Why go on a yoga retreat

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A yoga retreat is so much more than just a holiday.
A retreat is about clearing some space. A time to disconnect to reconnect – physically, mentally and emotionally. It gives you the gift of time…time to slow down and focus on your health, yourself, go more inward and properly relax.

If you are going through a change or transition of some kind, a retreat really supports whatever you are experiencing and helps you to process what you are going through. I always find people have transformational shifts when they come away and in ways they aren’t expecting.

The structure is chilled.. I offer two yoga classes and meditation everyday. Usually a more dynamic class in the morning and a yin based class in the late afternoon. It goes without saying increasing the amount of yoga you are doing is going to create a positive shift in your practice. It gets deeper into your body and you start to feel and understand some of the more subtle elements beyond just the physical. You feel great changes in your mind, breath and energy also.

Last year I had two people who had only really done Yin before and one woman who hadn’t done any yoga. They did all the classes and loved it because it broadened their experience and skill and gave them so much more confidence. When we have our regular routine we tend to stick to classes we like, are comfortable with or because we can only come to the studio at certain times. A retreat gets you out of your comfort zone and this is where you grow and learn.

Daily meditation has huge benefits and a practice many of us want to make a part of our lives but either don’t know where to begin or find it difficult to stick to with all the busyness and distractions at home. While you are away you can build this into your routine. You have the time and space to slow down and explore what meditation can do for you. Being in a group makes it feel easier as you are more supported and as well I am there to guide you toward the places to put your attention when going more inward.

Last year I discovered a local sound healer and reiki practitioner and we organised a sound healing session for the group which was profound and everyone was really moved by. It helped deepen the group bond. Many went to see him individually also which opened up new spaces for them. This kind of work really complements the yoga in clearing the energy channels of the body, creating balance and helping you process things.

All this wonderful stuff for the mind but what about the body?

That’s where Ayurveda comes in. If you really want to work on giving your body an upgrade or have a specific health issue you want to get sorted out I would highly recommend booking a treatment plan at Dr Unni’s clinic nearby. He gives you a customised regime of daily massages, Ayurvedic herbs and diet and lifestyle recommendations for you to follow, even beyond your retreat.

We eat REALLY well. The food in Kerala is amazing and so fresh.. lots of fruit, salad, fish and seafood straight out of the sea and local treats like dosa, parantha and pooris.

The best thing for me is the connection..the way people start to connect with themselves differently and also each other. We have fun, we laugh a lot, people make new friends and form close bonds. Its the loveliest thing.. and the most rewarding for me to witness.

If you’ve been saying for awhile that you’re going to come one year, maybe this year’s the year 😉

Come and experience thr magic of India!

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