If you’re feeling stressed or in need of some rejuvenation, a yoga
retreat could be exactly what you need. According to Natasha Moutran of
the Retreat Collection, ‘The majority of people go on a yoga retreat on
their own, so it’s a great excuse to take some time for yourself without
any commitments to anyone else.’ Forget work, the kids or the dog, or
whatever responsibility you have, leave it at home and prepare for some
Improved yoga skills
Obviously, as it is a yoga retreat, this break is the perfect
opportunity to hone your yoga skills. ‘You will get a LOT of time on
your mat, so prepare for your yoga practice to change, develop and
progress,’ says Natasha. Get ready to watch your yoga improve by the
Use all that yoga time to completely relax every inch of you. With
nothing to worry about apart from perfecting that triangle pose, you’ll
feel totally chilled in no time. ‘With nothing to worry about and
everything taken care of for you, all you have to consider is turning up
to yoga on time,’ says Natasha.
A health kick
If you’re looking for a way to kickstart your new healthy lifestyle, a
retreat is the perfect way to ease into it. According to Natasha, yoga
retreats are great for this as ‘often with the yoga and the environment
you’re in people naturally follow a healthier diet for the week away’.
And once you’ve got into this healthy routine it’ll be easier to carry
it on once you’re home too.
A chance to meditate
Without the stresses of everyday life you’ll be able to properly
reflect and meditate in peace. ‘With a combination of peaceful
surroundings and regular practice during the retreat you will often
leave being able to meditate or at least take the first steps to do so.’
The beautiful, quiet location will allow you to clear your mind and
enjoy the wonderful benefits of meditation.
Great new yoga buddies
A yoga retreat is a good place to meet great people who are
experiencing the exact same thing that you are. The chilled, welcoming
atmosphere will make you feel instantly welcome and part of the group.
Natasha says, ‘Many people meet great friends for life on a retreat – I
know I have!’
A slower pace
With your regular schedule gone and forgotten, you can give yourself a
chance to properly relax and recharge your batteries. The only things
on your schedule are yoga and meals. No deadlines, no commitments. ‘It’s
amazing watching the way people walk around on retreat, getting slower
as the week progresses,’ Natasha tells us.
A sense of perspective
According to Natasha, ‘a retreat really does help you gain
perspective and realise your priorities in life’. If you’re struggling
to figure some things out then a yoga retreat could be what you need to
clear your head and reorganise your thoughts.
Time away from stresses and pressures can allow you to reflect on who
you are and how you’re feeling. ‘Retreating can really help you connect
to yourself again. Who you are, away from everything and everyone
else.’ Then once you’ve done this you can return home feeling refreshed
and more like yourself.
‘All the benefits – the yoga, relaxing, energising – and so much more
will go home with you,’ says Natasha. ‘The best thing about retreating
is how it makes you feel. The beauty of these yoga retreats is that they
teach you skills such as yoga and meditation to not only give you a
relaxing week, but to take on board and to enhance your life back at