Reflection: Restore

  
|| RESTORE || If you are an ambitious person as I am, sometimes you have to remind yourself to take the time to restore. I keep myself busy doing the things that I love, accomplishing goals, and working towards new ones. Before I finish one project, I am often thinking about and working on the next, and the next, and the next one. I stay productive and like to keep the momentum going. My body however, sometimes tells me to pump my brakes, and I have learned to listen to it.

The other day I decided to get an early start, so woke up and took a 7am class. That class was followed by a casting, then gymnastics, then dance, then another class, then teaching Pilates until 9pm. Although I had a lot of energy and felt pretty good throughout the day, I got home feeling completely exhausted and passed out on the couch…clothes on, lights on, no dinner, and no shower (this happens often). 

The next morning I woke up and could barely move. Wtf was I thinking doing so much the day before?? Oh, I know… I was trying to accomplish things and having fun doing so (I really was). I had plans to teach and take multiple classes but decided to end my day early. 

After work, I took a Pilates class which felt good, and then I spent hours catching up with my BFF. I got home early and passed out again but this time at 830pm. I’m pretty sure I slept for about 10 hours that night, and my body definitely needed the rest.

I listened to my body and so made my schedule a little lighter for the rest of the week. I allowed myself to get home and to bed earlier, and I booked a much needed massage. When the weekend came, I let myself sleep in a bit and gave my body 2 days of rest. I still did a morning practice of seated meditation but focused on my breath and being still rather than working out like a maniac.

Monday is here and I feel rested and recharged for the upcoming week. It can be difficult to slow down when you are driven but it is essential that we give our bodies rest. It is fine to work hard and to push ourselves, but if we push to the point of exhaustion, we will have nothing more to give. Do yourself a favor by taking time during the week to restore. In order to show up and be fully present each day with energy and enthusiasm, we must allow ourselves to rest.

[Photo by Aggie Photos]

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Elephant Journal: 5 Reasons

  
|| READ || If you have ever wondered what it would be like to go on a wellness retreat then this article is for you! Read my 5 Reasons to Book a Wellness Retreat in Elephant Journal.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/09/5-reasons-to-book-a-wellness-retreat/

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5 Reasons to Book a Wellness Retreat

  

Do you ever see beautiful pictures of wellness retreats and wonder what it would be like to go on one? I did, so decided to book one over the summer. 

As an avid yogi, I had been wanting to go on a yoga retreat for quite some time. Though many retreats are held in exotic locations like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Bali, I opted for a weekend retreat with one of my favorite NYC teachers. It was such a wonderful experience that I cannot wait to sign up for the next one!

Here are my 5 Reasons to Book a Wellness Retreat:

   
1 — Deepen Your Practice 

On a retreat participants are typically offered 2 classes per day. This gives you the time to deepen your practice which can include working on physical postures, focusing on your breath, and sitting still during meditation.

 

2 — Healthy Eats

Most retreats provide nutritious meals throughout each day. On my recent trip to Heathen Hill Yoga in upstate New York, organic vegan cuisine was served using fresh produce straight from their farm. The food was so delicious that I even purchased a cookbook from the gift shop so that I could make some of the same recipes at home. 

3 — UNPLUG!!!

In a time period where many of us rely so heavily on our technology to communicate and do business, it is essential to take a break and unplug! It feels so good to connect with nature and other people without constantly checking text messages, emails, and updating your Facebook status. 

4 — New Friends

You are likely to meet people with similar interests when you go on a retreat. When I signed up for my first retreat, the only person I knew was my teacher. After traveling, eating, and doing fun activities together, I ended up leaving with new friends.

  

5 — New Adventures

Whether traveling abroad or just heading a few hours out of town, going to a new place creates an opportunity for new experiences. During my time on the Heathen Hill farm, I took a botanical class where I learned about different plants and how to combine them with essential oils to make a body cream. I was also able to visit a nearby dairy farm where I was given a tour and got to play with the cows and goats.

  
A retreat is a wonderful way to detox, relieve stress, and to open yourself up to experiencing the unknown. Life is about balance so it is important to take time from a busy schedule to rest and to connect with new people and places. Book a wellness retreat now and discover how much it can truly enhance your life!

  
A big “Thank You” to my yoga teacher Dina Ivas and Heathen Hill Yoga for a wonderful retreat!

  

  

   
    
    
   
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