Great question! There are so many amazing benefits to travel. To get my perspective on the healing effects of 3 weeks in Indonesia click here to read my blog on that very subject. If you don't have time for all that here are 5 physical and emotional benefits to travel:
1. Travel improves brain function and sharpness. Thats right, you spend A LOT of time on autopilot. Being dropped into a new environment gets those cells fired up again. Forced to navigate a strange place and engage in a foreign language, eat different foods, have a new sleeping schedule will shake that routine right up. Like a workout for your mind, upon return home you'll feel sharper than ever, ready to organize and take on new tasks with efficiency.
2. An opportunity to try new things. So eat that grasshopper, leap off that cliff at the waterfall and take the traditional Balinese dance class! Cultural immersions will help you relate to the local people and others who have traveled and had similar experiences. Being a well rounded individual will also help your self confidence and to pursue passions you may never knew you had. Maybe you love chocolate covered grasshoppers and discover that base jumping is your new favorite hobby. DO IT!
3. Sunshine and movement. Exploring a new city is like a free gym membership. I walked an average of 7 miles a day while in Indonesia without even trying. That paired with the sunshine, swimming, hiking and checking out local yoga studios had my natural endorphins flowing and will have you ready to explore every corner of this strange place you've found yourself in. Bonus: did you know Asia has one of the highest life expectancy and lowest obesity rates in the world. So enjoy that gelato, it's hot and you've earned it.
4. Meet new people. Probably my favorite one on this list as my passion is connection, especially being a catalyst for making those connections. Retreats and travel offer the opportunity to get to know people who are both very different from you and also the chance to make friends with those who share similar interests. Who couldn't use a new friend?!
5. Come home refreshed and renewed. We all know the burnt out feeling, even teaching yoga can get monotonous if I don't take the time to pause and reflect every once in a while. Getting away even just for a few days will rejuvenate your positivity and productivity. Breaking up the monotony of daily life will reduce stress and give you the chance to share your excitement for having gone somewhere new.
Yoga de los muertos, Mexico Adventure Retreat
San Pancho, Mexico•Fall 2019
BALI SPIRIT RETREAT
Ubud, Bali (indonesia) • Spring 2020
Welcome to the Island of the Gods! Experience connection to source and dive into the rich spiritual culture from which our practice of yoga is rooted. Our retreat center, located in the heart of Ubud, one of the most sought after locations for yogis all over the world. Daily yoga classes, waterfall excursion, jungle views, a sunrise hike topped off with inexpensive luxurious spa treatments and excursions to some of Bali's most beautiful temples and spirit filled locations plus plenty of free time for reflection, journaling, shopping, exploring and taking it all in. Connect to the Divine in one of the most beautiful places on this planet (in my humble opinion). Come prepared to leave structure and schedule behind as we dive deep into Hindu mythology, face our fears and step fully into releasing expectation and into divine surrender.
The Road Not Taken
BY ROBERT FROST
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.