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Michelle-Pedulla

A YOGA ESCAPE IN CALABRIA

WE GO ON RETREAT TO ESCAPE OUR BUSY LIVES AND EXPERIENCE SOMETHING UNIQUE. IN AN UNFAMILIAR SETTING AND IN COMPANY OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE, WE HAVE TIME FOR SELF-REFLECTION.

THIS IS A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AND TRANSFORMATION. IT IS A TIME THAT WE DEDICATE TO OURSELVES AND USE TO IMPROVE OUR BODY AND MIND. WITH EACH DAY THAT PASSES, WE LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND GROW INTO OUR TRUE SELF.

THE TOP 5 MEMORIES FROM THE SUN, SEA & SAVASANA YOGA RETREAT WITH DISCOVER CALABRIA & INTERNATIONAL YOGA TEACHER MONA LISA GODFREY

1.  The Seaside Sunrise & Sunset yoga

There is nothing more peaceful than watching the sun rise while listening to the sea waves crash on the shore. Practicing yoga in such serenity enhances our connection to nature and helps us go deeper within ourselves.

Being seaside feels relaxing, but is very energizing. Sea air contains negative ions which accelerates our ability to absorb oxygen.

With each breath, we nourish our body with fresh healthy molecules, providing us with more energy and stimulating our senses. 

2. enjoying life at a slower pace

When we are busy with our day to day lives, it is easy to forget to slow down. There is an Italian phrase called 'dolce far niente' which translates into 'sweetness of doing nothing'. This is the practice of mindfulness and living in the present moment.

If we slow down, we are able to relax and appreciate the beauty found in simplicity. Only when we allow this to happen are we able to see life from a different perspective. 

3.  The Delicious Italian Meals

There is no greater pleasure than sitting down to a delicious meal after a busy day. Eating is meant to be a convivial gathering enjoyed with others.

It's a time to relax, reflect and share stories with friends while nourishing our bodies with wholesome foods from natural ingredients.

The cuisine of Calabria is healthy, seasonal and primarily organic. It is based on traditional slow food preparation which focuses on the simplicity of bringing out the best of each ingredient.

From freshly made pasta to hand-churned gelato made with real vanilla beans, everything can be enjoyed in moderation.

4.  memories with new Friends  

When you decide to go away on a retreat you never know who you will end up meeting.

Whether you book your retreat alone or with a pal, the beauty of this experience is you end up meeting people who quickly become lifelong friends. Being away in a setting with fellow yogis who are on a similar journey can be a powerful experience.

When you are far from home in a relaxed setting you connect with others on a deeper level; it is through these human connections we learn the most about ourselves. 

5.  feeling inspired by nature

Albert Einstein described it perfectly: "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." 

When we escape the confines of our technologically advanced lives and retreat to the outdoors, we disconnect and begin to tune in to our inner world. 

Being surrounded in a natural setting calms the mind and restores the soul. Whether it's the soothing sounds of the surf lapping against the shore or the chirping of birds overhead in the wooded trails of the Aspromonte mountains, you become in harmony with your mind-body-soul. 

JOIN ONE OF OUR UPCOMING YOGA RETREATS IN CALABRIA!

Or, if you can’t join us but would still like to take part in some fabulous yoga classes you can sign up to Yoga International.

They offer online courses from beginner to advanced levels all from the comfort of your own home. We are happy to offer a 14 day free trial just by clicking the link below.

Enjoy!

By: Michelle Pedullà 

 

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