Everyone needs to take a break from their daily routine every once in a while. Going on a yoga retreat is the perfect way to rejuvenate your mind and reintroduce balance into your life, even if you’ve never tried yoga before.
Here are 7 ways a yoga retreat keeps your mind healthy.
1. Disconnection from technology
The so-called ‘digital detox’ was covered in our article ‘Why Try a Yoga Retreat’. It is one of the main benefits of this a yoga retreat getaway.
Being surrounded by technology 24/7 can be mentally exhausting. After all, it can be very difficult to avoid work emails, as well as ‘social media noise’. These habitual electronic connections can cause stress, anxiety, and even insecurity. Removing yourself from cyberspace for a few days can curb your appetite for technology and help you appreciate the simpler things in life — like rest and relaxation.
2. Making new social connections
Yoga may be a personal practice, but it’s also a growing community of like-minded individuals. On a yoga retreat you interact with people who share your passion or who are looking for the same thing as you. You’ll develop a sense of connectedness, which is a source of comfort, contentment, and emotional strength. There are millions of yoga practitioners all over the world, and it only takes one yoga retreat to get to know some of them.
Meditation is more focused during a yoga retreat compared to a typical yoga studio class. You’ll spend hours with your own thoughts and hopefully, boost your creativity and mental clarity in the process.
4. Healthier eating
Yoga retreats usually — and definitely at Sewall House — come in the form of a package, including healthy and nutritious meals. It’s great for people who are developing better eating habits as it can affect their mental state.
Healthy food, which consists primarily of whole-food, plant-based ingredients, fights inflammation. Inflammation can lead to mood swings and low energy levels, which is why you also feel mental fatigue when you don’t eat proper meals.
5. Reconnecting with nature
The majority of yoga retreats are done in relative isolation and offer side trips to beautiful nature-filled destinations. Fresh air can be good for relieving stress, which is often hard to come by in urban settings.
Getting some sunshine can also be beneficial, so take advantage of the retreat’s excursions. Better yet, roll out your mat and engage in some outdoor yoga.
6. Refocusing your mind
Whether it’s school, work, or your personal life, sometimes it can get a bit too much and become overwhelming. It’s not uncommon to get affected psychologically and become demotivated or lose focus because of the pressure to keep up. However, Maryville University emphasizes the importance of psychological well-being whether it is to do work or academic performance. There is some irony here, because you need a clear headspace to attend to things that can overwhelm you in the first place. A yoga retreat helps a lot because it allows you to take a step back and refocus on the important aspects of your career or personal life.
7. Deepening your practice
Yoga retreats vary in difficulty and length and are perfect for yogis and yoginis who want to deepen their practice. During the program, you can learn more about the principles of yoga that you normally don’t get in an hour-long class. Find out how you can take your practice to the next level so that you can continue nourishing your mind through yoga.
Written by Alyssa Cristina