I organized and led a yoga retreat last weekend at The Blue Heaven Spa in Blowing Rock, NC. It was an amazing weekend filled with 22 beautifully strong women, different styles of yoga, relaxing, formation of friendships, and lots of laughs. A yoga retreat is a great environment to really step back and really see your true self. There is no hurry to get back to work, to go get your kids, or to have the day-to-day rush clutter that keeps us busy physically, mentally, and spiritually. The Art of Living Institute is a the very top of a mountain and has very limited cell phone reception and wi-fi, so everyone was able to check out. Checking out of the habits and the busyness of always doing…and able to slow down and check in with their truest selves.
I rode with two other friends Friday morning to make our way to Blowing Rock. We were able to get there in 2 hours and ate lunch at Storie Street Grille. (Go there. Like, yesterday. And order the fried green tomatoes and the sweet potato fries with gorgonzola crumbles!) After lunch, we checked in to the Blue Heaven Spa at 1:00 (YES…early check in!) and waited for everyone to get there. Our first practice was a vinyasa style class to get everyone pumped. We walked to dinner…there is an onsite cafeteria where the chef prepares healthy, vegetarian meals daily. After dinner, my friend Blake did a presentation on living an intentional life. (She is amazing!)
The first yoga class on Saturday was not scheduled until 11:00am, so some participants chose to sleep in, get massages, set up a Natal Chart reading with Blake, or enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. Saturday’s first yoga class started with an easy warm-up, and then I “workshopped” it. We did inversions and arm balances like handstand, headstand, flying splits, crow, and mountain climber…plus more! This was so fun…everyone tried everything, and everyone got into something! Ya’ll know how I feel about getting upside down. Liberated physically and emotionally, we walked to lunch and enjoyed the beautiful weather and ate outside.
The afternoon was free to do as you please. More massages, magazine reading, maybe a little wine drinking. I rode into town with a few friends to go to my favorite candle shop to get a few new candles. We had another yoga class at 5:00pm…it was a deep stretch class. The perfect wind down class, plus we all needed to stretch out after all the arm balances we did that morning. I love to give assists. If your yoga teacher gives you an assist, it doesn’t mean you are doing the posture wrong! We are encouraging you to move into a different and more powerful place, to get deeper in the posture, and just to show you some love. <3
We had reservations at The Best Cellar Saturday evening at 8pm. I hired drivers through the retreat center so no one would have to worry about driving down (and then back up!)the curvy mountain roads. We had the whole lower level of the wine cellar to ourselves.
Before dessert, we were able to cram in together and get a picture together!
Yoga was at 10am on Sunday, and I taught a vinyasa style class, but with longer holds, and encouraged slower transitions.
We didn’t have to check out unitl 3pm on Sunday, so we had time to shower, pack up, eat lunch, and I even got a spa sererice. The spa is great, and they have some non-traditional offerings. I got the Katti Basti, which is a Lumbo-Sacral rejuvenation treatment. Katti Basti is performed by filling a dam made out of dough and placed on the lumbo-sacral area with lukewarm medicated oil. By bathing the sacrum in warm oil this localized treatment is ideal for relieving and nourishing the lower back. This relievies soreness and tension in that area as well as providing a profound sense of relaxation to the entire body. The spa offers so much more than massages. They have eye bathing (using butter!), nasya, holistic facials, and so much more.
Does this sound amazing or what? You can join in on this fun! I am booking right now for September and October retreats. (plus I have a few spots left for this summer’s Barre/Yoga Fusion retreats at the beach!)
Dana Childs and I are hosting a women’s only weekend where the focus is: Learn to embrace the power of vulnerability. Dana is a medium, intuitive and energy healer. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with her. This weekend includes lodging, yoga, meditation, steam room, group readings discounted spa treatments, all meals (optional Saturday dinner out), hiking and some serious energy healing. Only
20 16 spots remain. $250 non-refundable deposit holds your spot. Remaining balance due August 7, 2015
September 25-September 27, 2015
Double Occupancy $950
Single Occupancy $1150
October’s retreat will be a YinYang Weekend! Ashley Masters and I are hosting a co-ed weekend of energizing vinyasa, balanced with relaxing deep stretch classes. Includes yoga, 3 vegetarian meals daily, coffee/tea bar, hiking, pottery, kirtan, and mediation. Treat yourself to discounted Thai massages, and Reiki sessions. We are opening this retreat to
20 17 lucky guests. (This retreat is open to women and men…you asked for it, you got it!) $100 non-refundable deposit holds your spot. Remaining balance due September 15, 2015.
October 16-18, 2015
Double Occupancy $500
Single Occupancy $650
These retreats are already filling up. Don’t wait! XO