We know that coming to your regularly scheduled yoga classes, but sometimes you need to switch things up. While we are so happy that our members come back day after day, we also know that you are likely practicing yoga at home as well. Keeping this in mind, we wanted to spur on our members to make yoga an even more integral part of their life with a fun activity. If you have a free weekend coming up and a few friends who also fancy themselves yogis, you can host your very own yoga retreat at your home. Want to know more? Continue reading below.
What Do You Need For An At-Home Yoga Retreat?
While it is actually fairly easy to put together an at-home yoga retreat, there are some things you will need for sure. In order to help you prepare, we have put together a detailed list so that all you have to do is begin planning your relaxing weekend.
Friends or Family?
If you have friends or family who regularly practice yoga, or even some people in your life who have been curious about your own yoga practice, send out an invitation to them. Not only is an at-home yoga retreat a great bonding opportunity but it also is a no pressure situation for those who are not as tenured in their yoga practice to learn more about it and how their lives can be positively influenced by yoga.
It’s best to have a plan so that people not only know what to expect, but also so you can get everything done that you want to in a timely manner. Simply put together a list of activities you would like for the group to participate in and then spread them out over a day or two so that you can fit everything in. You can also steal the schedule that follows this blog post if you don’t want to make your own.
If you are hosting guests for a few days, you need to be prepared to feed them. Assuming that your retreat will begin on Friday after work you will most likely need to have two breakfasts, two lunches and 2 dinners planned for everyone who will be attending. It’s also not a bad idea to have some snacks for participates to eat throughout the day.
This is the one component that could potentially pose a problem. If you do not have a space large enough to house everyone inside your home, you may want to consider asking another friend to host. On the other hand, you could also use a front or backyard for your actual yoga practice if it is not too terribly hot outside. You could also try to reserve a room at your local community center to hold your classes in if you have a lot of people interested in attending.
Yoga Props and Accessories
This is imperative, of course. Especially if you are hosting a number of people who are new to practicing yoga, they are likely to not have any of the props that are required. Having a few extra mats, as well as blankets and blocks for everyone to use is a good idea. If you don’t want to purchase all of the materials new, you can also use books in the place of blocks or scarfs in the place of yoga belts.
If you are a yoga expert, you may be able to lead the classes on your own. However, if you are not, you need to know how you are going to guide those in the group through their practice. You can use a television or a yoga app to instruct everyone from one pose to the next. Just make sure people are able to have easy to follow instructions, especially those who have never participated in a yoga class before.