Lately I’ve been pondering the importance of rest. Life gets
so busy, and I know I spend more time than I’d like to running around, feeling
overwhelmed by the amount of plans I have on my calendar.
What would your life look like if you practiced slowness,
being present, and giving yourself time to relax on a daily basis?
We can choose to do this at any time, by noticing what’s going
on around us, savoring the moment. Focusing on the breath. Pausing to feel
grateful. Clearing time to just be
instead of do.
And, of course, it helps to plan little retreat days! What’s
your favorite way to get a little extra R&R?
Maybe you enjoy hot baths, aromatherapy, and massage. Or
maybe you take a weekly hot yoga class and enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends
afterward. Writing… meditation… a long walk… a gourmet meal. All of these
things help us to rejuvenate.
This month, the Yogi Surprise box is themed around rejuvenation. This is such a powerful
practice to engage in. When we neglect ourselves, we miss out on the beauty of
the present moment and our ability to fully appreciate it. For me, rejuvenation
helps me to fully enjoy good health, peaceful relationships, and contentment in
all areas of life. It is a key to happiness!
My favorite products from this month’s box are the palo
santo incense sticks and yummy snacks (Betsy’s best bar and chocolate-covered
cherries). I’ve been keeping the palo santo in my car, and I love the calming, earthy scent. Each
time I get in my car now, I think, ‘Mmmmm,’ and take a big, deep breath. It’s a
feeling of being ‘home,’ if you know what I mean. Relaxed and comfortable.
The snacks were perfect for on-the-go energy. I tried the
Betsy’s bar as soon as I opened the box, actually. It had been a long day at
work and I got home after teaching yoga and was exhausted and so hungry (borderline hangry!). I saw
that the bar had 10 grams of protein and thought, ‘Perfect!’ It was the ideal
snack to enjoy while cooking myself dinner. As for the chocolate-covered
cherries, they are a lovely indulgent treat for any time I’m feeling the need
for a pick-me-up. They’re a great reminder of summer, too, and how much I can’t
wait for long, sunny days.
If you haven’t checked out Yogi Surprise yet, I highly
recommend cruising over to their website. They post great information and
inspirational content on their blog, plus every month they offer their
customers the chance to enter in a giveaway for a yoga retreat.
Use the code 'LOVEYOURSELF' to get 20% off your order!
I love getting the
boxes each month because they are a great reminder to slow down and take time
for just me.
Here’s wishing you a rejuvenating rest of January 2015!
I know in past years I've fallen into the whirlwind of the
holidays, which can lead to thinking I should do as much as possible, spend
more money, eat comfort food, and even sacrifice the practices that keep me grounded,
like getting to my mat, and spending quiet time alone.
I’m grateful that the November Yogi Surprise box arrived
just in time, full of all sorts of goodies to remind me to put my health and
sanity first! And when things feel like they are spinning out of control, it
always helps me to take a few moments and make a list of things I’m grateful
My two absolute favorite products from the box are these:
Hurraw lip balm in vata…
it smells like cardamom and rose! And has the most luscious texture. Mmmm. I’m
totally going to be buying more of these, maybe for stocking stuffers this
year! What's awesome is that the brand carries other flavors for the other Ayurvedic doshas, too, in case you're pitta or kapha.
Of course, I was also ecstatic about the other products in
the box, including a citrus-scented body mist (great for lifting your mood!), green
tea mints, refreshing facial towlettes, chakra oil, natural deodorant
(cedarwood and juniper is my new favorite underarm scent!), a cacao-flavored
granola bar, and sea salts for the bath. I honestly felt like I was treating
myself to a spa retreat day just opening the box!
Thank you, Yogi Surprise, for the wonderful brands you share…
I can’t wait to pamper myself all month with this one!
A little while ago I posted about Yogi Surprise,
my favorite new resource for yoga goodies. The company has now officially
launched! I can’t wait to try out their monthly care package designed for yogis
- like a retreat in box.
Yogi Surprise is offering 20% off for the first 500 members. Go here:
It’s rare you find a company whose values are based around
health, connection, and joy… and it’s even more rare you find one that is
giving away YOGA RETREAT GIVEAWAYS! The first one is for Costa Rica… and I hope
you all go sign up :)
PS Yogi Surprise also has an awesome blog with inspiration for living life
to the fullest.
Have you ever been on a yoga retreat? I have always dreamed of going on one. There's something so alluring about the thought of doing yoga in a beautiful, faraway place. I can picture myself waking up to the gorgeous countryside of Spain or Thailand, spending simple, relaxed days that involve only yoga, meditation, delicious food, and a little sightseeing.
I've done a few silent retreats locally, and I've always wanted to go somewhere exotic for a retreat. I recently discovered an awesome resource for yogis interested in traveling abroad for a retreat and/or completing an international yoga teacher training program. It's a site calledBookYogaRetreats.com, and I encourage you to check it out.
BookYogaRetreats.com is a travel website where people can book yoga retreats and courses all over the world. The site features around 100 yoga vacations and programs, all ranging from upscale resorts to humble homestays and ashrams. What's great is that the site doesn't charge registration or service fees, either.
Are you thinking about doing a retreat, but don't know where to start? BookYogaRetreats.com is your new best friend.
The site is easy to navigate and allows you to search retreats based on categories such as yoga style and destination.
If you're into open sky country, this is the retreat of a lifetime! Big Sky Yoga offers retreats in Bozeman, Montana that involve hiking, horseback riding, health and wellness seminars, meditation, and yoga classes (a blend of Vinyasa, Ashtanga and restorative postures).
They even do a special program for women who have battled breast cancer, and this year 8 scholarship recipients will participate in the healing and rejuvenating retreat. How cool is that?!