How yoga retreats help you destress

How yoga retreats help you destress

Self-indulgence or an important break?

When I first started practising yoga, one of the best things I ever did was to book a yoga retreat in Turkey with a group of people from the classes I was attending. It was such a treat and a complete break from my work and family life.

It might seem like a self-indulgent thing to do, but I strongly believe it’s important to take time out. To take a breath or two, to reset and rediscover ourselves and what we love in life. I’ve always returned with new perspectives and insights and as they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. It’s always great to return to the family after a break.

Appreciating the simple things

The second retreat I attended, again in Turkey, combined long coastal walks with morning and evening yoga – much needed after the long walks carrying our rucksacks. We even slept in a shepherd’s home one night high up in the hills. The view was breathtaking and the kindness and hospitality of our hosts was so special. Not a word of English, a simple supper and sleeping on the floor really made us all appreciate the creature comforts we take for granted.

Launching SPACE retreats

Roll the clock forward to 2019 and I was now a yoga teacher in my spare time and decided to host my first ever yoga retreat in the French Alps. SNOWGA was a great success, combining a morning yoga stretch, a day on the slopes and a Yin class to finish. We also had a wonderful private chef, Emily Perkin from Gray’s Inn Kitchen – her homemade energy balls to take up the mountain were to die for!

The same year saw the launch of retreats at The Mill House on the Isle of Man and a series of popular weekends ranging from Candlelit Christmas, Yin & Astrology, Yin & Tai Chi, Spring and Summer yoga weekends.

SNOWGA 2020 followed and then came the beautiful retreat in Greece at Zen Rocks which had to be rescheduled over and over again as we navigated our way through the pandemic.

Whatever the location, we guarantee you’ll return from a SPACE retreat feeling like you’ve nourished your body, mind and soul.

6 benefits of yoga retreats

Yoga retreats can be extremely effective in helping people destress, as they have a number of benefits for both physical and mental health. Here are the key benefits, as I see them:

  1. Disconnect from the daily routine: Yoga retreats allow you to disconnect from the daily routine, which can be instrumental in reducing stress. Simply being in a different environment can help your mind and body relax.
  2. Focus on yoga and meditation: Yoga retreats provide an ideal opportunity to focus on yoga and meditation. This can lead to increased mindfulness, reduced anxiety and a more relaxed state of mind.
  3. Engage with a supportive community: Yoga retreats often encourage participants to engage with each other in a supportive and welcoming environment. This sense of community can be a source of comfort and positivity.
  4. Practise self-care: Yoga retreats are an opportunity to prioritise self-care. This can include eating healthier meals, getting more sleep and engaging in activities that promote relaxation and wellness.
  5. Promote physical and emotional healing: Through guided meditation, mindfulness activities and healthy eating, yoga retreats can provide an environment for you to physically and emotionally heal.
  6. Deepen your yoga practice: Yoga retreats can provide an opportunity to practise yoga more intensively and deepen your overall practice.

Overall, yoga retreats can be an effective tool in helping you destress by creating a supportive environment that promotes mindfulness, self-care and relaxation. They offer a holistic approach to health and wellness that can have long-lasting benefits for both physical and mental health.

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