Article by Robin Van Auken on Volunteer Forever

If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. By taking a yoga retreat, and even becoming a certified yoga instructor, you will learn to balance stress and alleviate anxiety so that you can lead a healthier lifestyle.

When you learn the proper techniques of yoga from expert practitioners and instructors, you’ll deepen your understanding of this ancient form of exercise. You’ll increase your strength and flexibility, both physically and mentally. And if you let it, a yoga retreat can be a turning point in your life. Here are a few reasons why this is a great idea:

  1. Take your yoga practice to the next level
  2. Create a new exercise routine that lasts
  3. Learn how to meditate and breathe properly
  4. Let go of the negative and start each day fresh
  5. Become mindful and witness what’s happening around you
  6. Replace unhealthy habits with new, better ones
  7. Rest, relax, and gain a new perspective of the world
  8. Detox your body and you mind, and detox from the digital world

Combining a yoga retreat with a volunteer trip can be an amazing way to change your worldview, do good for a community in need, and have a chance to renew, refocus, and reenergize. International Volunteer HQ offers a variety of opportunities where you can do just that, in Bali, Costa Rica, India, and beyond.

Another reason to consider a yoga retreat is that you’ll meet like-minded people. You’ve already got a common interest, so you can spend more time learning from each other, sharing new interests, and even consider becoming a yogi. That’s right: you can use a retreat to test the waters and decide if certification as a yoga instructor is right for you. Maximo Nivel offers certification courses in Latin America that will set you on the path toward a career in teaching what you love!

Taking a break and focusing on self-care is critical to your health. If your health isn’t the best, and you’d love to boost your immune system, sign up for a yoga and meditation retreat that includes Ayurveda medicine. Frontier whisks you away to India, where yoga was created, and gives you a firm foundation in the subject.

And if you’re up for an adventure trip that combines volunteering with a yoga retreat, then take a look at Love Volunteers’ program in Palampur, India. You can go paragliding in the Himalayas and hike to a mountaintop temple.

Or follow in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama and visit the Bir Tibetan Colony when you travel to India with Volunteering Solutions. This volunteer placement gives you the opportunity to work with a local daycare in the mornings, and focus on yoga and meditation in the evening.

Disconnect from the hustle of everyday, and leave technology and social media behind on a travel experience abroad to Bali, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco, and beyond.


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