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7 Reasons to Go on a Yoga Retreat Overseas

May 3, 2015

1. Be Present

In daily life it is easy to get distracted by everything going on around us. We live our lives multitasking and rushing from one place to the next. It is rare that we take the time to simply be aware of ourselves and our surroundings. If you are considering going on a yoga retreat, you may already know how yoga can help you be present by focusing on your mind and body.

Going on a yoga retreat takes being present to a whole new level. Not only will you be able to practice being present through your yoga practice, but carry that on throughout everything you do in your retreat. We often don’t take time to focus on simply ourselves and the joys of life. A yoga retreat is a chance to push all your worries from your daily life away and simply enjoy your new surroundings. However, it is important to try and stay present in your daily life as well. When you are not on a yoga retreat or class, try staying present with these 5 tips.

2. Make Like Minded Friends

Whether you decide to adventure on a yoga retreat with a friend or solo, you are sure to make plenty of new friends. You will immediately meet new people who have some similar interests and lifestyles as you. If you are a first time (or even experienced) solo traveler, the idea of making new friends can be intimidating. But, there is nothing to worry about. You already have travel and yoga in common, and as long as you enter traveling with an open mind, and practice a few of these tips, you will be on your way to making new friendships that could even last a life time.

3. Unplug

In our daily lives we are constantly bombarded with texts, work e-mails, twitter updates, Facebook relationship statuses…the list goes on and on. While it is nice living in a world where we can immediately find the answer to questions like Can duct tape really fix anything? technology can also become overwhelming. It can be hard to relax when we have access to work e-mails on our phones 24/7. Yoga retreats are the perfect place to unplug yourself from the digital world, and give yourself the space and digital freedom you deserve. Some yoga retreats may simply force you to unplug from the digital world simply due to their remote location. Try your best to plan for a digital detox on your yoga retreat. I promise the Instagram world will survive without seeing pictures of your dinner for a few days.

However, if you absolutely need to send a few texts or emails to simply let your family know you’re alive, there is no need to worry. Many local cafes and hotels in foreign countries offer WiFi services. If you are traveling in a country that has internet restrictions, you can use a VPN to bypass censorships and restrictions. Gain access to any website by finding the best VPN for your travels while keeping your personal data safe.

4. Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Whether you are a yoga instructor, or a once a week yogi, you will surely benefit from a yoga retreat. On a retreat you will be far away from all distractions and worries in your daily life. Not only will you have the opportunity to truly focus on your practice, but you will be in a class setting that will allow your instructors to truly focus on you.

On YOGASCAPES retreats you will find amazing classes with the experienced instructors. Your instructor will be able to put more attention into your yoga practice, helping you grow in ways that you didn’t even know were possible.

5. Feed Your Travel Bug

Going on a yoga retreat combines the best of both worlds. Not only do you have an opportunity to focus on your own yoga practice, but also explore the world! Whether you are searching for a nature getaway, or an exotic tropical destination, you will find exactly what your travel bug is craving at YOGASCAPES.

6. Healthy (and delicious) Eating

Normal vacations have many travelers stuffing themselves with unhealthy food, but on a yoga retreat you will often find that you will be surrounded with healthy, delicious and local food. For the real foodies out there, there are yoga retreats like the Yoga and Food Retreat in Italy. You will have the opportunity to eat incredible meals, take cooking classes, and even do a little (or a lot of) wine tasting.

On a yoga retreat you will be practicing yoga, and moving your body every day. Even if you do have that extra glass of wine, you can do so guilt free. You will come back home feeling healthyand refreshed.

7. Relax

Last, but definitely not least, RELAX! Life can be stressful, and sometimes we need a break once in a while to keep our sanity. A yoga retreat takes a travel vacation to a whole new level. A yoga retreat is centered on your enjoyment and relaxation. The basic logistics of your trip are planned, and the rest is up to you. You can go on a hike, explore local cities, and learn to surf, or simply read a book in nature. Whatever you decide to do, this retreat is your getaway. Enjoy your retreat and relax a little. You deserve it!


Jess Signut

Hi, my name is Jess Signut. My parents were travelers since before I was born. Even in the womb, I was able to travel all over the place! Boy, did things NOT change as I grew older! Knowing there’s more to the world than the bubble I live in made me want to travel even further. Traveling is my drug and I’m addicted. (Please, no intervention!)