Can you imagine yourself experiencing entire weekend of yoga? If you are a beginner who struggles in a journey through one, 22-minute Namaste Yoga sequence, it may be hard to picture yourself at a weekend yoga retreat. Even an intermediate yogi may think they are not quite practiced enough to keep up, and an advanced yogi may wonder what gain they will find in a weekend retreat. But there is always room for growth in yoga, and a retreat may be where you find a missing piece to your practice.
"One may mistakenly believe Yoga is a linear practice. It may not be clear how Yoga is a practice of freedom, rather than a routine of exercise," explainsKate Potter. "One really needs to know, 'how does my practice change my life? How does the effort I put in make sense in the bigger picture?' When I teach a whole weekend, I have a chance to continually return the focus to letting go of the ego in our lives and getting on with what needs to be done. It is a perfect amount of time to put this challenge forward."
Are you ready to retreat? We asked Kate how to know who is ready to go. Read on to find out if a retreat is a good choice for you.
Is it Hard?
The first question a potential retreat-goer might consider is if they have the strength, stamina and experience needed to successfully complete a retreat.How good at this do you need to be?According to Kate, anyone who is ready to learn more about yoga, regardless of previous experience, is a prime candidate to attend a retreat.
"Unless you are sick or injured, no particular level of understanding or skill can be a limitation," Kate explains. "Each of us is working at many different levels within the circle of learning. This is Yoga."
Is it Strange?
Some may envision a retreat environment as being filled with unfamiliar rituals, chanting and other things they don't normally incorporate into their practice. Expect to learn more about the inner workings and history of yoga, and how that information can help you grow your practice to be even more beneficial. In a Namaste Yoga Weekend, you will be able to go deeper intoa few of the sequencesyou already know and love, and also experience some of the new teachings Kate is currently incorporating into her style. Among some of the newfound supplies in Kate's yoga box may very well be a guitar.
"Bring your guitar, penny whistle, mouth harp or mandolin," Kate encourages. "My new passion is making music with Yogis!"
Is It Exhausting?
Hours of yoga when you are accustomed to 22 minutes may sound quite daunting. Learning and accepting your limitations is also part of yoga, and may be the most important aspect of your practice to develop. A Namaste Yoga Weekend is not endless hours of asana. The physical aspects of each session are interwoven withmoments to enhance your mental practiceas well.
"The shape of the weekend is designed so that you will go home energized and not exhausted," Kate explains. "Take breaks if you need to. If you are really excited and keen, there is a chance you might forget all about your own limits and wear yourself out. I too am working on pacing at all times, and I am prone to 'going for it' in terms of teaching. If I see you are doing too much, I will let you know. It is a nice mix of physical and mental work we do."
Are you ready to retreat?Check herefor upcoming events. There are a few spaces left for the Wakefield Retreat at the end of this month, so there's no reason to wait.