Why a Retreat is Better than Partying on Spring Break

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By Alberto Güitrón – Spring Break has been widely regarded as the party week par excellence. It’s the time of the year to go crazy and vacation in a warm location; to find a good concert on the beach, wear swimsuits all day, gather with a bunch of people, drink as much as your body can handle, wake up when the sun has long passed the zenith, and repeat the same schedule until your time and money are over.

Isn’t partying like that a bit overrated? Why would you want to get wasted, destroy your liver and come back home feeling like you need another Spring Break? There are definitely better ways to celebrate the beginning of spring than harming your body. One of the ways is to go on a yoga retreat. Not convinced? Then, here are 5 reasons why it is way better than partying all week long:

1. You Actually Get to Fully Experience Beautiful Places


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So, you’ve found the perfect party at the beach, surrounded by astonishing nature, happening exactly around sunset. Sounds great! However, we all know that you won’t really pay attention to those things around you once the first beer is poured. Soon, you won’t be in the best physical nor mental condition to actually appreciate it and will probably forget to turn your head west when the sun is setting.

On the other hand, during a yoga retreat you are always completely mindful to enjoy whichever destination you choose. And if you don’t think there are good enough places hosting a retreat, think twice, because Cancun, Austin, California, Ibiza and all the other popular Spring Break destinations, also offer several retreats the first few weeks of March.

2. You Would Feel Refreshed When You Return


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Partying is not easy. And if you have a truly committed party soul, a night that is worth it, should normally be over not earlier than 3 a.m. Going to bed after that time every single day could end up being very exhausting, no matter how young you are. With that rhythm, the vacations are over in the blink of an eye and you come back home begging for a Spring Break 2.0.

If you are going on a yoga retreat, it will be the total opposite. You come back fresh-minded, reenergized and in the best shape of your life. Isn’t it how everybody should feel after vacations?

3. You Make Friends That You Will Actually Remember


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Let’s get back to the brain-cells-destruction-factor of Spring Break partying. Granted, you might make an average of 10 new friends per minute at a party, but how many of them can you actually remember (or want to remember) the next day? Chances are that the number is close to 0.

A yoga retreat gives the opportunity to spend your whole time with the same group of people, really interacting and getting to know each other on a deeper level. Those people could end up being lifelong friends with whom you can have conversations not related to the amount of shots you’ve guzzled down.

4. Photos are better!


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Whether you have that artistic alter ego in the form of a photographer and want to capture the breathtaking views, or just want to show off on Instagram about the amazing Spring Break you had, you will probably want to take lots of pictures. The belief that artists work better under the influence of a substance is probably one of the biggest myths ever, you do need your five senses to capture the best photos!

And if you are not interested in holding a camera, you still look way better on a picture doing an impressive inversion, than holding a cup of a suspicious beverage with a distorted smile on your blurry-eyed face. You don’t want to share those memories with your family, do you?

5. You Make Good Use of Your Money and Free Time

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A never-ending party can be quite expensive, especially after a few drinks when you start losing control of your wallet. The saddest part is that most of the time it is gone forever with no valuable benefit in return. At a yoga retreat, most of what you need is usually included in the price you paid when you booked. And most importantly, you are investing in your wellness, your body and mind will surely appreciate it.

In addition, by going crazy over Spring Break you are not smartly taking advantage of your free time in a clever manner, because you can party at home any given weekend. For a yoga retreat, you would actually need some time off, so be wise and make good use of it. For you to take full advantage of your time off from school or your job, choose to be wise and make the most of your downtime by booking a yoga retreat!


Alberto Güitrón is a Community Manager at BookYogaRetreats.com. He is a committed yoga practitioner who still can’t touch the ground with his heels in Downward Dog. One day he’ll do it and he will probably write a story bragging about it.

