Why are retreats good for you?
Thank you so much for your interest in Tamara Yoga Retreats. A retreat is a very special yogic experience that we are grateful to be able to share with you. We love teaching retreats, we get to see our student’s faces change, and a deep level of peace, ease and spontaneous joy arise.
A Tamara Yoga retreat is an amazing experience. It almost sounds too good to be true. Take 3 days for a long weekend yoga retreat in Margaret River or a week in Bali and feel even better afterwards than if you’d had a long holiday. This happens because of several intertwined factors.
The immersion in yoga means you are able to focus, without distraction, on deeper yoga practices. It’s time for yourself, time to recharge. This is something that we all need. Many of us are too busy with lives packed full of urgent demands and long to-do lists, working to pressing deadlines. We can feel that we’re on automatic, just responding to the next urgent thing and not getting to what’s most important.
Sometimes even going on holiday doesn’t leave us really refreshed. Whether it’s because we’ve over-indulged, not had a real rest, we’ve had to attend to other’s needs at the expense of our own, or because we’ve been so wound up by the time we’ve got there we haven’t fully unwound even at the end of the holiday.
When we’re at home, we may have the best of intentions, we’ve all heard of work/life balance, we plan to practice yoga every day, but instead, sometimes we almost feel we’re drowning under incessant stresses and don’t get to class.
A yoga retreat is the antidote. It’s as if retreats help us to ‘re-wire’ to our best self. The ancient yogis knew how to fold time and space and miraculously this is possible for even we modern day yogis. Many of us have experienced major breakthroughs and greater peacefulness from yoga class. So often students say: “I was really bothered before I came to yoga…I’ve had so much pressure at work but now I feel so much better…” “I feel like myself again!“ The fantastic part of going on retreat is that these benefits are exponential. It’s not just that we feel as good as after one yoga class, there’s a depth of experience that occurs due to the sustained practice over the days of the retreat. The yogic practices of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), kriyas and meditation work at such a deep level. We literally feel cleansed and are renewed.
We’ve been teaching retreats for years and the wonderful people that attend always impress us. It’s a real benefit of yoga, the delightful people, like you, that are attracted to it, making a community together. It’s called sangha in Sanskrit. The opportunity to connect with like-minded people is one of the benefits students love about our retreats: “As well as a deeper understanding of yoga postures, I loved the chance to bond with and get to know other members of the yoga community with the luxury of time…” And “We bonded so well as a group.” And “An added bonus is sharing the time with beautiful like minded people from all different walks of life…”
Having highly qualified and experienced teachers who truly live yoga enables the transformation. All of the Tamara Yoga teachers that lead retreats have been yoga devotees for decades. This experience means they are able to transmit authentic yoga to you. It also means they too, are students just like you, so they are understanding and can relate to what you need and what you want to get from your yoga practice- whatever stage you’re at. They have all undertaken more than two years of yoga teacher training and are the best of the best.
Retreats actually help our brains to be healthier. Recent research in neuroscience has shown that our brains love novelty and challenge. Exactly what yoga retreats provide. You literally are assisting your brain so you feel happier!
Plus, the balm of the retreat atmosphere enables you to enjoy for extended time, yoga in motion. In Margaret River, our yoga space looks into tranquil and quiet nature reserves and we’re just minutes away from the stunning Margaret River beaches and nearby Karri forests.
In Ubud Bali, our massive outdoor yoga shala is surrounded by verdant paddy fields with views to distant volcanoes.
In Nusa Lembongan, we stay at the best villa on the island with a stunning view across the white, sandy beach to the ocean directly in front.
Extensive research indicates spending time in nature leads to faster recovery from stress, decreases mental fatigue, restores mental clarity and increases sense of wellbeing, improves physical health and healing, and even improves performance.
Imagine waking to the sounds of nature, strolling through a beautiful garden to meet for meditation practice and exhilarating yoga class with your yoga teacher. A teacher you know is of the highest caliber, that you know is highly trained and one you trust to take you deeper in your practice. After your blissful, extended yoga class you join great people to eat delicious, healthy food prepared for you. Afterwards you might have a massage or read a book, go exploring in the beauty nearby, have fun with your friends…or maybe you’ll just have a rest. Your free time is just that –there is nothing you ‘have’ to do. Imagine … luxury of time…
Your afternoon yoga practice supports you in integrating the wisdom of a great lineage of teachers into your experience both on and off the mat, and you leave class feeling more inspired, lighter, and more open to possibilities in life.
And you get to do this day after day. By the end of the retreat you feel amazing! So clear and refreshed. Happier and more on purpose.
Tamara Yoga Retreats are an injection of wellbeing. We’d love you to join us.
We carefully keep our retreat numbers small so you can receive individualized instruction. Limited places means you are guaranteed personalized attention but you will need to book early.
Contact us directly on 08 9385 2242 or email info@tamarayoga if you need any further information regarding retreats.