They say silence is golden and that’s never been truer then when you embark on a silent retreat where the silence engulfs every fibre of your being. This precious experience allows you to reconnect with the real you and how you are feeling – your mind finally has a say and you have to listen to yourself completely.

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In today’s society it seems we are always surrounded by sound – traffic, mobile phones ringing, crowds or mindless talk. We feel the need to fill moments of silence with unnecessary chatter and don’t feel comfortable just being absolutely quiet. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you did?

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Embarking on a silence retreat is one of the best ways to do this. In Sanskrit, Mouna or Silence is seen as a rare opportunity to actually listen to one’s self and to take the time to trust and be at one with yourself – even with the little voices that invariably crop up and natter at you, challenging you and in most cases driving you to distraction. But what if you didn’t give in to those voices and instead simply sat with the silence, embracing it and welcoming it in like an old friend?

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It may seem daunting at first and you might wonder how it’s possible, but the benefits to doing this (even just once in your life) will be endless. Here are just a few, to inspire you:

– Eating without talking actually improves your digestion! Yes this is true – without chatting over lunch and dinner you can take the time to enjoy your food and eat slowly and more mindfully

– By communicating without words you remain more focused on the task at hand. There’s no room for pointless questions and this will leave your mind calm and more focused especially when practicing yoga.

– Being silent makes you acutely aware of your emotional state. A silent retreat can be a rollercoaster of emotions due to the fact that by being quiet in ourselves we are giving our mind and body the time they need to release any emotions and fears that have been drowned out by noise for so long.

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Shreyas Retreat in India offers one of the best silence experiences where you can embark on a five-day dedicated journey of being totally quiet. You’ll be fully supported by a team of amazing yoga instructors, Ayurvedic therapists and highly skilled chefs. Twice daily yoga practice is included to help you release and focus on dealing with any emotions that crop up. Add to that beautiful gardens, a turquoise pool, fresh flowers in your room, and a peaceful setting, you’ll be wondering what all the fuss was about in the first place.

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