Happy Monday! Today I’m featuring a guest post from Gaiam TV about yoga retreats! I’m dying to go on a retreat and share my own experience but for now, we’ll let the experts do the talking! Don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY!
What is all the fuss about? Yoga Retreats
Take a step out of the hustle and bustle of normal life and have a vacation that rejuvenates the body and mind. With a yoga retreat, practitioners are able to heal their bodies and deepen their practice of yoga. For many travelers, a yoga retreat is an opportunity to revitalize their body and visit an exotic location. Yoga retreats are offered around the United States and abroad including popular retreat options in Costa Rica. These intensive programs work to develop the muscles of the body and work the spiritual “muscles” of the soul.
Before you attend a yoga retreat, you should have some experience in the field. Although you do not have to reach an expert level, you should at least be familiar with basic poses and movements. You will be doing yoga everyday and often multiple times each day; if you are not physically prepared, you will not get the most out of it. Be physically fit and prepared for a spiritual, intellectual and physical odyssey. Most practitioners will have at least completed a few months of study before they make the leap and attend a yoga retreat.
Be Prepared for Training
At many yoga retreats, participants will have multiple yoga sessions each day. Most retreats will hold classes in the morning and early evening. During the day, you may get to have free time or they can be other activities. Most retreats will set up activities like hiking, cooking, meditating or native dance classes. Before you take your trip, always check to make sure that all of these extra activities are included in the price of the trip. If not, you can always have a few hours of free time between each yoga class.
Step Outside of the United States
Over the years, Costa Rica has developed a reputation as a yoga hotspot. Part of this has to do with its geographical location. The rest of the reason is entirely about its spectacular scenery and environment. Costa Rica is one of the few countries in Central America that most foreigners consider safe, and it has a reputation for eco-tourism and a highly educated society. All of these factors combine to make Costa Rica a tourist’s safe haven while they are abroad. Yoga retreats are offered here amidst spectacular scenery.
Each yoga retreat varies greatly in cost from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. If you want to pay less for your retreat, you will likely have rustic accommodations. The cheapest retreats are normally within camping-style facilities instead of luxury hotels. If you have the budget, there are also luxury yoga retreats that combine spa services with yoga classes to provide ultimate relaxation.
To get a lower price, search out a retreat that offers shared rooms. Attendees will stay in dorm-style rooms and save money on the accommodation. Although you may pay for lodging, the cost of food is generally included in the price of the retreat. Since many people have started eating organic, greener food, retreats have started offering cuisine to match. Getting to the retreat can cost more than the retreat itself, so select a retreat closer to your home to save on transportation costs.
Since the entire point of having a retreat is to relax and focus on yoga, bringing family or children along is generally not advised. For the ultimate vacation experience, check out a yoga retreat near you, or abroad to truly get away from it all.
Kendra Richards is writing on behalf of Gaiam TV, an online library of steaming yoga videos that you can access right from your computer or smartphone.
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