7 Reasons To Go On Yoga Retreat

  1. Take Time For You

    Day in and day out we give to our partners, kids, friends, jobs. Early mornings and late nights are often spent racing from one thing to the next, whether it be the multiple tabs on the computer, the dishes-laundry-cooking dinner, meetings with the boss, conference calls with the team, shuttling for your kids shuttling them from school to soccer practice to play dates (anyone else around here feels like an unpaid Uber driver?!)…. the list goes on. When’s the last time you’ve set aside time for you? Not bath time, but real time? Life is all about duality and the opposite of Give is to Receive. Yoga retreats give you the time to be on the receiving end.

  2. Meet New People

    Most folks seeking yoga retreats are looking for similar things- peace, connection, high vibes. So you’ll already have that in common! While some may travel with a friend or spouse, many go alone, so you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate new friendships, see new perspectives, and broaden your human connection.

  3. Connect With Nature

    In this fast paced world of noise, concrete, steel, and clunkiness, we often feel like a Pin Ball in an arcade game, getting jostled all over the place. We’ve become so used to to the banging back and forth, we’ve accepted High Stress and Anxiety as the the norm. Get your feet in dirt. Nature, it’s a lot cheaper than therapy and prescription drugs. There is absolutely a place for both of these things in our world, but let’s not forget the healing power of Mother Nature! Research shows that bring in nature reduces anxiety, fear and stress and increase feelings of peace and happiness. Not only does nature effect our emotions, it’s been shown that it can lower blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Some research shows it may even help us to live a longer healthier life!

  4. Surround Yourself With Positive Energy

    Yoga Retreats are curated around creating positive vibes! Mama Nature is already there to give off her healing energy. Couple that with the positive vibration from teachers and students, you’ll be enveloped in heart-centered positive energy. It’s a welcomed detour from the stressful (though important) family vacations to amusement parks and Thanksgiving with the entire fam.

  5. Deepen Your Yoga + Meditation Practice

    One of the main reasons yogis seek yoga retreats is to dive deeper into their practice. But yoga retreats can even be reprieve for those brand new to yoga! There are many All-Level yoga retreats, which means they are safe for all- those brand new to yoga and seasoned practitioners. Reach out to a retreat teacher and ask if their retreat is All-Levels. My guess is it is. Yoga is about so much for than the poses! Being in an intimate setting with students and teachers can give the opportunity for a customized experience with more attention to detail, space to ask questions and self inquiry. Private lessons are often available during retreat as well.

  6. Indulge In Unique Experiences

    Most retreats include workshops, excursions, volunteer opportunties for a unique experience! Workshops can have a vast range of so many topics: on the science of gratitude, forgiveness, healing past wounds, intention setting, chakras, crystals…there are so many! Depending on where on this beautiful Earth you you’re retreating, you may find yourself hiking in the mountains, surfing in the ocean, sunset sailing, hugging a tree in the Redwoods, volunteering at animal sanctuaries or in a community or village helping with basic needs.

  7. Re-Align and Re-Connect With You Purpose

    Yoga Retreats are a great time to get still and question what it is you want with this wildly beautiful life of yours. What are the things pulling at your heart? How could you take steps to living your life with intention? Learn how to switch the auto-pilot light off and to choose each day what you want your life to look, feel, and be like. Surrounding yourself with new people, nature, positive energy, diving into the wellness practice of yoga and meditation, and opening your heart to new experiences all work on the path to support your connection with the one person you get to spend every second of your life with - YOU.

Stay Wild,
Marybeth

  1. Wild Heart Yoga is retreating this November. Join us for Gratitude & Grace: A Yoga Retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico November 2nd-7th.

    November is all about Gratitude. It’s the start of the holiday season, which often turns to the crazy-making season real quick. Rooted in the practice of Gratitude, we’ll dive deep into what it means to live a life of gratitude year round and fund the tools we need to keep us grounded so we stay aligned with what the holiday season is all about!

In an oceanside private villa, surrounded by Mama Earth, we’ll explore yoga, meditation and excursions through:

  • Daily Yoga & Meditation

  • Gratitude Workshop & Journaling

  • Moonlight Manifestation Workshop

  • Fire Ceremony

  • Crystal Workshop

  • Intuitive Readings

  • Sound Healing

  • Daily Free Time

  • Sunset Sailing

    Also Included

  • 3 Healthy Meals by Private Chef

  • Daily Coffee, Tea, Green Juice

  • Some Alcoholic Beverage

  • 5 Nights/ 6 Days in a Villa Made of Dreams

    Join us by clicking on our Retreat Tab!

