So here we are : you’ve been thinking about it for a few days (or weeks, or months!) and you’re ready to take the plunge. You’re about to book a yoga retreat ! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi(ni), choosing the retreat that’s right for you is not easy. There are many different types of retreats out there, here are the 4 key considerations to choose the perfect one for you.
1 - WHY
The very first question to ask yourself is What do you expect from this retreat ? What do you want to accomplish for yourself ? Having a clear goal in mind of what you want to achieve is the number one consideration. Do you want to deepen your yoga practice level ? Increase your level of happiness ? Disconnect from everything ? Immerse yourself in a new culture ?
Write up the list of your motivations and give them a priority ranking. NOW you know what you’re looking for !
2 - WHERE
Location - There are yoga retreats happening every day in every country all over the world. If there’s a particular place you want to discover, go for it ! Yoga retreats are an amazing way to explore a new country. If you’re open to any destination, ask yourself which environment makes you feel good ! Are you more of a beach, mountain, nature or city person ? If you picture yourself on an exotic sunny beach, then consider places like Thailand, Philippines and Bali. If mountains help you see things with a new point of you, the Alps, the Himalayas or even Korea maybe the best option for you.
When you know what your standards are, you’re ready to discover all the destinations that meet them !
Accommodation - Are you looking for a luxury experience in a 5 stars spa resort or a more authentic and rustic experience in a bohemian environment? Yoga holidays come in all shapes and prices. Ask yourself what’s your budget and which environment you prefer. Once again, ask yourself what you expect. A luxury yoga and spa retreat may be the best package for some serious pampering. If reconnecting with nature is your #1 goal, a rustic retreat in the jungle may be your thing !
3 - WHAT
Yoga type - Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin yoga… some retreats offer a mix of styles and some others focus on one specific type of yoga. Ask yourself if you want to deepen your knowledge of what you already know or if you want to learn something new. If you’re a beginner, this won’t really matter but you’d better take some time to learn about the different types of yoga and choose the one you want to discover during your trip.
Extra-activities - Yoga retreats are not only about yoga ! You’d be surprised by the number of newly created retreats flourishing every day (Yep, we live in a pretty exciting time :D). More and more packages include extra activities such as pilates, surfing, hiking, boxing and even writing or photography. Asking yourself whether you’re open to extra fun activities or you prefer to focus on yoga and meditation is a crucial step of your trip planning.
Intensity - Ask yourself if you want to really go inward with a heavy yoga schedule or if you’re looking for a chill retreat allowing you to nap, have a massage, explore the surroundings… If anyone knows what you need at that time of your life, it’s you ! Listen to your gut and choose the schedule you know you’ll enjoy.
4 - WHO
Yoga teacher - Once you have a shortlist of retreats meeting your expectations, you should ask yourself if you and the yoga teacher guiding the retreat are on the same wavelength. What’s their styles of yoga ? What’s their experiences ? Their philosophies ? You may want to know a little bit more about the retreat teacher to make sure you’ll be in good hands. Most of them would be happy to discuss with you to tell you more about their vision and make sure what they offer is what you need !
Group size - The last thing you have to consider is the group size you’re the most comfortable with. You may receive more attention in a really small group of 5 or 6 people than in a biggest group of 30 people. Ask yourself whether you’re looking for intimacy and time with yourself or a large bunch of new people to meet. There’s no wrong option and choosing to have a 1-to-1 retreat is ok if that’s what you need.
But most importantly, trust yourself and have fun !
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