After the disappointment of a literally fruitless Perhentian Kecil island, I set off for Kapas Island well prepared:
I knew that arriving on Kapas Island on an August Friday afternoon – the peak of the holiday season – was a dangerous move, and after scouring the entire beach for the best beachfront accommodation Kapas Island could offer, I unfortunately ended up in the only place available: the 40 ringitt rooms in Mak Cik Gemuk’s backpacker ghetto.
Have you become so passionate and dedicated about yoga that you now wish to turn your passion into a career by taking a yoga teacher training? I can’t blame you, been there, done that. I did my yoga instructor training in Goa, India, back in 2015, and although I took a different path after and did not end up teaching, it was truly a transformative experience. I highly recommend anyone to take a yoga teacher training (and a silent retreat!) once in their life!
If you’ve been reading my articles about spas around the world, you might have noticed an emerging pattern. If you haven’t — newsflash: I seem to have taken a liking to getting buck naked in public. I mean, who doesn’t? Right? Righhhhhhttttt? Anyone? Well, ok, fine. Today, for a change, let me tell you about this one time in Iceland when I did not in fact get naked at the spa. It does happen, sometimes. Are you here to know if you can get naked at the Blue Lagoon? What is wrong with you, you pervert!
Screw men. Lolol, not really, but just a tiny bit, still. This 2020, all I want is to gather with soul sisters and practice mindfulness away from men in a women’s retreat where I can let my hair down and my inner Wild Woman run free. There’s something extremely empowering and magical with letting your barriers down with other women in a safe space and explore your true potential. Naturally, the most fitting place to do this is in the safe confine of a women’s retreat. So today I wanted to present to you the best women’s retreats in time for 2020.
I remember being at my Couchsurfing host Laura in Milan in preparation for my arrival to Berlin, about four years ago. She happened to be living between the two cities and kept yapping on about how free-spirited Berlin was. Specifically, she mentioned several times how wonderful it was that people were just strutting totally nude in clubs like Berghain and Kitkat Berlin, getting it on in public as casually as you’d sip on a Coors Light back where I’m from.
I remember thinking she was either completely off her rocker, or something decidedly weird or wrong was going down in Berlin.
Ask any hardcore traveller what destination left a deep imprint into their heart, and India has got to be one of the most mentioned countries. Rich of vibrant traditions, India can be experienced through its festivals, talking with the locals, and eating gastronomic feast next to the cows along bustling street. But as far as I’m concerned, one of the best ways to experience the country is through one of the numerous India Yoga Retreats.
The mystical Central American nation of Costa Rica is a place of stunning and lush jungle scenery, jaw-dropping beaches and an altogether welcoming country where you can lose yourself in the mists of ancient time and find yourself all over again. Your true deep self. And if you decide to embark on a yoga retreat Costa Rica has it all.
If you know anything about yoga and travel, you’ll be aware that it’s all about getting in tune with yourself and your surroundings. Well, the all-encompassing nature of Costa Rica is the perfect backdrop for achieving inner calm and ultimate bliss. Doing one of these Costa Rica yoga retreats is one of the best things you can do for yourself while in this magical place.
Yoga has been for me so much more than a sport. As my practice has deepened over the last ten or so years I have been practising, at some point, something shifted, and I am so thankful for this. One of my favourite yoga quotes comes from Patanjali and goes: “A mind free from all disturbances is yoga”. If you think yoga is just Asana practice, then I invite you to meditate on these inspiring yoga quotes and keep practising.
“Look at all the healthy food Berlin has!” Said no one ever.
I realise that what I’ve been putting here about Berlin, and not only but also including the vegan scene, has been totally hedonistic. Vegan burgers, all the fast food, clubbing naked and plain just getting naked. I’ve done a pretty decent job in my now four years in Berlin, I’d say. But Berlin is not just that, I promise you. The elusive healthy food Berlin does exist. If you dig deep enough, the Berlin healthy food scene is thriving. To whom knows where to look, Berlin is a mecca for all things health-minded, with yoga studios, green and healthy restaurants, temples, parks and amazing fitness options. All the decadent stuff I’ve written about is what got me excited when I arrived. What I’m telling you today is what is making me stick around.
Gone plant-based? Wondering what the best supplements for vegetarians and vegans are? Raise your hand if your new year resolutions revolve around health. It’s always the case for me. Eating healthy is a great place to start, but going on a plant-based diet is an even better idea. If you haven’t already, read my Veganuary tips to get some guidance on how to make a smooth transition into the plant-based world. On top of that, supplements for vegetarians and vegans are a nice addition to an already healthy lifestyle.