I (re)discovered yoga in the midst of an internal personal crisis while far far away and very lonely. Incidentally, as I was backpacking through South-East Asia and moving constantly, doing all sorts of online yoga courses and watching yoga movies were my favourite to do on the go out of my hotel rooms. They gave me tools to cope better and find the inner strength to push through. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly draw some parallels with what’s happening right now.
So you’ve decided you want to embrace ancient Shamanic plant medicines by heading on an ayahuasca retreat but don’t know where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Deciding to take the plunge into your first ayahuasca retreat is a pretty big deal, and deciding which retreat to go to is an even bigger one. You’ll have many questions, I’m sure. What can I expect on an ayahuasca retreat? Where can I find the best retreats? How do I choose the right ayahuasca retreat for me?
Screw men. Haha lol, not really, but just a tiny bit, still. This 2021, all I want is to gather with soul sisters and practice mindfulness away from men in a women 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 women retreats. So today I wanted to present to you the best retreats for women in time for 2021.
Having some extra time on your hands? Did you know online yoga teacher training courses were a thing? That’s right, Yoga Alliance recently approved fully remotely obtained YTTs as accepted for registration with them (which is a prerequisite to be able to teach). Since it’s a relatively new business, the prices are still super low when compared to other YTTs and an amazing opportunity for yogis on a budget.
Getting started with yoga can feel overwhelming — there are so many amazing teachers, studios, online yoga courses, and, if your budget permits, IRL yoga retreats to learn the basics. But I honestly think the best, most accessible, welcoming — not to mention the cheapest — place to start with yoga for beginners, is at home with some good ol’ Surya Namaskar poses… trust me, I’ve tried pretty much every style and platform of yoga going and home practise and self-guided learning is the most effective.
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!
Since I get asked this question on the regular, I thought of presenting you with this “best yoga retreat 2021” roundup post, cause, boy don’t we all need a bit of hope for the new year! This is a collection of top yoga retreats I have either been visiting or have been dreaming of visiting — there are retreats for all budgets, from luxury yoga retreats abroad, to more affordable yoga retreat near me and you — because that may well be as far as we can go.
I’m such a fan of yoga for boosting the mind-body balance and helping me achieve way more in life, that I hardly know where to start describing my experience and continuing journey. One place I do know where to begin is with my YTT in India, where a whole new world of knowledge, understanding and compassion opened up to me. I learned to spread my wings in a way that has altered my outlook on the world and has changed me forever.
Friends, couples, random people you meet in the park — there’s nothing quite like the bonding experience of partner yoga poses. And with a second lockdown looming and people looking for things to do at home, these yoga poses for two people will give you an afternoon of fun and a good stretch. These are also great couple yoga poses.