Contrary to what many novices believe, yoga is a complicated art to study. The art is far more than merely stretching and breathing although these things are major components of the system. While there are many books, magazines, and videos out there claiming to be able to teach yoga the reality is that these items are supplementary learning material. Now, there is nothing wrong with that as their purpose is to supplement a learning environment with a qualified teacher.
One thing that must be understood about learning yoga under a qualified teacher (whether in a yoga retreat or a classroom) is that the teacher can only cover so much material within the confines of a particular classroom. The depth and expansiveness of yoga can take a lifetime to learn and if you plan on studying your whole life (and you should) a little patience will go a long way with learning the totality of this complex art. Additionally, it is critical to learning as much as possible from a variety of methods and a yoga retreat is a critical way in which one can expand his or her knowledge on the subject.
Benefits of the Retreat
Yoga encompasses many facets that include a spiritual as well as physical learning experience. A solid yoga retreat can cover these many facets as well as present different approaches to teaching yoga by introducing the student to a number of different instructors with different facets. In this regard, a yoga retreat can often provide an introduction and an insight into the variants of yoga that may not have necessarily been broached in a yoga class.
As such, the retreat becomes a comprehensive environment for learning that can raise one’s insights into the art and even stimulate further interest on the part of the student. This is an important aspect of the retreat as it is not uncommon for a student to experience a sense of minor stagnation if the classroom environment does not change. By attending a retreat, the student may find his or her learning experience re-invigorated. This along makes a yoga retreat a hugely positive experience that any serious student should consider.