Are you getting started on your New Year’s resolution of getting into shape or simply looking for a new ways to stay fit? Yoga can be perfect for you. Say goodbye to unhealthy lifestyles and welcome the New Year through practicing the art of Iyengar Yoga. Iyengar Yoga has over 200 classical yoga poses systematized by renowned yoga teacher B. K. S. Iyengar.
Take a break from stress, unwind and go on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica and other exotic locations. Here are some helpful tips to help you plan for your next yoga-themed getaway:
- Goals for the Retreat
People doing yoga have different reasons. Some do it to keep in shape, to get in touch with their own bodies, to improve breathing techniques, to achieve better posture, or to meditate. No matter what your reasons are for doing yoga, make sure it aligns with the goals of the yoga retreat.
- Choose a Location
Fancy travelling to Central America? There are many destinations perfect for doing yoga in Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Choose a location that will benefit your yoga practice.
- Get to Know the Yoga Teacher
DoYouYoga provides this advice to those on a quest to find their inner peace:
You should familiarize yourself with the teacher/s guiding the retreat, like how many years of experience they have guiding small group vacations and teaching yoga. Don’t hesitate to ask for client testimonials. If you already know the teacher from your local studio or the workshop circuit, consider if this is someone you want to learn from while away from the studio environment.
Also, ask if the teacher’s style fit your preferences. For example, if you want to do yoga centered on proper alignment and posture, find one who specializes in Iyengar Yoga.
- Budget and Timing
Look for retreat plans based on how much you are willing to spend. To avoid overspending, look for a retreat plan that would cover basically anything from lodging to meals. This will help you be more focused and relaxed during the trip. If you feel uncomfortable with a large group during a yoga retreat, plan ahead to find out when retreats may be less crowded than usual.
- Meet New People, Enjoy
Being on a yoga retreat doesn’t necessarily restrict your activities to just doing yoga poses. There are always sights to see, new places to explore and people to meet. Try new things like hiking, cooking classes, and exotic spa treatments. You may also find that making friends during the retreat wouldn’t be so hard since you would most likely be interacting with people who share your interests.
(Source: 10 Tips for Choosing a Yoga Retreat, Do You Yoga)