Funny how the inclusion of a pure vegetarian Indian supper can create a flurry of bookings for a yoga retreat day! The summer urban retreat I offered in north London was very well attended and received.
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How satisfying is it to cross off chores from your lists of things to do? I am stunned to report that I'm on top of my lists, yes very plural, right now and it feels so good, and a very new feeling to have time for the important people in my life after a very long list-filled years.
I resisted buying a yoga mat for years when they first came on the market. They looked like giant plasters and I looked down at these new pieces of kit and preferred my comfortable and comfort blanket. As soon as I was introduced to the delights of down dog on a mat, I was reminded that change is good and I didn't need to slide around on my blanket any more with my hips desperately holding on in case i slid into the splits - so my warning system told my nervous system lit was safe to relax.
Now I use two extra thick 6mm yoga mats and use them to make a large cross and here's 8 reasons why!
- You can spread my arms out to the sides horizontally one way, and have your spine vertically the other way - especially good to occupy some space on cold floors
- when you're on your hands and knees, your precious knees have double protection where it crosses in the centre. Over the years as a student, a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, I have learnt that my knees are not worth grinding into the floor and I'm going to look after them as best I can!
- Teachers can demonstrate postures without having to turn the mat sideways
- You can fold 6mm mats to make a lovely shelf for shoulderstand to make space for the neck and spine
- You can fold 6mm mats to make a soft landing pad for the crown of the head in headstand - stay longer!
- Fold and roll up one of the mats into a flat cushioned bolster for backbends - to open the thoracic spine just enough!
- Fold one mat to make a platform for sitting and allow the hips to open and knees to drop
- I'm sure there's lots more so if you've got your way with mats, please share!
It's cold outside but you don't have to be cold in your yoga class. How to stay snug...
I have always loved Kerala, the laid back beaches, the food, the people .....
Personally, I can't wait for this opportunity to experience yoga, creativity, goddess energy, ayurvedic massage, delicious south Indian food, sunsets on the beach...on this retreat exploring - The Goddess as Body - Yoga & Creative Journalling with Beverley Nolan.
This is what it will look like - Two yoga sessions a day - one active, one restorative. Expect to dive into a detailed, and imaginative somatic exploration of your practice.
In addition to all the yoga sessions, there is an extra delightful and optional creative journaling session each day to unravel further the identities of the 12 wisdom goddesses.
Discover your Golden Goddess (she who represents your aspirational self)
Discover your Shadow Goddess (she who represents aspects of your unloved self).
A bespoke workbook to take away with you of goddess-themed journaling prompts.
Staying in Cherai Beach, with sunrise over the backwaters and sunset on the beach, Yoga United have been taking groups here for the last 9 years. We are very very well looked after, and our guests are treated like family. Leave your guidebook behind and let us show you real India with the yogi in mind!
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For more information, call Judy or Saz on 020 8361 1882 today!