Splurging on luxury is a real no-no in this crap economy, but what if it’s for a self-helpy learning experience?
If we’ve gained anything from the Recession, and the coinciding bubble of yoga in America, it’s that self-medication has no price tag. And a Reuters story like this is destined for syndication and a massive ripple effect, presumably like the last one. So who has the extra greenbacks to splurge on yoga retreats, you ask? Why, the same folks who’ve been shelling out for teacher trainings and stretchy yoga pants. And, really, who can blame them? When we’re not blogging, sleeping or yogaing you can usually find us spelunking for spare change in our cavernous bank accounts so we can afford our regular yoga classes and, *crossing fingers*, maybe a retreat some day. They always look so lovely!
But even the cash strapped and recently pink slipped are finding a way to the sands of respite:
“Several people I’ve spoken to in the last few weeks have said, ‘You know, I just lost my job and I really shouldn’t be doing this, but I need this retreat so-o-o badly,’” Wesleigh Roeca, who runs the retreat program at YogaWorks, said in an interview.
Then of course there are the guilty lot who feel bad jetting out for a lazy vacation of beach lounging and tiny umbrella drinks, so they’re opting for the all-inclusive, “self-transformation” holidays, some even sans alcohol! (Kripalu retreats have no alcohol policy). But the real draw is the all-inclusiveness, it’s a package deal: airfare, hotel (often 4-, 5-star), some meals, excursions, massages, and yoga, oh my! It’s a bargain! For the cash saddled it takes all the hard guess work out of “What DO I do in paradise?” and “What am I really gaining from my vacations besides temporary escape?”
Says Billy Asad, veteran corporate and studio yoga getaway planner,
“I book the hotel, I do everything. This idea of ‘I don’t want to think beyond booking my trip’ is becoming more mainstream.”
So if you haven’t blown your remaining fortune on gold bars and real estate, we suppose self-improvement isn’t the worst investment these days. Yogis and non alike can probably admit a retreat may be well worth the (possibly) necessary scrounging and penny pinching. (Full disclosure: we have yet to enjoy such pleasures of yoga on the beaches of Bali, or a similar tropical paradise, though we distinctly remember offering to climb in a few suitcases). However, keeping level heads level is important – in yoga, in life – and you can’t just blow your load on a week retreat! Or, maybe you can?
Lost your job? How many of you would go anyway?
Yoga Retreats: getting away from it all [Reuters]