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A beginner’s Guide To Your First Yoga Retreat


Attending a yoga retreat can be an intimidating but transformative. If you-re the kind of person who loves letting, go of control this might end up being the easiest part. The real challenge comes the day the retreat starts, as you have to let go of your expectations and surrender to the process.

At Zest Yoga Goa and Spanish Yoga Retreats with Kay, you will be supported to ease into the experience at your own pace with no expectations from us.


Whether you are considering joining us on our Spanish, Goa or Welsh yoga retreat for the first time or are just looking to learn more about what might be in store for you, here are some tips to help prepare you for a future yoga retreat.



5 Yoga Retreat Tis for Beginners

To make letting go and being in the present moment during your yoga retreat easier for you when you get there, we’ve put together this guide for you, covering the basics of how to get the most out of your retreat.


1. Set an Intention

One of the best things you can do to get the most out of your yoga retreat is to set an intention before you go Sankalpa as we call it in Yoga. If you haven’t book yet think about what you would like to achieve on your retreat, what type of experience do you want. If you have already booked, look back and think about when you booked the trip, what was going through your mind? There was something that spent the money with a goal in mind, so cast your mind back. That goal doesn’t have to be anything deep; sometimes it’s just to get away form it all and to have some peace and quiet. Or maybe it’s something a little more in-depth, like committing to quieting down so you can hear your inner voice again: it doesn’t matter.

Or maybe you just want to commit to your yoga practice and practise those difficult your poses you have been working on for a long time. Whatever the intention is, if you close your eyes and allow yourself to think without distractions, you’ll know what it is. There are no wrong intentions.


2, Commit to the Experience

When you are at your yoga retreat, do your best to really be in the moment. This is your opportunity to disconnect from the everyday stress you may have. Try not to think about all the things you must do when you get back or what people at home are doing.

Your job and family want you to have this time for yourself so commit to yourself so you can come back and be the best version of yourself.


3, Leave Insecurities at Home

Yoga is meant to be relaxing so the worst thing you can do is to worry. When it comes to doing yoga in a group, don’t compare yourself to others, it is your body, and it is about what you can do to create more space and flexibility that matters. On your yoga retreat with Kay, you will be fully supported to find acceptance within yourself and where you are now, because this is where you are meant to be.


4, Connect with Other Yogis and Like-Minded Souls

Yoga retreats all have one thing in common – you’re surrounded by a group of people who all share a least one thing in common with you, a passion for yoga. Take advantage of being around these individuals and give yourself an opportunity to connect with others who can support and create new friendships in your yoga journey and life. All the yogis who come on our retreats leave with lasting friends and come back time and time again.


5. Bring only what you need

One of the best ways to stress yourself out before and during your yoga retreat is by packing too much. Our goa yoga retreat is in quiet place and surroundings you need to feel comfortable whatever your wearing doing yoga. That means clothes that are light and allow free-flowing movement.


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