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How to Create Your Own At-Home Yoga Retreat

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Got some time off coming up? This is your opportunity to create your very own home yoga retreat.

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to jet off to Costa Rica or Thailand for a top-notch yoga retreat. You can incorporate all the retreat-style amenities and activities as part of your yoga practice at home.

In fact, you might actually find this type of retreat a little more refreshing and easy-going. You pick your schedule. You choose your activities.

So, let’s get to it. Where can you start? What do you need?

How to Create a Yoga Retreat At Home

Since this is your very own wellness retreat, you can really do whatever you want with it. But if you want a little more guidance, check out the steps we recommend below.

Step 1: Get Your Space Ready

Choose a place where you can perform your yoga and other activities. Once you’ve got a spot, consider decluttering to help avoid any items from draining your energy and attention.

If you have a room with natural light and a big enough space to put a mat, this is ideal! If not, just do your best. Find a space that speaks to you and illuminates peace and serenity.

From there, you can consider adding candles or decor. You may want to place essential oils or diffusers– whatever you think you’ll need and whatever you think will set the right tone!

At the same time, create space in your mind for your DIY yoga retreat. This might mean paying any bills that have been hanging out in the back of your mind, and you keep forgetting about. Or it may mean doing groceries the day before or getting laundry done.

Try to plan ahead to prepare your physical and mental space.

Step 2: Create Your At-Home Yoga Retreat Schedule

One of the easiest things you can do for yourself is to create a schedule. While you don’t have to stick to it completely, this can make deciding what to do with yourself that much easier and more relaxing.

Here is where you want to decide what you want to fill your time with. You can do lots of yoga, meditate, plan meal times, practice gratitude, recite affirmations, journal, and more.

You’ll also potentially want to let your friends or family know you won’t be available during certain times of your home yoga retreat, just so no one gets too worried when you go MIA (especially if you decide to go all-in on Step 5).

If you want to get really creative with your own schedule, look up other yoga retreats and try to mimic what they do!

Related article: Meditation 101: Calming Your Mind & Soul

Step 3: Turn Off Your Digital Devices

At an authentic yoga retreat, digital devices are often somewhat limited. By limiting your interactions with these pieces of technology, you can truly reconnect with your inner spirit and really get to know yourself. Time and life both slow down, and your brain gets a much-needed break from all the attention that these devices often take over.

You can learn so much about yourself during this time as well. If you think this might be too tough, consider having blocks of time where you don’t use your digital devices as opposed to going fully without.

Looking to unplug more often? Read: 10 Quick Tips to Unplug from the Digital World

Step 4: Create Healthy Meals

Your retreat isn’t just a time to detox your mind. In a way, it can be a detox for your body as well.

Plan your meals ahead of time and choose wisely! Make healthy and satisfying choices that will fuel and nourish your body.

Research new and healthy recipes. You can even pre-make any parts or ingredients ahead of time to truly give yourself that feeling of an actual retreat. If there are veggies to chop, go ahead and chop them up. Anything you can do ahead of time to treat your future self is worth it.

Step 5: Be in the Present Moment

Most importantly, just be in each and every moment. An at-home yoga retreat is all about disconnecting from the usual day-to-day distractions and reconnecting with yourself.

Pamper yourself with the activities you love. Maybe you want to have a few baths over the course of your at-home yoga retreat. Or maybe you want time to simply read a book after your yoga practice. The great news is that you can tailor this retreat entirely to you!

Take Some Time For Yourself

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind that we forget to take some time for ourselves. And the truth is you don’t need to spend a lot to pamper yourself and show yourself a little love.

So, plan that at-home yoga retreat for yourself! Have fun with it. Find that balance once again. We all need it from time to time.

Read next: Are Yoga Retreats Worth It? My Experience In Costa Rica

Krista Bugden

Krista Bugden

"Believing in yourself is really half the battle," says Krista. Anything is possible and you really can achieve anything you set your mind to, is her motto. Physiotherapist, Piano player, skydiver, yogi, adventure traveler and energetic force of positivity, Krista is herself a (delightful) force to be reckoned with! As... Read More

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