“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re- arranged by the hands of man.”
Imagine waking up and having the following choices to fill your day:
2 yoga classes, massage, swimming in the ocean and/or pool or deciding to take an excursion surfing or biking. Over the years I have been fortunate to be able to attend and lead many yoga retreats at some of the most immaculate retreat centers in Costa Rica and Mexico. The experience of putting behind the day to day routine of your life is so refreshing and gratifying. The retreat centers have a calm and nurturing environment and are in serene settings with nature that you can’t help to feel relaxed. It is a slice of paradise that is filled with people from around the globe also searching for remote places to revive and renew themselves. It is one of those experiences that no matter what you do or where you go remains fixed in your memory. Maybe you are back at work or having a family dinner and that feeling descends on you again and you feel that peacefulness and calmness and it takes you back. This is one of those experiences.
1. Foster a new outlook on your health and create new habits.
You “actually” meditate and take time for relaxation. You practice yoga daily and not have to worry about fitting it in to your schedule. Instead of reaching for that sugary snack you begin to crave a fruit smoothie.
2. Meet new like-minded friends
Nervous about going alone? This is a vacation where you feel safe, nurtured and make new friends. Something special happens when you put together a group of people in a beautiful, natural setting joined by a passion for yoga. You are bound to make special connections. Many students have fostered life long friendships.
3. Learn about yourself
When you change your routine you see things differently. By breaking the pattern of busy-ness you actually feel more relaxed and clear. You might even get a new perspective on your job or current relationship. It gives you the space to think about what you value and what you are most passionate about doing.
4. The food
A whole week of someone cooking you delicious organic fresh food for three meals a day. They are mostly vegetarian and you see how its possible to have a whole week of delicious nourishing real food cooked from scratch. The best part is they do all the dishes too!
5. You leave feeling better than you arrived.
When you take a week to de-stress and relax you leave feeling more in harmony. Your stress melts away. You might even come home more energized and excited about your life.