Going on the Happy New You! Yoga Retreat was exhilarating, eventful, fun-filled, exciting, relaxing, insightful and overall a splendid way to change our routines, step away from patterns and enter a new way of life.
But how do we go back to our normal lives after experiencing such bliss, you ask?
All photos by Jonathan Hokklo
Some of us are returning to cold weather climates, most of us are returning to work, to duties, to things to do, problem solving, and sleeping less.
Here are five ways to maintain healthy habits even after you return from your yoga retreat.
1.Create Structure and Consistency In Your Life
During the yoga retreat we went by a pretty structured schedule, with our 7am yoga class, followed by breakfast, the 10am yoga class, followed by lunch and then some rest before the last yoga class of the day.
While your real life schedule is almost guaranteed to not look like that, you can still ensure to have routines.
Give yourself plenty of time to wake up and ease into your day before heading out the door.
Make tea/coffee, and take the first 10/20 minutes of your day for something that serves YOU. You may journal, read the news, check your personal emails, read your book, eat cookies, or even do social media. (yes, you are allowed). The point isn’t so much WHAT you do, but the fact that you are taking time for yourself as a small gift of self- indulgence before the daily grind begins. Do all these things preferably in silence.
Honor the new day with a good start, so that the rest of the day is already more likely to continue on that note.
Try not to rush but prepare for the tasks ahead so that you feel confident and ready to focus.
When you can be still and grounded from the inside, you will be able to carry that feeing with you no matter where you are or how much you travel.
2. Enforce Enough Sleep
During the yoga retreat we all got lots of rest. Most of us went to bed early, and then got plenty of naps. No matter what your sleeping preferences are, you want to ensure and commit to getting enough sleep every night.
8 hours is good, 9 hours is ideal, 7 hours ok okay. Any less than that, especially when occurring several days in a row should be a warning that you need to slow down.
Sleep is incredibly important for a healthy functioning of our minds and body. When rested, we are able to function better, think more clearly and be more productive.
Most of the time late at night, we are procrastinating and not being productive. Decide on a bed time for each day and stick to it.
3. Channel Your Healthy Chef
While we all indulged with the Blue Osa desserts and the second trips to the buffet, most of us felt lucky to be served fresh vegetables and fruit daily. Said ingredients were being incorporated in creative salads, soups, smoothies and other meals. While it takes time to prepare vegetables and cut up fruit, remember it doesn’t have to be intricate.
For breakfast, you can cut up a cantaloupe and eat the whole thing.
For lunch, you can slice a few tomatoes, add some olives, lettuce, feta cheese -optional 😉 good olive oil, and you got yourself a delicious salad that takes less than 5 minutes to make.
For dinner you can cook a piece of fish in the pan and sauté some spinach.
Remember: less is more, and quality is usually preferable over quantity.
4. Establish Your Yoga practice, On And Off Your Mat
Whether you were already an avid practitioner or a minty beginner, take this opportunity of being back from your retreat to revise your yoga practice, how often you practice, where, with who and what types of yoga.
If you’re new to yoga, try out a few different studios before committing to one. If you already have a yoga studio membership you might feel inspired to try out different styles of classes.
Also don’t forget that “doing yoga” doesn’t limit itself to walking into a class and doing the postures.
Yoga, in an energetic and spiritual sense, is practiced daily in lots of other forms. A walk in nature for example is a great way to reconnect to your “prana”, your energy force, and rekindling with the elements, the sounds, spending alone time or just practicing sitting are forms of meditation as well.
Being mindful and self-reflective, becoming aware of your thought patterns, the way you speak and enacting kindness, IS a form of yoga.
5. Reflect On Your Social Behavior
When we travel we tend to become a lot more outgoing and open to socializing. That’s because we feel a bit more vulnerable, a bit more humble, and a bit more willing to talk to strangers.
In our daily lives however, we tend to go by the I-already-have-my life-I-already-have-my-friends-so-why-should-I-talk-to-you-when-I am-busy mode.
Truth is, there are never enough great people that can enrich our lives. And when you start to smile to people, greet them enthusiastically and strike conversations, door will open in ways that might surprise you 🙂