Because “selfish” needs a makeoverThe 7 day yoga retreat at Sunset Mountain Resort with Lena Tancredi absolutely changed my life. Being a yoga novice, I was apprehensive about the potential rigor. This was not a problem at all. Lena is gifted - her knowledge of yoga theory, her ability to communicate, her captivating personality, and her masterful teaching made the week so accessible for any learner. Line upon line, precept upon precept, the agenda is crafted to build knowledge and practice of yoga concepts and principles. I was exceptionally impacted with the understanding of the body through the teaching of nutrition and learning my personal body/element type. I was also surprised at how much my body could do with Lena's gentle guidance. The motifs of our closing circle were "safe place" and "gratitude." It seemed like a privilege to be a part of such a special transformation for each person. We all came with a particular purpose, plan, or problem and we had opportunities to reflect on our lives, connect with ourselves, and rejuvenate our spirits. Whether you are simply wanting to take your yoga practice to the next level, learn the basics of yoga, or become a more effective yoga instructor, I promise this retreat will meet your needs. And the food was amazing! I was a bit apprehensive about an abrupt change to a vegetarian diet, but this was possibly the best part for me. Never a hungry moment.
Testimonial from APA, from the last week retreat (4-11/8)
Yoga, at first, feels a bit strange. Those who don’t do it say the same thing to me over and over: What’s with this focus, on a mat, not looking at or talking to anyone—what is the benefit of that? When you think about it in terms of an expanded definition of selfishness, anything that charges your batteries from the inside, and connects you with your power and a sense of presence is beneficial.
When you take a holiday with yoga practice as the cornerstone, you immerse yourself in an experience that is designed to connect you with yourself and fulfill you, first. Because it’s okay, even recommended, to be the center of your own life!
Two journeys for the price of one
For those practicing yoga as a way to manage stress and enhance their health amidst a rigorous routine and the demands of life, it is an experience that offers glimpses of peace and relaxation. Yet those glimpses are like approaching a doorway, peeking inside and saying “wow, what a cool place—lots going on in here … would love to check it out.” Then you leave the yoga studio and forget about it until next class.
They say time is money. So to go into this place that you only glimpse in an hour and a half class can be expensive, time wise. Yet if you are reading this, you are likely at a point where you are looking for an experience that does something different for you. The interesting thing is that when you start to explore what’s inside yourself—i.e. the prospect of a deeper connection with your authentic self—you see that every visit into it alters all that is around you, offering you a chance to connect more deeply and directly with your surroundings.
The one thing that really supported my ability to integrate the knowledge into my real life most would be the people I shared the retreat time with. Seems funny to say when, as I mentioned, we all go and spend hours, alone, on our mats. But when that time is up, we are eager to connect and share experiences, helping each other process a little more, live a little more. Fulfilled. Together. When people come together in the name of balance and wellness, that “vibe” penetrates the whole experience. It’s self-reinforcing.
A long-term reset
You can travel anywhere in the world, experience the exact opposite of a stressful routine. Sink into far away and swear you will never get as stresses out as before. Three months later, you can barely remember where you went. When you take a trip that involves working on your inner world as well as your outer reality, things just start to shift. You feel like some more light switches turn on. You also develop techniques, through the immersive experience of a retreat, that you are more likely to continue to apply. Those techniques preserve that shift and carry it out into life.
To bond with your practice
No matter how long your retreat, you will go deeper than a single class or even a weekend workshop. A day-in-day out retreat will definitely help you walk through that door mentioned above—move into and get a good look around at your inner world through asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophical study, chanting. All of these activities that fall under the umbrella term of yoga are designed to connect you, first with yourself. And with that connection comes a lot of benefits you just need to experience to believe. I join the countless people who have to say it’s all worth a sincere try!
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