One of Yoga’s goals is to help you be more in tune with your natural surroundings. It is no wonder why Yoga retreats are becoming so popular. Yoga retreats help one to connect with nature in a way that your local studio may not be able to. They also give you a chance to avoid technology for a while, thus making you more in tune with yourself. Moreover, being out in nature can help you introspect and deal with issues that may otherwise be hidden. Planning a Yoga retreat may be tedious, but may also be the key to an amazing and fulfilling retreat experience. This article provides information on how to plan your yoga retreat and also provides a sample schedule inspired by activities at Stowe Mountain Ranch.
Brainstorm the Location
You do not have to have a specific area in mind. All this step requires from you is that you get some time to visualize your ideal location for the retreat. If it helps, you can even jot down some notes highlighting your thoughts. Some of the factors that you may want to consider while doing this are the following. Think of whether the location you have in mind is conducive for a yoga getaway-after all this is not just any retreat but a yoga retreat. While ideal yoga retreats may be subjective, most people agree that a peaceful, scenic location detached from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, would be ideal. Consider an area like Stowe, Vermont for example- a scenic, picturesque location. Accessibility should also be taken into consideration. You want your logistics to be as stress-free as possible. While this is in no way a strict requirement, it does help if the location of your retreat has yoga facilities, or is yoga-centric. Moreover, consider the costs.
Make a budget
While Yoga retreats do not have to be expensive, they do come at a cost. Budgeting can be tedious and boring but can put a lot of your plans into perspective. Remember that a retreat is a financial burden. In your budget, you should consider whether there are any preliminary costs to the retreat such as equipment that may need to be bought e.t.c. You should also consider the costs of traveling. As a rule of thumb, you should not spend more money getting to your retreat location than you do on the actual activities at the retreat. In this budget, you should also carefully consider the deposit costs of whichever resort facility you choose for your retreat. Before you commit yourself by posting a depositing ask yourself whether you can afford to lose the deposit if supervening events arise.
Avoid Mission Drift
As mentioned before, always keep in mind that this is not just any retreat, but a yoga retreat. As you plan your activities make sure to include an element of yoga in your plan. Some yoga-centric retreats have packages tailormade for yoga retreat-goers, but if they don’t you can formulate your own plan. However, in as much as it is important to make sure that your retreat is primarily yoga related, it is also important to consider doing some non-yoga activities that may help you explore your location. These will also help you unwind and relieve stress.
Consider Inviting some Friends
While it is completely acceptable to go a self-focused yoga retreat, there are advantages of traveling with friends. Yoga, like a meal, is best enjoyed in the company of others. There is a pleasant effect that arises from sharing yoga with others. It allows you to explore partner yoga and do poses that can only be done in pairs.
Sample of 2-Night Yoga Retreat at Stowe Mountain Ranch
• 6:00-7:00 PM Settle in at the Ranch
• 7:00-8:30 PM Have Dinner
• 8:40-9:40 PM Pranayama Session
• 7:00 AM- Have Breakfast
• 8:00-12:00 noon – Introduction to Yoga With Horses
• 12:30-2:30 Have lunch and Socialize
• 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Jog and Explore the Ranch
• 6:00-7:30 PM – Have Dinner
• 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM – Acro Yoga Session
• 7:30-8:30AM- Have Breakfast
• 8:30-10:00AM Last Yoga With Horses
• 10:00-12:00 Pack for Departure
• 12:00 Depart