Yoga is the art of release. It is the study of a person’s concentration upon the varied layers of the human body, exploring deeper using an advanced focus into the brain, until finally delving and settling permanently inside the soul. This ancient tradition of breath, meditation and movement developed over the Roman civilization of the Indian subcontinent becomes the professional’s sacred ritual. Therefore, finding the ideal yoga retreat is just a part of one’s practice as is a specific inhalation of breath, an exhalation to a particular position, or the stillness of silent monitoring. The ideal retreat must align with the ideal person, and only then will you have the comfort to let go and find the true depths of the yogic journey.
The Destination Is Also the Journey
Yoga retreats are aplenty. They come in many different shapes, sizes, destinations and complete packages. Some provide 24/7 yoga, strict meal guidelines, and complete silence. Others start the day with a collection of opening positions or asanas in Sanskrit, and then immerse participants in the culture of the surroundings, performing creative pursuits and restorative downtime. The afternoon ends with a last series of relaxation. It is up to you-the professional. It is your clinic and just yours. So how do you discover the ideal retreat?
Close the eyes. Take a long inhalation through the nose. Hold. Now release all breath from the mouth. Settle into your chair and relax. Imagine you yoga-ing. Imagine the setting. Where could it be? To offer a little Input, am on a beach. Breezy palm trees rustle their shadows provide refreshing shelters. I’m far from the office, the telephone calls, and the expectations others’ sanctuary of me. These are long gone and far from mind. Your dreamy setting might be different. It may not. No matter, it is your yoga practice as the conscious instructor reiterates; therefore it is your yoga retreat centre. From the location of the escape, the next important element of this practice is who is teaching. Who is it that will lead you through the doors of your guesthouse as the Sufi mystic Jelaluddin Rumi referred to when talking of the human body? Whose guidance are you going to trust and surrender to? At best, it is safe to say that if a professional institution certifies the instructor you do not have any reason to doubt their clinic and capabilities. However, each individual’s style of teaching is unique and every system of yoga differs. Search their name on the World Wide Web, find their site and if possible take their courses. Acquire opinions and read their students’ testimonials.