Here’s Why You Should Go on a Yoga Retreat
I lead Manifestation Yoga® retreats all around the world. What I have found through my experience, is that they are life changing. And here is why:
1. You will fall in love.
At my Bali retreat, my heart burst open and cracked in half with joy. I fell in love.
Yes, I am married, and I love my husband deeply. Although it may not be him I am speaking of, he is directly affected by this falling in love of mine. How can he not be?
My husband reaps the benefits. I am more inspired, happier and more patient.
You will fall in love with yourself again. You will make friends on a retreat and chances are they will be friends for life.
2. You will be courageous.
The people on my retreats come from all over the world.
One girl on my last retreat had never even done yoga. She had the courage to ask for private help from me with new poses. She had the courage to be vulnerable. My sister had the courage to leave two kids at home (one who has special needs and a very strict regimen) and take a week for herself.
Whether you have been to 50 yoga retreats or none, it takes courage to go away with a group and to be vulnerable.
During the retreat you will do things that are out of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens.
3. You will give wholeheartedly to yourself.
The minute you sign up for the yoga retreat, life starts to change. You have taken the first step in doing something just for you.
Even if you sign up with someone, you are sending a message to yourself that says: “I care about you.” Taking time out for yourself is a surefire way to remember who you really are.
4. You will deepen your yoga practice.
At home, when we practice it’s always with the knowing in the back of our minds that there is somewhere to be, whether is work, friends, or picking up the kids. When you are on a retreat, there is nowhere else to be but there. There is just you and your mat, and the loveliness that comes with being away from it all.
5. You will see the world with new eyes.
I have lead retreats in Ojai, California, Italy, Mexico, Galapagos, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maui, and Bali, to name some places. What happens when you go away to any of these places during a yoga retreat is you experience them on a very conscious level. Most days you are doing yoga twice a day. There is a feeling of being awake that occurs with so much yoga.
There is a gift that comes with the practice of yoga. Being in Tuscany with this perspective is like nothing else. Bali, Hawaii, any of the places become more mystifying when you incorporate the body, breath and mindfulness that comes with a yoga practice.
6. You will transform.
During my Manifestation Yoga retreats, we journal during every class. There is a transformation that occurs through this process. Whether you get clarity on what you want to manifest in your life or you have a breakthrough about how fear is holding you back, you will shift.
There is something powerful about being away from your day-to-day life, among a group of like-minded people, eating delicious food (and drinking wine if you are with me), journaling as you do yoga classes and seeing the world with new eyes.
7. You will have fun.
Bottom line: You’ll have fun. You’ll have belly laughs and long naps and delicious savansanas. You’ll do something you have never done like take a Mexican cooking class or surf or you'll try a handstand. You will relax deeply and play deeply. You will meet people you wouldn’t have met before and connect with them in a way that you wouldn’t trade for the world.
Jennifer Pastiloff was recently featured on Good Morning America and CBS The Doctors. She has attracted a huge following from her writings and unique style of teaching yoga. She is also an advocate for children with special needs. The creator of Manifestation Yoga®, she leads retreats and workshops all over the world. Jennifer is currently writing a book, and she has a popular daily blog called Manifestation Station. Los Angeles is home base, and you can find her teaching yoga at Equinox Fitness Clubs and Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica, where her classes are also available online.