Make YOU Time: Benefits of Outdoor Yoga Retreats

Retreats provide rest and relaxation outside of the hustle and bustle of life. Many of us intuitively know we need to take time out to care for ourselves, but rarely get the chance because of the distractions in life. It may be worth carving time out to go on a retreat, even just for 3 days, once we understand the benefits of doing so.

5 Benefits of going on Retreats:

1. Practice Presence.

Retreats remind and teach us how to slow down. Most retreats in nature offer activities to practice presence through admiring the beauty, resting, hiking, yoga, ect. Yoga is the science of relaxation and presence. This is accomplished by asanas, body postures, and pranayama, breathing practices. Yoga classes in nature offer the solitude to look within, feel the feet on the ground, and look at the beauty all around. These actions release endorphins in the brain that make us feel content with what’s happening in the moment.

2. Love yourself.

Retreats open the space for nurturing the self. People have the freedom to choose what makes him or her feel good at all times. Actions of self-love remind us that we matter just as much as those we love.

3. Connect with nature.

Living in Nevada County allows all residents to have easy access to being in nature, but how many people take the time to be out nature daily? Most of us have jobs, families, and other responsibilities. There isn’t always enough time to get the daily dose of nature’s medicine, so retreats provide people to get a large dose of natures medicine.

4. Enhance immune system.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, being in nature boosts the immune system because we breathe in phytoncides that plants give off, which act as antibacterial and antimicrobial to our systems. Also, being in nature allows our nervous system to tap into the parasympathetic, rest and relaxation response, which allows the body to recalibrate its system, thus allowing healing to occur.

5.Improve sleep.

Picking a retreat that offers camping has an added benefit to improving sleep. The Circadian rhythm of our bodies is regulated by light. Light gets fed through the eyes and streamed to the pineal gland. The pineal gland helps to maintain the body’s internal clock by secreting the hormone melatonin, which tells us when to sleep and when to wake up. Camping gives us the opportunity to be in the natural rhythm of the sun, so we can reestablish our circadian system allowing for better sleep.