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Create your own retreat at home

Updated: Apr 5

Whilst coming on a retreat in the sunshine can be really transformative as well as relaxing and rejuvenating, I appreciate that this isn't always possible. So have you thought about creating a yoga retreat right in the comfort of your own home? Taking time to find solace and peace within the walls of your personal space can really be a game-changer.So, here are some suggestions for crafting a rejuvenating retreat that caters to your body, mind, and spirit.

Step 1:  Book it in your calendar. Tell your friends and family that you are blocking off this time for you.It doesn't have to be a long time. It could be a 2 hour mini-retreat, an afternoon, morning, or if you are lucky enough to be able to carve out longer, a full day!Step 2: Set Your Intentions. Take a moment to reflect on your intentions. What do you hope to get out of it? Maybe it is to find your inner calm or to come out of your head and into your body, take a break from everyday life, improve flexibility, or spend time writing or reading. Taking some time to define your purpose will guide your retreat experience.

Step 3: Create a Sacred Space. Transform a corner of your home into a sacred sanctuary. Clear out any clutter, add soft lighting and blankets / pillows and cushions, even a duvet! You may wish to infuse the space with calming scents using essential oils or incense. Or a favourite plant, flowers, maybe crystals or meaningful symbols to help enhance the positive energy in your retreat space.

Step 4: Plan Your Schedule. Craft a schedule that aligns with your ideal daily routine and Include dedicated time for your yoga practice, meditation (if these two are going to be part of your retreat) and relaxation. Or maybe it's a journaling / reading retreat or a crafting retreat but make sure you include time to rest too! Be realistic about the duration of each session to ensure you can fully commit without feeling rushed. Remember, a retreat is usually about finding balance, not overwhelming yourself.

Step 5: Nourish Your Body. Fuel your body with nourishing, wholesome foods. Plan your recipes and shopping time ahead of the retreat and prepare healthy meals and snacks that complement your intention. Hydration is key, so keep a water bottle handy. Treat your body like a temple, and let your nutrition align with the holistic nature of your at-home retreat. You may wish to treat yourself to that exfoliating face wash or body scrub you have had your eye on.

Step 6: Disconnect and Unplug. To fully immerse yourself in the retreat experience, disconnect from external distractions. Turn off your phone, silence notifications, and let go of the outside world. If you want or need to follow some yoga videos ( i.e. Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube ) or guided meditations ( i.e. on Insight timer) whilst you will have to break the no technology rule - ensure that you don't look at your emails/ texts / answer any calls etc . This time is for you, so savour the opportunity to be present and fully engaged in each moment.

Let me know how you get on.

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