When life gets too much and you are feeling run down and stressed out, there is sound reason to take a holiday.  However, even if you take a normal, run of the mill holiday; it could be the case that you are still not doing enough to alleviate your stress levels and improve your health.  We are living in a very technology-driven time at the moment, with personal gadget ownership at an all time high.  Because phones, tablets and computers play such an important part in all of our lives it makes it harder when you do go on holiday to get the recuperation and refreshment you need because you are still connected to your stressful life.

This is why many people are taking what are known as yoga holidays or retreats and participating in digital detox holidays.  The basic premise of these kinds of holidays, as the names suggest is that you go to not only chill out from your day to day work and social life back, but also to log off from the various pieces of technology you use like smartphones, tablets and computers.  This allows you a better chance to get more meaningful rest and relaxation, while also practising yoga.

If you feel this might be your kind of holiday, before you book, consider the pointers below when choosing the yoga retreat best for you.

The Location

There are yoga holiday resorts located all over the world.  One great way to choose from such a wide variety is to choose a destination you have never been to before or really love.  That way you will be able to enjoy the benefits associated with the actual retreat while exploring a city you have always wanted to or one that you have enjoyed exploring in the pas.

The Teacher

It is a sensible to do a bit of research into the teachers who guide the yoga retreats you are interested in.  Find out how many years they have been teaching yoga and guiding small group retreats and never hesitate to ask them for testimonials from previous attendees.  Aside from their yoga experience, you also need to ensure they have a reasonable enough understanding of the local activities, customs, culture and language of the area the retreat is based.  If they aren’t, you may find yourself in a situation where the blind are leading the blind.  Which is not great when you are trying to relax and recharge.

The Duration And Timing

Another important consideration you need to make is how long you are going to go away to the to the yoga retreat.  Most sites offer packages from as little as 2 night weekends to long 10 day stays.  The flexibility in many places booking allows you to find the holiday length you feel most comfortable with and you will benefit the most from.  Remember though, longer does not always mean better, as you may only need a few days to recharge your batters.

Only Ever Do It For You

Last but not least, it may seem like common sense but you should think very carefully why you want to attend a yoga retreat.  If you are only doing it because it’s en trend and you don’t want to be the only one not doing it, you should probably reconsider as you may not get much out of it.  However, if you are doing it because you want to become more proficient at yoga and want to really let go of your stresses and improve you – go for it!