Jen Potter is one of our fabulous teachers at Sardinia Yoga. Not only is she a wonderful teacher she is also a great wordsmith and has kindly put together some thoughts on why a trip with Sardinia Yoga might be just the tonic!
‘Last May I taught in Mallorca with Sardinia Yoga.
A retreat is about getting away, ALMOST shutting down so you can recharge.
Even though we were in a hotel with other guests it felt like a retreat. The drive from the airport was amazing, windy roads through little villages and market squares.
Whether you go to a retreat or a yoga holiday you spend a good portion of the time reflecting. Reflecting is a type of meditation and we do it all the time.
When we are home, reflection time can be accompanied with occasional anxiety. Reflection can bring unwanted emotion which can lead to unhealthy habits. Or, we can feel overwhelmed and simply return to busy instead.
When you go on a Yoga Holiday there is time to reflect in a spacious manner and if it’s your preference – have a glass of wine every night. The first night we met in reception (optional) to go to dinner. I bonded with ladies from England and we spent every evening visiting restaurants and daytimes swimming or hopping on buses and renting cars.
It’s amazing how candid people can be when they get away from partners, children or jobs. The weird thing is – you can open up knowing you may never see these people again (everyone vows to stay in touch, but I suppose we rarely do).
One lady came because she wanted to spend her time alone in reflection. That was fine. She loved the yoga and the chats at the breakfast table but then went off so that she could think about how to change her life back home.
On past Yoga retreats I’ve taught on, some people have come with relationship issues, looking for answers from the Yoga or teacher. Yoga Holidays are lighter because people are coming and going. It’s not the same folks for the entire week.
Others did group therapy over bottles of wine. Classic retreats are generally more intense. There is emphasis on the spiritual path of yoga, to come clean, to detox and eat lentils. But with Yoga Holidays it feels like your treating yourself to a spa break.
I always had enough time to be alone. I’d take a long walk around the marina to the Light House rock point. While looking out at the ocean, I realigned my heart and priorities. I asked stuff like: What hobby would enrich my life? How can I add this freshness to the weekday routine?
How can I bring vacation into my city life. Why can’t I just sit at a gorgeous cafe writing in my journal and see the beauty of my own neighbourhood?
I woke up the next day, the same questions came to mind. I find that I suddenly shift. This only happens when I take a break. My room had a lovely balcony. I could see how the locals lived – how they made their business..
At breakfast, I met new people. New conversations were delicious, like the food. The problem with buffets – we ate so much. Some had five cups of coffee before yoga… even though I warned being upside down might hurt.
A few women brought their partners. The husband wanted to learn about anatomy. We talked about his old injuries from football. He seemed very happy to learn and progress with that learning every day.
It was so easy and fun being in this place. I REALLY recommend these holidays. There are so many teachers to chose from. Try and find out what kind of Yoga you like to do and then enquire about the types of teachers.’
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