Why A Yoga Retreat?
These are the perfect vacations for your body, mind, heart,
soul and spirit for:
Exciting nature adventures
Rejuvenation and relaxation
Learning more from and deepening ones yoga practice
Connecting and sharing with people of similar interests
Being pampered and served
Exploring some cultural interface in lesser known areas
Returning to daily life re-focused, energized, renewed, clear
and grounded Romantic and spiritually fulfilling time away
from daily stresses
Pure fun and adventure
Who Goes On A Yoga Retreat?
Any level of yoga student in basically good sound health
People looking for meaningful and transformative vacation
experiences A balance of men and women, with slightly more
women, singles, couples, family members, age range generally
between 24 and 65 years.
Do you want to attend a yoga retreat or a resort?
You need to decide whether you want a holiday in a resort
hotel where you can occassionaly do yoga or do you to attend
an intensive with a daily schedule of yoga, meditation, and/or
other spiritual practices
How do you select the experience that's right for you?
The steps are varied, but in essence you need to:
1. Determine if you wish to go to a particular location;
2. Determine if you wish to go with a particular yoga teacher;
3. If not 1 or 2, you choices are large, and accordingly the
next best thing is to ask around your friends and teachers
for some options;
4. Search the Internet, check out our site of retreats;
5. Identify some potential Yoga retreats available at the
right time, in locations and styles your would like.
6. Make some calls, send questions by email
7. Access your options
8. Have fun!!! No matter, which retreat you choose, you are
bound to have a deeply transforming experience.
What if I'm only a beginner?
The yoga retreats are normally designed to progressively
introduce or reintroduce the foundations of the practise of
yoga giving anyone the opportunity to learn at their own pace
and ability. If you are basically healthy and well, you will
With most yoga retreats there is a registration form and
medical intake form to fill out before the retreats. This
will help the yoga instructor to be familiar with any issues
you may be dealing with so that they can be of the best service
Is this good to do with my partner or singly?
Your choice completely. Partners benefit greatly from the
time together to nourish their personal and relational lives.
Singles have great fun meeting new friends. Life time friendships
also arise from these retreats and could be a great place
to begin a relationship as an added bonus
Can my children or non participating spouse come along?
Of course you will need to check with your yoga retreat
instructor, but nevertheless it should be fine and you'll
normally find most yoga retreats allow them to come along
a reduced fee. While your at class, your spouse/children can
be exploring, relaxation, etc. A limitation with bring a non
participating spouse and or children is that it may limit
your opportunity to get to know the rest of the group.
Do I have to share a room?
Most retreats are set up on a shared room basis, but you
can enquire with a request for a private room (usually has
an added cost) and the retreat organisers will do their best
to accommodate you.
How many people usually go?
You'll find the most retreats like to keep the groups to
20 people to facilitate an intimate and enjoyable experience.
Do I have to be a vegetarian?
NO, you'll find that most yoga retreats will ensure that
your dietary needs will be well met and the retreats usually
have an option of fish, seafood, meat or chicken (all organic
when available). The meals are abundant, delicious, nutritious
and very satisfying even if it's a little new to some people.
Do I need to know someone else on the Yoga retreat to
get the most from it?
Absolutely not, on the yoga retreat I went on last year,
less than 20% of people knew each other at the stage of the
retreat. Through the yoga retreat I met likeminded people
on the spiritual path, learn new techniques, and above all,
What is the likelihood of most partipicants being female?
Highly likely particularly if the retreat is organized in
a western country. While the early history of Yoga was that
it was an exclusively male activity, today approximately 80
percent of Western yoga practitioners are women. On the retreat
I attend last year, apart from the instructor I was the only
other male. Moreover in my Yoga Teacher Training course, I
am also of the minority: 2 males and 20+ female students.
What to Wear on a Yoga Retreat?
Casual, comfortable clothing is appropriate most, if not
all yoga retreats. If you are traveling to somewhere unfamiliar,
you may want to check with the retreat organiser to learn
about the local weather so see what exactly is needed. Moreover,
if your retreat includes religious services the clothing requirements
are likely to be specially defined.
What to Bring on Your Yoga Retreat?
Yoga Retreats vary so widely, some are like camping, others
are closer to resorts. Therefore, please inquire with the
retreat organizer if you need to bring special items such
as flashlights, bathing suit, yoga mats, zafu, etc. Be sure
to ask about necessary passports and visas where travelling
What is the difference between a yoga retreat and holiday/vacation?
Their differences include, but are not restricted to:
Yoga retreats - Internal focus: You'll find retreats are
typically held in secluded peaceful environments. They are
under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. There is
typically regular yoga practice each day, sometimes twice
a day in the morning hatha yoga and evening more restorative
poses or meditation. Attending a yoga retreats offers the
opportunity for self discovery and reflection. Holiday/vacation
- External focus: You'll find a vacation involves time away
from work, normal routine, can be fastpace, have a sense of
focusing on the external rather than internal. A vacation
can include heavy travel from one spot to another trying to
see everything. Often when I have a vacation, I more tied
than I started.
Do I get to know my yoga instructor better through a retreat?
Absolutely, on yoga retreats I have found, you clearly get
to know your instructor a lot better, than just the face they
put on running a normal yoga class. That experience is enriching
and has helped my yoga practice. The retreats provides the
opportunity for your instructor to get a better sense of your
strengths and weakeness which provides a stronger opportunity
for guidance and direction.
Does it really matter if I have not meet or attended classes
with the yoga instructor leading the retreat?
Depends what you want to get out of the retreat. But, I would
no not really. The main benefit of having attended a class
with an intructor before a retreat is to have a better sense/confidence
that their teaching style, approach and experience fits with
you. It would be a disappointing if you discovered that they
didn't. In saying that, on a retreat, ideally it is about
taking time out, your own self discovery and reflection and
the role of the instructor should not inhibit that. Moreover,
my experience is that many people attend retreats with instructors
for the first time and a enjoy them wonderfully.
Do most people attend yoga retreats with/ or without their
My experience probably more without rather the with. Most
people attending retreats are their primarily to advance their
yoga experience. And as 80% of yoga practitioners in the west
are female that skews who attends yoga retreats.
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