Which Country Should You Attend a Yoga Retreat In?

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By: Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you practice yoga regularly but feel like your practice stays stagnant or doesn’t infiltrate the hectic corners of your life? You may be stretching and building muscle in your yoga practice, but you may not be deepening into the spiritual insight and freedom that yoga can offer for the places your mind and body have closed off. 

One way to take your practice to the next level is to push off from your daily grind to immerse yourself in a yoga retreat. Yoga centers offer retreats around the world, at both remote, rural outposts and bustling urban centers. So, if you’re already going to step away from your routine existence, why not take a big step and retreat in a foreign country to shift your mindset fully? 

As any yoga practitioner who has attended more than one teacher's class knows, yoga takes on many forms and personalities. Practitioners can select from different styles of yoga, from Ashtanga yoga’s focus on flow and sequence of postures to Pranayama, a breathing meditation practice. In addition to yoga styles, of course, the character of the locale, as well as the teachers leading retreats, will definitively shape the experience of a yoga retreat. Yoga Journal provides a list of the best retreats available for travel. But how will you decide which one will fit your yoga style? 

Not sure where to head to stand on your head? Follow this sequence of questions, and we’ll lead you to the retreat that will open your mind and body. 

When you walk in late to a yoga session, and people are helping each other get into a pose, how do you react?

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Which aspect of yoga would you like to learn more about?

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What type of landscape invigorates your mind?

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What elements of a yoga practice are crucial for your spiritual health?

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How would you like to take your meals while on retreat?

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If you’ve finished practicing for the afternoon, what would you like to do during your hours off?

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What is one benefit of yoga that stands out to you above all others?

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If you were to pick out a book about yoga, which of the following topics would interest you?

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How do you feel when a yoga teacher comes around and touches you during class, either for massage or adjustments?

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How do you typically practice yoga?

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How do you feel about how expensive yoga has become?

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Which style of yoga fits your preference for practice?

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Which style of yoga are you unfamiliar with but interested in learning more about?

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How would you feel about attending a retreat that required you to totally unplug from electronic devices?

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Which of the following sounds like a struggle you have encountered in your yoga practice?

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When you have come to a place of stagnation in your practice in the past, how have you been able to get back into it?

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Which metaphor best describes the journey you’ve taken in your yoga practice?

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Some people would rather not hear children during a yoga practice. Where do you come in on this question?

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What time of day do you prefer to practice?

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Which of the following is most important to you about travel?

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If you had the opportunity to go anywhere in the world, what kind of place would you look into first?

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What kind of interaction would you prefer to have with other retreatants at a yoga getaway?

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If your partner wanted to join you on a yoga retreat, what would you say?

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Some people engage in hot yoga as a way to open up their muscles with intense heat. Are you one of those people?

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What would you think about a yoga practice that had pop music playing in the background and repetitive ab-work like Pilates?

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What kind of meditation accompanies your yoga practice?

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What type of food would you hope to be served on a yoga retreat?

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In your experience, how does yoga enter into your daily life?

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Do you have a teacher you want to work with?

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What would you be afraid of while traveling to another country for a retreat?

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