Nowadays there are Yoga Retreats all over the world with different themes and activities. For example, Restorative Yoga Retreat, Wellness Retreat, Luxury Yoga Holiday, Energetic Yoga Retreat, Yin Yoga Retreat, Yoga and Hiking Retreat, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat, Yoga and Painting Retreat, Massage Yoga Retreat, and so on.
And in many of this Retreats you will find a complete schedule with different activities to complete your hours during your Yoga Retreat.
In terms of doing more and getting more of your investment at the first moment can look like a really good deal, but the reality is that when you join a yoga Retreat normally you come from a very busy schedule in your daily life and is important to give your self some time to adapt to the new people around you, the new country , the new accommodation, and new flavors of the food.
So it is important to keep a balance between all the activities and the free time for yourself.
In that free time you will integrate the practice of yoga and meditation into yourself.
You can use the time to reflect in your experience, to increase your learning about yoga, preparing questions that maybe you can share with the yoga instructor or the other participants.
You can simply relax, giving to yourself time to rest, observing the surroundings, enjoying the sunlight, observing the palm trees, listening to the birds singing, connecting with the space around you to be more present.
You will be free to decide what extra activity you want to do, a massage, a walk on the beach, a visit to a village, etc. without feeling the pressure that you are going “to miss” something if you do not follow all the planned activities.
You can use your free time to journal your experience, writing your most intimate thoughts, and keeping memories that later you can read back at home.
So next time you book a yoga retreat be aware of the program and that you have enough time to be with the most important person: Yourself.