|Medicine Wheel at the front entrance.|
|Anyone for the "enchanted forest"?|
|Exploring the Enchanted Forest during a break from yoga.|
|The group: Strike a pose!|
|Medicine wheel at the entrance.|
|Walking the "8 Verses Pilgrimage Trail"|
|Giant Buddha inside the temple.|
|Amazing hand painted artwork on the temple building.|
|Enjoying lunch on the last day with new friends.|
The retreat was a wonderful end to my vacation. Being able to deepen my yoga practice enabled me to recommit to doing yoga regularly. I've been practicing yoga for a few years, but I go through phases of being really into it and then letting it slide, then getting back into it again. However, I really notice that my body, mind and spirit feel more relaxed and at ease when I am practicing yoga a few times each week. And the effects linger after class too. That tight shoulder or racing mind is soothed for a while by the meditation of practicing yoga. And while I can't make it to Tim or Debbie's classes on a regular basis (though I hope to visit!), I've found a couple of studios near my home that offer wonderful teachers and classes.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the vegetarian meals served at the retreat. My body felt so good eating the delicious veggies and whole grains, and as a health coach, I enjoyed talking about nutrition with people who were surprised at how satisfied they could feel after a meal without meat.
After our last yoga class on Sunday, we had a final lunch and said our goodbyes. Upon leaving, I continued driving up Highway 1 from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay, where I turned inland and headed home. This final leg of the drive allowed me a gentle way to reconnect to being back home and returning to my daily (non-vacation) life. I took my time, and enjoyed stopping at vista points and farm stands along the way.
Now that I am back in the swing of things, I can reflect on how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to take this vacation. And when I'm feeling overwhelmed, I know that a yoga class or the ocean is only a short drive away!
|I love this stretch of highway!|
|My bounty from roadside farm stands and stores.|
|LOVE this! The beach is such a healing, relaxing place for me.|