Are you searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? What would that perfect gift include? Something heartfelt, includes quality time with your mom, aligns with your health lifestyle, and doesn’t blow your budget? A DIY Mother’s Day yoga retreat fits all of these things!
In this post, I will walk you through creating the perfect DIY Mother’s Day yoga retreat. We will go over the materials you will need, things to prep, options for yoga practices, and how to add a special touch that your mom will never forget.
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Things to Prep for Your DIY Mother’s Day Yoga Retreat
Pick your location
Where will you and your mom have this retreat? Your house or her house would be great options. But you want to make sure that you have this time alone. So if you can’t get a house to yourself you may want to explore other options.
Nature provides a wonderful backdrop for a retreat. If you live close to the coast you could head to the beach. A park, forest, or lakeshore would also provide you with a free and beautiful space.
Another option is renting an Airbnb nearby. You can usually find something for a very reasonable place and then your retreat has turned into a mini getaway!
If you want to make your retreat more luxurious you could always add in a trip to a spa or salon.
Plan your meal
You can plan your retreat to span over a meal time. If cooking isn’t your things, you can also plan on having the retreat not during a meal time.
If you do plan on cooking, here are some healthy and simple ideas for snacks and meals.
Send your mom an invite
Maybe you have a tradition of spending Mother’s Day together or perhaps your mom has a busy schedule and you need to work together to set a date/time for this surprise you are planning for her. Either way, here is a really cute free invitation you can print out.
Pick your pampering activity/activities
No retreat is complete without some pampering. There are a ton of DIY things you can do to pamper you and your mom without breaking the bank. Pick as many as you like to help create a special day.
Here are some ideas:
Pick your yoga practice
Yoga should of course by included in your DIY Mother’s Day Yoga Retreat. You have a few options here; head to a studio and take a class together, find an online class that speaks to you, create your own yoga routine that you know will fit the needs of your mom. Each one has their own benefits.
Heading to a studio for a class is probably the simplest of the three options. You will have someone else guide you through a great class and (hopefully) give you feedback and adjustments throughout the class. But, yoga classes can get spendy and if you are trying to stick to a budget this might not be the best option. I do have a post on how to save money on yoga classes if you are interested.
Finding a class online is a free option that doesn’t take much to prepare. You would just want to find a class that fits the level of you and your mom. I would highly recommend checking out Grokker.com. They have amazing classes and you can get a free trail. You can’t beat free! Out of all the online yoga memberships, I think this one is by far the best. There are a ton of classes, including many by very well known yogis such as Kino.
If you are fairly experienced in yoga, it might be fun to design to create your own flow for the DIY retreat. This option would take some extra work, but it would add something extra special.
Prepare your gift
Since you are planning a yoga retreat for your mom, a gift may not be necessary. It’s totally up to you. Here are some ideas if you decide to add a special touch (aka gift) to your retreat.
- Write a couple paragraphs about why you are grateful for your mother. Then read it aloud to her and give her a nice copy to keep. (Warning: there will probably be tears!)
- Make a photo canvas of the two of you. Easy Canvas Prints has great prices. Right now they have 85% off canvas prints.
- Make some coupons for your mom that she can cash later on. Some ideas are: “Girl’s Day, whenever you want”, “I’ll make dinner,” “Help with a Project of Your Choice”
Plan your retreat schedule
To make sure your time flows smoothly you should decide on a schedule for your DIY Mother’s Day Yoga Retreat. You can get as detailed or relaxed about the schedule as you want. Obviously, if you have appointments scheduled, you will want to be more structured with your timeline.
Here are a couple of sample schedules:
Sample Schedule #1
4:00-4:30 Pampering Activity (Face Masks)
4:30-5:30 Yoga Practice
6:30-6:45 Gift time
6:45-7:00 Travel to nail salon
7:00 Pedicure appointment
Sample Schedule #2
Pampering Activity (Foot Soaks)
Pampering Activity (Face Masks)
Give your gift
Don’t forget to give your mom the invite well in advance. You can share with her as much or as little about the plan for the day as you would like. Some people love surprises!
On the day of your DIY Mother’s Day Yoga Retreat, you will want to remember the following things; two yoga mats, items for the meal you are preparing, items for pampering activities, your yoga plan (if you made your own), and your gift.
Remember, to enjoy the time with your mom. This is a day to honor her and everything she as done for you. I am sure that she will never forget this retreat.