In today's fast-paced world, we could all enjoy a few days of self-care. While yoga retreats are exciting and designed to take care of yourself, they can also be expensive. Each yoga retreat heralds an experience that will leave you invigorated and rejuvenated. Why not experience that same feeling of relaxation in the comfort of your own home without having to spend any money?
Benefits of an in-home yoga retreat
Anyone who has been on a yoga retreat knows that retreat is about more than yoga. It's about taking the time to just be with your body and mind. It's about finding out what you need and giving it to you. This is your opportunity to reflect on the way you are living and the changes you want to try. Create a home yoga retreat where you can truly pamper yourself and find deep rest. Here are some other benefits of conducting a yoga retreat at home:
- Deepen your yoga practice
- Improve your health and diet
- Boost your personal care and deeply relax
- Learn to meditate or deepen your meditation practice
- Study the yoga philosophy and apply its lessons to your life
- Practice mindfulness and be more in the moment
- Discover new perspectives and perspectives
- Return renewed, revived and refreshed
6 simple steps to create a home yoga retreat
Step 1: Disconnect
If you can, take a few days off and other responsibilities. If you can't, spend your weekend taking care of yourself. Let your friends and family understand that even though you are in the area, you are not available during your specified retirement time. Tie off all of the ends before you begin your retreat. If you can't log out for days, choose designated times on weekends. Whatever time is convenient for you, truly make it your retirement time. Do whatever you need to do to unplug it. Turn off your computer and phone, and let retirement truly be your time to pamper yourself and give yourself special attention.
2nd step: Create a peaceful space
The locations are one of the things that make yoga retreats so appealing. They take you to these beautiful countries and host you in amazing spaces, but you don't have to travel thousands of miles around the world to find peace and quiet. Before your home yoga retreat officially begins, create a designated space for your retreat. Do a brief cleaning of the space. Wash the laundry. Wash the dishes. Declutter the area and put away anything that reminds you of work and responsibilities. Light candles or pose for peaceful photos. Create a playlist to add to the atmosphere. Anything that makes space magical for you and anything that helps you feel comfortable is perfect.
Step 3: Practice, relax, rejuvenate and reflect
Now that the space is ready and you've set a fixed time for your retirement, it's time to start enjoying it. If you are not confident in your home practice, you may find good free yoga videos on YouTube or consider signing up for a online yoga conference. Set the intentions for retirement. What would you like to experience when you retire? Why are you taking a retreat? Decide if you want it to be a retreat to push your limits and try something new or a retreat to relax and nourish your body. Then act on it and gather the resources to support your retirement intention.
Step 4: Nourish your mind, body and soul
During retreat, feed your body with eat healthy. This is a great opportunity to try a sattvic diet or just eat more yogi-friendly foods. When you are not practicing yoga asana, spend time logging, reading or meditating. Think about how the retreat is going. Notice what thoughts, feelings and sensations arise throughout the day and write them down in your journal.
Step 5: Enjoy the resulting happiness
Whether you are hosting a half-day or a week-long yoga retreat at home, just giving yourself time to take care of yourself will have a powerful impact. After retirement, enjoy your refreshed mind and calm mind. Feel all that comes as you take care of yourself. And consider planning another home yoga retreat again.
Step 6: Return to daily life
Slowly return to your daily life after retirement. Plan ahead for this step so there is no need to rush. Think about what you would like to take with you from retirement and how you would like to apply it to your life. You might like to spend more time writing or go to bed earlier. Either way, be gentle with yourself as you step back into the everyday.
Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga chic can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a single. damn. pose ?
Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio marketing directeur for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a chic.
But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.
When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow chic, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the genres of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But of course, it never hurts to check out a couple different types of classes to see what feels best to you.
' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers to chic.
Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you mazout pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty soutenu workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before class. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before working out after a meal.
She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during class. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your groupes musculaires. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long muscles. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )
This depends on the type of yoga class you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha class may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the intention of how the forme was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '
For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a solo breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.
Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer options for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for assistance.
Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and défis. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '