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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!
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.