have become very popular in the last years and are offered around the whole
world. What is so compelling to go on a retreat? Who could benefit from a
retreat? Why are retreats so important these days? Let’s have a look to find
out why retreats are more than just a current hype.
What does retreat mean?
To retreat literally means moving back or
withdrawing from something. In common use retreat means a withdrawal from daily
life, to pause from the demands of life and from tasks that we are usually
consumed with. Most retreats follow a structured daily schedule with the aim to
let go of the usual routines and to focus on ourselves. A conscious and planned
retreat from everyday life and the reduction of distractions and external
stimulations are key aspects of a retreat.
Last week I was asked to write down descriptions of the Yoga classes at the resort where I am currently working for in Canggu. There is a comprehensive schedule with 5 to 7 classes daily in various Yoga styles which can be attended both by hotel guests as drop in students from outside. At Udara Resort Bali there are several Indonesian teachers who were trained either by Westerners or by local Yoga teachers. And there is my Russian colleague and myself leading classes in various styles.
This was an interesting task, as I was both attending some classes lead by teachers that I haven’t met before, tried out Yoga styles that I haven’t practiced before and got to read what the teachers themselves wrote about their way of teaching. And of course I brought in my own experience and knowledge as a teacher. I realized how confusing it can be as a newcomer to Yoga what style and which teacher suits best for the own body, personality and intention of the practice.
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