If you have decided that a yoga retreat combined with a training sounds like fun here are some things to consider!
With all the trainings (and retreats worldwide!) available you of course want to like (even love!) the location and make sure it fits your temperament; not a hot weather person? Love beaches? Choose a location you enjoy but also know that you may not have as much time as a regular yoga retreat to explore and enjoy the area- good idea to ask the people running the retreat what the options are. In our intensive 21 day trainings we know nature outings in Maine help balance the intense long days of study and practice.
2. Type of yoga
While vinyasa is the most popular form of yoga these days, there are many other types to zero in on based on your interest- Ashtanga, Iyengar ( the most serious and lengthy training so not often offered at retreats unless incorporated into other forms, as Sewall House does.), Kundalini, Hatha and more.
3. Type of program
Serious immersion into yoga lifestyle or simply a good overall asana program? Yoga Alliance requires certain things to be covered for their trainings- philosophy, anatomy, teaching styles and more- so be sure to ask for an outline or syllabus. Some cover the Bhagavad gita for example while others do not- Sewall House approaches philosophy with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. A friend who is a serious yogi- no meat, alcohol or caffeine- was flabberghasted when the people in his vinyasa training in California wanted to party each night.
If you like the large fun events like Wanderlust and Burning Man then a larger training of up to 100 people may appeal to you. If you prefer personal attention and want more opportunities to dialogue and student teach a smaller size may work. Our trainings are particularly small which suits people looking for a more intimate interactive experience.
5. 200 or 500?
You will likely start with a 200 hour training, The decision to go on to 500 can be at another retreat or through local studios. You might want to instead further your knowledge and diversity of experience by simply choosing retreat places you would like to go and with teacher(s) that can take you further as both a student and newer teacher. That way you can continue to combine learning and travel!