Over this past weekend, I had the good fortune to attend my second yoga retreat. This weekend's retreat was hosted by the incredible women of Orange Beach Yoga in Orange Beach, Alabama. It was a 3 day yoga and meditation retreat packed full with lots of healthy foods, juices, meditation, workshops (with topics such as partner Thai massage, essential oils, cooking & juicing, the law of attraction and networking) and yoga. To quote the ladies, " The Get Clear in the New Year Yoga Retreat will focus on cleansing what doesn’t serve you, reconnecting with your most authentic vibrant self, and getting clear about what you want to create and attract more of in 2018."
Couldn't we all use more of that?!
The site overlooked the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico so to be completely transparent, during the "sit with your eyes closed" times during meditation and yoga, I kept my eyes open because the view was so refreshing. This Kentucky girl wasn't going to miss a moment of seeing that water.
Each day had it's own theme. Friday's theme was GROUND. We set our intentions and opened up to all the possibilities the future holds! Friday evening began with a fabulous "Soul Flow" 75 minute yoga class focused on deep roots, open hearts and BALANCE.
Saturday was for GROWING. We went "Out on a Limb" with a 90 minute yoga class designed to empower us as we stretched our boundaries. This was followed by various workshops, my favorites being the juice and cooking workshops. Even though I'm a health food junkie, I still learned so much... Like put a bag in your juice chute when you're juicing for quick cleanup and save the juice pulp to make crackers or put into granola! No telling how many hours I've wasted cleaning my juicer or how much juice pulp I've discarded that could have been repurposed!
That evening ended with an obstacle release fire ceremony where we released any thoughts or ideas that are holding us back in this new year. I had to let go of a lot of FEAR and replace it with another "F word" FAITH.
On Sunday, we BLOOMED by bringing our focus to using connection and action to awaken a life of purpose and joy. After a freedom flow yoga class, we concluded with a beautiful ceremony releasing anything holding us back into the Gulf. We also received a new book (if you know me personally, you know I have a book addiction problem. At any given point in time, I'm reading no fewer than 3-4 books all on different topics.) The speaker, Bert Thornton, is Vice-President Emeritus of Waffle House, Inc. and his book is called "Find an Old Gorilla". I can already tell it's going to find it's place on my bookshelf amongst other books I reference frequently.
I hope if any of you have been interested in doing a retreat of any kind that you will make 2018 your year to do it! I can't say enough about the experience of being surrounded by like-spirited individuals even though we all had very different backgrounds, beliefs and views.
I'll link here if any of you are interested in future Orange Beach Yoga Retreats as they will be having other events in the future!
All images credited to Orange Beach Yoga.