If you have been on a yoga retreat before, you will know that it is a great way to deepen and immerse yourself into your yoga practice. With offerings of daily yoga practices, food to nourish your body and activities to nourish your soul it is an opportunity to literally retreat from your day-to-day routine and find some space and time for introspection to reset and restore your mind, body and soul.
The problem is, it’s not always easy to find the time and money to gift yourself a yoga retreat, which this is why we’ve created an online Home Yoga Retreat to help you replicate the retreat experience, wherever you are!
From 14-16 April, join our Home Yoga Retreat: Creating Space where we will use yoga to create space in our body and help us to move into positions with more ease. We’ll also draw parallels between our yoga practice and our daily lives, and the importance of creating space in our lives to think, reflect and breathe.
Home Yoga Retreat: Creating Space is full of special classes, workshops, talks, suggestions for recipes (unfortunately we can’t cook for you!) and activities to help you make the most of your Easter weekend and feel rejuvenated. Here’s everything you need to know about how to prepare for a home yoga retreat, whether it’s your actual home or your home for the holidays:
1. How to Prepare for a Home Yoga Retreat
When you go away for a retreat, nearly everything is taken care of for you. At a home retreat, a little bit of prep is required to make sure you get the most of out it! Here are our top 5 tips for how to prepare for your home yoga retreat:
- Plan ahead. Imagine that you are going away for the weekend and get as many of your day-to-day tasks completed as possible before you start. Think food shopping, laundry, cleaning, emails. That way, when it comes to the Friday of the retreat weekend you’ll have ticked all the to-dos off your list.
- Disconnect from technology. Turn off the TV and minimise the use of your phone and computer. You will, of course, need to be connected to the internet for the online retreat, but make sure to turn your phone on silent.
- Stock up! Pick ingredients that can be used to prepare nutritious meals. Examples would be a mixture of fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables. The fresh items can be used for salads and frozen items for delicious smoothies!
- Prop up. We will be using props such as yoga bricks and straps in some of the workshops. You can buy these online if you don’t already own them, or use alternatives like belts or large books.
- Dedicate space. If possible, pick a quiet space in your home to join your chosen Home Retreat classes and workshops from. Tidy up your favourite nook, burn your favourite candles or incense and decorate the space with pretty cushions and fluffy blankets. If you’re travelling, consider bringing along a small travel candle to help set the tone for relaxation.
2. How to Make Time for a Home Yoga Retreat
We appreciate that you may have family commitments over the weekend but here are some ideas on how you can prioritise your Home Retreat and create some well-deserved me-time:
- The Home Retreat is full of live yoga classes, workshops and inspiring talks from Friday evening to Sunday evening. While it would be great to attend as many of these as possible, we know it’s not realistic to get to every live session. That’s why we make sure all Yogaia’s live classes are recorded so you can do watch all Home Retreat sessions, plus all our regular classes, whenever it suits you.
- The schedule will give you plenty of spare time to choose to do some of our suggested activities (below) to compliment your Home Retreat experience. Commit to dedicating some of this spare time to yourself, if you can, to do whatever it is that lights you up – whether it’s reading, walking, or spending quality time with your favourite people.
- Consider inviting your best friend or partner to join some of the sessions or activities with you! It’s a great way to share a relaxing and inspiring experience with the people you love, and share your interest in yoga with them.
3. Retreat Activities You Can Do at Home
Most yoga retreats offer activities during the day to explore the local area and deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga and it’s philosophies. The great thing about a home yoga retreat is that it gives you the opportunity to see your home and your neighbourhood through a fresh lens! Here are some suggestions for inspiring and space-creating activities that will compliment and enhance your home retreat experience:
Here are some suggestions for inspiring and space-creating activities that will compliment and enhance your home retreat experience:
- Move – Go for a long walk, run, hike or bike ride. There’s nothing like connecting with nature and some fresh air!
- Visit a museum or an art gallery – Being in a creative environment can really help change your perspective and open up your mind to new ideas!
- Create – If you have children, try creating time for cooking or doing crafts together. The great thing about the home retreat is that you can involve the kids, too.
- Indulge – Book yourself a massage or a spa treatment – enough said!
- Write – Buy a nice journal in advance and write, as writing is an amazing way to get the creative juices flowing!
- Be still – Head out of the house and find a quiet spot to just sit in silence or observe your surroundings.
- Disconnect – Leave your phone at home, grab a book and go read it in an outdoor space or nice coffee shop
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