Ocean Bliss Yoga ventured across the country to the beautiful Colorado mountains in the middle of winter to reset our bodies, minds and spirits. It was the most magical and restoring retreat I have ever experienced. Being in the company of like-minded people, flowing with ease, connecting to our deepest selves and one another was quite the gift for each and every one of us.
For some, we were taken out of our comfort zone, flying across the country with people who we did not really know so well. It did not take long for everyone to embrace and respect one another. It was really special and we are forever grateful to have had this experience with a very unique group of souls. We developed friendships that will last a lifetime.
Sun Mountain Retreat Center is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado surrounded by mountains and walking distance to the Garden of Gods and a charming historical town. There was a spa in walking distance where we soaked outside in mineral baths surrounded by mountains, so healing and soothing for the body and mind. Relaxing massages and treatments permitted us to enjoy down time between classes and sooth away any stress or tired muscles. The moment we arrived at our destination, there was a feeling of slowing down and leaving behind everyday life. Our mantra was peace and we opened with, “Welcome to Ocean Bliss Yoga Retreat at Sun Mountain Center. Be in your present moments, slow down, stop, look, listen. There is nothing you have to do, this time is yours, we are here to give you space.”
All of our meals were cooked for us, guaranteeing delicious, organic, vegetarian, gluten-free wholesome foods that tantalized our taste buds and nourished our bodies. The chef and his staff were so warm and welcoming. By the end of the weekend, we would be the best of friends. We were all so grateful for their kindness and generosity. We felt at home in a beautiful mansion surrounded by the vast mountains of Colorado.
We were able to offer classes to stretch and strengthen the body from our heads to our toes, bringing awareness to alignment cues that would be helpful in the students’ regular practice. Teaching them the practice of awareness from the inside to the outside. Encouraging time out to reflect, meditate and be mindful. Learning how to be peaceful on and off the mat. Explaining the subtle energies of the body and mind. It would truly be the whole practice of yoga.
If you’re new to yoga or have a regular practice, yoga retreats give you the chance to build a yoga practice or learn new poses, with classes taking place in the morning when the mind is clear and body is rested. We ended our retreat in a special restorative practice that eased the body and mind, preparing us to travel back home in comfort. The flight home was smooth and at the end it was hard to say goodbye. This was a trip we never wanted to end. Yes, we will most definitely plan our next one for those who were unable to attend.
“I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David ThoreauBLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS