Discover What Happened When A London Editor Came On Retreat
Travel Writer, Sara D'souza opens the pages of her diary to reveal her deepest yoga retreat experiences
Yogi Diary Extract: Day One
The morning after the night before, no, not drinking but silence. It’s day two on the yoga retreat and after two soul restoring yoga classes; we’ve had dinner and are
ready for a meditation and 24 hours of complete silence. OK, so most of those
hours we’ll be sleeping, so it’s not quite silent monk standard, but it’s still
met with trepidation, after, all when do we ever stop talking? So, night comes,
meditation is over and quietly we slope off to bed and fall into a deep, sound
sleep. We walk to yoga, not talking, but mindfully taking in everything around
us (bar gesticulating wildly, when we think we might be lost…), and agree that
silence can actually be pretty refreshing.
on to Evie’s yoga class, where she breaks down many of the postures, we’ve been
having trouble with and I have an A-ha moment with Chaturanga. We head home to
tuck into Kat’s legendary breakfasts, think soothing herbal teas, the sweetest
oranges, to-die-for tortilla and Kat’s magic dairy free Bircher muesli, soaked
in orange juice and filled with freshly grated apple and cinnamon, honey and
goji berries, served in jars.
rain is lashing down, it provides the perfect opportunity to stay in and read
and drink tea and enjoy a day that has no pressure, no time constraints and
nothing to do, but just be. Bliss. Lunch is all ready for us too, simple but
delicious pitta breads with lettuce, red cabbage, chopped olives and carrot,
dressed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon. 5:30pm rolls around, it’s
amazing how time flies so quickly, even when you’re just pottering, and it’s
off to our second yoga class of the day. Tonight’s class is Kat’s blissful Yin
(my favourite), it’s said to balance our busy Yang lifestyles and although it
sounds easy, it’s definitely challenging. Postures are held for around five
minutes (which can feel like longer), but you really stretch in the pose and
taking time like this creates space in the mind. Which also means many feelings
can bubble up and it can be quite a powerful but sometimes emotional practice.
an incredible veggie moussaka (which everyone vows to recreate the minute they
get home) with gratin potatoes, roasted Mediterranean vegetables plus sliced
oranges with pistachio and cinnamon for desert.
sated, minds at rest and bodies well and truly worked out, we settle in for an
evening of cosy relaxation. Ready to do it all again tomorrow…
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