Whether you want to deepen your practice, get a little soulful downtime to recharge your batteries or just slow down and reset your tempo, a yoga retreat might be just what you need to achieve that.
1. Wake up to the present with a Digital Detox: Have you ever taken the time or conscious effort to notice how much time you spend on your smart phone just for entertainment? I’m guilty of it every single day. Whenever there’s a dull moment, I pick up my mobile like a smoker reaches for a cigarette and get caught up in newsfeeds I really don’t need to bombard my head with. On a yoga retreat, we get the opportunity to reset our habits and re-inspire our mind to be more awake to the present moment and to people around us and to detach from all the stuff we don’t need that takes up our precious moments.
2. Reset your diet:If you’ve been on an unhealthy rollercoaster, perhaps caused by a busy overworked lifestyle combined with parties, company events and social get together, chances are that your diet goes hand in hand with that. Being on a retreat will take you back to mindful eating, the simple act of taking your time chewing will not only remind your stomach and body of what and how much it really needs, but make you feel full and satisfied and content without the extra portion that puts you into drowsy mode. A retreat usually serves fresh, healthy nourishing foods that will help you cleanse and rejuvenate your digestive system and allow you to make some new daily habits to keep your energy supplies and healthy glow in abundance.
3. Find clarity: We’ve all got times in our lives when we can feel a change needs to happen. What makes us unhappy sometimes fails to lead to the necessary changes, due to our fear and reluctance to step outside of our comfort zone. Being tucked away in the beautiful surroundings of nature, spending time just being quiet and practicing lots of yoga and meditation is just the best recipe for being able to hear yourself. No distractions, just you, yourself, peace and quiet to hear your hearts desire
4. Make an action plan: Did you ever get into books like ‘’the law of attraction’’ and ‘’The Secret’’? A few years back when was living in London, I got all excited about them thinking I would now be able to intend and believe my way into anything. That combined with being encouraged to go with the flow in my yoga classes, gave me some great tools to handle obstacles and unexpected surprises that were inevitably thrown my way. Getting wound up and stressed out about it doesn’t help the situation. But what happens after we’ve set our hopeful intentions? Do you keep working at them or do you get caught up and distracted by ‘’life’’ and let them fizzle out? What really helps me is to make sure my intentions are kept alive by creating a timeline of actions to take to make sure I stay on track and what better place to do that than on a retreat?
5. Become your own Best Friend: One of the reasons I found yoga so uplifting was because I found a place where I could really grasp and understand acceptance, trust and compassion. We can’t make anyone else happy until we make ourselves happy first. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race of self-inflicted competition and expectations, as well as other peoples expectations of you. Don’t forget to stop and acknowledge your efforts and journey from time to time. Being present helps us to fully live and enjoy the life as we’ve created it now and remember what’s really important in life.
ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now
‘’ Tomorrow may never come to us. We do not live in tomorrow. We cannot find it in any of our title-deeds. The man who owns whole blocks of real estate, and great ships on the sea, does not own a single minute of tomorrow. Tomorrow! It is a mysterious possibility, not yet born. It lies under the seal of midnight–behind the veil of glittering constellations’’