Seeking travel with a dose of health and wellness is becoming an increasingly popular holiday choice. Whether you are new to yoga or you have a regular practice, checking out of your daily routine for a mind and body reset makes a retreat an ideal escape.
This is where you should look into the right factors to choose the right retreat for you. So to help ease the decision making process, here’s a list of things that you should consider before selecting a retreat for your next Yoga Holiday.
After some thorough research on Sri Lankan Yoga Retreats, we found a retreat that best satisfies our pointers, which we will reveal at the end of the article. To show you how we arrived at this retreat to be the best, we will show you how each factor that we are going discuss now contributed to make this decision. Let’s cut to the chase.
Location, location, location! You might have heard this before, and it rings true when choosing a retreat, too! This is probably one of the most important aspects of your decision-making as it can affect your entire experience. Taking location into consideration is important for two reasons.
The first reason is that, you should choose a place that you already love or a place you're interested in discovering. A beach person or a mountain person? Do you enjoy exploring culture, arts and monuments? This for you to decide and it’s important that you make the right choice because you should feel comfortable with environment and really enjoy its surroundings as you are on a Holiday and nobody likes to worry about stuff on Holidays.
If you practice yoga in a closed room with concrete walls surrounding you and in a place where you are much closer to the nature, the results you get will be much different. This is because Yoga is a mind relaxing exercise and the environment aroundyou plays a major role in “relaxing”, which makes this the second reason. So while you personally prefer some place you should also consider about this aspect as well.
The yoga retreat that we found is in Ella Sri Lanka. Ella is a small laid back, hill country village surrounded by the beautiful greens of tea, with many scenic landscapes such as mountains and waterfalls. The best thing about Ella is its jaw dropping hills, which is the best place to practice yoga. You could practice yoga at the top these mountains while enjoying the breathtaking views from the top and the gentle breeze. Now that is a one in a million feeling that you can get in life.
You should familiarize yourself with the teacher guiding the retreat. Pointers like the years of experience they have guiding small group vacations and teaching yoga, their depth of experience with the culture, language, activities of that retreat center, country and site. This is your vacation and you certainly don’t want to be guided by someone that has no more experience than you do either on or off the mat.
The instructors at our “mystery” retreat are well experienced and qualified yoga trainers. They have been handling small vacation groups from all over the world for number years. Not that they are only experienced, they are also qualified and really knowledgeable on the subject and knows all the ins and outs of it, which you can keep your trust without any doubt.
3. The Style of Yoga
Make sure you feel aligned with the style of yoga you will be practicing at the retreat. You should also make sure the level of yoga that meets your needs. It is important to align your retreat with how you define yoga. If your definition includes meditation, philosophy, chanting but the style offered doesn’t include what’s important to you, then keep looking.
The retreat that we are talking about offers yoga that is unique to its country “Sri Lanka”. Sri Lankan yoga seeks to improve the mind-body balance through a focus on muscle tone, strength, and stamina which will help you increase flexibility, reduce stress and tension, and improve balance. The best thing about Sri Lankan Yoga is that it is suitable for all bodies and can be easily adapted even if you are new to yoga or in an advanced level of yoga.
4. The Level of Luxury & Price
You should give some thought about the level of luxury or comfort you expect at your holiday along with the budget that you can afford. Therefore it is up for you to decide whether travertine tile, ocean front, private decks and patios, concierge service and gourmet cuisine or camping combined with hiking and yoga out in the wilderness.
So our “mystery” retreat fits in for the all the levels of this spectrum. It is certainly not a top range, high end yoga retreat and definitely not a cheap at the bottom of the chart with many people kind of a retreat either. Let us show you this through an example. Let’s take accommodation. They offer three kinds of accommodation options for those who are looking for different levels of luxuriousness and affordability. For people who are into “yoga in the wilderness” thing, they offer tree house camping in the jungle and camp fire accommodation. Those who like to sleep on a comfortable mattress with air conditioning and Wi-Fi facilities they offer resort accommodation.
5. Combination Retreat?
Yoga is a great compliment to a variety of activities. There are so many combination retreats out there to satisfy a range of passions: surfing, climbing, art and cooking are just a few of the activities you can explore alongside your asana practice. Even if you don’t opt for a combo retreat, most will still include additional activities and trips, or at least provide suggestions of local attractions, so you can make the most of any free time.
The retreat that we are talking about offers a number of relational activities that can be done alongside yoga. They offer the opportunity to experience the ancient art of Ayurveda. Ayurveda and Yoga are two peas in a pod and share many philosophies and practices; if you’ve always been interested in learning more about the art of Ayurveda, Sri Lanka is one of the top countries in the world to experience the ancient practice.
You also get the chance to take a try at the Sri Lankan food and cookery through the cookery classes they offer. They offer various other services like Yoga massages, cycling and even yoga journeys around the entire country, classic car rides and helicopter rides.
Still not convinced? No worries, cause there are a million of things you can do at Ella. Take one of the most beautiful train rides from Nuwara Eliya to Ella and fall in love with the surroundings. You will probably end up staying longer than you actually planned to. There are many beautiful land marks and tourist attractions, to name one, the world famous Nine Arch Bridge, which you might have probably heard of. Check out Things to do in Ella for more fun activities.
We hope that we have proven our point and that you agree with us. So this amazing yoga retreat in Ella is the Ella Yoga Hub. We think that you should definitely plan your next Yoga Holiday with Ella Yoga Hub. Check out their website Ella Yoga Hub to see the facts that we have discussed above and for more information.