Yoga and the slow natural life ...

Limbering on the Terrace at Villa Benvenuti - Tuscany Retreat

Limbering up on terrace at Benvenuti, Tuscany Retreat

Coming to Europe has been such a rich and joyous journey. First stop was Villa Benvenuti - a simply stunning 17th century villa on a working olive grove and vineyard nestled on a hill outside the intriguing walled city of Lucca. It was my first Radiance Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat and being so warmly welcomed by our hosts Sara and Siobhan we quickly settled in our lovely surrounds and enjoyed a week of dedicated yoga and walking, cultural tours, Italian wine & food tasting, cycling, pampering, sharing life stories poolside with inspiring people from all over the world and simply breathing in the lush summer gardens. Our next Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat is July 21 - 28 2012. Ci Vediamo in Italia..


Spain Yoga & Hiking Retreats...

Now I'm in the northwest of Spain in the Asturias Mountains - about 5 hours from San Sebastian and hundreds of years ago in time. Hotel Fuentes De Lucia, where our Yoga & Asturias Hiking Retreats are held, is perched hillside in a 200 year old village facing dramatic mountains. Every morning I'm overwhelmed by the surrounds - it's spectacular. Just being here is an intensive Pranayama practice - and that's before we get started in the yoga room. The air is vibrant and energizing but the pace is slow and simple - which I love. Being the end of summer trees are bursting with apples, pears, peaches, plums and all types of nuts and berries...

Friendly horses grazing on the Plateau near our Spain Retreat

We still have space on our October 8-15 retreat so let me know any questions you have. For 2012 we have Spain Yoga & Hiking Retreats here in July, Aug & Sep. See the website for full details.

Click Here to see lots of wonderful photos from our July Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat and our August Spain Yoga & Asturias Hiking Retreat on our Radiance Retreats Facebook page....


Travelling Yoga...

I'm always being asked on retreat what yoga people can practice when traveling. It's often not easy to cultivate the same focus and discipline when not in our regular routine but I know when I let go of my preconceived idea of what is the right environment to be in to practice I find an inspiring practice anywhere. On long haul flights I do a few standing leg and foot rolls, spinal stretches, shoulder openers, twists and forward hangs to get the blood flowing to the brain. If I'm in a small hotel room I either head for the hallway to lay out my mat before anyone else wakes up or if there's room beside my bed even better...

My daughter opening up her chest & shoulders in a chestnut forest here in the Asturias mountains...

Nature itself is often the best place to be and with a bit of creativity we can find all sorts of yoga props to explore the postures without being limited by space or time. Our yoga is with us for life and it need not be a structured class. Some gentle limbering, a few focused standing postures to cultivate steadiness, balance and strength may be sufficient one day whilst another day lying with the legs up the wall may be the best medicine after a disturbed sleep to restore and connect with the peaceful space within...

One of my favorite asana's is Parighasana or Gate Pose. My body can never get enough of this intense side stretch. The sides of the torso tend to tighten and shorten without regular lengthening so it's wonderful yoga offers so many asana's to help keep our sides flexible and healthy...

Parighasana: lateral stretching for length & flexibility...


Upcoming Byron Bay Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreats...

Our next Byron Bay Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreat is a 6 night retreat at the lovely Sangsurya Retreat from 9th - 15th November to take you deep into your yoga practice, stillness, healthy eating, inspiring beach and nature walks and beautiful surrounds.

Byron Bay Yoga Cleanse and Pamper Retreat

Our NYE Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreat 27th Dec - 2nd Jan 2012 and our Summer Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreat on from the 5th - 11th Jan 2012 both offer a special time away from the crowds to relax and restore in quiet surrounds with morning and afternoon yoga, pre lunch core strength classes, evening Yoga Nidra and meditation, beautiful beach walks, organic vegetarian meals, massage and other inspiring classes in lovely ocean view surrounds with a pool. There's still some spots available so let me know any questions you have.

Our 4 night / 5 days 2012 Byron Bay Yoga Cleanse & Pamper Retreats are Fri 24th - Tue 28th Feb & Sat 24th - Wed 28th March. Offering a quality yoga immersion to deepen and inspire your yoga practice, enjoy healthy meals, beach walks and resting in stillness. Both retreats are at Sangsurya which is within walking distance to the lovely beaches.

Our 2012 Bali Yoga Spa Wellness Retreats dates are May 26th - June 1st & June 9-15 staying at the lovely Honeymoon Guesthouse in Ubud mixed with lots of gorgeous 5 star spa pampering and scenic walks for a deep pampering, soulful yoga retreat journey.

We'll also be in Bali over Easter April 6 -12 for our first Heart Of Bali Retreat, which as well as practicing dedicated daily yoga we'll go for some wonderful mountains hiking, cycle through villages, explore temples and bathe in sacred waters. We'll see what's growing, what's organic and visit inspiring organisations doing wonderful work to maintain the beautiful island culture and environment...

Click here to see our full Retreat Calender for 2011 & 2012...


What I'm Loving...

The lavender has just been harvested in the hotel and we're using fresh lavender in our yoga eye pillows. Lavender is such a potent relaxant. On a trip to Vietnam last year I had some silk eye pillows made up by a charity organisation which creates jobs for disabled people. They have a lovely old building to create all sorts of crafts and clothes with such care and quality fabrics. These silk eye pillows are now filled with organic lavender grown in Victoria which we'll be using on our upcoming Byron Bay Retreats...


Happy yoga-ing and I hope to welcome you on retreat one day...

Namaste
Jessie


 

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