21st June – Yoga Yoga Yoga

It is the first ever International Yoga day and thousands of people have taken part in a mass yoga programme across Delhi with yogis ranging from school children to soldiers. Millions of others around the world have also taken to their mats to join in the celebration.

Across London there was an endless amount of free classes and workshops (a lot outside given the glorious sunshine we have had today) to get people into their downward facing dogs! And thanks to Instagram I have seen all of the days achievements from our London yogis.

It is no secret that I absolutely love yoga. I love how strong it makes my body feel and how calm it makes my mind. Today I think back to the wonderful week I spent in Santorini with a group of people I now call my friends.

Travelling with The Power Yoga Company in Parsons Green we were lead through a week of both power yoga classes and more restorative meditative yoga in the evenings.

The yoga was tough – our teacher Erin Prichard was unreal at teaching and guiding us through both the physical and mental side of yoga. I learnt so much about the philosophy’s of yoga and where it originated that naively, I didn’t really appreciate before I went.

Santorini really was the perfect setting for the retreat. The tiny Greek island was beautiful and the weather was just right – hot enough for a great tan but breezy enough not to want to pass out when you finally nailed the forearm stand.

Not only was the weather great but the food was just unreal. We were lucky enough to have brunch every morning in one of the local restaurants called Floga. We even had our last group meal there on the Friday night. If you are EVER EVER EVER in Santorini then you just HAVE to go to Flogas. Not only are the staff incredibly nice and generous but the food couldn’t be faulted.

If you are in two minds about doing a yoga retreat then let me tell you that it is not all meditating and backward bending. The level of yoga varied massively amongst the group from people who practise every day to people who had never been to a class. Not only that but everyone was really relaxed and treated the week as a real holiday. We enjoyed the yoga, sunshine and the odd cocktail.

The next retreat with The Power Yoga Company is to Goa early next year and I have very very tempted to check it out. I am a bit nervous about going to India as I am not a great traveller so watch this space. I will however definitely be booking another retreat very very soon.

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