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This year’s Yoga Holidays With Paul are coming up fast.

Our first, in the Algarve, takes place 22-29 June, which is just two months from now! The second, in Cyprus, is 14-21 September.

The weeks leading up to the holidays are part of the fun– and the process– of preparing for the holiday. As a teacher, I’m planning, anticipating, and thinking of ways to create an enriching week. As a yogi, here are three ways you can get ready for a fantastic retreat.

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Study your practice

Investing your time,  money and energy in a yoga holiday is a chance to push the boundaries of your practice. But to do this most effectively, you have to know where those boundaries are! Over the next few weeks be especially mindful and observant in the studio. Take note of what you struggle with, any questions you have, any areas you want to explore. Then, on the retreat, you are ready to dive right in and learn!

Prepare to be away

Distractions from home can suck up your attention and prevent you from getting the full benefit of a yoga holiday. Don’t wait till the last minute to book a pet-sitter, or talk to your partner about how to manage things around the house. If you put everything in place well in advance you can begin the retreat with a relaxed, clear mind.

Focus on food

We are fortunate to have wonderful caterers who provide fresh, delicious vegetarian food for the Yoga Holiday With Paul retreats. To gain the fullest appreciation, it is a good idea to check in with your food habits now. If you are relying on processed foods, try to eat more fresh, whole ingredients. Your body will thank you, and your palate will adjust, allowing you to gain even more goodness from our fantastic retreat cooking.

Questions about Yoga Holiday With Paul? Ask in the comments or contact YogaHolidayWithPaul@gmail.com