Five Reasons You Wouldn’t Go On a Yoga Retreat (And Why You Should)
We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but Om On loves yoga retreats! They’re one of our favorite ways to connect with our yoga practice and grow our tribe. The retreat experience expands your heart, body, and spirit. But what if you think they’re not for you? We’re here to challenge your ideas about why you wouldn’t go on a retreat, and turn those reasons why not to go into reasons why!
The length of any yoga retreat you take is up to you. You’ll find retreats ranging from a long weekend getaway to a months-long immersion. If you’ve only got a few days at your disposal, there are plenty of yoga retreat options available to you. Ours usually run about four days.
Yes, retreats cost a good amount of money, but you get what you pay for. If you’re retreating with Om On, the fee for your retreat will include lodging at a resort, hotel, or other gorgeous accomodations; delicious, healthy meals made by a private chef; activities and excursions; and ground transportation to and from the airport. With few exceptions, the only cost to you will be airfare. When you look at it that way, it’s actually a great deal!
Not advanced enough at yoga
Okay, there are some yoga retreats that are better for advanced yogis. If you aren’t looking to spend hours on the mat, you probably won’t want to go on a yoga intensive retreat. Adventure retreats, on the other hand, are a great choice! You will have a couple of yoga sessions per day, but most of your time can be spent exploring your surroundings, doing outdoor activities like hiking or horseback riding, or just relaxing with a good book. The regular practice on a retreat will help you become a more experienced yogi, but the other parts of a yoga lifestyle – learning new things, engaging with like-minded people, and getting in touch with the world around us – are just as important, and you’ll get that in spades when you travel with us.
We think that there are more pros than cons to a solo yoga retreat. When you’re on your own, it’s easier to take a step out of your daily life. Having a friend or family member on the retreat with you is a connection to your world, and while you might normally love spending time with them, that constant reminder of what’s back home might be a little more difficult to get the most relaxation and renewal out of your trip. Solo retreating is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, commit to personal growth, and – simply put – do you. Which leads us to our last reason…
Feel guilty about taking time for self-care
We get it. It’s hard to feel okay with taking a few days out to treat yourself when you have a family, a job, and other responsibilities on your shoulders every day. But here’s the thing – nothing is going to fall apart without you. Trust us! And you’ll be a better family member, friend, coworker, whatever it is that you’re leaving back home if you take time out to recharge. Your yoga retreat, just like a consistent yoga practice, positively impacts everyone around you.