As a pioneer in tropical yoga retreats in Hawaii and Mexico, I have been investigating various resorts and retreat centers to find the most appropriate destinations for the clientele I want to draw from. Retreat centers vary from luxury to rustic, from mountain to beach settings, and from rural to city centre. Below are some considerations in your quest for the perfect yoga retreat. If you’re looking for more tips, Yoga Adventure in Montana has it for you.
And whatever you want. Want to escape within yourself or have an outdoor social adventure? Some centers have multiple groups mingling at dinners, at the pool, dance parties, or in a community with street noise, music, etc. Others only have accommodation for one party, or are in remote locations without cars in sight. There are many in between. I noticed that even if there are plenty of extra activities on offer, you can always choose to abstain, stay quiet, take naps, get bodywork etc, as long as the environment is calm.
Creature Comforts: Do you want to visit an exclusive resort/5-star hotel, or do you prefer a somewhat rustic or low budget experience? Yoga retreats cover the full range and are usually priced accordingly. Once you sign up, spend time studying what is offered and the nature of the lodging.
Is the retreat located at a Yoga retreat center? If not, they may not be fitted with yoga accessories, or know how to best serve the unique needs of the yoga community.
Is it in a retreat center or in a hotel? One of those things is best for you, depending on what you want from your retreat. Would you rather be away from the everyday stresses of shopping, driving, internet and busy streets, or would you prefer to be in the city where you can go walking, cycling, driving or busing to local attractions? Being at a retreat center where there is plenty of acreage isolating it from the outside world can be very conducive to moving inward and concentrating on your practice, personal wellbeing, rest and relaxation. Many retreat centers offer both, where you can choose to live on their campus exclusively or you can choose to go on excursions to explore the local attractions and environment.
Included in all meals? I noticed that sharing meals with the participants in my retreat is a very bonding experience for the community. This is a time when we will be able to get to know each other and reinforce our relations. It’s also a bonus, when it’s all-inclusive, not to have to mess about money and tips at each meal. If you’re more of an adventurous or solitary sort, however, you may prefer a retreat that doesn’t include all the meals where you can go off to explore the local fare.
Are extra sight seeing trips included in the price of the retreat? Again, depending on your retirement goals, you might choose to include additional adventures. If they are, you can be sure that you’re paying for them, whether you’re enjoying them or not. If you want to explore the area surrounding your vacation, then the extra experiences can be an experience and another great way to connect with your friends while enhancing your understanding of local culture and environment. Many centers may have more than one party staying at a time, and each day they offer a different experience for anyone wishing to participate.
What sort of Yoga is offered? There are so many types of hatha yoga taught these days that to avoid getting stuck with an instructor or style that is extremely challenging or unsuitable for your purpose, it is important to know what style you prefer. If you know the instructor that you are signing up to spend your week with, the most desirable is. The next best way is if you know at least that you like the yoga style they teach.