Have you ever thought about doing a yoga retreat?
I had many times but the price tag had always put me off. Not that I couldn’t afford it, I just didn’t see the point of spending upwards of $2500 for 10 days of yoga!
When I decided that I would travel for 9 months, I knew this was the prefect opportunity to actually do a yoga retreat. I had a nagging feeling I really didn’t want to do a retreat though. Once I had finally settled on the fact I was going to go to Bali, a place I had been turned off of because of Kuta and drunken Aussies, I digress back to the yoga….Google came to the rescue. I decided to Google DIY yoga retreat bali and low and behold the best blog post appeared.
by Ashley from Ashley Abroad. It was a lightbulb moment and I nearly screamed when I saw it!
Immediately, I knew this option was for me! It meant I could attend yoga daily (or twice daily) without compromising my work or study plans. I booked myself into Delicious Onion via AirBnb for 3 weeks. It was just a few hundred metres from Yoga Barn where I choose to do my ‘retreat’. Not only did Ashley’s blog also have a great deal to do with why I choose The Yoga Barn but lots of other people I knew raved about it. Done!!
The only potential issue in spending 3 weeks doing yoga presented was that I had also entered my first ultra-marathon, the Davao50 in the Philippines on the 28 Feb 16. Thankfully yoga and ultra-marathon training also seem to go very nicely together.
After the Sunshine Coast 70.3 Ironman, I have to admit that I have pretty much let myself go! I had issues with my shoulder (burpees had caused some real tenderness that wasn’t changing) and my nutrition was less than impressive. Added to that I had what could only be described as two episodes of me thinking I was having a heart attack. The first was over very quick and caused me to think it was a panic attack. The second didn’t subside, a trip to hospital later and seeing my doc as well as my physiotherapist I soon found out that my rib was inflamed and slightly out.
Like come on – who the bloody hell as a rib slightly out… Me of course!
A massage and a tweak from my physios wife – Craig was gentlemen enough not to manipulate my rib given it was one right under my boob – and it was as if nothing had happened. I did however get a MRI on my breasts to check for any abnormalities and I am happy to report the doctor informed me I had “unremarkable breasts”…. Only person in the world that can get away with saying that is a doctor!
Back to the yoga! I purchased a 20 session card for 1.400.000 which is about AUD $145.00 or US $100 (gee the exchange rate sucks at present!) and went to classes by Eka, Les (this man is amazing!!!), Nadine, Denise and Estee! I cannot say enough at how amazing the teachers are there. I did Intro, Yin, Vinyasa, Nidra and Laya yoga classes. I do feel sorry for anyone that took me in Nidra Yoga because all I did was fall asleep and yes snored a little!
After three weeks, and doing 3 workshops, I am stronger and more in love with yoga than ever before. Being surrounded by people that love yoga made it easier to love it. I was able to deepen my understanding of yoga and hold poses I had never managed to nail before.
I still have a long way to go but when you consider I did 20+ yoga lessons over 3 weeks (the full day immersion, Laya Yoga and Nidra Yoga workshops were paid separately but still only cost me less than an additional AUD $100.00) I think I got a better deal than paying for a 10 day retreat. I am not saying the other retreats are wrong. At the time, for me, it was much more beneficial to do a DIY retreat. I was able to complete some studies, do yoga, eat great food, stay in an awesome hostel and meet amazing people during my 3 week stay all for just under $1500.00.
I am now in Koh Lanta, Thailand for a solid 4 weeks of training including Crossfit at Fit On Lanta, running (One does need to run, it is an ultra-marathon after all) and doing yoga at Oasis Yoga! It is shaping up to be a magically transformative month!
Have you ever done a DIY yoga retreat? I challenge you to get creative with a retreat for yourself.. Go on spoil yourself! It could be yoga, surfing or anything at all! Find a way to make it all about you and the thing you love and want to learn better!