We might come as close as checking out the prices, location logistics, and our personal planners. Then we bite our lips and think of every reason why a yoga retreat just isn’t do-able.
I’ve been in that situation. Many times.
In fact, the first time I got close to booking a yoga retreat, I backed away after I calculated my potential costs. My financial energy got a hold of me. It was too expensive. What I would spend on a yoga retreat in Mexico was the price of a two-week trip for both my husband and I to go to Mexico. So why would I book this week for myself when I could get two weeks with my husband?
The words, “a week for myself” repeated through my head. I started to feel lighter.
Yet the amount it would cost continued to stare at me. I started to feel heavier.
Without thinking about the what-ifs, the worst-case scenarios, or what I “should” do, I knew in my heart of hearts which of those two feelings I yearned to feel: lighter.
I couldn’t continue to let money hold me back. Money flows in and money flows out—just as our breath collects, exchanges, and then disposes. In fact, I really didn’t want anything to hold me back. People who know me are aware that I teach all of my yoga offerings with the tagline “Finding Your Freedom.”
My yoga retreat idea was becoming more of a reality and less of a dream.
I purchased my space on the retreat, knowing that everything else would work itself out.
It always does.
My time on that yoga retreat in Mexico will never be forgotten because I had way more to give to myself, to my family, to my job, and to the world when I returned. There’s no price tag for that. Truly, there isn’t.
A yoga retreat is more than just a week with food and yoga in a fancy location—so much more—it’s hands-down, life changing. Energizing. A spark-inducing soul revival.
1. Creates space.
Yoga retreats create space: in your lungs, in your mind, and in your perspective. You’re invited to slow down while on a yoga retreat. How often have we been asked to slow down, aside from when we were children running through the house? Slowing down invites space. It invites us to see that there is more to life than rushing from point A to point B. It actually makes us realize that there is space between point A and point B and there is space between our inhale and exhale—that’s where life happens.
2. Offers reassurance.
Yoga retreats make you realize that everything is, in fact, OK. And everything will be OK. All those things on our to-do list don’t seem so urgent anymore. Taking ourselves out of the comfort of our daily lather, rinse, and repeat is somehow magically reassuring. So why don’t we do it more often?
3. Makes us stronger.
Yoga retreats prove that you are stronger than you think. Yes, you can practice yoga even if you have never practiced before. Yes, you can leave your home for a week. Yes, you can take a week off work. Yes, you can share a room with a stranger for a week. Yes, you can leave your kids for a week. Anything is possible. Anything. The more we tap into the simplicity of exactly this, the stronger we become. Watch out world.
4. Confirms your worth.
Yoga retreats confirm that indeed, you deserve it—and then some. Sometimes we feel unworthy of such an indulgent time for ourselves. Do you want to know who creates that story? We do it to ourselves. Enough. Life is too short. We deserve everything life has to offer. We deserve to feel good on a consistent basis. We deserve to give to ourselves so we have more to give in return. The world needs more of this.
5. Provides clarity.
Yoga retreats allow sparks to fly from your heart. And when this happens, all of a sudden, you are creating a map for the life you want to live. You will literally stare at the stars, listen to the waves, and eat incredible food while your life map becomes amazingly clear. Sure, you can look at the stars, hear the ocean, and eat great food anywhere, right? But not usually with a group of like-minded people and a week full of community and inspiration. A massive dose of clarity comes when you mix all of the above together into your own weeklong concoction.
You begin to respond instead of react. You begin to live your life.
So are you ready? We all live in our heads more than necessary. We like to complicate things for absolutely no reason. Let’s get real and let’s get simple: Go on the yoga retreat.
Photo by Ali Kaukas