Ten Reasons You Need to Retreat

Yoga retreats may sound a little "out there", but how exactly do they benefit the mind, body, and spirit?

Time away from the harsh realities of life (and the typical ways we perceive them) is pertinent to our personal growth.

Our culture often teaches us to feel guilty for taking breaks and indulging in things that appear to be “luxurious”. This is one widely accepted myth that we could all afford to let go of.

The truth is that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with hitting the pause button and taking stock of our lives and the choices we’ve made up until present day. As a matter of fact, this process is essential. Evaluating ourselves on a consistent and subjective basis is healthy! 

Our default trajectory doesn’t always lead us in the right direction. It’s important to check in and correct its course at times. And doing so in a beautiful new place, surrounded by like-minded people, gives us a sense of safety. It helps us feel accepted, creative, and free to explore without judgement.

We should always welcome opportunities to self evaluate in the company of friends and experts; this is exactly what a retreat does for us. And if you’re still not convinced, take a look at some of these other reasons, below.

1. Retreats allow us to easily create healthy habits.

It can be difficult to make a sincere change when we’re stuck in the same place we’ve been in for years and years. The same fears creep in, our comfort zone keeps us nice and cozy, and even if we’re successful for some time, we ultimately fail under day-to-day pressures of life.

But a retreat purposefully takes place in an unfamiliar environment, and this stimulates creativity, open-mindedness, and confidence within ourselves.

We can shock our minds out of our default ways of thinking by traveling somewhere new, so that when we introduce a new habit it really sticks!

2. Find new perspective while experiencing something new.

New experiences expand our mind to think about what’s really possible. When we don’t escape our normal mode of thought often enough, we forget how limitless the world really is. Going to a retreat in an exotic and beautiful place, such as the one we offer in Tulum, may be the best way to cultivate this hope and sense of childlike wonder back into your heart. When we discover a new culture, our heart opens in unimaginable ways.

3. Our teachers help us discover a safe space to heal & grow.

Under the tutelage of highly qualified and compassionate teachers, our retreats allow us to truly let go of what ails us in our daily lives and gives us permission to move on. Our normal environments have the propensity to conjure up feelings of fear and inadequacy; retreats provide a safe space to explore what we’re afraid of, while teachers show us the way to overcome them with courage.

Growth is a painful process, and requires enormous sacrifice. Letting go of our old belief systems can sometimes feel like a grueling feat. Guides help us do so with ease.

4. Connect with what’s important; including nature.

When we go on yoga retreats, we usually immerse ourselves in a gorgeous, natural setting. Humans thrive in nature; it’s where we’re from, and it’s where we will eventually return. Nature reminds us that the only true constant in life is change, and brings about an immense sense of inner peace and tranquility. Its beauty is a healing reminder that everything is perfect just as it is. Picture a serene sunset over a golden coast as a deep sense of love radiates from your heart and ebbs and flows with the tides- our Hawaii retreat offers beautiful moments such as these.

5. Disconnect from the false worlds we become absorbed in.

Furthermore, being surrounded by nature helps us escape from the unnecessary busyness of life and our dependence on technology, which has only been shown to increase our levels of anxiety and depression. Between social media and the overload of information we find on the internet, our minds can get mixed up and lost in the chaos. Disconnecting from technology occasionally is crucial.

Meeting a community of people who think like you does wonders for the heart and soul.

6. Strengthen our practice with a like-minded tribe.

Growth can seem lonely. In the midst of all of this self-evaluation and shedding all of our undesirable habits, it’s easy to start feeling misunderstood by friends and family. Not everybody can come along with us on our growth journey, and some won’t understand what we’re going through. That’s why communities are so, so important. When we’re surrounded by people who want the same things, it feels safer to explore our yoga practice, really challenging ourselves to learn and push ourselves further. And of course, having a few folks to talk to at the end of the day who understand the ups and downs of practice certainly doesn’t hurt either.

7. Experience healing.

How often do we take time to stop an identify what ails us? Retreats allow us to pause and take a look at what exactly it is we need to change. Our culture doesn’t often give us permission to pay attention to ourselves. On our retreats, that is essentially the only goal; to connect.

8. Calm our overthinking mind.

When we forge a connection with ourselves and learn to forgive and love who we are, we are also learning to trust. And when we trust ourselves, we learn to let go of our anxious, second-guessing, overthinking thoughts. After all, when we know we are and what we want, why would we need to run through it over and over again in our heads?

9. Discover purpose and taking back control of our lives.

On retreat, every planned activity is timed and executed with purpose. And since none of those activities are in our normal routines, it takes attention and energy to participate. We can take this same sense of intention with us into our daily lives, and understand the importance of putting our own health and wellness front and center; even after we’ve returned home from the fairtytale-like environment of a retreat.

10. Practice self love.

If we had unlimited money, how likely is it that we’d send somebody we love (like our parents, siblings, or best friends) on a retreat of any kind to learn about themselves and relax? Now, assuming that we love ourselves- why wouldn’t we do the same? 

We don’t have to wait around for someone to spoil us. We deserve to feel inspired, rested, and happy. Our bodies deserve movement, and our minds deserve stimulation, and our hearts deserve the clarity.

Nobody will deliver our self love to us; we must actively pursue it with our own practice and in our actions. Part of this is doing things for ourselves, even though some of these acts initially seem extravagant. Remember, this is just what we’ve been taught- it’s not necessarily true.

On our retreats, we put ourselves first. We nourish our bodies and souls. We surround ourselves with positive energy and a loving community.

When was the last time you prioritized yourself over other people, and gifted yourself with this attention- this time doing something that brings you complete and total peace? Is it time to do so, now?