Yay! It’s Yoga Retreat Time On Ibiza 7 augusti 2017

Hello lovelies,
hope you’ve all been enjoying beautiful summer holidays. I just came back from 2,5 weeks on my favourite island: Ibiza. It’s my haven, my paradise and where I recharge my energy, retrive my balance and harmony and reconnect with my zen.
Free spirit, goddess, femininity, sensual, connected body and mind, chilled and happy – that’s me and Ibiza.
As I mentioned in my previous post, for me Ibiza is a magical, energetic, serene and beautiful place where I feel at home. Where I blossom into my free spirit and goddess nature. Yay!

Ibiza has a very special energy, that either invites you or challenges you. For me I felt this energy, – a magnetic, powerful and spiritual energy – that resonated with me the moment I placed my feet on the island.
I feel at home when I am on Ibiza and every time I leave, it’s always with an intention to be back soon again.

For me Ibiza is beauty, health, nature, ocean, versatility, beauty, chill, yoga, fun and play – all in one wrapping. Ibiza has so many sides, and versatility. From the beaches, music, yoga, party, people to cuisine.
The island has been labelled with an unflattering image of just being a hard core party island but it has so much more dimensions than this. On Ibiza you can explore and find hidden gems every time, or just relocate to your favourite spots every time.

As a yoga practitioner and a keen indulger of healthy living, organic local foods, tasty cuisine, beautiful locations, the choice of serene or party beaches, hanging out with chilled n cool people, transformational massage treatments, energetic healing, vibrant music and feeling the flow – I encounter all this on Ibiza.
I love the chilled, laid back and sensual lifestyle the island offers.

And I have several wonderful friends who have relocated to Ibiza part-time to check out from the stress filled lifestyles of  London, New York, Paris ….

This time I, true to tradition, I attended a one week yoga retreat ’Rejuvenate – yoga & holistic fitness retreats’ at Ibiza Retreats, one of my favorite yoga retreats on the Island. Helt in the north part of the island and the lovely Can Amonita.
The week of  includes every day yoga, meditation, HIIT Training, hikes, spacious and lovely rooms for accomodation, afternoon chill by the pool, excursion with the boat to Formentera and a restaurant treat on the last day.

 

 

The food at the retreat = totally nutricious, organic, ayur vedic based, is ahhh sooo delicious, tasty, yummy and beautiful to the eye. And after a week your tummy and digestive system is like a child’s again – all clean/alkaline, in sync, light and re-energized and purring with content.

We all ask for the recipies after each retreat.  spacious room and mind blowing treatments

One of the best parts with going to the yoga retreats are the amazing people you meet from all over the world. Every time I have gone to Ibiza Retreats I met interesting, fun, genuine and lovely girls and women (it’s most female participants, eventhough men are of course welcome). This time we were 3 from the US, 2 from UK, 2 from Netherlands, 1 from Switzerland and me. Successful, interesting and curious career women, mothers, models, students and yogis who are all coming to the retreat for some time out, rebalancing, recharging energy, cultivating their yoga, upgrading their health, bonding or just sharing an experience.
After the retreat it is not unlikely that you have a new handful of friends in your life. This time around the group connected really well – we were a really great group of people. After the retreat 4 of us booked an airbnb in Ibiza town so that we could have some weekend fun and play.

After the retreat, I stayed on for 1,5 weeks with some friend’s in their beautiful villa in Cala Bassa. Awesome days hanging out with friends from different parts of the world and enjoying the island and Formentera.

If your interested  to try a yoga retreat on Ibiza then I can warmly recommend Ibiza Retreats. Just to give you a taste with a brief intro:

Photo credit: Ibiza Retreats

 These two wonderful women both come from professional, hectic, successful careers in metropolitan cities. Demanding careers, lifestyle and crashed relationships led them to find inner peace and solice in yoga… that finally led them to Ibiza. Once on Ibiza, they never looked back and have stayed on the island since starting Ibiza Retreats in 2008. Today, both have found how to cultivate that balancing act between career, life, motherhood and relationships.

Larah recently gave birth to her beautiful baby girl and Susie is a few months pregnant. And their mutual baby, Ibiza Retreat, is growing up rapidly and Ibiza Retreats has today transitioned into Ibiza’s No 1 Tailormade Retreats and Wellness Consultancy

#I needed to find the confidence, clarity and self-belief to break-free from the relationship and mental ‘gridlock’ of London living,” Larah explains. “Every cell of my being was aching to retreat. Yet I couldn’t find, at that time, any retreats in Ibiza that offered the whole holistic package of coaching and wellness, yoga and meditation, integrated treatments and therapies, spiritual guidance and consciously created cuisine. I realised that there was a thirst for this, a market niche and a need.”

