Guest post by Sharon Rose Summers
One of the things that makes a yoga retreat so very special is that it gives you the chance to gently drop your baggage and move into a different state of consciousness — relaxed, expansive and gracious.
For most people, it takes a few days to let go and let this lovely state set in, but there are several things you can do to jump start the process. Here are a few tips to help you get you there fast.
Imagine you’ve arrived at the retreat, found your quarters and unpacked your bag. Now what?
Run, walk, swim, dance — gentle aerobic exercise will get your inner energies flowing and begin to sweep away the sludge.
Do a good breath of fire exercise set, such as a combination of breath of fire and deep breathing. This floods your body with oxygen and chi (the life force all around us), detoxifying and recharging your system.
For example, try alternating one minute of breath of fire with one minute of long, deep, super-slow belly breaths. Repeat seven times (14 minutes). Feeling a little better?
Now that your inner energies are flowing and your body is moving into balance, it’s time to turn inward and meditate.
Meditation has an almost miraculous ability to restore and recharge. We carry what you might call psychic gunk in different layers of our being, and in meditation certain inner energies go to work, quietly sweeping through our field, washing us in waves of grace, gently flushing that gunk out. Basking in the presence, however momentarily, has a magical way of setting things right.
4. Attune to Nature
If your retreat is in a gorgeous natural setting, as many are, find a nice spot and drink it all in. Just being outside and grooving on the natural beauty gives your nervous system a beautiful tune up — aligning you once again to the rhythms of the universe.
Ready for Your Retreat!
Do the above — move, breathe, meditate and attune — and you’ll find yourself in a nice place — really in your being, peaceful, present and clear — and ready for your retreat! Enjoy!
Sharon Rose Summers is the author of Meditation – Deep and Blissful. The book is written especially for anyone who has tried to meditate and been disappointed — who has trouble moving beyond the interior dialogue and into a meditative state — and is also designed as a guidebook for the newcomer. Sharon is currently focused on creating a few cool (and free!) meditation resources to add to her website — you can check it out at Beautiful Meditation or connect on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.