Well I have just gotten used to writing 2017 and as we are travelling through December it’s all coming to an end and we’re ready to meet 2018!
What a fabulous year. How would I describe it? The year that I stopped worrying myself to a skin explosion of eczema? (which does not sound very zen, but let me explain…) I learned to not get so overwhelmed, to step back and turn a negative moment or setback into something that does not make me feel hurt. Not everything can be turned into a positive channel, but I have the power that I can sit with and not feel intense discomfort or sadness. I feel that I have had a boost of self-love and self-confidence injected into me.
The biggest change in the studio this year was the Mandala. How amazing is the Mandala?? It sits so beautifully in the space. It took a lot of organizing to get the talented artist Lara Z to come and create it. My task was to choose the colors. I love all shades of blue, white and green but I did not feel that it was going to work for the colour scheme to to suit the studio. In one of our many emails, I expressed to Lara that one of the colors I was choosing was yellow. Her reply was “hmmmm, Eleni, yellow is one of the dangerous colours to work with.” On the Friday morning when she opened the cans of the glorious colours she was like: “WOW, this is beautiful!” The result? Well you have all seen it. Transformative, pure love brimming or, as the creator of the Mandala named it in her social media posts, OPEN HEART SURGERY. I cried with happiness.
There was one moment, a minute, a few minutes in class yesterday, where I was teaching and I felt I was flying. Submerged into a moment were it was all so effortless and dream-like. Where I knew and felt surrendered to the moment. Where I actually couldn’t think, yet words were coming out of my mouth. I was…….in a moment of serenity, a bubble, a cluster of time so so small but so magnificent for me.
We have down dogged, balanced and lengthened through and already reached midway through the year!!! Hello Winter 2017.
I’m in awe of everyone’s dedication, how much you have improved in your Yoga practise and also how you have welcomed guided relaxation and meditation more and more into your classes.
- In the shower at the start and end of day – in every product you use, how many chemicals are listed? Also, that packaging – can it be refilled? Recycled?
- Hair products and make up – do you need to use all those products? Are they tested on animals? Do you choose the less toxic brands?
- How much plastic and plastic bags are you using daily? No, really!!!
- Food???? Are you reading the ingredients? The more the numbers on a product list, the more concern you should have about ingesting it!!!
It was the first retreat of the year and what was on everyone’s mind: Is the rain going to stop? With the blessings of the universe, there was clear, stunning, hot weather all weekend.
I jam packed the car with everything but the kitchen sink and I was so grateful that yogi Emily helped by letting us fill her car as well with goodies for the retreat.
I love road trips and of course there were stop offs to Berry both on the way there and back (the markets at Berry showground were amazing!!!)
Yoga and fitness were the main highlights with sessions conducted on grass in the amazing space at the back of the house and on the sand. The beach was a five minute walk from our beautiful accommodations, with an amazing stretch of sand and wonderful views. Everyone was sublime in getting up early in the morning – I loved the commitment that all the participants had.
Yoga outdoors is the most amazing feeling and although I feel it’s harder to practise standing balances in an outdoor setting, everyone just nailed it!!!! Walking and running on the sand was total bliss and lengthening and stretching the body with the sound of the waves was just beautiful. Hearing the call of nature rather then cars and buses and angry drivers beeping at each other was my heaven. It’s amazing how deep the noise pollution can be in the city (including all the notifications and beeps that come from everyone’s phones!)
After our sessions we would walk back to the house where food was ready to be devoured with many choices and wonderful flavours to be explored. My mother Regina/Gina/Ginsky is a star and the yogis just fell in love with her and her food. Her fan club has grown with more members than ever. Yes, her kitchen even offered meat, seafood, coffee, alcohol, chocolate and dairy, but all in a balanced ratio, and prepared with the utmost care and love. Many organic choices were on offer, including drinks. I admire a woman who can whip up a Moussaka with eggplant she has grown and picked from her garden just prior to leaving. Her stuffed calamari with rice, vegetables and her secret flavours was another hit. Both Mum and I are vegetarians and she does not eat chicken or eggs, but her omelettes with kale, tomatoes and Greek cheeses were so divine. A raw salad of beetroot and her special touches even had to be remade for dinner on Saturday night because everyone ate it and could not believe the flavours.
Thank you to ALL the amazing yogis who attended from different locations in Sydney. They had to plan so much so they could attend to there souls and bodies for the weekend. I truly hope you enjoyed it and I appreciate all the feedback.
Also stay tuned for more fabulous getaways xxxxxx
Situated in the beautiful Jervis Bay region of the South Coast of NSW, is Callala Beach. Join me for a fabulous yoga getaway to this incredible location, staying in a quaint house, and a weekend of beach yoga, relaxation, meditation, swimming, fitness and delicious, freshly made food. There are only 8 places available for each retreat.
Retreat #1: 4pm Friday 31st March to 3pm Sunday 2nd April.
Retreat #2: 4pm Friday 26th May to 3pm Sunday 28th May (NOTE THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS AT 18TH MAY 2017)
- Yoga, fitness and meditation sessions
- All food
- All drinks (yes, including some wine!)
What you need to bring:
- Your fun vibes
- Yoga gear, swimmers
- Linen – towels, bed sheets and pillows
Book and pay before Wednesday 8th March for the special early bird price of $400 per person.
For bookings after Wednesday 8th March, the price is $450 per person.
How to book:
Notify me via email. Please note which retreat you would like to book, and any dietary requirements in your email.
Just 8 places are available at each retreat, and bookings will be taken as first in, best dressed. Your place will not be confirmed until payment is received.
Thank you and I’m excited!!
Saturday 5th Of November
Workshop with Johnny (@talldarkandhanstand)
Join us for this fun workshop featuring handstand and upside down fundamentals with a funky Vinyasana flow component. Bookings are essential!
Phone: 0412 772 397