This creative duo have built up an ecosystem of health, yoga, wellbeing and women empowerment. Practicing what they preach is certainly a fundamental part of Larah and Susie’s lifestyle.

“Ibiza became my place to grow, throw off the mask I had been wearing and align with my true self. Authenticity and honesty are some of the greatest freedoms – and helping people to tap into that has been a humbling journey.” says Susie.

”Our retreats are there to allow our guests to let go and experience the true nature of abundance – wellness. We are connecting world-class teachers and group leaders with the island’s incredible retreat locations, therapists and chefs to facilitate our own inspiring holistic retreats.”

 

It’s Larah and Suzie’s dedication to teaching and inspiring women around the world to take time from their, many times, hectic, busy city lifestyle, to find (inner) peace, health, balance and life energy during their retreats. The retreats can be transformational, inspirational, empowering, fun or just simply a nice vacation. They offer a more holistic approach for a getaway or vacation.

”With women searching for something more fulfilling in their precious free time, healthy retreats have become the new go-to destinations for weekends or vacays”

I would encourage anyone to take a break and nourish yourself by visiting Ibiza and Ibiza retreats.

”Time to retreat – to rest the mind

and allow your heart to dream”

I hope you feel inspired to pamper yourself to one of Ibiza Retreat’s five or six blissful days of recharging with morning yoga classes, a juice detoxing, fresh organic delicious brunches and dinners cooked by private chefs, wellness consultations, beautiful excursions and personalized body treatments.
And come back home feeling rejuvenated, vibrant, energized, harmonious and in touch and centered with yourself, once again. If you decide to go to Ibiza, let me know!

Healthy Ibiza -Time to Retreat. To rest the Mind and Allow your Heart to Dream. 7 augusti 2017

 

Ibiza… You beautiful, sensual, spiritual and vibrant island. Island of the feminine, sign of the scorpio.
Protected by the female goddess Tanit, goddess of fertility.

 

 

 

I have previously written about some of the main passions in my life of healthy living and healthy lifestyle, where travel, yoga, spa, nutrition, dance, nature and a healthy mind are the building blocks of this lifestyle.

There is one alluring island where I can practice, refine, indulge and experience all the key, life thriving ingredients for a healthy, happy lifestyle; body, mind and soul: IBIZA. 

Yes, I know what you may be thinking at first glance of the word Ibiza. Isn’t this more a clubbing capital and watering hole for thirsty party animals, who party until the sun rises?

Well, every coin has two sides and so does this beautiful Spanish Island. It may be hard to believe, if you haven’t experienced this enchanting side of Ibiza, this island is also a getaway for healers, yogis, and wellness practioners,  (of every level). Even if you may not be a yoga devotée, Ibiza is attracting and blooming into a health and spiritual destination for people seeking an alternative to partying away their vacation (or combining both).
The island offers a fine balance between laid-back beaches, lively bars, restaurants with gastronomic prowess, (specially in Santa Eulalia, unofficially quoted as the culinary capital of Ibiza), delicious local foods, hippie markets, fashion boutiques and a variety of healthy cafés.

Pictures from my trip to Ibiza and Ibiza Retreats in 2015

Every year I try to travel to Ibiza to experience a yoga retreat.  I thrive to continue to discouver and experience new retreats, yoga teachers, yoga trainings and hidden gems of hotels and agroturismos around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enabling me to share and portray my experiences in this blog, with the incentive to inspire you all and encourage you to visit yoga retreats and experience some magical transformation of your body, mind and soul.
Or just simply have a great week of yoga, wellness, nutrition, adventure and bliss.

 

 

 

Today I want to introduce a yoga retreat that is one of my absolute favourites on Ibiza: Ibiza Retreats. It’s run by two amazing women: Larah Davis and Susie Howell.

Photo credit: Ibiza Retreats

 These two wonderful women both come from professional, hectic, successful careers in metropolitan cities. Demanding careers, lifestyle and crashed relationships led them to find inner peace and solice in yoga… that finally led them to Ibiza. Once on Ibiza, they never looked back and have stayed on the island since starting Ibiza Retreats in 2008. Today, both have found how to cultivate that balancing act between career, life, motherhood and relationships.

Larah recently gave birth to her beautiful baby girl and Susie is a few months pregnant. And their mutual baby, Ibiza Retreat, is growing up rapidly and Ibiza Retreats has today transitioned into Ibiza’s No 1 Tailormade Retreats and Wellness Consultancy

#I needed to find the confidence, clarity and self-belief to break-free from the relationship and mental ‘gridlock’ of London living,” Larah explains. “Every cell of my being was aching to retreat. Yet I couldn’t find, at that time, any retreats in Ibiza that offered the whole holistic package of coaching and wellness, yoga and meditation, integrated treatments and therapies, spiritual guidance and consciously created cuisine. I realised that there was a thirst for this, a market niche and a need.”

