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Letter from a retreat participant, Happy New You! NYE 2015-2016
Hi Ewa and Valentina,
Just wanted to check in and say hello! I miss you guys! I can't believe it's been one month since our fire/lantern ceremony and super fun night at Martina's. In some ways, the time has gone by so quickly and in other ways, mainly because I feel so different, it seems like a really long time ago.
These are the thank yous that I usually like to hand write in a card, but I'm not sure where to mail them and I want to make sure that it gets to you both. In the last month, I've found myself reflecting so much on how much the yoga retreat has meant to me. I really believe in synergy and life alignment - and I believe that there was something out there directing us all to Blue Osa this year. Coming to a yoga retreat is (or, probably more correctly, was) a bit out of my comfort zone, but the internet help us find the two of you and I am so much better for it.
Although this sounds like a serious email, the retreat was PURE JOY, FUN AND PLAY and I think that this is what caused (somehow imperceptibly) this big change in me. During the week, I became re-connected with my physical self. I like to thing that I'm fairly in touch with my emotional self (we do a lot of work on that in the field of work that I'm in), but during this process I think I became a bit stuck in my head and disconnected from the rest of me. During the retreat, through yoga and surfing and swimming and trying handstands and doing cartwheels, I remembered what it felt like to be in touch with me. Throw in some delicious, whole, and fresh food, great conversations, and new friendships, and I do feel like a new me.
More than that, since coming home, this feeling has grown and developed further rather than faded. And I think there's been positive feedback on my mental/emotional self through this connection. I'm happier and more content, confident, and willing to be vulnerable in relationships and try new things. I've been doing lots of yoga - I finally joined the studio that I having been thinking about joining for years, but was a bit afraid to commit to because I didn't think I was fit or good enough. I've been cooking more, sleeping better, and taking more time for myself and the relationships that are super important to me.
I've been trying to journal a bit and this is the type of private thing I might write in there, but I also thought it was so important for the two of you to know the impact of the retreat. I believe that lives of people often cross paths at just the right time, when you're open and willing to recognize these moments. That's how I feel about you.
So thank you for being just as you are, being brave enough to organize retreats like this, and opening your heart me and all of us!
With so much gratitude,