Relaxing with tea, reading on a yoga staycation

The Benefits of a Yoga Staycation

If you usually feel tired after a vacation due to travel stress or overindulgence, consider a yoga staycation that will leave you feeling healthier, happier and relaxed!

Mental Focus and Clarity

Yoga staycations allow you to focus on your practice without the distractions of work and rushed agendas. You can pay attention to your own health and well-being at a relaxed pace, and you will meet like-minded people in your community. If you are a complete beginner, a yoga staycation is one of the best ways to try a daily yoga practice and experience its benefits for the body, the mind and the spirit. If you are going to yoga classes regularly but want to learn more, a yoga staycation represents a chance to focus more deeply on your practice.

Daily Yoga Classes

If your normal daily schedule does not leave any time for yoga classes, a yoga staycation becomes a chance to leave routines behind and focus on yoga, relaxation and well-being. A typical yoga staycation includes a yoga class once a day, with additional classes and workshops as desired. If you are a beginner, yoga staycations are a great way to try many types of yoga classes quickly, to inform your new yoga practice in a supportive environment. If you are an experienced yogi, you can take your practice to a new level of intensity. There are many benefits to experiencing yoga classes in a group. You soon will notice the benefits of a daily yoga practice, and you might be inspired to continue your daily practice on a regular basis.

Daily Wellness Reading & Meditation

Allow daily quiet time for reading about meditation, relaxation, yoga philosophy, nutrition and wellness. Add our wellness blog to your reading list to get started. Book a meditation yoga class to inspire your private daily meditation sessions.

Mindful Eating

Plan ahead for healthy meals during your yoga staycations. Allow time to savour and honour the preparation process. Cooking healthy meals can be fun and enjoyable; like yoga, it supports a balanced lifestyle. Smelling, tasting and feeling the flavours, textures and colours of food is a great application of mindfulness. Take a moment to feel gratitude for all the various elements that led to this eating moment. A week of healthy and mindful eating may inspire you to make permanent changes in your ongoing dietary habits.

Take a Digital Break

A yoga staycation can also be a break from social media, or it even can be a complete digital detox. A week without constantly checking your phone and your social-media accounts gives you time to de-stress, to enjoy being fully present, and to spend time mindfully in nature.

Try One New Thing

A week-long break from your usual routine provides an opportunity to experience something new and learn something new about yourself. A yoga staycation clears your calendar, giving you time to try something new and gain new perspectives on life and yourself. What activity, skill, group have you secretly wanted to try but didn’t have time to pursue? The creative challenge of stepping gently out of your comfort zone can invigorate your spirit. Also, if you have wanted to change something in your life, a yoga staycation is a chance to make that change.

Plan Your Yoga Staycation

When planning a yoga staycation, ask yourself what your priorities are. Are you looking for a staycation that involves some yoga but also a lot of time for reading, for a personal hobby, for social activities, for being a tourist in your own city of Hamilton, or for relaxing in Hamilton’s nature areas? Would you prefer an intensive week that focuses on yoga classes and workshops, meditation and yoga philosophy without too many additional activities? Make sure you know what type of a staycation you are seeking.

There are many ways to experience a yoga staycation, depending on your personal needs and preferences. A yoga staycation allows you to focus on your yoga practice with like-minded people and without the distractions of daily life. A week of yoga classes, healthy food, meditation and relaxation will leave you feeling energized and balanced — and you may even want to continue a daily yoga practice and mindful habits after the staycation.

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