As we enter our 60s, we’re the wisest we’ve ever been, the boldest we’ve ever felt and probably for the first time in forever, we’re free from worldly shackles. Now is the time to take a breath and restart our lives the way we always wanted, re-invent ourselves by exploring new talents and embrace our cherished hobbies. Moreover, it is the perfect time to hop on an annual retreat and explore sides of our personality we never knew existed. In other words, yoga retreats for seniors is a very good thing.
By the time we’re 60, many of us have capitalized on physical activities such as yoga to maintain or reinvigorate our vivacity. Yoga goes a long way in giving us the vitality we need to follow our dreams and sets the foundation for a rediscovered self by providing us a sense of unity, mindfulness and the zeal for fulfilled living. This year, it’s time to trade in our regular vacation for an exhilarating yoga retreat where we will be guided through soulful yogic techniques amidst exotic locations. This is why a yoga retreat should be your next getaway:
- Get A Fresh Start In Life
Yogic methods were developed over 5,000 years ago to rejuvenate the body and attain a long life. Today, they act as one the most popular and widely used techniques to enhance physical and mental well-being. A yoga retreat is aimed at providing you a holistic yogic experience where guests attain focused yogic lessons and therapies from experts.
The ambience, food, company and activities are all designed to relieve you of the burdens of a hectic life and help you find inner peace. It is the ideal opportunity to finally let go of all the negativity that gets piled up in us over the years and embrace a new and positive approach when you finally hit your 60’s. It is probably for this reason that many people who go on yoga retreats claim it to be a life-altering experience.
Yoga retreats take you away from the daily rut into a picturesque location with yoga classes at least twice a day that use techniques like asana, meditation and pranayama to strengthen the body. As we get old, our muscles tend to stiffen, losing their range of motion, and we become susceptible to chronic problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Yoga helps slow down the ageing process by maintaining flexibility and softness, keeping the mind alert and awake. Its multi-pronged approach can encourage the body to remain strong, while reducing the effects of many age related issues.
Getting old might present many gifts – grace, maturity, experience, wisdom, to name a few. However, the process can also carry many challenges. Seniors experience higher rates of anxiety and depression, and other mental disorders, psychologically and emotionally.
In some cases, memory can decline, balance can be impaired, and with that sense of self suffers. Since yoga is focused on listening to your body, an additional benefit is the broadened awareness of self through practice. As you practice yoga, you become more mindful of not just your body but of your emotions and thoughts, connecting to the outside community on a whole.
A yoga retreat can help us take a step back and gain a fresh perspective on things.
- Strengthen Our Purpose In Life
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Our lives have become fast and full of distractions. By the time we’ve hit our sixties, we’ve been through marriages, careers, and children. We’ve had a lot of wins and a lot of losses. By retirement, we’ve probably wondered a thousand times, what is the purpose of all this, anyway?
A yoga retreat can remind us of what’s really important in life. The secluded and scenic ambience encourages us to focus less on worldly things and more on just being. Plenty of relaxation time guarantees we have the privacy to explore the hidden areas of our mind, and supportive yoga instruction teaches us the necessary meditation and breathing techniques that help us cope with life’s challenges.
- Make Life-Long Friends
According to a study, around 80-90 percent of people prefer going to yoga retreats alone.
Yoga retreats attract like-minded people from all corners of the world. Most senior citizens are keen to make friends in yoga communities, wanting to explore, learn and grow. This bond lays the groundwork for forging lasting friendships. Most importantly, we get to meet and talk to people who understand our perspective on life, and help us understand the root of our fears, ambitions and life situations. New friends can help us see things about us we can’t see on our own.
Better yet, they can act as a support system during old age —encouraging us to keep up the good work and implement the life hacks we learned on retreat.
- For The Love Of Yoga:
You are never too old to do yoga. If you want to try it out for the very first time, then a yoga retreat will give you the most memorable and impactful yoga experience there is. The efficacy of a yoga retreat lies in the fact that it takes you out of your comfort zone almost entirely. You will be at a new and majestic setting and will be guided into yogic exercises, even ones you previously thought you couldn’t perform because of the ‘oh so aching joints!’
- Forget about vacation management:
Having to find holiday inns, restaurants, and travel services alone can lead to fatigue and stress—sometimes to the point that a vacation is no longer enjoyable. This is where retreats come to the rescue, providing everything from travel to accommodation, to meals and sight-seeing. All are managed by the retreat coordinator, which allows us to enjoy ourselves without the burden of planning. And let’s be honest—we’ve been planning our entire life, it’s time to take a break.
For your next holiday, pick your favorite yoga retreat and let it transform you physically and emotionally. And there’s quite the variety as well! For instance, the Active Senior’s Yoga Getaway in California combines gentle, suitable-to-age yoga techniques with Mediterranean practices. Other options include vacationing with your favorite in-studio yoga teacher, or simply typing in “yoga retreats for seniors” into Google.
After all, these are the golden years. Right?
Kamil Riaz Kara is a travel enthusiast and writer. His favorite travel destinations include New York, Munich, & Vancouver. Visit Cosmosvacations for exploring beautiful and adventurist destinations around the world.