Yoga is an ancient practice that focuses on deep breathing and movement. This brings you to a place of peace and relaxation, which is certainly something that we all need from time to time.
If you feel like life is getting a bit too hectic, take a break and go on a yoga retreat! While yoga can technically be practiced anywhere, doing yoga in a space specifically created for it and surrounded by people who are also practicing it elevates it to a whole other experience.
Read on for a list of the best yoga retreats around Naples and Marco Island!
What’s A Yoga Retreat?
A yoga retreat involves withdrawing or retreating away from your usual routine and living space to focus on yoga. For hardcore yoga practitioners, it can be a solo endeavor, but there’s something magical about breathing and moving in unison on group retreats!
Yoga retreats can be a one-day affair or stretch out over several days. The most common ones usually last two days and one night, making for a perfect weekend getaway. But don’t expect yoga 24/7 – yoga retreats are also an opportunity to dive into the other aspects of holistic healing, which include healthy eating, meditation, and connecting with nature.
How To Prepare For A Yoga Retreat
Whether it’s your first yoga retreat or your tenth, here are a few tips to make sure everything goes smoothly:
Take A Look At The Program
While you can definitely expect yoga to take up most of your time, there may be other activities that you can join. It will also be easier to focus on your practice when you know how the retreat will flow!
Confirm Sleeping Arrangements, Amenities, And Requirements
If you’re not comfortable sharing a room, make sure to let the organizers know in advance so that arrangements can be made. It will probably come with an extra fee, but it’s better to be comfortable during your stay, especially for longer retreats.
Also, confirm with the organizers what amenities are included in the retreat and what you have to bring. You might need to bring a towel, blanket, your own yoga mat, and so on.
Bring Your Essentials
Yoga retreats involve a lot of movement, so make sure that you pack enough clothes that are comfy and easy to move around in. Depending on what works for you, these can be t-shirts, tank tops, leggings, shorts, and so on. Don’t forget to bring enough underwear as well!
You’ll probably be barefoot during your yoga practice, but bring along a reliable pair of sneakers for lounging or any of the other activities that may be lined up. Sunscreen and insect repellent will also be your best friends, especially for retreats that have lots of outdoor activities.
Disconnect And Live Fully In The Present
You don’t have to leave your phone at home, but once the retreat starts, try to do a digital detox. Put your phone away, and reconnect with yourself and nature through yoga. If you absolutely must check your phone, limit yourself to once a day and only for a short while.
Yoga Retreats In Naples And Marco Island
Looking for the best places to go for a yoga retreat? Check out these three options in Naples and Marco Island.
Marco Island Yoga Retreat With John And Liz
JW Marriot Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145
John and Liz are long-time yoga instructors who offer classes both in-person and online. If you’re looking for a really immersive experience in a gorgeous location, the Marco Island Yoga Retreat with these yogis might be exactly what you’re looking for.
The classes are designed in a way that is meant to support the healing process while challenging the mind and body. The retreat includes sessions such as Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Ashtanga Remix. Meditation sessions are also included before the morning practices, so you can start the day centered and well-connected to yourself.
John and Liz take great pride in the community that they’ve built through their yoga retreats, so don’t worry if you’re joining solo – you’re sure to have new friends by the end of the retreat!
Visit yogawithelizabethandjohn.com for more information, or call (239) 394-2511 to ask about the Yoga Retreat with John and Liz.
The Path of Silence Retreat
GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, 7995 Mahogany Run Ln, Naples, FL 34113
The Gaia Revolution focuses on hosting holistic wellness events, which include yoga retreats. While you can ask the company to provide you and your group with a custom program, it also has open retreats – one of which is the weeklong Path of Silence Retreat.
As its name implies, this retreat involves a lot of silence to allow you to form a deeper connection with yourself. While there will be group and one-on-one sessions, participants will mainly be working and practicing by themselves. This is definitely a commitment, but it can certainly be life-changing if you choose to take it on!
If you’re looking for a private retreat that will really allow you to turn toward yourself, this is the retreat for you. You will have your own room, and the spacious facilities allow you to enjoy other amenities while keeping your distance from other participants.
Find out more at thegaiarevolution.com.
Beach Yoga with Lean and Green Body
Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples, FL 34102
Lean and Green Body was founded by Jennifer Khosla, a holistic nutrition specialist and mind-body wellness practitioner. She’s been in the wellness industry for more than ten years, providing clients with successful custom nutrition and fitness programs.
Jennifer is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga beachside at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. In addition to her regular morning classes, she leads a yoga retreat on the hotel premises. You’ll have access to daily yoga classes and meditation sessions, as well as the opportunity to try new and interesting things such as paddleboard yoga.
The yoga retreat doesn’t include hotel fees, so if you’re a Naples native, you can choose to just come in daily for the activities. However, we suggest indulging yourself and making the most of it by opting for the hotel stay.
Make The Most Out Of Florida’s Paradise Coast
It’s important to slow down and take time to focus on your mental and physical health. Nestled in Florida’s Paradise Coast, Naples and Marco Island are perfect for wellness getaways and yoga retreats. From active paddleboard yoga to completely silent retreats, there’s something for every kind of yoga enthusiast.
If it’s your first time in Paradise Coast, make sure not to miss other must-see places and activities!
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