If developing your yoga skills can take you to nirvana, imagine the feeling of experiencing nirvana in a setting that makes you feel as though you are in paradise. Ten or so years ago, the options for yoga retreats would have been few, with the main ones located in India, but now, the vast array of choices in every country around the world can often be slightly overwhelming. OROGOLD brings you our top tips on how to plan the perfect yoga retreat.
Choose a Destination
Choosing a destination is the best way to begin narrowing down your options. The United States has plenty of great locations for yoga retreats, from the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the isolated mountains of Colorado. Many Canadian yoga retreats consist of a canoe trip into the waterways of the wilderness, where you can meditate in nature before camping under the stars for the night. If you are hoping to travel a bit further, take a look at Bali, New Zealand, Nepal and Peru. There are also yoga retreats in Switzerland that combine the yoga vacation with hiking across the snowy peaks of the alps and swimming in the pristine mountain lakes.
Choose Your Yoga Intensity
Yoga retreats hugely vary when it comes to the amount of yoga that you actually do. There are plenty of resort hotels that offer casual yoga classes, and since these are located in popular tourist spots, it means you can combine plenty of other activities into your yoga retreat. Alternatively, if you are looking for something more intensive and yoga-focussed, there are different ashrams, or spiritual communities, at which you would spend the majority of the day engaging in yoga and meditation activities. In the middle of the spectrum lie the larger yoga retreat centers, offering a wide assortment of courses for two or three hours a day. The rest of the day is usually spent in other instructional activities, or in meditation, and there will also be some allotted time for recreational activities. These centers usually attract crowds, which is great if you are looking to meet like-minded people, but not so good if you were hoping to be somewhere more secluded and isolated.
Travel in Groups
When it comes to yoga retreats, it is usually cheaper, as well as more fun, to travel in groups, so it is usually best to speak to your friends and find out who else is up for a yoga adventure. If nobody that you know shares your interests, you can often book a shared room at yoga retreats. Chances are that you and your new roommates will have plenty of shared interests, making it a great way to meet like-minded people and make friends for life.
When planning a yoga retreat, make sure that your main objective is to find somewhere rejuvenated, healthier and happier, as you don’t want to be left feeling as though you need a vacation to recover from your vacation. There are yoga retreats that cater to all levels of yoga ability, so OROGOLD recommends doing some thorough research to find the yoga destination that is perfect for you.