If your Instagram feed is anything like mine,then you’ll constantly see celebrities jetting off to beautiful locations for wellbeing retreats to escape the rat race and relieve physical and mental stresses. But what do people actually do on these retreats?
I wondered the same. So when I was invited to road test the ‘Yoga Muni’ retreat, how could I say no? I want to show you what actually goes on... You can call me your guinea pig. (A very willing guinea pig I must add!)
If the idea of a four day retreat wasn’t heaven enough, I then found out it was on the island of Ibiza and, wait for it… we would be staying on a yacht. I had a little ‘sailabration’ when I heard the news! This may be the first of many yogi and boating puns to come, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Yes, we had arrived in paradise, and I was ready to channel my inner Julia Roberts from‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with the intention of revitalising my mind, body and soul.
We started off by mapping out our route for the week ahead. Starting off from the west side of the island at St Antoni de Portmany Marina and we would be working our way around the south of the island and towards the island of Fomentera before heading back to the old town for our final stop.
I would never normally say this, but that’s enough of the maps for now. It’s time to tell you about our first yoga session.
After finding a pictureque beach, we dropped anchor and headed to the shore.
Nailed it! Ok, so maybe I needed a little practice. I was attempting the ‘standing bow pose’ (dhanurasana), but in my defense the sand was very wet and I had a little land sickness from the boat making me lose my balance. But, it was only day one of the retreat so things could only get better from here. I was determined to become a master yogini by the end of the week…
The warrior positions proved more achievable for us so early on in the retreat.
Dipa, our lovely instructor, started our group off with a ‘Vinyasa Flow Yoga’ class. This is a smooth style of yoga where the poses run together like dancing. ‘Flow Yoga’ is very easy to follow and is a great style for learning the basic postures and focusing on breathing. It’s also great for detoxifying your body by sweating out all the toxins.
After all that yoga, it was time for brunch.
Yes – this is the sort of feast that we were treated to every day after a two hour morning yoga class on the beach. We all swam back to the boat and indulged on the top deck.
I was in eggs-ta-sea…
With a few hours of free time in the afternoon, the boys did a spot of fishing.
Every evening at sunset we joined together for meditation, which was led by Dipa. I’ve never tried meditation before so I didn’t really know what to expect, and I didn’t even know there were different types.
We began the week with a mindfulness meditation session, where the aim is that you predominantly focus your attention on your breath. This style of meditation is great for you to become more in tune with the present time.
The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation: Lowers anxiety and stress, enables you to sleep better, helps you to deal better with illness, increases focus and self control.
Completely relaxed, we tucked into our freshly caught fish with a lovely glass of wine before dinner.
It was just dreamy… I think the boating life is a life that I could get very used to.
Off to shore for the last few minutes of sunshine and dinner at Sunset Ashram.
This place is mainly known around Ibiza as one of the best spots to watch the sun set, so people scramble up on the rocks to sit and watch the day end. This was just the perfect end to a great first day!
Namastehereforever.. Luckily I had another 4 days of this heaven!