30 January 2020

Yoga Retreat for Beginners: Why you Should Go

A yoga retreat for beginners is a great way to get yourself acquainted with yoga and to deepen your practice. A yoga retreat usually consists of twice-daily yoga sessions, plus meditation, and sometimes other activities too.

Read on to discover more about what you can expect on your first yoga retreat, and some of the benefits you can experience.

How Long is a Yoga Retreat?

The length of a retreat varies massively. You can find retreats that last as little as a day and as long as a month or more. Typically, the most popular retreats are weekends (Friday-Sunday), as they are easy for most people to fit in around work commitments. Five and seven day retreats are also popular as they provide an immersive experience and can prove to be very transformational.

Where do Retreats Take Place?

You can find retreats all over the world! Searching on Google with the phrase 'yoga retreat' followed by your town or city, will bring up options that are close to you. But, if you fancy traveling further afield, there are retreats available in lots of countries, including popular holiday destinations such as Thailand, Costa Rica, France, Spain, The United States, Bali, and Croatia.

What Happens on a Yoga Retreat for Beginners?

Generally, the first day consists of settling in and getting acquainted with your fellow retreatants and the retreat leaders. There may also be a yoga session on the first evening.

The food served on a retreat is usually, though not always, vegetarian or vegan, and meals are served communally around a large table so that everyone can talk and enjoy each other's company.

The remaining days will usually contain two or three practice sessions of yoga and meditation, and there are sometimes other activities, too, like guided walks, treatments, sharing circles, and tours of the local area. Usually, all the activities are optional, so if you don't fancy joining in with something or you'd like to have a rest day, it is fine to do so.

How Will I Benefit from a Yoga Retreat?

Many people report feelings ranging from peace and happiness, all the way to total transformation after attending a yoga retreat. You will make new friends and have a deeper understanding of yoga and how to practice correctly. You will also experience the positive benefits that a regular yoga practice brings, and it may spark an interest in continuing with this when you return home.

Final Thoughts

A yoga retreat for beginners is a great way to learn more about yoga, enjoy some much-needed peace and relaxation away from your busy life, and connect with likeminded people. You can find retreats close to home or in another country, and you can retreat for a day or a whole month, depending on your schedule and budget. You will leave feeling a sense of peace and tranquility, and hopefully, a new passion for yoga!

Photo by Farsai Chaikulngamdee on Unsplash

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