This weekend I attended my very first yoga retreat. A yoga retreat has been on my to do list (or 30 before 30 list) for a few years now, but to be honest I never thought I would actually go to one. Since having a baby I figured that taking the time away and finding the money for it would never actually happen. Well then the yoga studio that I go to had a local retreat for $50. Yes, $50!
What I learned from this was that first of all you don't have to travel across the province, or across countries to have a successful retreat. You just have to drive 15 minutes to a barn outside of town. Once there, I knew that I was there for the day. The baby was taken care of and I had nothing else to do except for immerse myself in a day of relaxation, fitness and fun. And this barn wasn't just any barn. It was beyond gorgeous inside and the fact that it was a rainy day was actually perfect. It was so cozy.
I went with my sister Tali and our friend Kim. We started the day with an hour and a half long vigorous yoga class. The teacher Nerine is fantastic! I have never been to a more difficult yoga class than one of hers, but that's what I love about them. Sure I love that yoga can be relaxing, but I also love when I feel like I really worked out. And let me tell you, her classes are a workout! This class was perfect. There were times that I had to come out of the lunges because my legs felt like they were going to collapse beneath me, but that's ok!
Next we had a delicious and healthy lunch. My sister is always trying to get everyone to eat healthier, but I love pasta and chocolate. But the stew we had that was made with veggies and chick peas and placed on top of couscous was delicious!
After lunch we went for a hike along the river. It was pouring rain but I'm so glad that Nerine talked me into going. When else are you going to go for a walk in the rain? Sometimes it's nice to just let go. I can admit that I can be somewhat uptight, so to let go of that and get a bit wet and dirty felt great.
The afternoon had a rejuvenating yoga class, meditation and some adjustment massage. It was all about relaxing.
I think it was the most relaxing and fulfilling day that I have ever had. If I'm going to have a baby free day it was exactly what I wanted to be doing! I can't wait until the next one.