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Wouldn’t it be so great to have a real pause button when it comes to life? Imagine the ability to take a moment to recalibrate, check in to your core values, and really reflect on how we are living. Unplugging is a hot topic, but what if I asked you to press the pause button for a whole four days? How about an entire week?
If you are an avid vacation taker or one that doesn’t break on a trip until burnout, it might be time to reevaluate what it means to go away. I have been learning the power of the pause and the intention to disrupt the status quo when it comes to vacation—and make sure I am living the way I want to be living while embracing total relaxation. Enter the magic of a yoga retreat.
Whether you are road tripping to Grand Lake or hopping a plane to Mexico, there is real magic in creating the space to be present and check in with like-minded humans to recalibrate the mind and body. A yoga retreat is an experience designed to make space in your life—physically, mentally, and spiritually. You request the vacation days from work, you pack the yoga mat, and you find an adventure somewhere new.
If you are ready to redefine your next vacation and truly get in tune with yourself, here are five tips for your first (or next) yoga retreat:
- Be Inspired.
Choose a teacher you feel a connection with and trust. They are the ones creating the experience for you, on and off the mat.
- Let go of control.
Go in with an open mind when it comes to the people you will meet, the location you have chosen and the entire experience that has been curated for you.
- Set an intention.
...for the whole experience. Check in with it daily and change as needed.
- Retreat your way.
If you are tired, rest. If you want to paddleboard, grab that board and take to the water. If you want a massage, book it.t.
- Allow yourself some space.
Upon returning home, give yourself some time (and space) to let the retreat marinate. Take time each day to read your journal notes, reflect, and implement your learnings.
Feeling ready to (re)treat yourself? Here are some of my favorite MINDBODY instructors in Colorado who are hosting some ahhmazing yoga retreats this summer and fall:
August 1st - 4th
Join Jessica Heaney of Vail Relationship Institute and Kim Fuller of In Your Element for a weekend of yoga, connection workshops, a guided hike up Mt. Sneffels, great food and fun at the beautiful Red Mountain Alpine Lodge in Ouray, CO. Nestled in the striking San Juan Mountains, your expert guides will take you from your mat to the top of one Colorado’s incredible 14,000 ft peaks during this epic weekend.
August 22nd - 25th
This one is for the ladies. Escape to Grand Lake (and Rock Your Bliss with me!)—and my closest friend and renowned yoga teacher, Mary Beth LaRue. Expect conscious conversation both indoors and outdoors, flowing yoga practices, and open time to hang poolside. During our weekend together, we will explore grounding and heart-opening practices, authentic conversations with our community while learning about our true nature with the power of the unplug.
October 19th - 26th
Join Danielle Barbeau, founder of The River, and yoga teacher and empower coach, Jennifer Jarrett on The River’s first international retreat to Xilana, Mexico. A week-long retreat outside of Puerta Vallarta, you will learn to nourish and nurture your entire being—body, mind, heart, and soul.
Oct 31 - Nov 3
Venture into the wild with local Colorado Springs yoga teacher, Nina Petruzzo, and San Diego-based yoga teacher and Reiki master, Jenna Zabrosky! A curated weekend just for women to recharge, inspire a reconnection to yourself and others through yoga, meditation, reflection, and nature. Spend three nights and four days at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Northrop, CO as you take in the breathtaking landscape and crisp mountain air.
Want to find your adventure? Discover everything from retreats to local gatherings in your city on our events page!
The intentions we set in our daily lives are often methods for healing wounds, whether they’re self-inflicted or have been passed down to us by others. Developing a conscious practice to get rid of negative thoughts or feelings we’re holding onto can help us move in a more positive direction toward letting go, healing, and being present.
Moving intentionally within our bodies allows us to fully notice how they feel so we can acknowledge and target the right areas. Some days we struggle to work hard enough while others, we push ourselves too hard! We do this both in class and in other areas of our life. It's important to remember to understand our bodies’ rhythms or fatigue while making space for our humanness, feelings, or need to be vulnerable.
Here are a few simple guidelines for following intentions during your workout:
Remember that just like in life, taking a moment to pause and build the appropriate foundation will undoubtedly support you to be 100% successful on your journey. At The Dailey Method, we refer to this kind of mindful exercise as a “meditation in movement” and begin our practice with intentions. During the warmup, instructors encourage students to set an intention for their workout, even if it’s just a focus on breath, and then revisit it during their final resting pose. Often, we associate these goals with our Word of the Month, a specific theme to help guide our practice each month. But there are so many intentions to choose from—moving with your breath, moving with grace, forgiving yourself, shining your light out, the options are limitless, and you can alter them each day depending on where you are right here and right now.
“Personally, I am so grateful for this process being part of my Dailey practice,” says Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method. “It is a built-in opportunity for me to stay in the present, and when I wander (because of course I do!) a tool to guide my presence back to the here and now.”
When the workout gets challenging or you feel like giving up at any point during class, set an intention to pause and remember the fact that we are all on this same path, doing this exercise together. You have all the tools you need to be successful—even if it means taking a quick rest or resetting your alignment! Don’t compare yourself to others; just focus on yourself and your goals for the workout. Remember why you’re there.
As you leave class, move with deliberation and show up at your next appointment, event, family gathering, or grocery shopping excursion as the greatest version of you. You just rocked your class and brought effort, strength, perseverance, and commitment. Acknowledge that and bring it with you. Don't forget about the intentions you set during class; figure out how you can apply them to other areas of your life!
Make moving with intention part of your next workout by taking a class at The Dailey Method near you today!