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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!
It’s safe to say, the way we conquer our daily routines has changed drastically over the last few months. The way we perform our jobs, how we socialize—even the way we workout—have flipped from in-person, group settings to virtual platforms to keep us safe and healthy. There's no denying that navigating this new normal has certainly come with its ups and downs, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey revealed one-third of Americans said this pandemic has caused more stress and anxiety in their lives, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.
With anxiety levels at a high, people need relaxation, self-care, and movement more than ever. Enter yoga.
Yoga has long been touted for its amazing ability to calm the mind and help folks stay in-tune with their body—which is probably why more and more people are embracing an at-home practice.
Whether you’re looking for a powerful Vinyasa class to help kickstart your morning or yearning for a gentle, evening flow to wind down after a busy workday, taking a yoga class is now more accessible than ever. With 91% of group fitness studios offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of yoga classes to try all over the country.
While there’s no place like om, most of us could go for a little virtual vacation right now. I know I could! Ready to get a taste of what yoga classes are like all over the country? Here are the U.S. cities with the most virtual yoga classes available.
It seems poetic that Chicago hits our number one spot on this list because it was the first city in America that was introduced to yoga back in 1893. Swami Vivekananda presented yoga at the World Parliament of Religions and made a speech on the concept of body, spirit, and mind. It seems the presentation made a lasting impression on the city.
Try getting your Zen on with one of these studios:
• The Lab Yoga
• Bottom Line Yoga
• Bare Feet Power Yoga
Everyone knows that Washington DC is where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments, memorials, and museums. But you may be surprised to learn that it also offers one of the most robust libraries of virtual classes to help yogis sample some classes at the nation’s capital.
Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America—in fact, you can folks speaking 145 different languages and thousands of restaurants serving up food from more than 70 countries. If those facts have you working up quite an appetite, feel free to indulge. They also have plenty of virtual yoga classes available to help you torch some calories.
Did you know one of the first businesses to open in the City of Brotherly Love was a brewery in 1683? If you’re familiar with the ever-evolving trends of yoga, then you have most likely heard of or participated in beer yoga sesh. Get ready to try yoga the Philly way by cracking a cold one and doing some downward dogs in the comfort of your own home at the end of the day.
New York City is home to 8.4 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the entire nation. With that many people, you know there must be a ton of yogis looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start spreading the news and flowing with some of the most dedicated yogis in the U.S.—there are a ton of virtual yoga classes to choose from in the Big Apple.
Get ready to make some virtual yoga neighbors. Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is considered the heart of the country? The reason for that is because nearly half of the America’s residents live within a 600-mile radius of the city. Ready to put your heart and soul into your at-home yoga practice? Then check out what this city has to offer virtually.
San Diego is known as one of the happiest cities in America—mainly because of the beautiful weather, picturesque beaches, and the abundance of yoga classes available. While a vacation to this area may not be in the books for this year, you can certainly flow with the best of them by booking a virtual class at a San Diego studio.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the yoga studios offering virtual classes to help you stay fit, healthy, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these offerings inspire you to either start a new at-home practice or are helping you seasoned yogis continue your path to wellness. Interested in seeing what other cities are hosting a bevy of online yoga classes? The options on Mindbody are endless—literally!