YOGA RETREATS & RENEWALS
Weekly Wanderlust – Nancy Sun
While many women do not travel alone, I have been doing so since 2006. Sometimes it’s because you’re single; sometimes it’s because schedules and budgets don’t align. Or maybe, in fact, you specifically want a vacation away from everyone – from friends, family, and significant others alike. If the concept seems at first intimidating, I recommend going somewhere that allows you to plug and play into a community, even if you are just passing through.
For those who want peace and quiet, for instance – particularly of the inner sort – I recommend going to a Yoga Retreat. At specific centers, you have a combination of visitors passing through, workshop attendees, and longer term workers and volunteers. This way, you have outlets to be social but if all you want to do is bliss out while staring at the landscape, no one’s there to block or judge your view.
My first vacation by myself, in fact, was a weekend trip to the Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires. I told my friends I was taking myself to Summer Camp. In addition to offering Yoga several times daily, the center also offer hikes, kayaks, and swims in the local, expansive freshwater lake. There’s also a calendar of workshops you can participate in (reserve first!). It’s a great way to escape the city for brief or long stints of time.
Some Other Domestic Yoga Centers:
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat – Hawaii
- Omega Institute – Rhineback, New York
- White Lotus Yoga – Santa Barbara, CA (live in a yurt!)
… And What If You Want to Go International?
- The Island Experience – Ilha Grande, Brazil
- The Nosara Yoga Institute – Nosara, Costa Rica
- Yoga Retreats with Shiva Rea – Santorini, Greece
With international vacations, one way you can think about where to go can be centered on what other activities you want to do: I would love to snorkel, for instance, around Ilha Grande. Alternatively, you can think about following yoginis you respect. I highlighted Shiva Rea as a well regarded instructor I’d love to ‘treat’ myself to: her very creative vinyasa yoga sequences are small adventures in themselves.
Whether local or global, short or long, Yoga Retreats are a great way to travel independently yet parachute into a group.
Consistent with the Yoga theme, the Yoga Journal New York City Conference is being held in New York this weekend!