The Best Yoga Retreats in the UK

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As the busy year comes to an end, it is important to take some time off to rest and reflect. The hustle and bustle of life usually leaves us in need of a wellness break every now and again, and it is great to break away from the general daily routine and do something good for your physical and mental health. Yoga retreats are a great way to help you stay refreshed and revitalised. There are many options available for yoga retreats in the UK. You can decide on the yoga retreat you want based on the activities available as well as the dates and the location.

In my case, I would want a retreat that implements art, meditation, nature walks, massage, detox, mindfulness, and yoga. If you are wondering where to book your next yoga retreat, you should go Basubu. There are loads of yoga retreats available on the website.

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The Best Yoga Retreats in the UK

I have been so busy online looking out for great yoga retreats. Here are three recommendations for you:

Festive Winter Retreat in Cheshire

This winter retreat in the magical world of Alderley Ridge in Cheshire comes up on 28th December – 29th December, 2021. It is a two day program that includes breathwork, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, guided woodland walk, massage/healing session, meditation, and more.   I am really interested in this retreat because the location is not too far from where I am, and since it is a non-residential retreat, I can easily commute to and fro for the two days required.

Eco-Friendly Essex Wellness Retreat

I have family in Essex, so I do visit quite often. I would love to attend this wellness retreat in Essex countryside. It would be a nice escape from my daily routine. I love the sound of the Vegan cooking classes, the detox diet, and the yoga, pilates and other fitness classes. The eco-friendly venue also sounds really amazing.

Long Weekend Eco-Friendly Retreat in North Devon

This North Devon retreat is great for those looking to leave behind the stress of life, and soak in the beautiful countryside and sea. The fresh air, peace and relaxing activities would do wonders for your physical and mental health. I really like the sound of a countryside with views to the sea. This is definitely one of the best yoga retreats I have found in the UK.

What do you think of these yoga retreats in the UK? Which is your favourite?

 

 

 

Activities to help you stay on top of your mental health

If 2020 has taught us one thing it is that our health is so important. Health is wealth and our mental health is as important as our physical health. Most times, our mental health leads the way for our physical health to follow, which is why we must pay attention to it to live a fulfilling life. If you are struggling with mental health issues, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. It is important to start treating mental health illness as soon as you spot them. Preventing mental health illnesses is easier than treating them, so it is important to stay on top of your mental health. Here are some activities to help you stay on top of your mental health –

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Exercise

An easy way of staying on top of your mental and physical health is to exercise regularly. Having a good exercise routine helps a lot. I exercise every morning for about 30 minutes and I have noticed a massive difference in my overall health. You don’t have to exercise for 30 minutes every day to improve your health. I started off exercising for around 15 minutes and I increased it gradually as I went on.

Exercising regularly has a positive effect on anxiety, ADHD, depression, and more. A good exercise routine also improves memory, helps you sleep better, relieves stress, and boosts your overall mood.

Yoga

Our nervous system is directly tied to our mental health, and this is where yoga comes in. Yoga calms and centers the nervous system. It also relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, increases body awareness, and sharpens attention and concentration. Yoga is a self-soothing technique similar to exercising and meditation. It is definitely worth trying especially if you are struggling with your mental health.

Grounding/Earthing

Going for walks and runs definitely help. There’s something about being outdoors that improves the mood instantly. The fresh air and the change of scenery usually calm the mind immediately. An important activity you should try if possible when outdoors is grounding. Grounding or earthing simply means walking barefoot. I did this a lot when I was a kid growing up in Africa, but the older you are, the harder it is to do some of the easiest things. Modern living has changed our lives and some of these changes are not good for our health.

Research has shown that grounding improves sleep, strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and inflammation, regulates the nervous system, and decreases feelings of anxiety and stress, and more. The benefits of grounding are too many to list in this blog post. However, grounding is not the easiest thing to do in the part of the world I live in but I make sure I do this in my garden as frequently as possible.

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Mediation

Mediating does wonders for mental health.  I meditate daily and I cannot imagine a life without daily mediation. When meditating to improve mental health, it is important to focus on the root chakra (root energy center). The root center in our body is the base of the spine and that is the center that deals with mental health amongst others. There are loads of guided root chakra meditation videos on YouTube to help you. It is best to playa round with a few until you find the guided meditation that works best for you.

Dancing

Dancing is another activity that instantly improves my mood. I dance every day. It is part of my morning workout session and I love it. It relaxes me, relieves stress, and keeps me fit. Plus, it allows me to enjoy some of my favourite African tracks.

Do you do any of these activities every day? Which is your favourite?

 

 

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