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How a Yoga Practice can Benefit You

Yoga Final Relaxation

Theresa & Zoe in Savasana

I love being a woman, but there are definitely challenging seasons. I have survived challenges in my life by consistently taking time for myself on my yoga mat.  My favorite pose Savasana, final rest, is even sweeter with Zoe. Our retreats are for ALL women – no yoga experience is needed. Discover the power of yoga, when you join us for a retreat.

Krystle Sangillo, social media expert and Yoga Instructor, shares the benefits of a Yoga Practice to women.

As women, there are many ways to approach living a healthier lifestyle. Developing a consistent yoga practice is one of them. For those of us who have already begun our yoga journey, we rolled out our mats for the first time for various, and often very personal, reasons. For some women, the practice begins as physical: we need to add movement and activity to our lives or have a tangible, physiological goal in mind. For others, we’d been advised that yoga can help alleviate stress, promote better sleep, or reduce anxiety.

Whether you’re in the early stages of your yoga journey or have been practicing daily for 10 years, the practice has the power to positively impact your health and well-being in many ways.

Relief from Stress and Anxiety

Women who practice yoga on a consistent basis may notice, over time, a general reduction in their overall level of stress. In a clinical study on the effects of yoga on depression and anxiety in women, results showed that practicing yoga for 90 minutes, twice a week, for just two months resulted in a significant reduction in anxiety. For those of us who struggle with anxiety, this can be a powerful, simple, and natural way to manage it.

Balancing Out the Effects of Hormones

While all women are affected differently by their menstrual cycles or menopause, the effects of yoga during times of hormonal fluctuation are positive. Some women may experience only physical changes during times of hormonal imbalance – cramping, fatigue, and hot flashes, to name a few – while others may find themselves dealing with mood swings, unpredictably high and low energy levels, and even insomnia.

The simple act of breathing through physical and emotional discomfort related to hormonal fluctuations can reduce negative effects.

The mental focus and clarity from a yoga practice may help women find peace during times that feel overwhelming, tumultuous, or out of control.”

Physical Health

Stress relief and emotional health alone are two powerful reasons to develop a consistent yoga practice. The physical benefits – improved strength, balance, and flexibility – are life changing. A consistent practice helps develop heightened body awareness, which naturally leads to better posture – something many people (not just women!) struggle with in the modern environment of sitting in front of computers for most of the work day.

For those with concerns about maintaining healthy weight, scientific research has shown practicing yoga at least once a week for a minimum of four years  can minimize weight gain during middle age. While not all styles of yoga burn large amounts of calories, developing a mindful approach to health (eating habits, sleep, physical activity and more) is a result of practicing any form of yoga.

For women seeking healthy and more balanced lives, a consistent yoga practice is a great way to address both the physical and mental challenges that we face throughout life.

At Retreat in the Pines, we love to share the power of  a yoga practice with our guests, in hopes they too will discover the amazing health benefits of yoga for themselves. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more, or for information about any of our upcoming retreats.

 

How to Find Your Tribe

Guests at Yoga Retreat

We Welcome ALL Women

I sometimes get asked if we have private rooms at our Retreats. We don’t. And for good reason. I believe sharing accommodations is a great way to meet new and interesting women, get out of your comfort zone and connect with each other on a deeper level.

A retreat is a great way to find your tribe. If you haven’t found your tribe yet, join us for a retreat. I guarantee you’ll walk away with new friends and a strong sense of connection to the world around you.

Our retreats are full of like minded women who come together for friendship, wine, yoga, laughter and to find relief from the craziness of life. You don’t have to like wine or do yoga to fit in! We welcome all women. All we ask of our guests is the willingness to sit down and chat. Once you start talking, you’ll discover how many shared experiences you have with each other.

We come from different places and it may seem like we have nothing in common, but we really have everything in common.”

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Keep Your Cool When Everything Around You is Heating Up

Summer Sun

The Heat of the Summer Sun is Inescapable

Feeling irritated, anxious or critical? Feeling uncomfortable and hot, even inside?

Your Pitta may be out of balance. Summer is Pitta season and the bright, hot, sunny days of summer aggravate Pitta. To manage Pitta you must keep yourself cool – not just your body, but even more importantly, your mind and emotions. Balance rest and activity, and set aside time to play and relax.

Pitta is one of three Doshas in the Ayurvedic System. Ayurveda is a sister science to Yoga based on our mind body connection and the healing of the body by using the mind.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ayurveda, check out our Detox & Yoga Retreats.

Awareness of your body is the first step to practicing Ayurveda. Once you’re aware, you can find healing for the mental, physical and emotional symptoms that ail you.”

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Recipe for a Mini Retreat

Yoga Retreat Quote - Smile, Breathe, Go Slowly

A Beautiful Intention for Every Day

Can you remember the last time you did something for yourself? Then, think about the last time you did something for somebody else. Your partner, your child, your parent, your friend, your pet.

If you drew a complete blank trying to think of something you did for yourself (taking a three minute break from work e-mail to read this doesn’t count!), yet came up with an immediate list of ten things you did for others, it may be time to schedule time to take care of you.

Of course, if you’d like a little bit of community with your down time, join us for a retreat. Retreat in the Pines is the perfect place to press pause and nurture yourself with good food, yoga, wine and a healthy dose of laughter, enjoying nature and the support of other women. If budget is an issue, check out our retreat assistance program.

If all you have is an evening or an afternoon to spare, this is for you. All of these options can be done in the comfort of your own home, you can also take a mini-retreat outdoors.

Research has shown the more time working mothers spend taking care of themselves equaled improved physical and emotional health  for their children. Read more here.

