Yoga and meditation have been ‘a la mode’ for decades but most people are ignorant of their boundless capacity to change your life for the better especially if you opt for a holistic retreat which is going to focus on the core aspects of well-being even if you only invest 7 to 10 days in the program.
It is not unusual for most people to get mentally and emotionally drained especially if they are working long hours like 9 to 5. While vacations can be a welcome treat, they tend to not be as enriching, and nourishing for the soul as a yoga or meditation retreat because you’ll still be ‘plugged in’ so to speak with all the stressors back home.
A Revamped Version of A Holiday
Meditation and yoga retreats are almost always in exotic and extremely scenic parts of the world such as Peru or Thailand. You may think you’ll have to follow a regimented schedule but there is ample freedom and you get to witness and experience the local culture as well.
Not only do you get special packages for sightseeing, most of your activities especially if you are going on a couple retreat will be about wellness, good nutrition, and self-reflection.
Furthermore, retreats can be booked no matter what kind of budget you are working with. If your budget is on the lower side you can choose a retreat package for only 3 to 4 days. You’ll still get more value out of it than if you had a regular vacation.
Silent meditation retreats are a great option because they allow you to distance yourself from technology and mental clutter and give you a renewed outlook on life; again making a few days (if that’s all you can spare from a work schedule) really count.
They can also pack more of a punch in this way since silence has been scientifically proven to regenerate neurons, increase production of happy hormones, and boost empathy.
They Really See You
The fundamental way in which a meditation and yoga retreat is different from a regular vacation and essentially more worthwhile is that your hosts are truly interested in addressing all your emotional concerns and mental needs.
You will be pampered, given good advice, fed nutritious feel-good food and also enrolled in special exercises like Ayahuasca-based ones which are deeply healing and spiritual. Along with this, most retreats have spas, massages and personalized coaching for guests to enjoy.
The personal attention you receive from trained personnel who take great pride in their field (whether it be therapy, coaching, spirituality, holistic nutrition and so on) can lead to lasting personal growth.
Many people talk about a major perceivable difference from when they get on the plane versus when they get back from a retreat. In the case of the latter, they are calm, collected, recharged and full of a new flair for life without many of the feelings that were weighing them down.
The other amazing element about a yoga retreat is that time does not whizz by as it would in a normal work week. Since you are mostly asked to refrain from using a lot of technology, you can cultivate mindfulness and a transition into the present which is an important teaching from a Buddhist perspective.
Mindfulness and Healing Within
A digital detox and meditative exercises really lend themselves to mindfulness which has been proven to have a myriad of health benefits. Mindfulness can be defined as reaching a level or height of consciousness which connects you to your real personality and desires.
Mindfulness is something that can be practiced on a daily basis but a conducive environment like that of a meditation retreat which is orchestrated to produce such an emotional response will produce more benefits.
Mindfulness aids (among other things) planting your feet firmly in the present. This allows you to do an existential evaluation of where you stand in life and why you are there. Most of us are not living our best lives since we are either trapped in a financial race or have gathered too many people and material possessions that ultimately seek to trap us rather than set us free.
Going on a yoga retreat can give you a renewed purpose to work with since each day there is spent in a mindful manner with different worthwhile activities designated for each hour so time is not wasted and also not spent in a way which doesn’t serve your mental and physical health.
Even when you return from the retreat you may find yourself implementing the same concept and making a habit of indulging in ‘me-time’ and self-love. This is usually a result of the training of sorts which you receive during the retreat which can help harness disjoined thoughts, stress and a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Learning Meditation For Self-Care
Until the last couple of decades, meditation was not widely understood even though people generally knew about its importance in older cultures and religions in the world spanning thousands of years.
Today it is well-known and practiced daily by many in both the East and the West even in more simplistic forms such as through an app on one’s phone. A study carried out in 1992 showed that people that adopted a meditation routine on a day to day basis needed far less general physician appointments for the coming year.
Even though the meditation retreat may only last a few days, you can pick up techniques which perhaps are only effectively learned in person and by a certified professional and then go on to implement these in your daily life.
Meditation retreats in general help you to develop something called an advanced parasympathetic response which is for all purposes the exact opposite of the dreaded ‘fear and flight’ response which is associated with anxiety disorders and mental stress (in some cases PTSD as well).
Today’s world creates overactive minds because with the constant, excessive influx of information it is difficult to detract from this mental white noise. Meditation has been found to help with a narrowing of focus so you devote your energy only to the consumption of useful and value-adding information.
Advancing Your Existing Skills
None of us are strangers to the vital component of yoga due to mainstream media evolution as a result of which; knowledge which was possessed by a limited number of people before is now a notion most are aware of.
That being said, beginner’s techniques will only get you so far. Yoga retreats can offer extensive classes along the line of two of day, kick-starting your motivation to incorporate it in your life even when you return home.
Since the retreats focus primarily on yoga with spiritual teachers to guide you, you can develop a deeper and more potent understanding especially since the surroundings are going to be very different and far more stunning than a regular yoga studio.
You can go to a yoga and meditation retreat by yourself as well to really heal and let go of old baggage and you are likely to meet kindred souls there who have come with the same hopes and aspirations as you and they may become your new friends.