photo by Julie Ansiau
I left my country, my husband and job behind when I turned 30. It was the scariest decision of my life, but in retrospect probably the Best. What I learned in those years after the big change was how to cultivate the trust & courage to live the life of your dreams. I moved first to Los Angeles, then to New York and ended up moving to Costa Rica in 2001, after the twin towers fell.
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Organising a successful yoga retreat might seem overwhelming at first. Yoga is an ever booming market, the number of US yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million according to the latest study. You can find more and more retreats being offered at magical locations all over the world, so how can you make yours stand out?
With my experience of teaching over 12 retreats in the past 5 years I learned that actually teaching the retreat is only one aspect to consider, because there is so much more to think about first. So where do you start to organise your successful yoga retreat?
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Prague has been on my list for years and I love to finally be here! Of course I did some research to find good things a yogi’s heart desires and hope you will enjoy my little personal yogi’s guide to Prague!
Prague is very laid back and easy to discover and explore. It is also really cheap to take taxis, public transport and to eat well and healthy. I spend 4 days here and it’s a good amount of time to explore the city. I also traveled alone and felt absolutely safe and at ease walking around day and night.
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I have been on the road now for over 3 months
and I love to make an effort to stay healthy when I travel. My journey started in Costa Rica and brought me to Switzerland, Spain, Germany and now Prague. As much as I enjoy to be on the road and see something new, I feel that my body can get out of balance if I don’t pay attention to keep it well nourished. And that’s the challenge when on the road, as I am sure you have also experienced many times. So what are ways to stay healthy while you travel?
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5 Ways to Hold on to the Bliss of a Yoga Retreat
As a yoga retreat comes to a close, feelings of apprehension can start to creep in. Can the calm and centeredness cultivated during the retreat — the sense that things are as they should be — withstand the pressures and stresses of everyday life?
I’ve been thinking about this question last week as I led a retreat in Mallorca. My answer is a resounding “yes” — not only can you hold on to the experience, but it can help you stay grounded through life’s ups and downs. Here are five tips to keep the retreat with you back home.
1. Establish small rituals.
Take some time each day — even if it’s just five minutes — to tune in to yourself and reconnect with the peace and clarity that you experienced during the retreat.
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Even if you practice yoga regularly, a yoga retreat may not be the first thing you think of when you’re planning a vacation. Simply getting away and spending time in a new place can shift our perspective and lift our spirits — so why a yoga retreat?
By choosing to take a yoga retreat , you make a powerful commitment to yourself. You carve out time to look inward, to listen to and honor your inner voice — which can sometimes be hard to hear in the noise of daily life. You can also take the retreat with you once it ends, in the form of new friends and valuable tools for managing life’s stresses and challenges.
Still wondering if a yoga retreat is the right choice for you? Here are six signs that it could be just what you need. Read More →
The Top 7 Habits of Highly Effective Yogis
As is the case with most things in life, to grow and expand our practice we must be mindful of our actions and, most importantly, our habits. There are actions we can take to refuel our passion, such as trying a different style of yoga or jetting off to yoga retreats
. But, quite often, I find that it’s the little, day-to-day things we can do that can make a huge difference.
In Stephen Covey’s mega-hit self-help book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, he guides readers through the attitude adjustments we all can make to perform better in every aspect of our lives. Upon reading the seven habits, I immediately recognized how they can be applied to the practice of yoga to help even the most experienced yogi flourish and renew. Give each one a try and you might be surprised by how much of an impact these little things have on your mind, body, spirit, and practice. Read More →