You may have noticed in recent years yoga has grown and grown in popularity, so you must be wondering what are the benefits of doing yoga. There’s a whole host of amazing benefits that come from practising yoga.
1. Gives you a purpose to travel
As if you need an excuse to travel, but by joining a yoga retreat, it gives you a purpose for where and why to travel whilst going to beautiful destinations and having unique experiences.
2. Improves flexibility
One of the most obvious benefits of joining a yoga retreat is to improve your flexibility. Throughout the week, with regular classes you will notice how it gets easier to touch your toes and feel your body loosening. By the end of the week you’ll be amazed how much you have improved and how your aches and pains have dissapered.
3. Increases blood flow and drops your blood pressure
Like most exercise, yoga gets your blood and oxygen flowing round your body and help your circulation. This in turn can help decrease the risk of hearth attacks and strokes. Awesome!
Yoga helps to up your heart rate and can relieve depression. People who suffer from high blood pressure would also benefit from practicing yoga.
4. Good for your immunity
A surprising benefit for going on a yoga retreat is that is can actually help your immune system. It appears that yoga has the ability to boost your immunity when needed (for example, raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine) and lower it as well (for instance, mitigating an inappropriately aggressive immune function in an autoimmune disease like psoriasis).
5. Connects you to nature and disconnects you from technology
Our yoga retreat takes place on the Sun Kosi river in Nepal, surrounded totally by nature we will camp on the stunning white sandy beaches right next to the river. Surrounded by abundant wildlife and just the noises of the birds, you will be totally immersed in nature. Camping out under the stars can really help connect you with nature.
We are so used to being online 24/7 nowadays, it’s time to get away from social media and netflix. This retreat is a total digital detox. With no electricity, wifi or connectivity for 10 days you will feel totally refreshed.
6. Meet new people
One of our favourite benefits of doing yoga is that you will meet like minded people on a yoga retreats. The majority of our trips are a mix match of singles, friends and couples and we’ve made friendships that have lasted lifetimes (we’ve also had a few people meet their future husbands and wives on our trips and even go on to have babies!). Join a yoga retreat to make new friendships and connections.
7. Improves your posture
Regularly practicing yoga helps re-aline your body and therefore improve your posture which has a whole host of health benefits including removing all those aches and pains you’ve been carrying around with you. Yoga can help with conditions like back and neck pain. A few simple changes in the way you sit and stand can make a huge impact on your life and yoga teaches you all about these
8. Supports a healthy lifestyle
Regularly praciticing yoga gets you moving around and may encourage you to take a look at the unhealthy aspects of your life, and address any eating or weight issues you may be dealing with. Yoga can inspire you to change parts of your life. Move more…eat less.
The food prepared to you on our yoga retreat will have been prepared fresh each day, not a piece of processed food in sight. We will teach you habits worth taking home with you
A huge benefit of doing yoga is that it’s relaxing. Ever been in a yoga class and at the end during your cool down people have started snoring?! Yup, we’ve all been there. Thats because yoga is relaxing. Joining a yoga retreat will take this to the next level, you won’t just be relaxed for the 30 minute yoga class, but on our yoga rafting expedition you will be relaxed for a full 10 days, with absolutely nothing to worry about.
10. Promotes better sleep patterns
Yoga gives you a break from the day to day modern life and can help you switch off making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep for longer periods of time. It is proven that there is a connection between yoga and sleep. More sleep means less tired, more productive and less stressed lives. Perfect!
11. Improves your health
12. Improves your balance, inner strength and core strength
One of the most widely recognised benefits of doing yoga and joining a yoga retreat is that it drastically improves your balance, inner and core strength. Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance which will improve your health into your later years.
13. Learn mindfulness and meditation
A big reason to join a yoga retreat is to be present of the moment you are in and increase mindfulness. In our day to day lives, we often find ourselves rushing from place to place, caught up in the moment, planning ahead, looking to the past and never being in the moment. By joining a yoga retreat you can be really present in the moment and forget about everything else, focus more deeply and meditate fully.
14. Helps focus
An important aspect of yoga is to be in the moment and therefore your focus on the task in hand. Studies have discovered that people who regularly participate in yoga had improved reaction time, coordination and memory. Probably because you have taught yourself to be less distracted by your thoughts.
15. Makes you happier
Our final benefit of doing yoga is it can make you happier. We all know exercise is good for you and releases the happy hormone, it is also a great way to make friends and see new places. Yoga can also help increase your self esteem and help you feel more worthwhile. All things that will improve your happiness and mental health. Take time for yourself and join a yoga retreat.
If you’re still not sure about booking onto our Yoga Rafting Expedition, what other holiday can give you this many health benefits!!