In Tough Times, Yoga Retreats Prop People Up

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | June 16th, 2009 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Guiding my students into a deeper Side Angle Pose in the woods of Omega, 2009.

Guiding my students into a deeper Side Angle Pose in the woods of Omega, 2009.

Stacks of unfinished work, money worries … Burnt out? When was the last time you had a chance to get beyond stretching out the daily knots of life when you unroll your yoga mat? Two words: yoga retreat. It’s probably the best not-so-secret secret in the yoga world. And here’s how you can  justify taking one this year.

1. You’ll strengthen your ability to manage challenging times

When you’re depleted, you’re less able to manage stress and give to others who depend on you — at work and in your family life and personal relationships. A yoga retreat fills you up again. It can help return you to your best self so you are better equipped to face the daily grind. It’s a chance to turn back, look in and accelerate growth — to transport yourself your yoga practice to another level.

Here’s how a typical yoga retreat can do this:

Day 1: You arrive filled with a mixture of gleeful anticipation, trepidation and travel exhaustion. A great day for a massage or a soak in the lake, hot tub or mineral bath.

Day 2: After hours of transformational yoga and self-nurturing, you are no longer a burnt-out shell. You begin to feel your own inner fire again. A perfect day to hike with a classmate.

A Retreat can blow you open to transformation!
A retreat can blow you open to transformation!

Day 3: Your strengthened body is cooperating with your heart. You listen to your inner signals and and truths with new-found compassion. An ideal time to meditate alone at a hilltop sanctuary or in a field of flowers …. A random deer may say hello!

Day 4 and beyond: The physical and emotional bonuses keep rolling in: You’re feeling safe and comfortable with a sense of relief at being able to let down your guard, grieve, laugh, and process your inner world. Palpable changes emerge each day as the yoga chips away at old habits, both physical and mental. The longer the retreat, the easier it is to maintain these changes.

2. You don’t have to fly to India

Even in this challenging economy, there are affordable escapes close to home. Some of my favorite retreat centers where I teach my Yoga Tune Up® retreats each year are right here in the U.S. The faculty, staff and support are mind-blowing, and each center has its own unique culture. See for yourself!

May I suggest …

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A yoga retreat can be the catalyst for life-changing experiences, a refinement of your practice and breakthroughs. I hope you will nurture your spirit and give yourself the gift of a retreat.

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  1. Yoga retreats can be multifaceted- not only offering personal rejuvenation, but also the opportunity to help others. Volun-tourism is a growing trend, and Yoga, Chocolate, Charity is a great example of this trend. A portion of proceeds from the retreat are generously donated to the organization REACH Grenada. Participants indulge in daily yoga sessions at Laluna Hotel’s beach side yoga pavilion, and also have the opportunity to volunteer in local communities on the Island of Grenada in the Caribbean.

    Caribbean Yoga Retreats | September 17th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  2. The different between most yoga retreats is that they are not personalized. I love everything in Morocco though. I think they have some of the better more relaxed retreats.

    James Norris | January 2nd, 2013 | Comment Permalink
  3. Three Jewels Retreats offer an inspiring fusion of yoga, surfing, delicious healthy eating and massage that wakes our bodies, clears our minds, touches our souls and connects us to the beauty of life.
    Participants indulge in twice daily yoga classes, surf lessons and access to excellent surfing, transformative massage, walks on the secluded beach, or they just relax and soak up the beach front villas surroundings. This exclusive retreat has been designed to provide the “very best of the best,” and each teacher, guide and staff member has been handpicked to insure guests have a unique and incredible experience. Offering Yoga instruction from acclaimed instructors, the healing touch of spa treatments from expert masseuses, world class surf guides that quickly turn beginners into full fledged surfers, and a personal chef that prepares healthy, locally sourced delights three meals a day.
    All of this while staying at an exclusive ultra-luxury beachfront estates in Punta Mita, Mexico and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica limited to 15 lucky guests.

    johnny | January 14th, 2013 | Comment Permalink
  4. nice blog!! i love the “feathered pipe” retreat. interested people please visit its website at

    eva | February 5th, 2013 | Comment Permalink
  5. Yoga retreats can really help everyone deal with stress and pressure of our modern times a lot better. Absolutely everyone feels a bit down every now and then and taking a tiny vacation is the perfect answer. When you go to a yoga retreat, you focus only on yourself and once you come back home, you will feel the difference.
    I completely agree that there is no need to travel half way around the globe to find a good yoga retreat. The chances are you will find the perfect place for you nearby.


    Ana B. | March 9th, 2016 | Comment Permalink

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