Why go on a retreat?

Why go on retreat?

I’m so excited to announce that I will be hosting a retreat in Morocco in November 2018.

I went with my trusty retreat team to recce the astounding country with a mission to find the perfect location to retreat to…and that we did.

In a lovely area on the coast of Morocco, nestled far enough away from various other yoga centers, surf camps etc, we found a gem in Tikida Gold Palace.

A truly nourishing, rejuvenating, warming, peaceful place of magic that felt like we were coming home every time we re-visited.

Obviously I would love as many as my yogis to join me as possible, but understand a retreat is a big investment, and perhaps something quite unfamiliar to someone new to yoga.

But let me tell you this now, it is an investment that is worth every single penny. It is an opportunity for you to switch off from your busy daily lives, come away from your emails, your watsapp groups, your facebook profiles. It is an opportunity to release your responsibilities as a parent perhaps, a colleague, boss, friend, child, caregiver, party animal etc. It’s an invitation to strip away any ‘story’ or ‘label’ you may be giving yourself and just be you, and just be slow and just be still…

Now I hear you say:

‘But I could go on holiday with my girlfriends for the same price….!?’

It is SO much more than a holiday, because all of the yoga, the relaxation, the meditation and the healthy food on offer allow your mind and body to truly detox. And how important is it for us to detox once in a while? Especially as we live in such a crazy, busy, disconnected world!

The amount of holidays I have been on where I have spent a FORTUNE on basically eating and drink my way through the destination and then come home feeling like a need another one! Now don’t get me wrong these have their place and are very fun too, but it is a true investment to go on a retreat. It is a gift to you, from you, because you love, honour and respect yourself.

Now, another thing I am pre-empting is the anxiety around whether you can do a retreat as a beginner yogi. The answer is YES, YES AND YES!! It is probably more beneficial because you are going to learn so much about the practice and come away with such a deep understanding of it. And what a fabulous way that is to begin your journey as a yogi.

Of course advanced yogis or even teachers are welcome too, as everyone will reap benefits.

To summarise, I’ve done many retreats in my quarter century with various teachers and in various countries, both as a complete novice and as a teacher.

Every single one left me feeling completely and utterly FULL. Full of life, of love for myself and others, full of patience, peace, understanding, acceptance, inspiration. You cannot put a price on that.

What is your intention?

On return from magical Morocco things feel the same yet totally different. Travelling somewhere new, seeing a completely different way of life and culture always leaves me feeling different. It is not ‘life changing’, but it does change your life, even slightly. And isn’t that a beautiful thing!

You now have the gift of all the new things you’ve seen, people you have met, places you’ve been and memories made in your mind (and in this day and age Facebook pictures too!!) accessible to you at any time you want it.

It got me thinking and has totally inspired me to start a little blog to discuss topics that I think about on a daily basis.

I’ve been teaching yoga now just over a year. Through my classes I am sharing this beautiful practice and beautiful way of moving to many many people.

But yoga is so much more than what we do in class…

It is a way of connecting deeply and intimately to the body and to the breath. It is a way of truly experiencing yourself and how you feel in that moment, good or bad.
Not bothering to compare yourself to other people in the class because all that matters is what your doing, not worrying that you may not be able to get into a certain position because where you are now is where you are now and that is absolutely perfectly fine.

It is all the things we do on the mat that can then be translated to things we do off the mat – i.e. the way we live our lives.
If we can learn to practice yoga in a state of flow, we can learn to live our lives in a state of flow.
Flow may mean something different to each of us, whether it’s making the right decisions, feeling happy and confident in everything we do, how we approach challenges…the list goes on. But, it is all in our power to define.

And THAT is the beauty and essence of yoga that I hope to get across in my classes. Not just how to perfect a downward dog (although this feels very very nice).

So whether you come to my classes regularly or on just a fleeting basis, I ask you this…

Why do you do yoga?
Why do you like yoga?
What draws you to come back?
What is your intention?

Ask yourself…
Take some deep yogic breaths…
Inhaling for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, exhaling for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….
Repeat 5 times.

Then re ask yourself…

Keep it to yourself or even better share it with me. But I think it is important for you to know your why, to be clear of your intention.

Lots of love and downward dogs and Namaste’s x x