Yoga retreats make up a large fraction of consumer spending within the yoga industry. In the Philippines, yoga is giving the country a new angle for tourism. The influx of yoga instructors from all over the world to the country and the increasing number of yoga studios springing up is slowly poising the Philippines into a top yoga retreat destination.
Yoga Studio vs. Yoga Retreat
One reason why yoga is so popular is because of its benefits. The different yoga poses (called asanas) have been found to help beat stress, improve your posture, strengthen your muscles, and increase your body’s flexibility.
Although you can enjoy these benefits in a yoga studio, nothing compares to going on a yoga retreat. Here are some reasons why going on a yoga retreat can be so much better than just doing it in a studio whether you’ve been doing yoga for some time, or just want to give this a try.
A yoga retreat gives you the chance to escape.
Going on a yoga retreat takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and transports you to a place where you can really relax and unwind. Retreat centers like the Maha Mahal Raja Yoga Center located in Siargao, an island located just off the coast of Surigao del Norte in the Philippines, choose locations where the participants can benefit from the powerful energy emanating from the area when they do their meditation and yoga programs.
Understand what yoga is all about.
Yoga is more than just learning how to get your leg behind your head without hurting yourself. Yoga is a state of mind and body. The activities in yoga retreat programs are designed following specific philosophies and way of life. These include learning about the context of the different asanas, the history and philosophy behind these asanas, the principles and philosophies behind mindful eating and mantra chanting, and the value of sound-aided and walking meditation.
Learn from your yoga instructor at a personal level.
In the past, yoga is something that is passed from teacher to student on a 1 to 1 basis. Yoga instructors understand this principle and realize how valuable this is for his or her students. Their innate kind and compassionate nature allow them to know how to approach every student in a subtle and personal manner. This way, you learn beyond the asanas so that you can enjoy the benefits of yoga during and after the retreat.
Benefit from other yoga enthusiasts.
While you’re in a yoga retreat, you’re bound to meet other yoga enthusiasts from all over the world. Spending time with them benefits you in two ways. First, you get some insight in the other yoga principles and techniques
Second, you and your fellow yoga enthusiasts achieve a sense of collective transcendence. The principle is very much like how brain waves behave while you’re in a meditative state. Research studies have found that the brain waves of a person while meditating is more focused and concentrated. Each of the participants in a yoga retreat represent one kind of brain wave vibration. By focusing together towards the pursuit of a specific yoga goal, you and your fellow yoga enthusiasts create a more powerful energy wave, which will benefit all of you.
Have you tried going on a yoga retreat? How was it? How did it compare to learning yoga in a studio. Share your thoughts in the comments below.