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A Few Tips to Know Before Planning Your Next Yoga Retreat

By Rachel George

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Looking for a way to refresh, recharge, and restore? Your next destination could be a yoga retreat. Perfect weather, pristine resorts, and relaxation amongst some of the most beautiful destinations around the world are the perfect way to unwind. Whether it’s a retreat in India, a yoga festival in Bali, or a non-profit retreat in South Africa, there’s so much you’ll need to do to prepare for a yoga retreat. Have you thought about what you’ll bring or what you plan to do?

Before you head to your escape, here are tips to consider to help you plan your next yoga retreat.

Do your research.

One of the most crucial parts of any retreat is being able to connect through the instructor and varied classes. Many retreats offer everything from hot yoga classes and Ashtanga yoga, to nude and prenatal classes. Make sure to find the retreat that best suits you, your personality, and has the healing benefits you’re seeking. Check with the retreat host for a list of necessary essentials to bring such as a yoga mat, journal, sunscreen, etc.

MamaLove Retreats offers the vacation of a lifetime for expecting moms including organic treats, acupuncture sessions, therapy, meditation, and comprehensive childbirth education classes.

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Downtime is essential.

I know it’s a retreat intended for connecting with other like-minded individuals, however, don’t forget to take some time to be alone. Take a long walk, or find time to finally open that new book that’s been collecting dust on the shelf. Enjoy a solo meditation session on the beach or set up a private class with an instructor. Your mind and spirit will thank you for it.

Be open-minded.

Be open to meeting others and becoming a part of a community of healers and peace seekers. It’s ok to be alone during a retreat and it’s equally okay to make new friends and participate in new experiences. Detox your mind, body, and soul for a unique yoga experience in a new city or country. You’ll make lasting memories and pick up great habits along the way.

Last year, OMNoire announced the first virtual wellness retreat. You’ll be able to join in on live sessions–vision board workshops, group therapy and other daily challenges from the comfort of your home and for a fraction of the price.

Take it all in.

Take note of everything you learned: the techniques, classes, instructors and the beautiful attractions you saw, so that you can visit again later. Enjoy a diverse cultural dining experience featuring delectable cuisines from all over the world.

The Whole Experience hosts annual women’s retreats to refuel your soul with the natural beauty of the world in some of the most beautiful destinations–Colombia, South Africa, Greece, Italy and Thailand again, this upcoming December.

Don’t forget to get some rest. 

Retreats can be pretty intense, so make sure to get some rest. It will do wonders for your mental state and help restore and maintain your body. Push yourself, yes, but not to the point of exhaustion.

Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and take the time to bask in your new-found inner peace. You’ll wake up in the morning happily rested and centered.

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