Self love affirmations are a powerful way to change your inner and outer life… and if that statement (or should I say that self affirmation) makes you feel kinda weird, well, you’re not alone. I do a lot to keep myself fuelled up physically, psychologically, and spiritually — a wholesome vegan diet, a daily yoga practice and a regular meditation practice. But the idea of taking five minutes out of my day to say nice things to myself in front of a mirror used to make me feel cringey-anxious-inauthentic… so I started to ask myself why? And so began my self love journey.
I was a bit underwhelmed the first-ever time I set foot in Berlin. I thought the city lacked in “WOW” factor and was sprawling too much and missing some form of a focal point. Some may beg to differ, but this was my first impression. So whenever I get asked for my best Berlin Instagram spots, I always find it a bit ironic.
The US has some of the best yoga teachers and the best yoga studios in the world… so it makes sense that it also has some of the best yoga retreats too! Okay, fine, retreats in Europe are pretty incredible too… and let’s not forget Thailand or Costa Rica either. But the time has definitely come for me to share what yoga retreats in USA have to offer. Think East Coast forests, the deserts of Arizona and California, Hawaiian island magic — and lots and lots of yoga.
Falling in love with yoga was easy… learning to love meditation and mindfulness was a MUCH rockier journey. But ever since the daily meditations at my YTT in India, my Vipassana retreat, and my Ayahuasca experience, mindfulness has become an integral practice for me, and mindfulness quotes have been guiding lights along the way, as well as self-love affirmations.
Since I get asked this question regularly, here comes my yoga retreat 2021 roundup. Also, boy don’t we all need a bit of hope for traveling opportunities these days! So this is a collection of the best 2021 yoga retreats that I have either been visiting or have been dreaming of visiting. You’ll find retreats for all levels and budgets — from luxury yoga retreats abroad to more affordable yoga retreats near me and you — because that may well be as far as we can go for now due to the current circumstances. The practice of yoga can be done anywhere in the world, just bring your yoga mat.
You might have noticed that things have gotten a little weird over on Instagram recently. If you haven’t, well it is time you do be in the known. Someone mentioned to me there was some sort of a celery juice UTI movement happening unbeknownst to most normal people, one of the purported claims being that it could be beneficial to those with chronic urinary tract infections.
Full name: PASCHIMOTTANASANA = INTENSE STRETCH OF THE WEST POST
Paschima = West*
Uttana = Intense stretch
Asana = pose
*West… What? The back of the body is referred to as the west side, and the front of the body is the east side. Legend has it this is because, traditionally, you would practice yoga at the break of day facing the sunrise in the east (think of those Surya Namaskar, or sun salutations), hence the front of the body being the east side. If this is confusing for you, sub out west for ‘back of the body’. Paschimottanasana = intense stretch of the back of the body pose. Or just call it a seated forward fold because that is what it is!
I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to write about my Ayahuasca experience because it is so personal and I don’t want to build expectations. But since many of you have landed here in search of recommendations, I figured it could be helpful — or at the very least, mildly therapeutic — for me to share.
The Ayahuasca ceremony I chose was heard along the grapevine and honestly, I would rather keep it as such because I discovered a beautiful community that I’m hoping will be more or less the same when I return.
I fell in love with being in a German nude spa at Vabali spa berlin.
I know some of my German friends would roll their eyes at me for saying that Germans love themselves a bit of mixed gender nudity. Ahh yes, the German nude spa topic, here we go. But upon visiting vabali, I think they totally do. If you’re not familiar with the Freikörperkultur, of FKK (free body culture), chances are you will after spending some time in Germany. At the very least, you will have heard of a nude spa Germany one way or another. And while some would simplify that the FKK movement was born as a form of resistance against the East German regime, nudism in Germany has its roots way further in history.