When my yoga-ing, detoxing guests tell their friends and colleagues that they're going on a yoga detox retreat for their annual holiday, the response is very often one of surprise / shock / concern for their friend's mental health / complete wonder as to WHY?! WHY would anyone in their own right mind not have a holiday where one has the luxury of sleeping in until noon, of eating generous portions of delicious restaurant / hotel food, of drinking lavish amounts of alcohol without worrying about the consequences... etc. etc.??
BUT, when these same detoxing yogis return home after a week of healthy living, their friends and colleagues ask them what their secret is - how come they look so different - so... so happy..., alive..., vibrant..., beautiful?!
The best part is that not only do they look like this - happy, alive, vibrant, beautiful..., they FEEL all these things too!!
Have you ever watched children playing and been in awe of their endless supply of energy - to run, to skip, to laugh, maybe even cry and to then start all over again?
Well, the energy you have after a week of juice fasting, yoga, meditation, spending time in nature and laughing with fellow detoxers is something akin to this.
And do you remember how it feels to fall in love - to not have a care in the world... and to see everything and everyone as totally perfect and beautiful?
Well, this is how you feel and what the world looks like after a yoga detox retreat!!
And how could it be any other way.? Think about it...
Your body has had a thorough MOT and as a result is functioning at optimum levels. All the toxins and negativity have been rinsed out, and the body has been cleansed, nurtured and healed with abundant amounts of fresh, organic juices and alkaline foods. You now have a healthy digestion, a strong immune system, good blood circulation, a balanced endocrine system releasing healthy doses of hormones into the body, unpolluted and supple lungs taking in life, a strong and flexible spine and limbs...
Your mind has had a rest from the usual onslaught of advertising, newspapers, internet, gossip... Aaah! Peace. Silence. Inhale. Exhale. The focus required for practicing yoga and meditation has rendered the mind calm and still - the only thoughts passing through being peaceful, happy thoughts of what a wonderful world it is!
Your spirit is uplifted, having been nurtured by the trees, the ocean, the mountains and the sky... Time dedicated to reflection and silence has re-connected you to the core of who you really are - beyond all the surface stories and roles you're involved in on a day-to-day basis. You have renewed spirit and a deep inner contentment and joy.
And so it is. You feel happy, alive, vibrant and beautiful.
You went on a Yoga Detox Retreat and discovered the tools for healthy living - a healthy diet; the practice of a calm and relaxing activity such as yoga, Tai-chi or meditation for peace of mind and the importance of taking time out for re-connecting to Spirit / your True Self.
Knowing all this is one thing, but practising it and experiencing it is quite another... So many of my guests tell me that the yoga detox retreat was their big step to feeling confident in how to live life more abundantly...
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Globe-trotting nomad, yogini, holistic therapist, cat lover who, after 20 years of traveling the world, has finally laid down roots in the magical mountains of Monchique - Portugal's 'upper Algarve'.