This is the first year in a long time without a Yoga Holiday With Paul retreat. Normally, this week would be spent in the Algarve with a group of lovely students, enjoying yoga, music, laughter, beaches and sunshine.
Early in the Covid-19 crisis we hoped it might be possible to continue the retreat but the situation remains what it is. The airlines cancelled the flights, which affirmed the decision to remain at home and use this week to ‘retreat’ in other ways.
While there is undeniably something special about YHWP and the experience of gathering specifically to do yoga, there are ample opportunities to go deeper in our practice right here, right now.
This is the perfect time to connect to ourselves. Mindfulness is an avenue for this connection. We begin, by being aware of our breath when we awake; by taking time to feel the texture of our sheets, the refreshing water in the shower, the aroma of our morning tea or coffee.
During the day, we can connect by making time for meditation, taking a walk in nature, or practicing yoga. We can also connect with ourselves by opening our hearts to others in a spirit of compassion and unity.
To find this connection the mind needs to be quite, your breathing needs to calm and slow, so you feel an unshakable PEACE. Take this into what is to come.
How do you connect? Share in the comments!