Expensive, bougie, inaccessible. I’m so clear that retreats are not a luxury but a necessity.
To retreat means to literally pull back, retract, remove oneself from the everyday world for a while.
The necessity of retreat is this question:
Can we make space for ourselves whenever possible?
A retreat can be a pause between sentences, a deep breath, a walk on lunch break, an evening bath or a longer self-care focused vacation.
Taking space out of our daily lives doesn’t have to be exclusive or expensive. It can look many ways. The commitment is to create space to allow for truth to percolate to the surface.
Have you taken one lately?
There are so many hidden stories in our histories, culture and even within ourselves.
When we practice meditation or yoga we are connecting to the ancient lineage of wandering men and women who retreated from the world, for a time, sat under trees, in caves, by rivers seeking inner peace and power.
When we retreat, we join the lineage of those who make time for stories to emerge.
As Krishnamacharya says, “Strengthen yourself through the fire of practice and remain humble.”
This essential yoga history comes alive within us each time we practice. Each time we retreat into ourselves.
I believe in this so much that as part of the 200-hour yoga training school I teach I request my students take their own personal retreat – whatever kind they can.
As a yoga community we have work to do around creating retreat spaces that are affordable, accessible, inclusive and safe to all. I’m so committed to this.
In my own busy, working mama, yoga-teacher life, I’ve found it is so important to take mini-retreat breaks through the day. I am also deeply committed to sit as long as I can, humbly and openly at the feet of a teacher.
To just learn. Absorb. All I can. And then create.
This week I was lucky to be able to do this on a 3-day retreat with Elena Brower, a masterful teacher of the yoga of emotions, especially within the family. I am so deeply grateful for her teachings.
I humbly offer you a few questions for reflection and a poem that emerged this week.
This piece is all about the connection to the history and sacred inner self.
The yogi or yogini within each of us that is always already there.
I use the term yogini because I connect to the feminine energy, but it is interchangeable for yogi if that fits better. Continue reading >>