A frequently asked question lately is, why retreat? Why take a workshop or go to a yoga festival?
I already attend a couple of classes a week, isn’t that enough?
My answer is, yes, it is definitely enough. It is probably more than most people are doing!
However, if you want to take your practice a little bit farther, dive a little deeper, then signing up for a workshop, or going to a festival or even putting a deposit on a retreat is the way to do it.
In Sanskrit, the work krama, means to take things one step at a time. I love to teach posture this way, putting you in like climbing a ladder. Carefully, slowly and enjoying each step, as opposed to getting into a pose using the slide.
So, much in that same attitude, building your yoga practice is a slow climb. You start with your class or home practice and eventually crave more. That is when signing up for a workshop and getting out of your comfort zone is a perfect step. Look on your studios website, or venture out to a new studio, find a workshop with a theme that interests you. Meditation, handstands or learning Sanskrit or more about yogic philosophy are all popular workshop themes. Just make sure you pick something that is of interest to you and your personal practice.
Yoga festivals are a really fun way to jump out of your yogic bubble and experience new and exciting things. The atmosphere is usually super fun, lots of good music, amazing vendors and yummy food. Not to mention every kind of yoga you can imagine. Acro, vinyasa, yin, dancing and more are usually offered, what better way to experiment than with a menu like that? Grab some friends and make a day, or a weekend out of it!
Retreats are the pinnacle of the yoga world because you can get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and actually LIVE your yoga for a time. You can slow down, and really absorb what you are learning on the mat, and take it with you through whatever daily activities you choose. Once you live that way for a weekend or a week, you really learn how to take your yoga off the mat and into the world. Relaxing and moving in a way that benefits all that you do. A yoga retreat is not the same as a training, where you are in yoga all day everyday. A retreat is yoga, plus.
Yoga plus whatever you want and what interests you. This is an amazing way to not only dive deeper into your own self, but to also spend time with others that share your same interest, which is why people love yoga plus retreats. Yoga plus surfing, yoga plus nutrition, yoga and astrology, yoga and hiking or just yoga and more yoga, whatever floats your boat.
If you don’t know where to start in searching for the best workshops, festivals and retreats please feel free to private message me, I would love to chat. I also have tabs that include my upcoming events….an amazing festival and an awe-inspiring retreat.