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5 Things to Do on a Yoga Retreat Besides Yoga

October 28, 2016

On my upcoming retreat to Nicauagura at Maderas Village, you get to experience two yoga classes a day led by yours truly.

But wait…there’s more!

What will we do with the other 21 hours a day?!

Some of my favorite things to do on a yoga retreat do not actually include any yoga at all. When I’m not on my yoga mat, I love moving my body in other ways, especially when being outdoors and soaking up those magical nature vibes. This may mean a run on the beach, a swim in the healing ocean, going on an excursion in town, or dancing barefoot wild and free. I love exploring various cultural experiences and taking full advantage of stepping outside of my usual day-to-day routine.

One of my most favorite aspects of traveling to a new destination is getting to try new cuisine that is local to that area. It is important to utilize this gift of time away from the stresses of work and home life to nourish, nurture and celebrate my body, from the inside out.

If you follow me on Instagram @theneshamaproject – you may be aware of my love for collecting unique treasures from around the world. Adventuring into town, sparking up conversation with locals, and picking out something meaningful that reminds me of this specific adventure, may be one of my most favorite hobbies.

Over the past few years, I have found pieces of jewelry, bags, artifacts, and clothing on retreats across the globe, and whenever I wear them, it brings me back to that special moment in time, and I fondly reminisce about that specific adventure.

Tired from yoga and adventuring around town? That will happen!

I thoroughly give myself permission to slow down, unwind, grab a yummy smoothie or some tea, and spend quality ME time writing in my journal and diving into a great book. It is truly fascinating the kind of insight that comes to me when I create the space and time to just be. A lot of my great ideas and spiritual moments have come via traveling and writing. And this is also a great way to remember, so that I have my wiring and insight with me when I come home and need a reminder.

Last but not least, one of the most important things you can do on any of my retreats is NOTHING, which means doing everything. Part of my retreat is giving yourself permission to pause and just be. So often the “pauses” provided in our daily lives are eaten up with checking social media, checking an errand off our list, or completing another task we feel we “should” be doing. Allow yourself to experience the power of doing absolutely nothing at all to recharge your batteries, regain your clarity, and ignite your spirit.

I’m getting so excited to do all of this on my next retreat to Maderas Village!

Are you coming??!?

I hope so!

What do you look most forward to doing on your next retreat?

Rachelle Tratt

Rachelle Tratt is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor, community leader, and Soulful entrepreneur who created The Neshama Project, a yoga inspired, socially conscious jewelry company that gives back. Rachelle teaches from a very intentional place and truly offers her students an opportunity to fall back in love with their body and their life though her unique style of teaching yoga. Rachelle is also known for her thoughtfully curated playlists with rhythm and beats to help transform her classes into truly a musical experience. With a constant appetite for travel and meaningful experiences, Rachelle leads workshops and international yoga retreats & adventures around the world. Please visit for more information on Rachelle and The Neshama Project.