By Rachi Perera
Every year, tens of thousands of people are choosing yoga retreats over traditional holidays to escape the stresses of modern life. If you're feeling burnt out and overwhelmed by day to day demands and seeking a holiday to relax, replenish and return to the busyness of every day life with renewed energy and optimism then a yoga retreat is the perfect choice. Whether it is by yourself or with a friend or two, it is a truly transformative experience and a magical way to add a little spark to your life.
Here’s seven reasons why you should just pack your bags and your mat and go on a yoga retreat in 2017.
1. Time out for yourself
The word retreat itself tells us that it’s about taking time out, quietening your mind and taking an inward journey. A retreat takes you away from real life, and the stressors that go with it. It gives you the luxury of self-care time and space to do things just for you. By focusing on yourself and your needs you will be able to recharge your mind, body and spirit which will ultimately energise and reconnect you with the most important person in your life, yourself.
2. Practice mindfulness
We live our lives multitasking and rushing from one place to the next. We are constantly surrounded by distractions and it is rare that we take the time to simply be aware of ourselves and our surroundings. Yoga can help you be present by focusing on your mind and body. Going on a retreat takes being present to a whole new level. Whether your retreat destination is in the misty mountains or a sun drenched island, when you take yourself away from the daily hustle and bustle you focus on simply enjoying your surroundings and the joys of life.
3. Digital detox
A yoga retreat is a chance to press the reset button on the daily grind and do things differently. It’s an opportunity to disconnect in order to reconnect. Email, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, Pinterest, text messaging, and so many other things can take up a lot of your time at home. Going on a yoga retreat allows you to step away from distractions of the past and future, be fully present and make your holiday about recharging your own batteries.
4. Broaden your horizons
A yoga retreat is an opportunity to see the world and yourself differently. Choose a retreat in a location you’ve always wanted to visit and and you will find yourself on a journey of a lifetime. It will change you far beyond just your yoga practice in so many positive ways. You will broaden your horizons, learn new cultures and experience new things. You will get to see the world through a different lens making you stronger, more tolerant and open minded.
5. Push yourself to new heights
Regardless of your level of yoga experience, practicing twice a day with a small group and an experienced teacher will transform you physically as well as mentally. It will take you away from your comfort zone and encourage you to try new things. You will allow yourself to let go and open your heart. Pushing yourself to find your potential on the yoga mat may also inspire and give you the internal strength to conquer other goals when you return home from your retreat.
6. Make lifelong friends
Shared experiences are the best experiences. Whether you are a solo traveler or going on a retreat with a friend, when a bunch of people with similar interests and passions get together in a beautiful place, new friendships are bound to blossom. A yoga retreat is an intimate journey of shared laughs, meals, adventures and emotions that can end up in lifelong friendships.
7. You deserve it
You work really hard and do so much for others. You probably wouldn’t think twice about spending money on a loved one, yet when it comes to treating yourself you’d probably think of many excuses and reasons why you “shouldn’t”. But remember, if you neglect to look after yourself and live your life to the fullest then you fail to give the happiest and healthiest version of yourself to your loved ones. So go forth and book that yoga retreat- treat yourself to a week in a beautiful location where there’s no one to take care of nor to worry about. A week without deadlines or distractions. A week to find your own inspiration because you deserve it!
Rachi Perera is the founder and host of The Paradise Retreat, an all-inclusive six night/seven day yoga retreat in the spectacular south coast of Sri Lanka. The Paradise Retreat is an opportunity to rest, restore and explore Sri Lanka through a carefully curated program of yoga, meditation and other activities. Use code BLOGSOCIETY to receive 10% off any of the advertised retreats. All details and bookings via the website.