Kickstart Your Yoga Practice on a Beginners’ Retreat in France
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According to research, if you try something new, you’re treating yourself to an abundance of benefits –and that includes starting a yoga practice.
Doing something for the first time helps you to overcome fear, grow your sense of adventure, improve your brain function and stimulate your creativity. It also provides you with a sense of achievement, while allowing you to know yourself better and meet new people.
But let’s be honest, as exciting as it can be, a new adventure can be also intimidating; especially if you don’t have the right guidance, or if you’ve been active for a while and don’t see any improvement.
On a yoga retreat for beginners, you’ll be able to understand the basics of yoga and hit the ground running. You’ll learn the names of the poses, pay better attention to proper alignment and immerse in the yoga philosophy. So, if you’re new to yoga, there’s no better way to build the foundations.
Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.
Why choose France for a beginners’ yoga retreat?
A beginners’ yoga retreat in France is an experience like no other. The country features some of the most remarkable landscapes you can imagine. With gently rolling hills in the north and west, the Pyrenees in the south and the Alps in the east, there are plenty of natural spaces where you can strike your best asanas in connection with mother nature.
Also, France has become a top yoga destination as the practice is a very popular activity in the country. There are several excellent schools teaching a variety of yoga styles, and the French people have adopted yoga as a holistic and restorative exercise.
Recommended beginner yoga holidays in France
Want some suggestions on where to go in France? Here are five excellent options for a beginners’ yoga retreat in France.
- Duration: 7 Days
- City: Béziers
Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and relax on this yoga and meditation retreat in France. It takes place in a beautiful house, just on the edge of a national park. The area is famous for its outstanding nature and for being part of the pilgrimage route to Compostela in Spain.
The program includes 3 yoga sessions per day, 1 daily morning meditation session, 2 healing workshops, and daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner made with organic ingredients.
Also, you’ll have plenty of free time to walk, rest, swim and explore the area. If you want, you can go horse riding or sample the local wine at the Cafe in the village.
- Duration: 7 Days
- City: La Sauvetat
Featuring breathtaking views of valleys, vineyards and fields full of sunflowers, this yoga retreat takes place in a French farmer's house in the picturesque province of Gascony close to the Pyrenees.
Enjoy an ambiance of complete relaxation with a large outside pool, sauna, fireplaces, beautiful hiking paths and a lake. The retreat is instructed in English but there will be translators for German, English and French speakers.
The program includes morning snacks and tea, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, a Shiatsu massage, 4 relaxing massage workshops, 2 sauna sessions, 6 Hatha yoga classes, 5 healing meditations and life coaching sessions.
- Duration: 8 Days
- City: Beaujolais
Immerse yourself in the traditional principles of yoga. For eight days, you’ll be doing Hatha Yoga and meditation guided by expert instructors that will help you take your first steps in your practice.
You’ll learn about the symbolic significance of asanas, the yogic system of chakras, self-inquiry meditation and yogic purification techniques. All meals, from dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure, are included.
- Duration: 8 Days
- City: Montbel
This yoga retreat for beginners is perfect for those who love yoga and horses. It takes place in an authentic French country farmhouse, with a private lakeside beach of clear and clean waters.
The program includes 2 yoga and meditation sessions per day, 3 daily vegetarian meals, daily coffee and tea breaks with snacks, and a daily coaching session with horses.
The yoga and meditation sessions are designed with an emphasis on body awareness, which is widely beneficial for horse riders and beginner yogis.
- Duration: 4 Days
- City: Ariège
On this retreat in France, you can choose between a Tao yoga, Qigong, or meditation program. If you choose Tao yoga, you’ll learn up to 60 easy moves and postures that will help you to improve your energy flow.
With the Qigong program, you can explore either the Eight Pieces of Brocade form or the Five Zhang Organs. All include standing meditation, alignment practice and warm-ups.
If you prefer to deepen your meditation knowledge, choose the meditation program. The methods you can learn include Buddhist and Taoist meditation, as well as Dharmatta-intrinsic awareness.
All programs include breakfast, lunch and a four-course evening meal, prepared with fresh ingredients from the organic garden. In addition, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the safe and wild nature around the retreat center.
Best time to go on a yoga retreat in France
France is the most visited country in the world. In 2018, it received 89.4 million visitors. This means that you can find tourists basically any time of the year. However, to help you plan your vacation better here’s some information about what to expect from each season:
Traveling to France during spring (April and May) might be a good idea, as the weather is warm, but it isn’t crowded yet. Plus, you can enjoy the sight of beautiful lavender fields.
June to August are probably the most popular months. There’s just something about the summer that invites people to go outside and enjoy themselves; it could be the sunshine, the school breaks, or the warm air. Whatever magic this season has, it also spreads throughout France!
During fall, the leaves change color, the summer crowds are gone and the weather is pleasant, so it’s also a good time to visit.
Finally, the winter months (January to March) are recommended for those who want to avoid the crowds more than anything and don’t mind the cold weather.
Are you already an experienced yogi? There are plenty of advanced yoga retreats in France to take your practice to the next level.