March 29, 2019
Talk us through your recent retreat to La Coruña, Spain - the pictures looked awesome! What would a typical day on retreat look like?
Your typical day would involve a morning Hot Lemon/Ginger Tea with a date & banana snack followed by an energising dynamic morning yoga practice using one of the Geo Mitchell oils. Then would be time for breakfast, followed by some free time where we could relax by the pool, go for a walk, or we could even treat ourselves to a Ayuervedic yoga massage.In the evening we'd enjoy a Restorative Yoga practice & Meditation followed by a relaxing savasana massage.We would often head out for a local dinner, and then immerse ourselves in some of the cultural events happening in the city.
What do most people normally look to get out of a retreat? How do they feel when they return home?
Most people are looking to rest and nurture themselves. They would have fun and discover some new tools & techniques on how to use yoga in finding a sense of freedom and relief. Moving towards personal strengths, greater resilience and wellbeing. They would leave having rediscovered a sense of connection with themselves, their body and the environment. Something which often seems hard to do within the pressures of everyday life.
Have you got any upcoming retreats or events coming up?
We know you love to use essential oils in your practice! How would you normally incorporate oils into your session?
I’m a huge fan of essential oils, and I’d generally incorporate the Stimulate or Breathe, Naturally into the morning practices by giving people a few drops in their palms. Then I’d guide them to take in the aromas whilst working through a breathing technique called pranayama.At the end of each practice I use Cleanse, Naturally to give the students a relaxing savasana massage.
And if someone was new to essential oils, and they wanted to enhance their practice, how could someone add it into their routine?
Essential oils are powerful and can easily be incorporated into your yoga practice.I would recommend using a diffuser in the room you're using for practice, and add a few drops of oil which would complement it - either invigorating in the morning, or calming in the evening.
Use the same oil and drop it into the palm of your hands. Then gently rub the palms together whilst taking a few inhalations of the oil's aromas. At the end of your practice you can rub some more oil into upper back, shoulders and temples to enjoy the last few minutes of relaxation. To find out more about Vanessa and her retreats, follow her on Instagram.Or to check out the Yoga Matters review on last year’s retreats.
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