Yoga Retreat Centers range from the rustic to the luxurious, from mountain to beach settings, and from remote to the city center. A good example is yoga detox retreat that you should consider trying. Below are some tips when choosing a yoga retreat center that suits your interests.
TIPS WHEN CHOOSING A YOGA RETREAT CENTER
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.
Do you want to retreat into yourself or have an outdoor social adventure? Some centers have several groups intermingling at meals, at the pool, dance parties, or are centrally located in a town with street noise, music, etc. Others have space for only one group or are in remote locations with no cars in sight. Many are in between. I’ve found that even if there are plenty of extra activities offered, one can always choose to abstain and stay quiet.
Do you want an exclusive resort 5-Star hotel experience, or do you prefer the somewhat rustic or low-budget experience? Yoga retreats usually cover the full board and are usually priced fairly. Spend some time researching what is offered, and the quality of the accommodations before you sign up.
CONSIDER IF IT IS LOCATED AT A RETREAT CENTER OR A HOTEL.
Depending on what you want from your retreat, one of these is better for you. Would you rather be removed from the daily distractions of shopping, driving, the internet, and busy streets, or would you prefer to be in a town where you can walk, bike, drive or bus to local attractions? Being at a retreat center where there’s plenty of acreages isolating it from the outside world can be very conducive to going inwards and focusing on your practice, personal well-being, and rest. Many retreat centers offer both, where you can choose to stay exclusively on their campus, or you can elect to attend excursions to explore the local environment and attractions.
ARE ALL MEALS INCLUDED
Sharing meals with retreat participants is a very bonding experience for the group. It’s a time when you can get to know each other and strengthen your connections. It is also a treat not to have to fuss with money and tips at each meal when it’s all-inclusive. However, if you’re more of the adventurous or solitary type, you may prefer a retreat, not including all meals where you can go off to explore the local fare.
Consider the kind of Yoga being offered.
There are so many styles of hatha yoga taught these days, which it is important to know what style you prefer to avoid getting stuck with a teacher or style that is extremely challenging or unsuited to your nature. Most ideal is if you know the teacher you’re signing up to spend your week with. Next best is if you at least know that you like the style of yoga that they teach.