We all know (or heard) about the benefits of practicing yoga on the daily basis. Yet have you thought of integrating this beneficial practice while traveling? If you are still wondering if a yoga tour is a perfect match for you, there are many great reasons you should look into this type of transformational vacation option.
1. Detox your life
What is the biggest difference between going on a classic holiday and a yoga retreat? While a typical holiday is more about doing, a yoga retreat is simply about being. There you are free to get loose, step away from all stresses and listen to your inner self instead of putting the focus on the surroundings. Leave aside technology and social media, it’s only about you living the moment in a beautiful setting. No matter what your primary reasons for going, a yoga retreat is meant to boost and balance yourself via daily yoga practice and meditation, in which, leaving you the feeling of refreshment and recharged.
2. You don’t have to be a yoga master!
Right! Even when you are an absolute beginner, there is nothing stopping you from going on a yoga tour. And if you are already a yoga guru, it is a great opportunity for you to deepen your practice. You are not going to compete with anyone, the only challenge is yourself, whether that means going slow with more challenging exercises or pushing the limits on familiar ones.
Morning exercise at Ngoi Hoa – Hoa Binh, Vietnam
3. Learn & Explore
Experiencing the unknown is an accelerated way to grow and learn. Going on a yoga tour does not mean you are going to practice all day. The lessons are carefully scheduled at appropriate times and are optional, which give you the freedom to learn and explore other activities. Exploring the stunning beauty of nature, taking a hill walk, getting to know local people and witnessing their life, or simply just learning to make a healthy drink at the retreat, all that will help you to expand your mind and body.
Da Lat – Vietnam
Hoi An – Vietnam
4. Have a good time
Most importantly, vacations are meant to be fun and a yoga retreat should not be the exception. Imagine yourself stretching all your tensed muscles after hours of sitting on the airplane, with a magnificent view of endless greenery, rice paddies or limestone karsts, breathing the fresh air and free your mind. Does it sound good yet? Your body and mind are treated equally; embrace yourself as all the senses are awakened.
A Yoga session at Pu Luong Retreat – Thanh Hoa, Vietnam
5. Make new friends!
Undeniably, you will get to meet like-minded individuals. Even if you travel alone, you will have a chance to make friends with people from around the world who you might know for the rest of your life. Whether you have been to many yoga retreats or none, it takes courage to go away with a group and to be vulnerable.
6. You can take the holiday home with you!
Going on a yoga retreat means you can take away the skills and inspiration adopted with you. Return home with a hand full of fresh ideas and practical skills, a new sense of self and a great feeling of accomplishment. That’s not bad for a souvenir!
Pack your bags. Roll up your mat. Chase your adventure. Namaste!
Have you ever been on a yoga retreat? Share your thoughts, suggestions, and stories in the comments section below.