Why a Yoga Vacation is the Most Relaxing Vacation You'll Ever Take

by Yoga Digest | February 1, 2021 3:21 pm

Forget the staycations of 2020 and the adventure vacations that dominate social media; you need a yoga vacation. It is the right choice whether you need to relax or just get out of your normal routine. Here are a few reasons why a yoga vacation is the most relaxing vacation you’ll ever take and Vacayou[1] lets you search for vacations for individuals and couples.

Yoga Is in and Of Itself Relaxing

Yoga is designed to be relaxing. The controlled breathing and poses are designed to remove you from everyday concerns and bring focus and clarity. Yoga is often combined with meditation, though it doesn't have to be spiritual or religious. Yoga by itself tends to lower blood pressure and heart rates.

You Can Combine It with Other Activities You’d Like to Try

If you’re bored with your current yoga studio, you can explore a variety of venues. Whether it is yoga on the beach or floating on a wake board depends on you. Whether you want to practice yoga on a mountaintop after climbing it to watch the sunrise or relaxing in an ancient courtyard depends on what you want. And you can go on a yoga vacation at resorts that let you go swimming in the ocean or hiking through the hills. The only question is what you'd like to do, if it is anything aside from eating healthy food, relaxing in your room and practicing yoga.

It Improves Your Physical Health
Yoga improves your balance and muscle tone. Depending on the type of yoga you’re doing, it can improve your strength and endurance. Most yoga retreats[2] are designed for wellness, so the odds are that your yoga retreat will come with a healthy menu, too.

They say that you are what you eat. Note that you can search for wellness retreats that specialize in vegan, vegetarian, organic, local or ethnic food. Now you can try a variety of healthy foods in addition to the relaxing activities they have on the itinerary.

It Improves Your Mental Health

Most yoga vacations are going to require you to set aside the smart phone and take a break from social media. And we need to be honest – social media is a major contributor to anxiety and stress. We are hardwired to compare our situation to those around us. Social media makes us wrongly compare our lives to what a thousand strangers choose to post online. Social media also fuels stress, anxiety and outrage, since many people live in fear of triggering a digital Lynch mob with one wrong tweet or Facebook like. This is why turning off the social media in addition to engaging in meaningful conversations and silent meditation can help you truly relax.

The wellness retreat may include seminars on how to reduce stress and strengthen your relationships.[3] However, this depends on where you choose to go and what activities you choose to join.

You’ll Have a Chance to Bond with Other People

When you go on a yoga vacation, you’re going to spend several days or several weeks with like-minded people. You’ll have a chance to create lasting friendships with people who share your worldview. You certainly have more in common with them than with someone in a revealing outfit sitting on a towel next to you. And whether you’re new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, you can take classes to learn more.

There Are No Unrealistic Expectations

A yoga retreat tends to focus on yoga. You aren’t going to feel like you’re under pressure to live up to a variety of expectations. This is in contrast to the tendency to get on a diet and start working out before a beach vacation. And it eliminates the pressure to do more or outperform when you’re on an action-oriented vacation. For example, many people going snorkeling and scuba diving may feel like they need to go parasailing or zip-lining to get everything they can out of the vacation.

They Are Accommodating

A side benefit of yoga vacations[4] is that you can find something that accommodates everyone. You can find gentle yoga classes that you can attend if you have limited mobility, and you can attend these sessions with a family member who can’t twist themselves into a pretzel. You can also find yoga retreats that the entire family can attend. You don’t have to exclude someone due to age or disability. One benefit of yoga retreats is that these facilities often offer massage and other spa services. Now someone who is straining themselves during yoga can easily recover from the yoga session without standing out from the crowd.

You Can Take One No Matter How Much You Have in Your Budget

While wellness retreats can be pricey, there are yoga retreats available no matter how much you can afford to pay. For example, you can find yoga retreats at expensive, exotic donations. And you can find them closer to home. One point in favor of yoga retreats is that they may not cost very much. You can find basic accommodations or opt for a luxury hotel. You can go for a week or a weekend.

Another benefit of yoga retreats is that they’re available almost everywhere. There may be an awesome yoga center in your city or state. That eliminates travel costs, leaving you with just room and board. Furthermore, yoga retreats aren’t as dependent on local weather conditions. You could have a yoga session on the beach whether or not the water is perfect for swimming. And you can meditate in the garden whether it is warm or cool outside, though not everyone would want to do so when it is snowing. You can have yoga sessions[5] on a Monday evening or Friday night, and it depends only on the trainer’s availability. You don’t have to fight the crowds at the local tourist attractions, though you could arrange a visit to those sights while on your vacation.

Endnotes:
  1. Vacayou: https://vacayou.com/
  2. yoga retreats: https://www.bookyogaretreats.com
  3. how to reduce stress and strengthen your relationships.: https://yogadigest.com/for-moms-a-short-sweet-yoga-practice-for-your-mental-health/
  4. yoga vacations: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/spas/best-yoga-holidays-in-the-world/
  5. yoga sessions: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000876.htm

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