Sometimes life is funny how it all works out. The past few months I have been feeling stuck. The only way I can truly describe it is that I feel like I'm running really fast, but I'm not moving anywhere. I am just suspended while I run and watch everyone pass by me. It is a horrible feeling. This retreat came at a perfect time in my life. I've had a lot on my mind. I have been thinking about my personal goals as an artist, illustrator, author, and teacher. Changes are happening at work...bitter sweet changes, but it has put my personal growth into perspective. I have different goals for each aspect of my life and many times they are not leading towards the same path. I have also, been thinking about my divorce. It happened three years ago, but clearly there was something unfinished since I was dreaming about my ex. I had no intentions of dealing with any of these thoughts on the retreat. I didn't know what to expect other than doing some yoga, and enjoying the scenery, but the events only brought those thoughts to the surface and confirmed what I have known to be true in my heart. On the last day of the retreat, we had to select a mediation card with our eyes closed before our yoga practice. This is the card I picked up.
The retreat challenged me physically. We did a lot of partner yoga, some acrobatic yoga (which was probably my favorite), and we danced. I haven't danced in such a long time. It was a lot of fun!
I did poses I would have never thought was possible for me to do.
|My best friend sitting on me like a chair.|
|I'm doing a shoulder stand on my friend's knees.|
These were inspired by the retreat where we did partner yoga.
|My yoga instructor called this the double scoop.|
Child's pose on top of child's pose
|This she called backpack.|