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Wouldn’t it be so great to have a real pause button when it comes to life? Imagine the ability to take a moment to recalibrate, check in to your core values, and really reflect on how we are living. Unplugging is a hot topic, but what if I asked you to press the pause button for a whole four days? How about an entire week?
If you are an avid vacation taker or one that doesn’t break on a trip until burnout, it might be time to reevaluate what it means to go away. I have been learning the power of the pause and the intention to disrupt the status quo when it comes to vacation—and make sure I am living the way I want to be living while embracing total relaxation. Enter the magic of a yoga retreat.
Whether you are road tripping to Grand Lake or hopping a plane to Mexico, there is real magic in creating the space to be present and check in with like-minded humans to recalibrate the mind and body. A yoga retreat is an experience designed to make space in your life—physically, mentally, and spiritually. You request the vacation days from work, you pack the yoga mat, and you find an adventure somewhere new.
If you are ready to redefine your next vacation and truly get in tune with yourself, here are five tips for your first (or next) yoga retreat:
- Be Inspired.
Choose a teacher you feel a connection with and trust. They are the ones creating the experience for you, on and off the mat.
- Let go of control.
Go in with an open mind when it comes to the people you will meet, the location you have chosen and the entire experience that has been curated for you.
- Set an intention.
...for the whole experience. Check in with it daily and change as needed.
- Retreat your way.
If you are tired, rest. If you want to paddleboard, grab that board and take to the water. If you want a massage, book it.t.
- Allow yourself some space.
Upon returning home, give yourself some time (and space) to let the retreat marinate. Take time each day to read your journal notes, reflect, and implement your learnings.
Feeling ready to (re)treat yourself? Here are some of my favorite MINDBODY instructors in Colorado who are hosting some ahhmazing yoga retreats this summer and fall:
August 1st - 4th
Join Jessica Heaney of Vail Relationship Institute and Kim Fuller of In Your Element for a weekend of yoga, connection workshops, a guided hike up Mt. Sneffels, great food and fun at the beautiful Red Mountain Alpine Lodge in Ouray, CO. Nestled in the striking San Juan Mountains, your expert guides will take you from your mat to the top of one Colorado’s incredible 14,000 ft peaks during this epic weekend.
August 22nd - 25th
This one is for the ladies. Escape to Grand Lake (and Rock Your Bliss with me!)—and my closest friend and renowned yoga teacher, Mary Beth LaRue. Expect conscious conversation both indoors and outdoors, flowing yoga practices, and open time to hang poolside. During our weekend together, we will explore grounding and heart-opening practices, authentic conversations with our community while learning about our true nature with the power of the unplug.
October 19th - 26th
Join Danielle Barbeau, founder of The River, and yoga teacher and empower coach, Jennifer Jarrett on The River’s first international retreat to Xilana, Mexico. A week-long retreat outside of Puerta Vallarta, you will learn to nourish and nurture your entire being—body, mind, heart, and soul.
Oct 31 - Nov 3
Venture into the wild with local Colorado Springs yoga teacher, Nina Petruzzo, and San Diego-based yoga teacher and Reiki master, Jenna Zabrosky! A curated weekend just for women to recharge, inspire a reconnection to yourself and others through yoga, meditation, reflection, and nature. Spend three nights and four days at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Northrop, CO as you take in the breathtaking landscape and crisp mountain air.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.