I have been taking classes and doing research about yoga for a long time, but the sky of yoga has become so diverse that it is difficult to absorb its essence in a few sessions.
Learning yoga might seem difficult because we start from basic stretches and gradually move on to power drills. This is actually the ideal way to learn yoga but I have discovered another technique of learning all aspects of yoga with fun and in shortest possible time. The technique is yoga retreat.
What is Yoga Retreat?
You might be wondering about the difference between practicing yoga at home on a yoga mat and doing yoga retreat. The concept of yoga retreat is to obtain maximum yoga benefits while interacting with the elements of nature and increasing physical endurance by combining yoga and muscle relaxation techniques.
For interactions with nature, yoga retreats are organized at different locations including deserts, ocean beaches, mineral rich sand, forests, mountains, waterfalls, in-house and in spa. Your yoga retreat service may offer you more options in terms of location.
For combining yoga and muscle relaxation, muscle massages are given periodically. It helps you activate your body for next yoga sessions. Furthermore, yoga retreats also include excursions and on-location activities.
How I learned Yoga?
My experience of yoga retreat was more than just excitement and fun. With periodical muscle relaxation, I felt myself fueled up for next yoga session which helped me learn more about yoga.
Before physical practice, our instructor gave us brief but comprehensive lectures on yoga which included history of yoga, basic concept and types, and most effective ways to use yoga for different purposes.
Before starting out yoga retreat, we were divided among groups on the basis of our yoga purposes. If someone wants to increase physical endurance then adventurous retreats are ideal for them. For meditation, in-spa and under water retreats are used. My group wanted to improve bones, physical strength, and flexibility, so we were grouped for the beach retreat.
Our instructor individually taught us about different yoga poses and how to excel them. Apart from basic practice sessions, we were allowed to practice yoga for extra hours which helped me fully perfect the art of yoga for physical flexibility and endurance. I used to take extra massages to prepare myself for more yoga.
True benefits of six-day yoga retreat were revealed when I practiced it at home. I was amazed to see how perfectly I practiced yoga while following yoga instructors on YouTube. For a quick but full rejuvenation, I believe yoga retreat is the ideal option.