How to Make Yoga Retreats Part of Your Summer Break

Yoga is an incredible way to build and strengthen muscle, and it is also a wonderful, gentle way to learn how to relax yourself, open your mind, break bad habits and much more.  Many individuals find that participating in yoga at least a couple times a week can help them to live and work better.  Considering that a summer break should allow one to return to normal life routines feeling refreshed and energized, going on a yoga retreat could be enormously beneficial to one’s health and happiness.  But what does this really mean?

Making Yoga Retreats Part of Your Summer Break

Going on a yoga retreat does not mean that you need to spend all day, every day in yoga classes.  Most retreats offer two classes a day, one at dawn and one at dusk, and in between give you plenty of free time.  Retreat participants are often highly encouraged to decompress, avoiding all digital distractions that keep them tied into their normal, stressful lives.  Yoga seeks to help the individual release and direct all their energy in a smooth, flowing way, and it is believed by many that digital distractions block this flow.  Instead, participants can go for walks, connect with others, enjoy spa services, eat delicious, healthy food, and much more.

It is important to not expect perfection from yourself throughout the yoga exercises.  The truth is that your body may be tight and somewhat unwilling at first, but as you continue to relax and focus, you will benefit enormously from participation in the classes.  You will likely feel some aches and pains, but you will undoubtedly see many beneficial changes in your body as you continue.

Participating in a yoga retreat does require willpower, as one will certainly be surrounded by many distractions.  It is not unusual for a yoga retreat to use the same resort facilities as other vacationers–individuals who are not trying to avoid digital distractions and who may enjoy excessive carbohydrate and alcohol consumption, among other things.  It will be important to remember what one is trying to accomplish on their yoga retreat, and remain focused and dedicated to their goals so that they are able to cope with these distractions.  At the end of your retreat, you may be thrilled to discover that you feel more focused, happy and full of energy–ready to return to home and work and tackle new challenges.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.