Today I was working on promoting the upcoming retreat in November, and I Googled, “reasons to go on a yoga retreat” so that I could link an article to the Body Bliss page. I quickly thought “no way... I will write the article.” If you Google reasons to go on a yoga retreat, you will find articles on 10 reasons, 8, 7, 5 and 3. I thought it my place, then, to write 9 reasons to retreat. One might apply to you, five might apply, and none might if you're not the retreat type. Here they are, in no particular order.
Let’s take Sayulita for example (November 21-25 weather). Nestled on the Pacific coast of Mexico, you might not have known it ever existed. Often retreats are off the beatin’ path and take you to secluded and private destinations. This is a chance to travel to a new place – with a bunch of like-minded people. That doesn’t happen every day – or lifetime.
|This. Is. Sayulita.|
2. You will be forced to make time for you.
You will be forced. Any great retreat facilitator will force you to do things you don't want to do. We will force you to wake up and then we'll shove fresh berries and mangoes in your mouth, force you to practice, force you to have fun at the beach, force you to surf or SUP, force you to drink wine. Force you to reflect – (on being forced). Enough of that - we wont force you to do anything at all – but we’ll make sure you have ample chance to have an amazing, well-rounded time.
|Here we have mother/daughter combination extraordinaire, jet-setting into town to complete two secret missions.|
4. You’ll make new friends
You’ll probably make a new friend. Not a Facebook friend, but someone you might even see or keep in contact with over the years. You might even end up visiting them in Bangkok, going to their wedding in Santa Barbara, or catching lunch in NYC. You might even find that special someone. Boom Shakalaka!
|This couple didn't hook up in Sayulita ... well they may have, but they've been happily married for 15+ years and they get props for introducing me to this rad place. (And that's me in the corner ... that's me in the spotlight ... )|
5. You will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone, sometimes snarfing or spitting or speaking of orgasm among your new friends.
6. You will get a chance to try your yoga/fitness routine on in a different setting.
What you practice is as much a part of you as that necklace or bracelet you wear. (If you don’t wear either – you still get it, right?) Try you moves out in a different club, a different resort, in a different city or country. See how you adapt and maybe you’ll be inspired to unleash the beast. We certainly hope so. Grrrrrr.
7. You will consider unplugging.Many retreat destinations don’t have wifi. And even if they do, the coconut water and fine cuisine will make have you pondering something other than the celebrities that went from hot to not. While we will certainly ensure you have lots to talk about, unplugging is a practice you might want to dabble in. #bodyblissretreats
8. You invest in experience.
“The best things in life aren’t things.” ~Art Buchwald.
|... they're feelings.|
9. You deserve it.
It was no mistake that every reason on this list starts with the word, "You." We are speaking to you. The one reading this blog, wondering if a retreat is for you. Well the answer is YES. You deserve to pamper yourself with sand and suds (to be interpreted as foam from incoming waves or cold micheladas) once in a while. None of us have time - we spend time; without ever knowing how much we actually have. Better to spend it being awesome than spend it waiting for the chance be.
There you have it. Nine reasons to go on a yoga retreat. If you feel inspired, and if the timing is right, join us in Sayulita. We'd love to have you.