Words by Jasmine Pradhan
The number one reason that people don’t go on yoga retreats is that the cost puts them off.
The second reason is that they’re worried they aren’t good enough at yoga or won’t fit in.
At least that’s according to my students that I recently polled.
I’ll only say a few words about the second point. And that is that you ARE good enough. EVERYONE is welcome, and a good teacher will offer options for beginners and more advanced students alike. It’s actually a great way to start feeling more confident in your practice as you’ll have time to ask any burning questions and spend time with people who ‘get it’. We all start somewhere, and in yoga, there is really no such thing as ahead or behind. Sure, it can be nerve wracking doing something new where you might not know anyone, but you get the chance to meet new people and make new friends!
Let’s look at the other reason now - Cost:
It’s true that yoga retreats cost money. It’s also true that it can feel impossible to pull the money together for something that might seem frivolous or self-indulgent at first glance. But it’s ALSO true that attending a yoga retreat, or taking any other sojourn out of your ordinary life with the sole focus on replenishing you, connecting you to your grounded centre, and building up your mental and physical energy is a PRICELESS INVESTMENT in your physical and mental health.
I like to see it as an exchange of energy...
You give your cash, that you have worked hard for, that you have poured your energy into earning, in exchange for a situation that looks to really care for you, and provide you with an experience that will fill you up to the brim and root you down through your centre and send you back out into the world refreshed, revived and with a completely fresh outlook on life.
Often the benefits of attending a retreat are felt for months afterwards, and I've had many people pass through the retreat process who have gone on to make really big and positive changes in their lives.
However, perhaps this year there really isn’t money to do it, in which case - fair enough! I've been there many times. So I've created something so that you don't have to miss out.
Check out my tips for creating your own low-cost home retreat
There are links to free guided meditations, suggestions for retreat-style activities, and tips on how to create a full or half day retreat from the comfort of your own home.
Remember that this is your day. If a full 12 hours of retreating doesn’t feel possible then feel free to cut bits out and make the day shorter if necessary. But try to include at least one yoga practice, one nourishing meal, one mediation and a bit of time outside.
The images below can be downloaded and printed by right clicking on them, and we've also compiled a list of resources (including links to recipes and sites etc.) for all the words highlighted in green which you can get by clicking the button below the images.
However you arrange your day - I hope it brings you back into contact with your centre, and leaves you feeling lighthearted, refreshed and ready for the world.
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