Something magical happens when a group of people leave their everyday lives, journey to a serene location, and connect through yoga and wellness. Whether people gather at a local rustic campground or a distant exotic villa, a retreat is a safe and supportive place to melt away stress, shift your perspective, grow self-awareness, make meaningful connections, and recharge your body, heart, mind, and spirit.
Here are the top 3 reasons you should make your next vacation a yoga retreat:
Relax and recharge.Traveling can often be a tiring and unpredictable experience. Despite your best intentions it can be difficult to fit in daily workouts, create downtime to relax and unwind, and find healthy food options. When your destination is a yoga retreat you are taken care of from the moment you arrive. Retreat leaders craft a rewarding and fun wellness schedule for you, a wholesome kitchen caters your meals, and you have access to the many features and perks of your geographic environment without having to plan or map out your way there. Within the support of a retreat you have the freedom to focus on the present moment and you will naturally feel a spike in your overall energy and well being.
Carry experience and inspiration into your daily life. You will practice yoga every day. You will receive personal hands-on assistance and guidance from your retreat teachers to help you advance and deepen your practice. Perhaps you will reach new breakthroughs in strength, flexibility, or understanding of poses. You will eat clean and wholesome food to help fortify your body. You will have time for introspection and slowing down. Yoga retreats create ideal conditions for shedding negative lifestyle and thought patterns and replacing them with new positive ones. The uplifting experiences from a retreat can be taken back into daily life, and may be used as fuel and inspiration for months or even years to come.
Become part of a community built on well being. Yoga retreats encourage participants to move past their everyday selves, often opening them up to different modes of communication and connection within the larger group. There is a certain closeness formed by the container of a retreat and new friendships often flourish. Even if you don’t find your new BFF, it’s a special experience to be part of a community who all share the desire to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Silvie and Marisha are co-leading an intimate retreat: CLEANSE – RENEW – EVOLVE, An Intimate Yoga, Nutrition & Wellness Getaway. Silvie is also leading a Yoga Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California. Check them out!
Silvie Hibdon brings almost a decade of teaching into her classes that are well-sequenced, challenging, and anatomically focused. She puts great emphasis on inward focus that leads students deeper into their practice. Besides her public classes, she creates yoga sequences for a top health & fitness mobile app Workout Trainer. Silvie is also one of the most viewed writers on yoga on Quora. www.silviehibdonyoga.com
Marisha Doan offers private and group Forrest and Vinyasa yoga classes and nutritional counseling services in San Francisco and the East Bay. Her classes focus on breath work to connect the body, mind and spirit, challenging and sustained asana to develop stamina and stability, and attention to sensory perception to bring the whole self into the present moment. She is passionate about the healing powers of yoga, movement and whole food nutrition and has witnessed great transformation and growth among her students and one-on-one clients. www.marishadoan.com