You’re getting married! Congratulations! You have the perfect ring, your engagement was everything you ever dreamed of, and you have the venue booked. Everything is falling into place. Well, it’s all falling into place for YOU. Your Maid of Honor, on the other hand, is struggling to plan the perfect bachelorette party for you and your closest friends. Fortunately, you have a great idea: a yoga retreat!
Research shows that brides feel significant amounts of stress in the weeks leading up to their wedding. The original intent of the bachelorette party was to relieve some of this stress and anxiety involved around wedding planning. But, over the years, they’ve turned into stressful endeavors in and of themselves!
Thankfully, yoga retreats offer a great alternative to the traditional weekend of drinking and nightclubbing!
Yoga retreats are short getaways designed to give you a break from the busy world around you. You eat healthy food, stretch and strengthen your body, and relax your mind. All in all, this is a great way to calm down and prepare for your upcoming wedding! In between all the cake tasting, dress fittings, and marriage counseling sessions, it’s nice to take some time to relax and unwind.
Yoga retreats last anywhere for a few hours to a few weeks. During the program, participants are removed from their usual surroundings and allowed to relax somewhere more serene and comforting. Typically, specially-trained chefs create gourmet meals, with a focus on healthy, organic ingredients, and yoga classes are offered several times a day. When not in class, guests go on nature walks, journal, listen to music, and focus on emotionally centering themselves.
It’s easy to imagine doing the downward dog on a picturesque beach or mastering headstands with a beautiful mountain backdrop. There are a wide range of yoga retreats offered. You can choose an upscale, resort style program, or a more rustic and woodsy style. With a little research, you can find the perfect yoga retreat for your budget and personal preferences!
Yoga improves flexibility, increases muscle strength, and lowers the levels of the hormone Cortisol in your body. Research shows that having excess Cortisol can increase your chances of suffering a heart attack or anxiety attack. Needless to say, yoga is a great tool to keep you happy and healthy! It reduces your overall stress and makes you approach your wedding day with a sense of collectedness and poise. Anyone who has ever gotten married can agree that these are important qualities to have! Getting married is stressful enough- your bachelorette party doesn’t have to be!
You may be worrying about whether or not you and your bridesmaids are physically capable of participating in a yoga retreat. Don’t worry, though. Yoga is a sport for everyone! Whether or not you’ve ever tried to become “one with your mat” before, you’ll quickly become comfortable with the different poses and body positions.
Bachelorette parties don’t have to be crazy, weekend-long alcohol drinking adventures. Instead, they can be calming and relaxing yoga retreats. Don’t settle for tradition. If you’re looking for a unique way to prepare for your wedding, book a yoga retreat today!
(Contributed by Cassie Brewer)
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