Welcome to the island of pleasure.. 5 tips for choosing a yoga retreat
I recently attended my very first yoga retreat. I saw an ad on Facebook, thought: “how lovely”, accepted, signed up and went… aaaand that was my biggest mistake!
If you have never attended a retreat before, I have 5 tips for choosing a yoga retreat that could help you search for a retreat that will really suit you and ensure that you get what you are looking for from the event.
Without naming the retreat I found out the hard way that it was not for me.. I suggest that you don’t repeat my mistake and follow these steps to an enjoyable experience.
1.The hosting studio
My first class was like a trip to the island of pleasure in an Asterix film with a Cleopatra look-a-like teacher, chanting in a very phone-sexy voice. Now this may be great for you, but I sure wished that I’d tried a few of her classes before the retreat.
I would really recommend getting to know the teachers at the retreat and taking the time to try out their classes before you part with your hard earned cash.
It is super important to check the level of yoga on offer. If you are expecting a power yoga session and the event is created around restorative classes, you may not enjoy the poses and the pace, so double check this..
3.The total offering
A retreat often will include additional disciplines, which you may or may not be interested in. Yoga retreats could be accompanied by meditation, massage, swimming with the dolphins and just about anything you can think of.. The possibilities are endless so look for a combination that you would enjoy. And if you don’t like colouring in, don’t do it dammit!
If you are a schedule freak like me, I would keep an eye on the schedule and the timings of events. Some retreats are very casual and timetables will change on a whim, whereas other timetables are more structured and you can count on starting times being set. If you then chose to skip one of the scheduled events, you can slot back in easily and on time and with no overlaps or classes running late.
If you’re on the happy-go-lucky side of the scale and you don’t enjoy structure as much as having your head in the clouds then you can skip this step but I would suggest taking stock of all of the listed numbers above and be true to yourself. If you think you are not going to enjoy it, don’t force yourself. It’s all about the retreat meeting your expectation in the end 🙂
P.S… youtube clip of Asterix & Obelix video available at https://youtu.be/iFvVq-Ntidc