I first started practicing yoga nearly 12 months ago. I needed something to help me connect with myself and wind down after a stressful day at work. I soon became hooked and tried to make it a part of my daily routine.
But before long the pressures of life had me burning the candle at both ends and my yoga practice forgotten, so I decided it was time for me to take some time out and go on my annual holiday. Usually my holidays are made up of exploring another country and ticking as many things off my bucket list that I can. Although this time, I decided I needed to spend my holiday relaxing. I needed a place where I could spend my days practicing yoga, eating, swimming and reading.
So, I picked up my laptop and started Googling yoga retreat options. I wanted to travel to a county I hadn’t been before, and Cambodia was one of the countries on my bucket list (read my post on Cambodia here).
Cambodia provides an amazing setting to help you delve deeper into your yoga practice with many yoga centres available. I chose Samadhi Yogashala & Wellness Centre in Siem Reap, based at Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat, a boutique 4-star resort located on the outskirts of town.
The resort features three outdoor pools surrounded by lush gardens full of palm trees, bougainvillea and frangipani flowers. The ultimate spot to relax!
Classes are run twice a day by accredited yoga instructors. Most classes run for 75 minutes and there are several affordable yoga and wellness packages available that can be uniquely tailored to suit guests. Try the 7 day Yoga Immersion Retreat.
Richard, an Irish expat and Stephanie, a French expat, were my teachers while I was there. Although they both had different teaching styles I connected with both of them and appreciated their shared knowledge of the practice.
I coupled my yoga practice with spa and holistic treatments at the Spa & Wellness Centre to give myself the ultimate self-care. And oh my, what bliss!
The retreat was amazing and enabled me to connect with myself and completely disconnect from technology, work and the stressors of everyday life. 8 days of yoga, spa and holistic treatments left me feeling calm and peaceful. I found more connected and grounded and for the first time in a long time, present.
If you haven’t already, make sure you add a yoga retreat to your bucket list.
Have you been on a yoga retreat? What was your experience?