Find yourself in a holiday mood? But are vacations getting rather monotonous? Why not go on a vacation that promises spiritual, mental and physical rejuvenation? It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience. And with yoga retreats springing up everywhere, such a vacation is possible. Wondering how you can benefit from such a vacation? Then read right on.
What’s a yoga retreat?
The Indian sage Patanjali established yoga about 2,000 years ago. Numerous branches of yoga have sprung up, but almost all of them are derived from the annals of Patanjali. The health-conscious masses are now turning toward health retreats as a form of vacation to destress themselves. Instead of endless buffets with a wide range of fattening calorie-rich food and alcohol, people are now opting for vegetarian food, prepared according to ayurvedic standards with organic ingredients, no alcohol and extensive yoga workouts, coupled with optional rejuvenating spa treatments. Health-conscious baby-boomers want to continue their healthy lifestyle while on vacation. So if they’re working out with a specific style of yoga, they want to maintain the momentum while on vacation, too. And it’s easy thanks to yoga retreats.
Pick a place!
Most yoga retreats are built around a specific guru, his teachings, as well as his style of yoga practice. If you have narrowed down the style of yoga you like best, then the next step is to research the web. Try to look for a place where there’s a good combination of yoga classes, vegetarian food prepared with organic ingredients, a trained guru, as well as facilities for your spouse and children if they’re accompanying you.
I’ve tried to do little of the legwork for you and here’s my list of a few good places in the US for a tremendous yoga retreat.
Yoga instructors Gillian and Russell Comstock usually plan a 5-day hiking trip in the White Mountains, US. The program includes yoga camps in the forest and the intense workout of a hiking trip.
There are also special yoga retreats designed to rejuvenate women only. You can focus on renewing mind–body connections, as well as solving physical and sexual problems.
The Raj at Fairfield, Iowa, offers guest facilities such as yoga classes combined with Daily Ayurvedic Panchkarma treatments consisting of oil massages, herbal body wraps and other therapies.
So go ahead and choose a place that’s suitable for you and your family, and enjoy an idyllic but healthy vacation. No more holiday excess weight to burn off. Instead you’ll come back a much healthier person than before.
Have you been on a yoga retreat? Was there a specific area you liked best? What do you think makes yoga retreats so alluring?