This creative duo have built up an ecosystem of health, yoga, wellbeing and women empowerment. Practicing what they preach is certainly a fundamental part of Larah and Susie’s lifestyle.

“Ibiza became my place to grow, throw off the mask I had been wearing and align with my true self. Authenticity and honesty are some of the greatest freedoms – and helping people to tap into that has been a humbling journey.” says Susie.

”Our retreats are there to allow our guests to let go and experience the true nature of abundance – wellness. We are connecting world-class teachers and group leaders with the island’s incredible retreat locations, therapists and chefs to facilitate our own inspiring holistic retreats.”

It’s Larah and Suzie’s dedication to teaching and inspiring women around the world to take time from their, many times, hectic, busy city lifestyle, to find (inner) peace, health, balance and life energy during their retreats. The retreats can be transformational, inspirational, empowering, fun or just simply a nice vacation. They offer a more holistic approach for a getaway or vacation.

”With women searching for something more fulfilling in their precious free time, healthy retreats have become the new go-to destinations for weekends or vacays”

I would encourage anyone to take a break and nourish yourself by visiting Ibiza and Ibiza retreats.

”Time to retreat – to rest the mind

and allow your heart to dream”

I hope you feel inspired to pamper yourself to one of Ibiza Retreat’s five or six blissful days of recharging with morning yoga classes, a juice detoxing, fresh organic delicious brunches and dinners cooked by private chefs, wellness consultations, beautiful excursions and personalized body treatments.
And come back home feeling rejuvenated, vibrant, energized, harmonious and in touch and centered with yourself, once again. If you come in July, I hope to see you on Ibiza!

Celebration of International Yoga Day! 21 juni 2017

Dear yogi and bloggy friend,

Take a breath, land in the present moment and embrace that today is the International Day of Yoga?

The theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is ’Yoga for Health.’ The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and soul. Health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature??

Namaste.

Inhale – Exhale – Feel Gratitude – Repeat. Small gestures – big impact 20 juni 2017

Are you passionate about yoga? Do you meditate? Start your morning with some breathing exercises or pranayama? Do you take 5 minutes to do de-stressing mindfulness practice (there are such a great variety of apps to choose from) when you feel some tension or stress creeping up on you at work?

Yoga for me is a lifestyle. That doesn’t mean that I do 2hrs of yoga and meditation every day. I wish. I have the intention but I don’t always have or make the time. However, I do prioritize to get some yoga, meditation or breathing exercises into my daily regime. Not because I have to but because I want to.

It makes a difference. And it’s the best gift I can give my body, mind and soul. Best remedy for stress, aniexty, worries etc. Quickest way to re-connect with myself and center myself. And for me this is important.

If you are open to include yoga in your life, you can always start by adding a few minutes to your daily routine, in the morning or evening, by just following a guided yoga session online. With that you can always manage to get some minutes into your day. And if you also include going to a yoga studio, to your training, fitness or Power walk or run – then even better!

There are lots of great yoga videos online, and you can also check out this website YOGOBE, (founded by a friend of mine) where you can find great videos from some of the best yoga teachers and practitioners around.

If there is one recommendation I would make. It would be:BREATH.

Your breath is your life elixir.

Honestly, just take a few seconds, to reconnect, recharge or take down your stress levels by just focusing 60 seconds on your breath. 60 seconds of connecting with YOUrself. Focus on your inhale and then focus on your exhale (try to make your exhale slightly longer than your inhale).
When you remind yourself about your breath is when you remind your body and mind that you are connected and in the present. And it’s a little gesture that rewards you so much. Cause without your breath, you cease to exist so take the time to acknowledge your breath. Inhale – Exhale – Feel gratitude – Repeat. Every day.

And never forget: You are UNIQUE. You are AWESOME. You are PLAYFUL. You are friggin FABULICIOUS – just the way YOU are!
The race isn’t with others or anybody else. Stop comparing yourself to others, or at least try to do this less by realizing if and when you do this, and let it go.

Remember one important fact that can never be changed, diminished or taken away from you:

There is only ONE YOU
– make sure to acknowledge this miracle every day.

If you can give a compliment to yourself, show appreciation for yourself, wrap your arms around yourself and say ’I am enough and I am worthy’ once in a while – then trust me, you will be able to receive the same appreciation, love and complimants from others too.

It all starts with YOU!