It is time for a solocation. Perhaps you have broken up with a significant other, or you need a break from your usual routine to focus in on you. Maybe you need time alone to think out how you want to reinvent your life or create your dream business. For whatever reason, your decision to embark on a solo vacation is not only a commitment to doing what is right for you, but also a an opportunity for self-discovery. Your journey to mindfulness and growth can start with a yoga retreat. The best part is that this is a safe vacation for a solo traveler.
A really popular and easy way to solo travel is to go on a yoga retreat. They can be held anywhere in the states or in tranquil and tropical destinations. Everything is covered including gourmet healthy food, room and activities. By traveling alone, you allow yourself to meet and hang out with others who share your same sort of holistic goal. This also allows you a setting and the time for reflection and growth. Travel pushes you to grow in magical ways that just do not happen so serendipitously as when you are at home.
Here are just five of the unexpected ways a solo vacation at a yoga retreat is the next vacation you should take.
You will finally eat right.
Mom always said what you are is what you eat. At nearly every yoga retreat, there are three healthy, delectable meals served each day. You didn’t know healthy food could taste so good. Your relationship with food is always a challenge. That vending machine near the drinking fountain at work is always calling your name at 2pm. When you take a solo vacation, you will break free of bad habits because you are in a calm, tranquil, natural area. Now, it is natural to pick up a papaya instead of chocolate. In addition, the stress you feel from the outside world will settle down. This nourishment is the first step to mental clarity.
Stop the world around you.
How often have you sworn off social media and declared on Facebook that you were taking a break, only to get caught up in the latest scandal again? When you are on reflective trip on your own, you will be opening up your journal, not your laptop. The mindfulness you achieve at a yoga retreat will replace all of the stress surrounding your Twitter feed. Soon, you will find yourself looking at the incredible scenery around you, not at your ever present smartphone. As you unplug, you achieve peace and mindfulness.
Your yoga skills will improve tremendously.
You have envied your friends who are so advanced in their yoga skills. When you are on a retreat, the only focus is on your yoga positions. The rest of the world will leave your mind. With multiple daily sessions, your yoga skills will improve tremendously-and so will your confidence.
The present is your focus.
After even a day at a yoga retreat, you will have cleared your mind of the worry of your past and the hesitation towards your future. Instead, you are focusing on the here and now. On the things and the life you really want. Any fogginess is gone as you can clearly see your life and purpose. Focus is no longer a struggle. These are the life skills that you will learn to maintain well into your return home. Time-and life-wasters will be gone and replaced with exercise and adventures.
You will become self reliant.
Whether this is your first solocation or your first yoga retreat-or both-you will find that you have the skills to not only survive, but thrive. You have met new friends, you have focused on yourself and you have quieted the rest of the world. You no longer have to feel so competitive with that coworker who is vying for the same promotion, or your neighbor who always looks perfect. Your stretching beyond your comfort zone and into someone you have dreamt of becoming. That person is you.
Travel is not just about arriving to a destination. Travel is really about ourselves and how we evolve. This is true mindfulness. This is the reward of a yoga spa retreat solo-cation.