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Finding Yourself

Retreat to Yogic Bliss

Whatever type of yoga you practice--or even if you are a beginner--a yoga retreat can help transform you and your practice. Travel gives you the opportunity to be in a new environment, truly leaving your distractions and stresses behind. This can be an especially good choice if you are going on a retreat for inner purposes. You’ll want to take advantage of this time to leave behind any outer temptations (such as cell phones and email) as you go on the inner journey offered by a planned yoga retreat.

The benefits of a yoga retreat are many, including taking you to a place where you can learn more about yourself and deepen your relationship with that all important entity—yourself! Remember: Not all yoga retreats are created equal. Some offer a few classes a day, usually two, while others offer day-long possibilities or very intense hours of practice. If you are new to yoga practice, make sure the retreat is not a “boot camp” for practiced yogis looking to further their already advanced practice. Feel free to ask questions about the level of classes, and find out how much personal attention is provided by the instructors.

Another key point might be to determine whether the philosophy and style of operation fits your needs, including whether the retreat is vegetarian and other important guidelines for your stay. Immersion in a yogic lifestyle can be an important key to providing much of the clarity and cleansing that a yoga practice offers. Think about your personal goals and what you want to achieve by attending a retreat—and then be open to receiving the lessons. They’re sure to come!

Donna Amrita Davidge 
Kundalini Yoga: The Awakening (DVD)
Recommended Read: Yoga Escapes: A Yoga Journal Guide to the Best Places to Relax, Reflect, and Renew by Jeanne Ricci


Anonymous commented on 09-Aug-2010 06:27 PM4 out of 5 stars

A yoga retreat for me, must be a place where I can relax, reflect and regenerate my energy. Sewall House in Maine is definitely one of those places. A+ on my list.

irene narissi commented on 09-Aug-2010 08:39 PM3 out of 5 stars

Great article.. Irene

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