Give your digestion a break
Some retreats will offer comprehensive meals in the package, usually vegetarian and organic which is fantastic for your digestive system, especially if you have been indulging in processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Retreats often include food that is healing and can support good digestion and even the restoration of a healthy gut and aid in weight loss.
A routine in the standard sense can be quite tiring but on yoga retreats, the routines created are for good health and peace of mind. Routines, like yoga classes in the morning and meditation classes in the evening, can allow the body to feel in tune with the rhythm of the retreat and discover how to calm down knowing that those healing activities can impact your brain and body positively.
Being on the retreat, eating fresh foods and connecting with people around you allows a lot of fears, frustration and discomfort to leave the body and mind, allowing space for personal and spiritual growth. You go there knowing that you want to feel better and, consciously or not, are ready to deal with personal demons and open up the door that will take you to the next level.
Retreats for all budgets
Just like holidays, retreats also accommodate according to our budget. You can choose from an all-inclusive (meals, accommodations, activities, transfers etc) and everything in between. There are so many options out there for all budgets.
So if you are considering a retreat or just need some time to get back in touch with your mind and body, a yoga retreat could be just what you’re looking for
Susan Perry-Livett is Yoga Alliance certified with a RYT 200 hour accreditation. Susan teaches Vinyasa and Yin yoga as well as Pilates, with an emphasis on balancing the physical, mental and emotional state through guided practice. Susan is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centred philosophy. She weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes and encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self.