Posts Tagged ‘yoga retreat’

Meditation retreat

August 4, 2011  |  Breathing Exercises, Featured, Meditation, Stress  |  Share
Meditation retreat

Some of the mediation we have practiced at our yoga breaks recently have been influenced by Dr. Jon Kabat Zimm. Kabat Zimm started up a mindfulness centre in 1979 and has done some profound work for mindfulness, healing and stress reduction. We wanted to share some of his thoughts, have a leisurely read…

Has this ever happened to you while driving to work: you have a long and heated argument with somebody about your work, only to find at some point that you are alone in the car?

So far, the meeting and the argument are taking place only in your own mind! But you are already tense, perhaps even angry, feeling the stress of events that may not happen at all, or that will no doubt unfold differently from the way you have imagined. Afterwards, you can barely remember how you got to work. You certainly weren’t all there for the ride.

Or, you come out of a meeting in which you failed to speak up. Then you spend the rest of the day arguing your points with people in your mind. The meeting is over, but you are experiencing the stress of these mental arguments for the rest of the day. They are going nowhere, and you are out of touch, lost in a fog of your own creation — however important the real issues may be.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. We all spend much of our lives unconsciously absorbed in a future that hasn’t happened yet or in a past that is already gone and in the process, spend much of the day out of touch with the present moment, which is the only time we ever get in which to live or act. And so, we can easily miss out on the opportunities that the present moment is constantly offering us.

Certainly, mental rehearsal and thoughtful reflection can be useful at times. But there are better ways to do it than through the haze of unconscious preoccupation and absorption. If you have real problems, it will be important to work them with a clear mind.

If you are routinely out of touch with the present, you may miss more than the morning commute. You might be thinking of other things while playing with your children, lost in thought when you are with friends, missing tender moments with your lover, oblivious to the beauty of a sunny day or the place you are in short, missing out on life.

Mindfulness Meditation is about learning to experience life fully as it unfolds—moment by moment. One popular misconception about meditation is that it is a way to make your mind blank so you can escape from what you are feeling. However, author Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn wants you to understand that meditation is an invitation to wake up, experience the fullness of your life, and transform your relationship with your problems, your fears, and any pain and stress in your life so that they don’t wind up controlling you and eroding the quality of your life and your creativity. It is not about running away, or manipulating mental states.

Through the practice of mindfulness, you can learn to develop greater calmness, clarity and insight in facing and embracing all your life experiences, even life’s trials, and turning them into occasions for learning, growing and deepening your own strength and wisdom.

In this program, internationally-known meditation teacher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn shows you how to:

  • Access your own deep inner resources for learning, growing and healing
  • Enrich your experience of everyday living by being fully present in the moment
  • Reduce stress by responding creatively rather than reacting mindlessly
  • Bring greater clarity and understanding to everything you do
  • Function more effectively within your apparent limitations and problems by cultivating your fundamental strengths
  • Reestablish contact with your physical body to heighten and expand experiences of pleasure and vitality
  • Reduce or overcome addictive or self-destructive behavior patterns
  • Develop a strong daily meditation practice

Yoga Holiday Spain

July 12, 2011  |  Destinations, Featured, Meditation, Travel News  |  Share
Yoga Holiday Spain

Our Yoga Holiday was spent in the stunning mountain scenery of the Monasterio Santa Eulalia. We arrived on the Friday to a beautiful sunset and an amazing dinner of fresh seafood. The morning yoga session was set up the mountains at sunrise watching the different colours change the land. Arriving at our platform nestled in mountain range Laura taught a energising yoga session. We were surrounded by natural beauty and settled down to relaxation with the sounds of the local birds twittering away. It was a far cry from the Yoga in London studio.

We spent the day relaxing and having a wander around the local artisan market that comes to the monasterio. We tried local organic cheeses, got to try out a pottery workshop and bought some beautiful local essential oils. We then all floated to our evening session and said goodbye to the sun and another day. What an amazing area this is, I felt so inspired that I sat and drew the landscape for an hour, something I haven’t given myself the time for back in London.

That became the main theme throughout the retreat, giving yourself the time to invest in yourself as a whole. We are organising another luxury yoga break in October at the Monasterio Santa Eulalia. To book now then click here, we would love to hear from you.

Yoga Retreats

April 28, 2011  |  Accommodation, Destinations, Holiday Tips, Meditation  |  Share
Yoga Retreats

When booking a yoga retreat in the UK, some yogis would rather look good in a bikini than consider the spiritual side. Everyone has there own reason’s on booking onto a retreat, some first time yoga holiday yogis are more interested in the physical side.

And in fact most people, who attend yoga classes at an early stage don’t stop to think about meditation or how well their Seven Chakras are aligned.

Sports play an important part in our everyday life because people have come to realize that their health is directly related to the type of lifestyle they choose to adopt. Here’s a our top five benefits for joining a yoga retreat this Summer;

1. Yoga is a good medicine for our body. Yoga is probably the first physical activity that will help you get rid of locomotor problems thanks to the wonderful postures that enable us to work our joints and muscles without damaging them. The same is valid for our back problems which will be soon forgotten if you stretch your spine with the help of these poses. People who suffer from bad blood circulation can improve the circulatory system with the help of several inverted yoga positions.

2. Yoga – an invincible enemy of the stress. When they practice yoga, people concentrate on the moves they make while taking deep breaths. This is the best method to free your mind of any thoughts and thus, rest your brain for a while. If you work in a stressful environment, yoga will help you restore your inner balance by putting a stop to your frenetic lifestyle.

3. Yoga is the best remedy against obesity. Sedentariness and bad food habits have caused a lot of weight problems to the entire population of the planet. Thanks to yoga, you can take up a healthier lifestyle and the meditation will enable you to stick with it. Unlike other type of sports which may be difficult to practice, such as, bicycling or jogging, yoga does not require a lot of physical efforts, but it will definitely help you lose weight and tone your muscles.

4. Yoga offers personal trainings. There isn’t just one type of yoga exercises, so people can choose to practice the poses that are more appropriate for them and their intentions. However, the intensity and the difficulty of the yoga poses will vary as the practitioner gets accustomed with the poses.

5. Yoga – a communion with nature. There is nothing that can help you restore your inner balance like the contemplation of nature; therefore, yoga is now practiced in the most peaceful natural environments. People who choose to leave the city life for a couple of weeks will also benefit from the wisdom of the best Hindu practitioners.

Here at Yoga Holidays we would love to hear your thoughts. Does it surprise you that many yoga teachers promote yoga for weight loss, slimming yoga or even sexy yoga? What message are yogis sending out there when they advertise yoga retreats, yoga holidays or yoga classes?