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This post was written by Guest Author on March 21, 2016

6 Ways to Take Your Yoga Practice to the Next Level

Once you’ve discovered the wonders of yoga and found your style, your studio and your gear, it can be easy to take your practice for granted. It’s also easy to make excuses and miss a class, or fall into routines that don’t allow for growth. Here are some suggestions for taking your practice to the next level and getting the most out of your yoga:

1. Set a Goal for Yourself

If you’re having an “off” day, you might tell yourself that missing just one class won’t hurt. We’ve all done it! Sometimes it’s important to listen to your body and take it easy, but more often than not, you’ll feel much better if you push past the doubts and go to that class! To really boost your practice, try setting a goal to commit yourself to daily practice for a set period of time. Lots of studios offer 30-day challenges, and there are also tons of challenges on Instagram, Facebook and other social media. If you’d rather do it on your own, you can simply set a starting date and commit to practicing for at least a short period of time each day. Even 15 minutes of yoga every day will get you in the habit, and remind you of why you started practicing in the first place!

2. Try Something New


If you’ve perfected every pose in your current class, consider branching out and trying a new style of yoga. Got your Iyengar practice down? Try some gentle Restorative yoga or dynamic Vinyasa. Gone to the same studio or instructor for years? See what a different class has to offer! If you find that the new style isn’t for you, you can keep searching or return to what you like best, but you’re sure to gain some new knowledge along the way.

3. Go on a Retreat


For those with the time and money, a yoga festival or retreat can immerse you fully into your yoga practice. There are opportunities to gather and learn with other yogis almost everywhere, whether it’s a 2-week trip to Costa Rica or a weekend-long event in your home town. There are retreats geared to almost every level and ability, so you don’t have to feel intimidated! Practicing away from your daily distractions can help you really concentrate, gain perspective, and make some new friends in the process.

4. Live Your Yoga

Yoga doesn’t have to be all about asanas. Karma yoga, or the yoga of action, is an important way to bring the mindfulness of yoga into your daily life, and even improve other people’s lives in the process. Find a cause in your community that really speaks to you – yoga related or not – and see how you can help. Volunteering at a food bank or animal shelter, helping with a charitable fundraiser, or just taking a pot of soup to a sick friend can develop your spirituality, compassion and mindfulness.

5. Hit the Books

The practice of yoga has a rich history that’s available right at your fingertips. From ancient texts like the Bhagavad Gita to writings of modern yogis like Judith Lasater, there’s a wealth of information and inspiration to be found by reading up on the many and varied teachings of yoga.

6. Gear Up!

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Your yoga mat and props have seen you through countless classes, and you may want to stick with what’s working, but sometimes a new piece of yoga gear can enhance your practice, too! For example, using a yoga rug instead of (or in addition to) your mat can ground you, and help you to stop relying on your yoga mat to hold your poses. Using a block or strap can get you into poses that weren’t possible before, and help you work towards new levels of flexibility and precision.

Visit www.barefootyoga.com for all of the supplies you’ll need to enhance your yoga practice!

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This post was written by Lauren on September 25, 2015

September is National Yoga Month

Now in its 8th year, National Yoga Month promotes healthy living through the practice of yoga. Among its many benefits, yoga has been shown to reduce stress, improve cardiovascular health, and ease back pain. The Department of Health and Human Services recognized yoga’s positive influence on health and created National Yoga Month in 2008 to raise awareness.

This month-long celebration of yoga includes a number of events nationwide, as well as free classes for new students offered by hundreds of yoga studios. If you’re new to yoga or just looking to update and upgrade your yoga equipment, we have a number of suggestions for yoga essentials for your practice!


Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mats


Our signature Hybrid mats offer great performance and eco-friendly material at a low price that makes this mat perfect for beginners and experienced yogis alike. With our wide range of colors, you’re sure to find a mat that you’ll love!


Mysore Yoga Rugs


These traditional rugs are hand-woven in India, in the authentic style of the first mats ever used for yoga practice. They rest nicely over any mat and add cushion and traction while absorbing moisture.


Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks


Made from the Shisham tree, sometimes called Indian Rosewood, these sustainable hardwood blocks will add support and length to your poses. They’re hollow for easy transport to the yoga studio without sacrificing stability and strength.


Silk Eye Pillows


Sivasana can be one of the best – and sometimes most challenging – parts of your practice. Our silk eye pillows make relaxation and reflection easier by quieting your mind with the soothing scent of real dried lavender flowers. The gentle weight of the pillow on your eyes will help you to get the most out of those final minutes of your practice.

Visit BarefootYoga.com to shop for everything you’ll need to boost your practice during National Yoga Month!


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This post was written by Lauren on September 10, 2015