How Teacher Training Changed my life

I can remember being ‘in it’ during a Vinyasa class. You know those times when you’re absolutely in the zone, riding that yogi high? In that space my mind drifted to, “could I sequence a class?….no way….well, maybe…it would be so refreshing to have a creative outlet again…could I?” Those thoughts came in different forms in sporadic moments of inspiration that came from a creative transition, a thought provoking question from the teacher, an a-ha moment in a pose…and then I heard that voice off of my mat washing dishes, in bed at night, in my car when the perfect Savasana song came on. Let me be clear, I always shushed it. For years I turned the volume down, drowned out the whisper. I was a mom, a wife, worked a full-time job that I had to travel for, and my life was pretty much scheduled from the time the alarm went off until I laid my head down at night. Who was I kidding that I even had time for such silly dream? Then the Universe threw me one, then two giant curve balls and my world came crashing down.

After suffering the unimaginable loss of a child followed by another shocking swift kick to the bum, a divorce, I found myself crying on my yoga mat in despair. That was me, the weird inconsolable lady in the back of class ugly crying and sobbing from start to finish of class. This was not a one time class y’all. This became my regular yoga practice. (Thank you to all of the yogis and teachers who held space for me to fall apart on the daily.) It was in THIS moment that I knew I HAD to go through teacher training. And I had to do it NOW. To be honest, that nagging voice tried to knock my door down, “Are you insane? Now you’re a single mom with depression and anxiety, still working full time with travel, barely making ends meet…” I slammed the door on that voice as hard as I could. I just finally had enough of giving and doing for everyone else and thought, “I don’t know how in the hell I’m going to pull this off, but dammit I’m gonna find a way.”

Step 1- I got the words out my head and said them out loud. (#manifestation) “I want to do yoga teacher training”. These words were shared first with friends, then family, then strangers. The amount of support that poured out to me was overwhelming! Just thinking back to all of my family,friends, acquaintances who offered help… I’m about to start ugly crying right now. At first I thought folks were just being nice, but this TRIBE circled around me and my son supported my dream! My family came in on the weekends to help me, friends made dinner, and I became a freaking master at time management!

Step 2- Organization and time management are key. Teacher Training is a serious time commitment. 200 hours of asana, philosophy, anatomy, learning how to sequence….it’s a lot! But I had never been more excited and hungry for knowledge so making time for this venture was easier than expected. I woke up earlier. After work, dinner, and bath time I dedicated those hours to studying or getting ahead on other life things. See ya later Netflix binge watching and late night social media scrolls. We can look at time through 2 lenses. It’s either never a good time or always a good time. We are busy beings! There will never be a time when we have 10 or 20 weekends open and free. But we can choose to prioritize our time and spend our time more wisely. I was shocked at how much time I was wasting scrolling on my phone, watching TV, etc. This little life lesson goes beyond making time for YTT. But since we’re here to chat about teacher training, Wild Heart Yoga re-formatted our trainings to give students more space for all life brings us. Our Fall training meets every other weekend (most weekends) to provide a better balance.

Step 3- Money. Let’s not ignore the Ganesha in the room. YTT is expensive. It’s also an investment in yourself. I can think of no better thing to invest in than personal transformation and growth. I had a few months to come up with the cost of tuition, so cut back as much as I could on things like the movies and going out to eat. Luckily we live in a city that always has free family fun going on! From Pecan Street Festival, watching the bats, a day at Zilker, hiking the Green Belt, to movies on the lawn, Austin has it going on when it comes to free fun! I was able to combine money from my tax return with a quarterly bonus and my recent savings to make it work. Most studios have an Early Bird Special, and I was able to take advantage of that and save $300. Some studios are open to partial trade as well so if you have a skill like photography, videography, graphic design, even cleaning, speak up and ask! I NEVER want money to be the reason why someone doesn’t move forward with teacher training. I’m super proud to share that we are officially the 1st yoga studio in Austin, TX to offer financing for teacher training! Students can now make low monthly payments, and I’m not talking about a $500 car payment a month, but a real true affordable monthly payments.

Step 4- I learned to believe in myself. It had been a long time since I dove into something I was passionate about. Taking the leap, scary as it was, was the best thing I’ve ever done for ME! Investing my time and money for YTT wasn’t selfish, it was necessary. I learned more about myself in those 10 weekends than I had in 29 years! Teacher training taught me how to sequence a class, anatomy, methodology, yogic philosophy. And through these teachingsI pushed outside of comfortable boundaries and limiting beliefs and blew the lock off of the cage around my heart. It was there that I realized I’d been cramming myself, heart and soul, into this tiny box that society sold me with a bow. I felt my wild heart go free. And so here we are years later, at Wild Heart Yoga, offering yoga teacher training to share the gift that was given to me, that’s been given to so many others. Walk through the door. You got this.

Stay Wild,
Marybeth Brady