The Sacred Healing Center provides a gateway to yoga retreats in exotic locations. But what is so important about going on a yoga retreat? What difference will it make in your life?
Most of us may have the opportunity to attend yoga classes, events, workshops and even festivals right in our own home city. We squeeze in the time to do yoga in our life. If the city you live in already has such a rich and wonderful yoga culture, why would you need or even want to leave it to attend a yoga retreat elsewhere? The truth is, you can only answer that question for yourself with first hand experience. In my experience I found that it not only was a little yoga vacation, but it also enhanced my personal practice, my personal teaching, enriched my life through personal connections and overall priceless experiences.
1. Retreats have a profound effect
If you are like me, then you’ll probably be doing or attending 1 hour long asana classes everyday or every other day. Maybe you attend these classes a few times a week? After our 1 hour class, we go back to our regular stress-filled day. While it is great to dip out of that stress-filled environment for 1 hour, just imagine the difference you will see in yourself after 1 week of dipping out of that stress? You might not even recognize yourself, in a good way. Any yoga is great, and your body thanks you for it, both on the physical and mental level. But imagine the change you will see in yourself if you were doing this yoga multiple times a day in a rich and supportive environment? Everyone needs a vacation, but what we don’t realize is that sometimes vacations are just as stressful; yoga retreats are different in that they focus in on your well-being and you in yourself.
2. Excel in your Practice and Teaching
If you are a yoga teacher, like me then you might wonder why would I need to go on a retreat when I am constantly in that space already. I found, that by attending retreats, I learned so much more for both my practice and for my teaching. We never stop learning, especially in this constantly changing world. During a retreat, you get to take a break from teaching and can focus more fully on just being the student. Not only can you sit back and enjoy the ride, but you’ll meet like-minded individuals on the same journey as you.
3. Brand New Experiences
What I always find when I attend a retreat is: I never know what new exciting surprise will come my way. Not just from the destination of the retreat but also the new people I will meet and the new experiences that the retreat leader provides. Depending on the retreat, I might partake in a sacred medicine or a acro yoga class, or an ascension meditation class. These are in fact things that I have partaken in, and they were true eye openers that have changed my life. Not every retreat is the same as it always depends on the hosts, teachers and leaders of the retreat, but one thing that I have found in common is enjoying the experience that I had the opportunity to be a part of.
4. Being Taken Care Of
Okay, I’ll admit it, the best part about a yoga retreat isn’t just the yoga, but the fact that I’m basically taken care. Again this isn’t every retreat you’ll attend, but it is definitely my experience with any retreat hosted by The Sacred Healing Center.
Did you ever notice that one of the most annoying and stressful things about taking a vacation is having to plan what to do or where to eat? Yeah, it almost takes all the fun out of it. On yoga retreats, everything from your schedule, food, activities, etc. is all taken care of. This gives you the opportunity to take notice to more important things about yourself to develop mindfulness and self-awareness. The only thing you have to think about is you.
What I have found with most retreats is that the location just so happens to be in a beautiful secluded oasis somewhere deep and far away from phone service, reliable wifi or easily accessible wifi. I can assure you, this is a good thing. Like me, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying the moment more, sitting in silence enjoying the scenery and even finding it easier to meditate. Less distractions means more opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the retreat and with yourself.
With Love and Gratitude,