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Title: How to get the most out of a yoga retreat


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How to get the most out of a yoga retreat
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  • Going on a yoga retreat is a fantastic way to
    deepen your understanding and dedication to the
    practice of yoga. However, yoga retreats
    typically require a significant investment of
    time, money and energy, so youll want to make
    sure you get the most out of it.
  • In preparation for your retreat, here are some
    things that you might want to consider before
    heading out. The following tips arent mandatory
    for enjoying your experience, but theyll
    certainly help you have a more complete
    experience on your yoga retreat.

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  • Scope out your destination
  • Its helpful to do some research on your
    destination because that will give you an idea
    about what to expect and also give you some
    cultural background that can enrich your trip.
  • Learning about the area will help you to plan
    some extracurricular activities that may be
    unique to that locale as well as offer some
    context about the history and culture that will
    be informative.Timing can be important for
    visiting certain areas or joining some tours, so
    if theres a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, its
    best to set your sights on that during your
    pre-trip planning.

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  • Pack properly
  • This seems like a basic piece of common sense,
    but it can have significant repercussions
    particularly if you get a surprise in the weather
    or youre in a remote spot without local shops
    and you forgot something important.
  • Beyond bringing the proper clothes and enough
    underwear, youll want to have the little things
    that will make your trip more enjoyable. A book
    or two about yoga or spirituality can be a
    wonderful companion or perhaps one about the
    history or culture of the area youre visiting. A
    journal for keeping notes or sketching can also
    be a great addition.

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  • Consider including small gifts representative of
    your hometown or even handmade items if youre
    crafty that you could share with local children
    or other travelers. These can make for a
    wonderful, personal touch and create a special
    connection with others.
  • And, of course, if youre headed to the beach
    bring your sunscreen and if youre off to the
    rainforest pack your bug spray.

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  • Set your intention
  • Setting your intention is one of the most
    important things to do before taking part in
    anyactivity, and its particularly important
    before you engage in a spiritual practice, like
    yoga.
  • There are many things that you could set your
    intention on before heading to your retreat. Here
    are a few ideas choose one or two that resonate
    with you or make up your own

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  • Intend not only to deepen your understanding of
    yoga, but also of yourself. Watch your behavior
    and reactions especially when something goes
    wrong and see what insight that may offer.
  • Be open to new connections and exploring outside
    your comfort zone. New friends, new foods, new
    adventures? Expand your world!
  • Explore compassion and gratitude and see how
    you can empathize with others and be thankful for
    whatever comes across your path.
  • Focus on being in the moment present to what is
    happening now rather than distracting yourself
    with thoughts of the past or concerns for the
    future.

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  • Prepare yourself
  • Even though a yoga retreat should be a relaxing
    time that feels like a vacation, its still
    important to make sure that youre mentally and
    physically prepared ahead of time. Our hectic
    lives can make us feel like were always rushing,
    but try to allow yourself some lead-up time to
    your retreat that isnt harried and stressed
    otherwise, it will take you a couple of days to
    let go of all that emotion and sink into the
    feeling of being on retreat.
  • One great way to do this, is to start packing
    ahead of time so on departure day you just add
    the last few things and you feel confident youve
    got everything.

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  • That peace of mind can be very reassuring and the
    right note on which to begin your retreat.
  • Also, let people know friends, family,
    co-workers, etc. that youll be away and not
    responding to calls, texts, emails, etc. as
    punctually. Theres no better way to spoil a
    retreat than to feel beholden to all the folks
    back at home and having to stay in constant
    electronic contact. Let that go it will
    certainly all be there upon your return.

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  • Dont push too hard
  • Yes, youre on a yoga retreat, and of course you
    want to get the most out of it. But be careful
    not to overwork yourself.Travel especially long
    distances and in the developing world can be
    challenging. Take things at a steady pace and
    listen to your body.
  • If youre not feeling up to attending every yoga
    class, dont feel obligated. You can set yourself
    up for injury if you strain too hard or arent
    mindful in your approach.

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  • Also, remember to nourish yourself and treat
    yourself well. Meals on a yoga retreat can often
    be feasts, so be sure to eat plenty of fresh,
    healthful food to replenish your energy. And
    perhaps consider even indulging in a healing
    massage or spa treatment to really let the stress
    float away.
  • Be open
  • Youre going to be in an environment with new
    people, and youre probably be experimenting with
    postures and yogic techniques that youve never
    tried before. Feel free to explore and embrace
    the possibilities.One of the most important

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  • aspects of yoga is self-discovery exploring our
    entrenched pattern and habits and releasing
    those that no longer serve us is both a
    powerful lesson and an exceptional opportunity
    for growth.
  • In conclusion
  • Going on a yoga retreat is exciting time. Its a
    chance to visit someplace new, to meet
    like-minded travelers, to explore outside your
    comfort zone, and to dive deep into the profound
    practice of yoga. By following a few of the tips
    above, you can ensure that it will be a rewarding
    and gratifying experience one that will yield
    lasting benefits long after youve returned.

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