I started the 3 Week Yoga Retreat because I was always interested in yoga, but the chanting and stuff scared me. After several attempts to do yoga videos and live classes, the 3 Week Yoga Retreat was finally something I stuck with and really enjoyed. It’s a new straightforward yoga program you can do at home. My goals were to improve various yoga moves, quiet my mind and build up to trying vinyasa yoga.
I’ve always wanted to be able to do yoga.
I actually joined a gym for the sole purpose to try yoga after skipping “yoga day” with my regular workout programs. The reason I skipped the tapes before was I didn’t feel like they gave enough cueing from the tapes to have proper form.
Well, turns out the people that go to yoga class have been going for years. They are familiar with each pose’s name, and they are SO bendy! My brain couldn’t quiet down. I wobbled on one leg, and I definitely wasn’t doing that whole breathing thing right. I was too busy comparing myself or thinking about the traffic to and from the “relaxing but challenging” class.
So I stopped going. It probably not the best choice, but I really needed a yoga for beginners class. I needed a foundation before breaking out some intense balance yoga poses.
I knew I needed to get back into practicing it though because of the health benefits. Do you ever feel just too intimidated or uncomfortable by all of it, though?
That’s why I tried the 3 Week Yoga Retreat. It’s personal, not hippy dippy. I can do it without having to worry about someone seeing my granny-panty lines in awkward yoga poses.
What is 3 Week Yoga Retreat?
It’s straight-forward yoga for beginners. There isn’t a single candle, chant or OHMs…which makes me feel so much more comfortable! As a not flexible, Southerner I need a simplified, stripped down program without all of the weird mystical kind of stuff going on like there is in some yoga videos.
Each of the 21 unique workouts are on a seamless white background which was also a huge selling point to me. Every other yoga video seemed like it was on the beach or had weird music or religious undertones to it. The clean backdrop helps me to just focus on what I’m doing and breathe (versus giggle at the dude on the beach with a bulge in those too-tight yoga pants! Eeek!)
It feels like a live workout because of the cueing. Just like a live class, the instructor guides you with their voice versus you watching a TV screen. They actually had the test group try the workouts just be hearing the cues (not seeing the instructor) – so the cueing is far better than any other yoga video I’ve tried.
The yoga program is broken down into 3 week-long phases. The phase progress provides a strong foundation in yoga and then expand on the fundamentals to gain more confidence in the practice.
Plus unlike the yoga classes that took me an hour to commute back and forth from, these workouts are just 30 minutes. This was huge for me because I notice my form in certain yoga poses starts to suffer in a longer class. I need to build up my endurance and strength to be able to do a longer class.
There is a modifier. Thank goodness.
After the 3 weeks, I’ve improved my flexibility, quieted my mind and improved my balance.
Here’s what you should expect from Beachbody’s 3 Week Yoga Retreat:
The 3 Week Yoga Retreat Weekly Progression
All of the trainers are certified yoga instructors with years of experience. They are intensively trained to be able to cue someone through each of the yoga poses. Before creating the program, they actually blindfolded the instructors and clients to make sure you didn’t need to strain your neck to see what the instructor was doing.
Week 1 focuses on the fundamentals and building a strong foundation in yoga.
This is what I feel like I must have missed in the live workouts I tried. The trainer’s name in week 1 is Vytas Baskauskas; he’s very focused on precision and exactness which is why he was chosen to teach the basics of yoga. I really loved his straightforward approach. He’s really clear on where your hands should be and how to do a pose. I had been doing downward dog wrong for YEARS. (oops!)
Week 2 is called Expansion.
Since it won’t be our first downward dog, we’ll perfect our form and reach deeper into each pose. The instructor, Elise, in week 2 worked with college football players and Olympic athletes to also expand their minds and tap into their full potential in a non-hokey kind of way.
I would say Elise and Yvtas are my favorite trainers of the program. Both are so straight forward. Yvtas was fun to workout with, and Elise is so inspiring and focuses on the mind-body connection in each of her workouts.
Week 3 is called Progression, and it’s tough.
Ted is the yoga teacher in week 3. This week is all about gently pushing yourself to do a little bit more and gives you a chance to see the progress you’ve made.
Ted’s an endurance athlete, and you can see it in his workouts. He’ll show you how yoga factors into intense cardio and strength workouts. It is really a missing piece of fitness. He is also a big believer in the power of meditation and restorative yoga. Restorative yoga helps strengthen muscles, build stamina, and prevent injuries.
He is also a big believer in the power of meditation and restorative yoga. Restorative yoga helps strengthen muscles, build stamina, and prevent injuries.
The Weekend Classes are short too!
Faith is the trainer for each weekend of the program. Saturday is a 20-minute relaxing class, and Sunday’s class is only 10 minutes in the morning and evening. I still will use the evening class just to relax when I’m feeling stressed out. In these restorative classes, you’ll learn more about the breathing and movement of yoga and meditation.
What’s after Beachbody’s 3-week yoga retreat challenge?
I actually am really excited because Beachbody just released a Yoga Studio on their streaming service, Beachbody On Demand. They have added additional workouts from all 4 trainers from the retreat, as well as, compiled all of the yoga workouts ever offered in other Beachbody programs. So you’ll have access to 16+ bonus workouts from the trainers in the retreat PLUS 18 additional workouts from your favorite celebrity trainers like Tony Horton.
With the Beachbody Yoga Studio, I’ve had enough yoga workouts to create a 7-week yoga & cardio hybrid! They are also adding new workouts every month so you’ll never get bored. I’m honestly going to do the 7-week hybrid twice back-to-back so I can work up to the advanced poses offered as well.
Why 4 Trainers?
If you’ve ever been to a live class, you may know what it’s like when you like with an instructor or don’t. I know for me, there is one instructor I love at the gym, but the other makes me nervous and like I can never any of the yoga poses right. Which causes me stress versus reducing it. You’ll find the trainer(s) you love in this program, and the variety helps guarantee that.
You get 21 unique classes, but each day of the week has a focus.
- You’ll start the week with a core workout. These workouts focus on engaging and activating the muscles in your abs and lower back. So many yoga poses use the core in new ways so I expect this workout will be tough.
- Luckily, Tuesday’s are stretch workouts. You’ll lengthen muscles to help improve your form and ability to extend in poses.
- Wednesday’s focus is Balance.
- Thursday’s workouts are Flowing workouts. This class combines everything from Monday-Wednesday and puts into a flowing, breathing format. This is Vinyasa Flow, Beachbody-style.
- Fridays are Flow to Go, a shorter, more advanced version of Thursday’s class that features a little less cueing.
- Saturday provides a relaxing yoga class to restore the body.
- Sunday’s are a short class to work closer to your goals.
How much does the 3 Week Yoga Retreat cost?
You can get it for $99 here or stream it on Beachbody on Demand.
With Beachbody On Demand, you can stream several different workouts, as well as, the 3 Week Yoga Retreat too!
Right now they offer a 30-day free trial too! So you could start with the free trial here, or if you know you’re ready to commit it’s very affordable to get an All Access Pass to stream EVERY Beachbody workout ever made (21 Day Fix, PiYo, P90x3, Insanity, etc) for a year. You can check out the All Access Pass’ pricing here.
What else is included?
With either option, you’ll receive some additional freebies.
- A Quick Start Guide to The Retreat
- Nutrition Guide
- Class Calendar
- Beginners Basics Video
- Pose Tracker to See Your Progress
- 10% off any other workouts and supplements (30 days with the trial or a year with the all access pass)
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