A group of yoga retreaters at Cambodian ancient temple in Siem Reap. Photo credit: Sabara Angkor Resort

The Different Types of Yoga Retreats You Should Know

A yoga retreat is a great way to get away and find some zen, but as is the case with all things, you have various types to choose from, so you’ll want to make your selection carefully.  

In order to figure out where it is you want to go, you must first ask yourself what it is you want to get out of the retreat.

Maybe you want to deepen your practice and get some training hours to boot, or perhaps you just need to relax and rejuvenate in an exotic destination.

Here is a compiled list of different types of yoga retreats to help you narrow down your decision:

Adventure Yoga Retreat

Adventure Retreat

Adventure yoga retreats combine yoga and adventure, obviously! There are often elements of adventure available in most retreats through their optional activities, however adventure yoga retreats put particular emphasis on the “adventure” part. They might combine yoga and run, paddle-boarding, or surfing. Expect to be involved in plenty of adventurous pursuits, testing your fears and pushing yourself to experience life to the max!

Detox Yoga Retreat

Detox retreats are probably what a lot of people think of when they hear “yoga retreat”. They’re all about detoxing and getting your health on track. The retreat usually involves detoxing your body and clearing your mind. It’s often a combination of yoga, meditation, and extra activities, with a strong emphasis on a detox diet for nourishment.

This doesn’t mean you’ll be starving yourself for the whole retreat, instead, you’ll be feeding your body and mind with healthy, unprocessed, and “clean” foods and juices.

Spiritual or Healing Yoga Retreat

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Spiritual yoga retreats focus on getting in touch with your spiritual side through the practice of yoga. There isn’t necessarily any kind of religious connotation to the retreat, but more about embracing your own spirituality and healing your spirit.

The retreat is designed to improve your physical and mental well-being through healing practices. Spiritual or healing yoga retreats often embrace local or regional traditions.

Resort and Spa Yoga Retreat

A woman relaxing at a luxury resort. Photo credit: Angkor Palace Resort & Spa
A woman relaxing at a luxury resort. Photo credit: Angkor Palace Resort & Spa

These types of retreats are often on the luxury end of the scale. They usually take place at a vacation resort or specialist spa facility, and you have full access to the resort and spa facilities. This could involve swimming, saunas, massages, and more. Take your daily dose of yoga in a luxury environment, add spa sessions, and you’ll leave feeling more than rested!

Intensive Yoga Retreat

Yoga practice at Samanea Resort
Yoga practice at Samanea Resort in Kep. Photo credit: Samanea Resort

An intensive yoga retreat is one where the emphasis is put on yoga practice. Yoga sessions may be longer or multiple sessions per day. It’s the type of retreat to go on if you are really looking to get the most out of your practice and improve quickly. Expect to be pushing your body to master new yoga poses and sequences, and often learning about other nonphysical aspects of yoga.

Silent Yoga Retreat

Yoga and meditation retreat
Yoga and meditation retreat. Photo credit: Expat Woman

A silent yoga retreat is really what it says it is – silent! It might sound intimidating, but it’s all about taking the energy you use to communicate and channeling it internally. It’s almost possible to disconnect now, and going on a silent yoga retreat is one of the ways to do it!

Attending a silent yoga retreat can help you become more comfortable with yourself and solitude. There are all sorts of different types of silent yoga retreats, to different extremes. Some involve total silence and others break for particular discussions or lectures.

Specialist Yoga Retreat

A group doing yoga retreat in Siem Reap
A group doing yoga retreat in Siem Reap. Photo credit: BookYogaRetreats

Specialist yoga retreats focus on something more niche, whether it’s a local tradition, particular ceremonies, or centered around an event like New Year. They also include women’s empowerment yoga retreats or ones that are for another particular group of people, like couples or families. With so many yoga retreats available instructors will often be looking for a way to make their retreat stand out from the crowd, and bring in specialist elements to keep things interesting!

Whatever yoga retreat you decide to attend, it’s unlikely to be your only one! Once you realize the benefits of attending a yoga retreat you’ll be looking for more opportunities, and maybe even different types of retreats to attend.

What is your next yoga retreat?

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