If I told you there was one vacation you could take almost anywhere in the world, even at home, that would give you everything you need to feel good again, would you take it?
I hope you would.
And, I am about to tell you, very simply, it is a Yoga retreat.
Actually, ‘retreat’ is the wrong word, experiencing a Yoga ‘retreat’ is more like a ‘life advancing,’ no matter where you are or how stuck you feel.
Yoga retreats are suitable for people of all ages and physical capacities as it does not require great strength to get started. If you can breathe, you can do Yoga.
And, the breath controlled properly and simultaneously with specific poses, or postures, can do more for your physiological, psychological and biochemical well-being than any other form of exercise.
There’s that word, ‘exercise’, that word that many of us want to retreat from, no, run from.
However, a Yoga retreat is not about ‘exercise’ it is about learning how to control your own lifestyle, easily, with a little practise, very soon, the results are so outstanding that you wonder why they haven’t made Yoga retreats illegal, well, some countries have.
But, that is not where I would recommend sending you.
I would recommend sending you on a Yoga retreat anywhere (where legal) for any duration, short or long, it only takes one session to feel immediate results. I was sent on one by my employer after he noticed I was suffering with my knees, not to mention (though I will) the trauma from the earthquakes we are having where I currently live.
In the past ten months we have had 7,000+ earthquakes and aftershocks, yes you probably know where I live now; I live in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Trauma can do strange things to you and make you feel like you will never be the same, or get better again. I felt that way before I went on a Yoga retreat, and since I have been on one, I feel my life has advanced beyond recognition in a very short space of time.
I had practised Yoga many years before and had slipped away, as we tend to do when we don’t have an audience, a kind of visual loop to stimulate and guide us.
When my employer recommended that the best thing he new for my knees, my memory loss and my sudden bouts of stress and fear (from 7,000+ earthquakes) was to take up Yoga, I sensed immediately, he was right.
And he was right about recommending a Yoga retreat, my knees do not hurt, my memory is better and I laugh through the aftershocks now.
However, before I went on my vacation, I did not have the strength to provide my own practise again, I needed help and I recognized it. The Yoga retreat helps you to develop a pattern of practise that becomes easily accessible to you wherever you go.
For those who have not tried a Yoga retreat, there is nothing else that I have ever done for myself that has improved my over-all sense of body comfort, mental capacity and energy levels. It is like an elixir of the gods. And, ironically, free to take with you anywhere and perform everywhere thereafter.
I practise in the bath tub, the kitchen, in my car, in the garden and while I am listening to someone long winded on the telephone. I find that Yoga has slipped easily back into my life since I have been on a Yoga retreat that stimulated my memory to be kind to myself.
Now, I have a vacation that still lasts anywhere I am.
So…like I asked you to begin with: would you like to take a vacation you could take anywhere, even back to your own home that will make you feel good again—and I said I hoped you would— and now I bet you do—with no need to thank me, thank yourself by treating yourself to a Yoga retreat.