Yoga retreats can be a deeply enriching experience for both student and teacher, but leading them is certainly not for everyone.
So how do you know if you’re ready to travel for free and lead yoga retreats?
If anything below rings true for you, it just might be time to take the next step, travel for free and lead yoga retreats of your own.
1. You have a burning desire to travel and see the world.
Yoga retreats are not only a fantastic way to travel for free, but you also get to see some of the most interesting places in the world. These locations are usually off the beaten path–away from the usual tourist spots–and they can leave you feeling refreshed and appreciative of the natural beauty that surrounds us all.
Upon showing up to my yoga retreats, many of my students have exclaimed,
“How did you find this place?!”
I love to take people to new destinations and give them a break from their normal, everyday life. This desire of mine has brought people to places in the world that they might’ve never seen otherwise.
But the desire to travel is only the first part of the question. You also need to have a desire to share your travel experience with others. Remember you are bringing a group of 5 to 50 people with you. If you are the type of person who does not like groups or traveling with groups, then yoga retreats may not be right for you.
2. You want to give your students a deeper, more personal yoga experience.
Perhaps your regular classes are only 1-2 hours long, and you don’t have the opportunity to share other aspects of yoga with your students.
From chanting to philosophy to practicing silence, retreats give you that opportunity. A retreat setting can take your students to the next level of their yoga practice.
3. Your students are asking you to lead a yoga retreat.
When I started to develop a community of students, I never dreamed of leading yoga retreats. But then my students started asking me to lead one. They were yearning for more.
I then polled the community, both after my classes and also through emails. I thought, if I can get a group of 20 people together, that would be awesome. My first retreat brought 50.
Pay attention to what your students are asking for.
And more importantly, pay attention to what your heart is telling you. You will know when it is right because the universe will literally show you the open door to walk through.
Now all you need to do is take the step.
Do you travel for free and lead yoga retreats? What are your tips to be able to travel for free and lead yoga retreats? Let us know in the comments below!
All photos by Marie Hillier Photography
About Yogi Aaron
Yogi Aaron, author of “Autobiography of a Naked Yogi,” brings passion and adventure to his teaching. Inspired, he guides students to secret and far-flung locales, empowers them to realize their own limitless potential, and makes yoga relevant and accessible for the modern world. Since 2002, he has been traveling and leading retreats worldwide, and currently serves as the yoga director at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa in Costa Rica. Follow Yogi Aaron on Facebook.