This is a guest post by Cassie Brewer
Anyone who is into yoga knows Bali is the place to be! This small island province is
considered by many to be the yoga capital of the world. Some of the world’s best yoga retreats
can be found in this tropical paradise of coral reefs and ancient temples. Yoga retreats are like
intensified yoga vacations. They are not for the casual practitioner – whether a beginner’s event
or a more advanced schedule, you will do lots of yoga on a retreat, two or three times a day!
Retreats amplify the usual benefits of yoga while providing benefits that only immersing yourself
in yoga for a week or a month can do!
At a retreat in Bali, a practitioner can perfect her yoga skills with one-on- one attention
from some of the world’s best yogis. Classes, and even entire retreats, are usually limited in
number. The atmosphere is much more relaxed and meditative, because you’re on vacation,
and there is nothing pressing to do – no chores to do, no meetings to rush to, no kids to pick up
from school. This gives you plenty of time with instructors, allowing you to get personalized
attention and advice.
Since there are no stressful distractions, many yogis who go on retreat to Bali find
themselves much more relaxed when they return. The atmosphere is laid back and positive,
and the people you are with will be interested in yoga and mindful spirituality too! With no
deadlines hanging over your head or errands to run, you have nothing left to do but be in the
moment. Yoga provides relaxation benefits for the body as well as for the mind. You will
certainly have some one-on- one time with yourself in meditation classes or other activities,
allowing you to detox from the stresses of normal life. Some retreat locations even provide all
your meals, so you don’t even have to worry about what’s for dinner, or who will clean it up!
Taking Time Out For You
How often do you smile or compliment yourself when you look in the mirror? Few
people really do, and even fewer take time out for themselves, to relax or even just slow down.
We live in a world that values multitasking, even though psychology has proven that
multitasking only makes us less efficient. Going to Bali for a yoga retreat puts you in an
environment where slowing down comes naturally. This includes taking a vacation from your
mobile devices, too – taking time off from work deadlines and cutting down on social media
reduces stress associated with the expectation of notifications. At a yoga retreat, there is plenty
of time to look inward and refresh your mindfulness, which in turn refreshes your body and
emotions. The peaceful environment of Bali provides an atmosphere that accomplishes this.
Benefits You Take Home With You
After the retreat is over, the things you learned at it stays with you. Every tip on how to
do a pose correctly, every meditative epiphany, every instruction from knowledgeable peers, all
become tools in your kit of yoga techniques. On other vacations, you might bring home some
cheap souvenirs, but on a yoga retreat, you leave with something far more valuable. The top
benefits of a yoga retreat in the tropical paradise of Bali can be appreciated in how you feel in
the weeks and months afterward, and how much of what you learned at the retreat you find
yourself integrating into your own practice.
A Bali yoga retreat makes a different kind of vacation – it gives yogis a vacation where
they are doing what they love in a relaxing atmosphere. There are retreats in Bali for almost
every budget and skill level, so finding a yoga retreat that’s right for you is just a matter of
searching. So find a retreat that calls to you, and spend your vacation in yoga bliss!