Three weeks until Yoga Holiday with Paul 2017. From 23-30 June we’ll be enjoying a week of uplifting yoga, meditation, music and sunshine in the beautiful Algarve.
That means you have three weeks to prepare to get the most out of your yoga holiday experience. Why is this important? Because our minds and bodies need time to absorb the benefits of our practice.
If you work flat out till the night before you leave, you will arrive stressed, tired, and anxious. This means you will spend the first day or two of your yoga holiday just getting your mind and body back to normal. While it is wonderful to have the opportunity to balance, it means you won’t see as much progress or healing during the retreat.
On the other hand, if you start preparing now you will arrive with your mind and body calm and receptive. You will immediately begin absorbing the benefits of the yoga classes, meditation and clean eating.
Here are 3 prep steps to help you get the most out of Yoga Holiday with Paul.
Meditate (just a little bit)
Making time to meditate when you’re rushing around trying to get everything done before your holiday might seem impossible, but you don’t have to spend half an hour a day in lotus position to get the benefits. Set aside five minutes in the morning or evening (or both, if you can manage) to sit quietly and breath. You don’t have to adopt a particular place or posture, just be still where you are. This will help your mind and body relax, and get you used to switching off from external stress.
Stay grounded by doing a self-practice of sun salutations in the morning. Read the blog post here.
Clean your plate
What you eat profoundly affects your body. Eating clean for the three weeks before your holiday will ensure you arrive with a clear head and healthy body. Focus on eating lots of whole foods, especially seasonal fruits and vegetables. Scroll through the Yoga With Paul recipe archive for delicious inspiration for smoothies, soups, salads and more!
Share your yoga holiday prep tips in the comments!