What is a Retreat? And Why do we go on Them?
As the Kundalini yoga community gets ready to go on Retreat this week,( sorry in advance to students who are not coming and will have a lack of teachers), I thought I would blog about what going on Retreat is and why I look forward to this practice as many times as I can manage it in a year.
The definition of Retreat, is to withdraw. But in the spiritual sense we go on Retreat to withdraw from our everyday life and routine towards our spiritual touch stone. To leave our technological filled world behind and spend some me time, learning, connecting with new and old friends, teachers and most of all our spirit.
For me personally going on Retreat is a time for me to tap into my own deep wisdom, to listen to the quite voice within and have insights into my life, routines, relationships, mind, habits, etc. At the same time you Retreat to be alone and have an inner experience, even though you are in a group or community. You have personal insights and OMG moments but also feel the shared experience of the group that makes you feel cosy, relaxed and supported. After a Retreat I usually feel as if I have hit the refresh button, I have more energy, my body feels great and my mind feels clear.
So how about all of you who are not going on Retreat? You can still have the experience of a Retreat. One day a week or half day I retreat, I try not to use technology, I switch off, withdraw from the outside world and have retreat time. Whether it is attending a yoga class by myself, reading a book, magazine, taking a nap, swimming or watching my favourite movie. Learning to love your own company and spend alone time is very important to counter balance the pressures of life. So this week let’s make each class a special time for you to retreat and connect deeply with that inner you, reflect on your year so far, feel gratitude for what you have and have done.
Mon 25 June 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7
Tues 26 June 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5
Tues 26 June 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8
Tues 26 June 6-7.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class with Shaunagh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5
Wed 27 June 5.00- 7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE)
On Retreat until 4 July 2018
Next week classes
Wed 4th July 5-7.30am Sadhana @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5
Thurs 5th July 11-1pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8