by Stephanie Spence
As soon as you leave home, determine to put all problems out of your mind. Tell yourself that the more you allow your mind to focus on the joy of the present moment, the more you will be able to focus your world lens on having a meaningful experience. You can enjoy the wisdom, teachings, love and connectivity of other highly conscious individuals. Relax and let go.
Decide before you arrive that you will be open and willing to growth but at the same time dwell in the peaceful place of knowing that you will get exactly what you came for. If you have that expectation in place when you arrive, it will manifest. Enjoy the life-enhancing power of being part of a collective and creative process. Trust in the process. Go with the flow. Allow. You came for a reason, it will be revealed.
The knowledge and experience you gain will last a lifetime.
Disconnect from technology so you can reconnect to you soul. A yoga retreat provides the perfect opportunity to be inwardly attentive, to still the mind, feed the soul, and deepen your yoga practice, but that’s not going to happen if you keep checking your phone.
Retreats and festivals have a lot to offer. Look at and schedule the things you want to attend before you arrive. There are no rules. You can take a break from what is on the schedule and do something you can’t at home like walk in nature. There are events in the evening like listening to uplifting music, spiritual movies and quality time with like-minded people. Always allow for the inspiration of the moment; don’t be locked into anyone’s agenda – even your own.
Take the time to journal while on your retreat. Keeping a journal is a great way to capture the inspiration from the week. Little by little the vision of the retreat will begin to fade when you return home and your journal will help remind you of the place of peace, the dreams and intentions you set forward and the friendships and connections you made.
Stephanie Spence has been practicing yoga for 36 years. Her dharma is to inspire and educate. She is the former publisher of the award winning monthly wellness lifestyle magazine in Pennsylvania, Health & Fitness. Spence Communications, Inc. published numerous magazines and produced a short documentary film. Stephanie has worked in TV, films and radio and was recently accepted into the prestigious UCLA Screenwriting Program. Her philosophy and approach to yoga are unique and powerful drawing on her vast life experiences. She is a living example of living life with an open heart. Her award winning blog, one-with-life.com – The Tales of the Traveling Yogini, is an expression of her love of yoga and love of life. You can connect with Stephanie Saturday, Feb. 7th @ 8:00 am in Sedona, AZ at the Sedona Yoga Festival. She has staggering numbers to show how she helped the Sedona Yoga Festival utilize social media. Her workshop is called “Secrets of Social Media”. She hopes to see you there.