However in reality life transformations happens over time and, in many cases, the changes that affect us the most come from within.
While life transformations are immense, and the benefits are long-term, they do not need to be overwhelming. While the process occurs over time, it can be as simple as opening the mind, boosting confidence, finding true passion and rediscovering excitement. For those looking to make these positive life changes in a stimulating environment alongside likeminded people, a health and wellness retreat could just be the answer!
Refocus and re-evaluate your goals
For many, the things we do on a daily basis happen in autopilot – like driving or brushing our teeth. But for some, this ‘mindlessness’ can take over important parts of our lives such as relationships or personal goals. By taking time out from your everyday life to enjoy daily meditation and answer soul searching questions can enable you to achieve greater mental clarity.
A yoga retreat can be a genuine catalyst for change and help you ‘re-enter’ life in full force, become more aware of yourself, and appreciate the small daily experiences you may have been overlooking. A prime example of how a yoga retreat can help realign one’s thinking comes from one of my recent guests, a mother of two, who seemed so caught up in her role as a mother that she repeatedly told me her best advice was ‘not to have kids’. Yet, during the retreat we discovered that her priority in life was to be the best mother she could be and by having this time to herself she was able to revaluate her role and over time rework her lifestyle, resulting in a happier and more content person.
Reset your body; give it a break from overuse and abuse
There is nothing wrong with routine but if it consists of a poor or lacking diet, irregular exercise or work that places stress on you physically, your body will eventually resist and become sick or hurt. From day one on a yoga retreat, you will start to feel the blood flow through your body, muscles and organs. Unused muscles will be stretched and you will learn to breathe quality breaths – yes, that’s right – you will learn to breath better, deeper and longer.
A yoga retreat will help you lay the foundations for a healthier and more resilient body. You will stretch your limbs for longer, sit straighter and taller and feel your body flex so it can reach its full potential. Rather than being hunched, toxin filled and sedentary, you’ll begin to feel like a vibrant, powerful machine that is made to run, jump, move and live!
Be surrounded by (and meet) like-minded people who support your journey
People who embark on a yoga retreat are there for a reason. This may be to create a deeper connection with a partner, friend, family member, or in many cases, themselves. Some like to take the next step in their yoga practice, while others come for a peaceful getaway to escape the stresses of everyday life. Whatever the reason, everyone shares the openness to grow, get to know themselves better and find more clarity in their life. Being in a nurturing environment of like-minded people is often one of the best ways to reach one’s full potential and the ideal way to begin a personal transformation.
While a yoga retreat can be the catalyst for change, a lesson we learn throughout life is that the more you put in, the more you will get out. The same applies to positively transforming your life. Don’t expect an overnight miracle but be aware that by making small changes each day, you will experience the wonderful benefits of life transformation.
This article was written by Yoga Instructor & Founder of Bali Bliss Retreats, Nadine Lafleur.