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Celebrate Your Uniqueness

Let this be the year you celebrate you and what makes you unique. Let this be the year you embrace your body for all of the amazing things it allows you to do. And the year you stop chasing after the “perfect” body.

Yoga allows me to love and accept my body exactly as it is.

I posted this quote to Facebook in 2010. I’d spent most of my life punishing my body for not being perfect. Yoga allowed me to (finally) celebrate my body. Celebrate, not only the way I look, but more importantly, celebrate what my body can do and the way I feel about my body.

This is my story of how I overcame shame about my body.  Maybe you can relate. If you’re struggling with acceptance for any aspect of yourself, join us for our Love Yourself Retreat. Begin the journey of love, acceptance and compassion for your body and every aspect of yourself.

I started hating my body when I was eight. My dad and brother called me fat and constantly made fun of me. I look back at photos from that time, and while I had baby fat, an 8 year old should NEVER be called fat. Over the next couple of years, I grew taller and slimmed down. But I STILL felt fat. I started hunching over as I grew taller – so nobody would notice me. My dad admonished me, “Stop slouching. Stand up straight. What’s wrong with you?”

Ha. I felt like so much was wrong with me. Not just with my body, but me. It’s interesting how the two are related.

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Give the Gift of Peace and Joy

Give a Gift of a Retreat – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Maybe you know someone in your life (maybe it’s you!) who would benefit from a weekend away. It has been quite a year!

Give the gift that will keep on giving, long after you or your someone special returns home. A retreat is an excellent way to press pause on life and take a breath. It’s an opportunity to slow down and find stillness in the mind, relaxation in the body and possibility in the heart.

Our community of women support and encourage each other – at the retreat and in the days that follow – through social media or in-person connection. Some guests make instant connections with each other and return to a retreat together.

Retreat guests are able to –

  • Consider the direction that life is taking. 
  • Find a fresh perspective.
  • Discover gratitude for the little things.
  • Truly relax and unwind – no chores to do, no meals to prepare, no errands to run.
  • Savor delicious home cooked meals without chopping, cooking or cleaning a thing.
  • Enjoy quiet time in contemplation – walking, journaling or simply sitting in nature.
  • Engage in conversation with inspirational women, sharing stories and laughter.
  • Reconnect to self.

Choose the retreat you think is perfect, or let your recipient choose her perfect retreat. Gift Certificates are available for either option.

Choose the ideal retreat here.

Email for your Personalized Gift Certificate.

Choose Gratitude

Thank You

Maybe you’re thinking, “How can I choose gratitude?” Then again, how can you not? Gratitude, like many things, really is a choice. Some choices are challenging, while others come naturally – if you let them.

A yoga retreat puts everything in perspective, and allows you to choose gratitude. We finish every retreat with a gratitude meditation and a gratitude brunch. Discover your retreat here.

Benefits of Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”  Melody Beatty.

Gratitude improves physical and psychological health.  Gratitude allows more restful sleep. Gratitude is good for self-esteem and improves relationship. Studies have shown that gratitude leads to happiness. Gratitude really is a game changer. Read More

Go Solo: Open Your Eyes and Your Heart

It’s an Adventure! When I traveled with my kids when they were younger, my common phrase when things didn’t go as planned (which is quite frequently when you’re traveling with children) was “It’s an Adventure!” Of course they grumbled and made fun of me (and still do!), but now I know when things don’t go the way I plan, it is indeed an adventure. Whether in travel or in life.

My favorite adventure is solo travel. The absolute best place to travel to by yourself is Retreat in the Pines. Find your tribe at a retreat.

Yoga Retreat

Go Solo at a Yoga Retreat

View our upcoming retreats here.

My divorce was messy, I was stressed, I needed to do something for myself. As I pondered my future, I knew I needed to do something to challenge my comfort zone and give me fresh perspective.  I decided to take a trip by myself.

I started to plan. I was thrilled when I bought the plane ticket, excited as I booked a room with Airbnb (Airbnb is my first choice when I travel) and feeling proud of myself as I figured out the details of a trip to San Francisco for the Yoga Journal Conference with a few nights in Napa.

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Self-Care after 40: All Natural Wellness Tips to Boost Energy and Feel Better

Theresa Polley Retreat in the Pines

Theresa – April 2016

The struggle is real. To maintain your energy and weight and stay well after 40, that is. Maybe that seems a bit dramatic… I’m 53 and when I take care of myself I still  feel like I’m 35. When I don’t take care or take time for me…watch out.

Maybe you struggle with trouble sleeping, hot flashes, weight gain, lack of energy or dry skin and hair; know you’re not alone! I’ve gathered easy, all natural and budget friendly tips to include in your daily life for immediate results.  I’ve taken the guess work out of living well. These wellness rituals have helped me let go of the struggle of feeling good after 40 and actually feel good.

Taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally is a must. Anything less and you simply won’t be able to do all that you do.”

First, take time for you. Find new perspective and your tribe at one of our yoga retreats. Take care of you first, and everything else falls into place. I promise.

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Love Yourself First

Love Yourself First

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” Lucille Ball

All else aside, if you’re not loving yourself, you’ve got work to do. Only by taking care of yourself, are you able to do all those things you want and need to do. Somehow, somewhere, we’ve over complicated our lives with busyness, thinking this somehow makes us a better person. We trick ourselves into believing if we eliminate “me” time we will have more time for other things. That’s simply untrue. Running ourselves ragged leaves us exhausted, with neither the time nor energy to take care of anybody or anything. Plus, you may start to feel resentful.

Through self-care – physical, mental and emotional – your immune system and energy levels stay strong. YOU deserve the gift of self-love and self-acceptance! Begin your journey of self care in a group of supportive and encouraging women at a retreat. Book here.

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