A Yoga Holiday or a Holiday with Yoga?Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for everybody, with many benefits, both physical and emotional. It is generally very safe as the postures can be easily adapted to the individual’s needs, and with its gentle approach many of the strains and sprains of other forms of exercise are avoided. Yoga can also help you become more relaxed and focused, which means you can handle the daily stresses of life more easily.
A yoga holiday or retreat can be an ideal introduction to yoga, or a wonderful way to regenerate and build your yoga practice at the same time. For many, both men and women, a yoga holiday is a restful and uplifting break; for others, it’s a life-changing experience. Spending some time with a group of like-minded people who all share the same interest can be a very supportive experience.
You need to decide whether you want an intensive yoga holiday, which will probably involve yoga twice every day and which can be a quite a shock to the system for the uninitiated; or something more relaxed which will leave you more time for other activities and to explore the local culture and history. Whatever you choose, avoid venues where the number of guests reduces the opportunity for personal instruction. Current thinking is that classes should be no greater than 10 or 12.
Finally, look for an experienced yoga teacher who has a compassionate approach and who makes you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the lesson. Remember, the idea is to be on holiday not an oppressive bootcamp!