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The Benefits of a Personalized One-on-One Yoga Retreat

by Tracey Fenner

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We are living interesting times. But for many of us, the rhythm of our lives feels high-paced and stressful, as if life is demanding too much from us. If you are experiencing anything like this right now, then I am so glad you are reading this!

I believe that for all the time we spend DOING, we must spend an equal amount of time NON-DOING in order to rebalance and recharge. Otherwise, we hit a brick wall, go round and round in circles repeating the same patterns, which may ultimately lead to a nervous breakdown and us suffering from anxiety and depression.

Stimulating us from every angle, a hectic lifestyle can lead to a sensory overload. A yoga retreat is a wonderful experience that will give you the opportunity to withdraw, focus and turn your attention inward, away from the world of everyday demands, pressure and responsibilities. It provides you with space and time to reflect on a wide range of issues: your health, relationships, career, personal development, a sense of meaninglessness, lack of purpose, challenges of aging or coping with emotions, anxiety, depression, crisis and spiritual inquiry.


There are, of course, many benefits of an organized yoga retreat. Today, I wish to tell you about something different and unique. How would you like to experience a tailor-made retreat specially designed with you in mind? To select the perfect dates (anytime during the year) that suit and fit around your busy schedule? A personalized one-on-one retreat experience will provide you with all those benefits and so much more!

In my experience of hosting multiple group retreats at resorts/retreat centers worldwide for over 10 years, in a group retreat setting, I have often noticed that people can easily “hide” themselves if they choose to. This can happen for many reasons – lack of confidence, fear of being “seen,” self-consciousness, to name a few. As a result, they do not always get what they truly need out of the retreat. You may also discover the perfect group retreat only to find you can't go, as the retreat dates do not fit into your schedule.

On a personalized one-on-one retreat experience, the hosts work with you individually, focusing on your unique desires and needs. There is no hiding. The retreat starts the moment you step through the front door and you have the freedom to choose what dates suit you best.

I understand a one-on-one retreat may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for a nurturing experience that bridges the gap between your outer and inner self and addresses the deeper issues held within you, then I recommend you take a closer look at how this can benefit you. If you are ready to make a real commitment to your soul's path then a one-on-one personalized retreat can be deeply healing, spiritual and profoundly stimulating on all levels.


I use movement as therapy to connect more deeply with the individual client in front of me. I become the empathetic observer. During a personalized one-on-one retreat, I witness the individual client opening up and relaxing more quickly, there are fewer distractions, they are not concerned about what “others” around them are thinking or doing. As a result, clients are able to let go of what no longer serves them, reconnect with what they have forgotten, suppressed or ignored, and together we share a deeper, more personal, healing experience. What better way to feel at ease and trust the process than a safe, sacred environment tailored for you?

A one-on-one retreat experience opens people up physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and creatively. It inspires people to find clarity, reconnect to their true authentic voice, their body’s intelligence and inner wisdom so that they can make bold and courageous next steps in their lives.

My methodology involves creating experiences that encourage clients to get in touch with their thoughts, choices and feelings. We tend to be preoccupied and live inside our heads, disconnected from our bodies. While it is wonderful to have a creative and active mind, my work supports you to connect with your body and become more body-centered. This, in turn, connects you to your truths. Moving from this place deep within changes the way you see, feel and experience the world around you.

During our yoga sessions, we explore authentic movement, structured therapeutic movement, body awareness, observing tension within the body, postural exploration, visualizations, symbology, mirroring/reflection, motivation, breathing techniques, love & care, stillness and relaxation. I meet you wherever you are at, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I see you. I hear you.

I have dedicated my life to understanding the intelligence of the body. I believe there is no swifter, truer way for someone to reach his/her fullest growth potential than through a conscious body-centered movement practice. Who we are is reflected and manifested in our bodies. The way we move or do not move our body can often be a metaphor for how we move and interact in life. My work helps build the bridge (transition space) that separates the inner and outer self, allowing the deep knowledge of the unconscious to manifest itself through movement and image.

One-on-one retreats offer you space to step back from your everyday life issues, to shift from outward achievements and dedicate quality time to inner reflection and contemplation. We all require “time out” to slow down, relax, reset and reconnect with our soul's path.

A personalized one-on-one retreat experience is unique because you are unique!


Each retreat offers you time, space, love, spirit-based principles, meditations, body-centered movement techniques, practical wellness tools and nutrition advice to help you thrive. Retreat guests leave feeling re-energised, inspired, balanced and in harmony with their bodies and life.

With solo travel becoming more and more popular, I feel people are understanding the incredible benefits of having “time out” and spending some time alone. Discovering who you are as a person and what you want in life is incredibly empowering and life-enhancing.


This article was originally published on Tracey Fenner’ blog.


If this post has ignited a spark of curiosity within you, go to BookYogaRetreats.com and choose a personalized yoga retreat. See for yourself how a personalized one-on-one retreat can support and nurture you! “Be moved” by the exploration of your inner self…


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