Going on a yoga retreat can be a life-changing experience!
It can dramatically improve your physical and mental health, restore your energy levels and improve your yoga practice.
This guide will share some information about the benefits of attending a yoga retreat and the top 5 yoga retreats to look out for in 2018.
Different types of yoga retreats
There are many types of yoga retreats on offer.
It’s important to choose one which matches your personal goals and skill level.
The most common types of yoga retreats include:
Detox yoga retreats
A detox retreat will help you get your health back on track.
These retreats will use a combination of yoga, organic food, meditation, and other treatments to eliminate toxins in your body.
These retreats are a fantastic way to detoxify your body while improving your yoga ability.
Spiritual/healing yoga retreat
This type of yoga retreat focuses on your spiritual side as much as the physical.
It will involve a combination of meditation, yoga, reiki, and other techniques to improve your emotional health and mind-body connection.
Spiritual yoga retreats are very relaxing and an excellent way to improve your mental health.
Adventure yoga retreats
An adventure yoga retreat will combine yoga with other exciting adventures like surfing, hiking, running and paddle boarding.
They are a great choice for anyone who wants to improve their yoga practice and fitness levels while enjoying a fun getaway.
Resort and spa yoga retreats
This is the perfect option for people who want to enjoy an extremely relaxing yoga retreat.
These retreats usually take place at a luxurious location with amenities including saunas, spas, and swimming pools.
They often have massages and beauty treatments on offer also.
Intensive yoga retreat
An intensive yoga retreat has a strong focus on improving your yoga practice.
These retreats typically involve some very experienced yoga teachers helping students perfect their poses.
They typically involve longer yoga sessions and multiple sessions per day.
An intensive yoga retreat will also help you improve the nonphysical aspects of our yoga practice.
Travel yoga retreats
Some events combine travel with yoga.
You can spend a week in Thailand or France — exploring the country with guided tours and enjoying daily yoga sessions.
Benefits of attending yoga retreats
Going to a yoga retreat offers many advantages, including:
Your yoga skills will improve
You will learn from experienced yoga instructors, which can greatly improve your yoga practice.
You will enjoy healthy food
Yoga retreats usually provide attendees with a range of delicious and nutritious foods.
You will eat well and feel fantastic when returning home.
The perfect place to detox
Attending a yoga retreat makes detoxing easy because you won’t be surrounded by all of the temptations of home.
There will many healthy foods on offer to help you flush toxins from your body and support to help you go on a fast.
Spend more time meditating
There will be plenty of time to meditate while on your yoga retreat and very few distractions.
You will have deeper meditations, obtaining a unique opportunity to explore your inner self like never before.
Yoga retreats are incredibly relaxing
Attending a yoga retreat is one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels and relax.
You can focus on yourself for a change!
Meet new people with similar interests
Yoga retreats are an excellent place to meet people who love yoga as much as you do.
Visit new places
There are thousands of yoga retreats held around the world each year.
You can visit some exciting new destinations and immerse yourself in the local culture.
The best upcoming yoga retreats for 2018
Here are the top 5 yoga retreats to look out for in 2018.
4 Day Luxury Yoga and Massage Retreat in English Countryside
If you are looking for a yoga retreat that helps you de-stress and relax, this 4-day luxury yoga retreat will fit the bill nicely.
Held at Wiltshire, England between June 25 – 28, this retreat is aimed at people who want to combine their yoga practice with meditation and massage while enjoying luxurious accommodation.
Attendees will stay in a rural Tudor house for 3 nights, with 3 daily meals included.
The meals are described as being healthy, plentiful and plant-based, which means this getaway is also an excellent opportunity to detox.
The property is located in a tranquil part of Wiltshire, surrounded by lush green pastures and forests.
You can explore the fields between yoga sessions or relax in the hot tub.
This retreat includes two rejuvenating Hatha yoga and meditation sessions per day, a 60 minute restorative massage, and one other treatment (Indian head massage, Ayurvedic facial, reflexology or foot massage).
5 Day Yoga Retreat in Sicily
If you want to combine your yoga with some delicious Mediterranean food, great wine, and beautiful beaches, this yoga retreat is the perfect choice!
Held on the island of Sicily, this retreat has been designed to help attendees find inner peace, explore the natural beauty of the area, and immerse themselves in the practice of yoga.
This getaway includes many different energy training activities including Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Mantras, Qi Gong, The 5 Tibetan Rites, and Aromatherapy.
It also has a strong focus on the food of the local area, with attendees enjoying locally produced organic food and wine.
The retreat is held in Randazzo, which is located in the province of Catania.
This is a beautiful medieval town that is situated 750 metres above sea level.
A truly spectacular location to unwind.
This retreat will be running in June, July, August, and September of 2018.
5 Day Kriya Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Austria
Breath plays an important role in the practice of yoga asanas.
It is the Prana or vital force that is essential for life.
This retreat takes attendees to a location where the air is so fresh and invigorating that it will transform your yoga practice — Austria!
It is a 5 day retreat mostly centred on Kriya yoga, which has a strong focus on breath and the chakras.
Kriya yoga can help you develop inner silence, which brings about peace and relaxation.
There will also be Hatha yoga sessions held every afternoon and 3 daily meditation sessions.
Attendees will be immersed in yoga and given the knowledge they need to improve their yoga practice when returning home.
8 Day Magic Mountain Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Serbia
Serbia has become a popular destination for yoga retreats in the past few years.
It’s a beautiful country with many stunning locations that are ideal for yoga or meditation.
This 8 day yoga retreat will be held in the Tara National Park, which is in the Western region of Serbia.
It is an incredible part of the world, with spectacular views, crystal clear mountain lakes, and rolling hills.
You will be astonished by the beauty of the place.
This retreat is suitable for yoga practitioners of all skill levels.
It covers many schools of yoga include Hatha Yoga, Nidra Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga.
This helps attendees learn more about the different styles of yoga and helps beginners discover which style they prefer.
This retreat will run from July 7 to the 14th and again from July 24 to the 31st.
15 Day Transformational Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India
Many of the best yoga retreats are found in the birthplace of yoga, India.
This transformational retreat includes daily yoga sessions from an Indian yoga master.
It also involves lectures and satsang sessions, emotional unblocking, and power transformation meditation sessions.
Attendees will be spending most of their time at the yoga centre in Rishikesh.
However, there is also an opportunity to go camping in nearby mountains for one night and to see some tourist attractions like the Taj Mahal.
Both Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda Yoga will be taught during the retreat.
It will be running in June, July, August, September and October this year.