Happy Halloween! So October has raced by and it has been jam packed full of yoga, classes, the OM yoga show and of course my October Devon Retreat. I've also been settling back into my routine, planning a few upcoming workshops (stay tuned for dates) and beginning to plan some new content for the YouTube channel. Today I thought it was about time that I shared some photos from our Autumn Yoga Retreat. We returned for the third time this year to the tranquil setting of East Down in Devon but this time we were met with the fresh Autumn air, a change of season and a huge full moon.
Our yoga classes took place in the yoga barn as it was a little chilly to be practising outside in October but I am looking forward to getting back outside next summer. We had a mixture of weather but the sun always seemed to come out after our morning practice - those feel good vibes brought the sunshine out!
The yoga classes are aligned with the principles of Strala yoga, focusing on moving with the breath, moving with ease and making hard things easy! For me the most rewarding class I led over the weekend was the Saturday afternoon Strala strong flow - we had breakthroughs with headstands, arm balances and sitting comfortably crossed legged.
On Saturday evening our beautiful chef and yogi Tracy took us through a cacao ceremony. It was the first time that we have brought this to the retreats and it was magical, especially with the full moon. We spent time letting go of that we we no longer needed and created intentions for the upcoming season. I look forward to the next cacao ceremony at our Summer 2017 yoga retreat.
The goody bags for the retreat were kindly sponsored by the wonderful Bluebird Tea who not only gifted each yogi with tea in the gift bags but kept us fully stocked with tea all weekend! The favourite tea for the weekend has to be the Gingerbread Chai so much so that myself and my friend Tess hit up the shop in Bristol to stock up. If you haven't checked them out yet head over to their website, who knows you might get some ideas for Christmas gifts!
Goody bags included -
This retreat was filled with so much love, laughter and good fun. I love bringing these groups together - strangers soon become fast friends! If you are thinking about coming but unsure about coming solo here is what Beth had to say about the Autumn retreat -
This was my first yoga retreat and I was going solo, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I needn't have worried. Jayne and Tracy created a lovely atmosphere and the group were friendly, welcoming and tremendous fun. To sum the retreat up it was nourishing. From the incredible raw food through to the perfectly pitched yoga. Creatively sequenced, fun sessions that were skilfully tailored to the group. The gorgeous setting was the back drop to one of the loveliest weekends I've had in quite some time. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, these retreats are a safe bet. Just don't nick my spot!