Wellness weekend at Australia’s biggest Healing Retreat

Wellness weekend at Australia’s biggest Healing Retreat

“Shutting off the alarm for the 5th time in the morning, I drag myself out of bed. The next couple of hours are chaotic with having to wake the kids, getting them ready and out of the house to school. My partner has her roles to play in the morning drill, and by the time, we catch the train to work, we are ready to bed. It’s a whole day spent in corporate warfare, time spent in negotiating, wrangling, maneuvering the treacherous landscape, moving forward while staying safe.

The few hours in the evening is hectic, getting kids to and from their various activities, ensuring they eat their meals and an hour of family time, I find myself snoozing in the middle of the TV show. The sun rises and the routine plays itself, I’m on autopilot mode. It got to a point where it dawned on me, that there was no time for me to compose myself, pamper myself, reset and connect with myself.

I came across the Wellness weekend at Nirvana Spiritual Retreat and was pleasantly surprised at what it had to offer. The program offered:

  • 2-day program aimed at couples (Sat and Sun). Limited to 4 couples/retreat.
  • 5 Healthy, clean, detox Vegetarian meals
  • 1 Whole-body massage with medicated oils
  • 1 Head massage with medicated oils
  • Self-guided Yoga Walk sessions
  • Stay in the luxurious Romantic Loft cabins.

Nirvana spiritual retreat is in the World heritage Barrington National Forest and is the largest privately-owned rain forest retreat in this part of the world. We loved the pristine fragrant air, the bubbling water from the creeks, waking up the sound of the birds and bush, made the location an ideal one for anyone to RESET. The tired aching body relished the food and the massages, creating a new sense of energy. You can also go for their Yoga Walk or relax in their exquisite cabins.

I could go on and on…In short, we loved everything about the program, it provided the nourishment for my Mind, Body, and Soul and I’m coming back to Reset myself again in one of the biggest Healing Retreat.”

–  Alex Jonas

How to make this Christmas in Sydney a day to remember.

How to make this Christmas in Sydney a day to remember.

Christmas is coming and we want to spend our hard-earned holidays and weekends on a trip that will take us on an inner journey. I happened to spend my last Christmas in Sydney at Nirvana Spiritual Retreat, on the doorstep of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of Barrington Tops National Park. Their cabins are nestled in bushland where I experienced the beautiful hymns of lyrebirds, wallabies, and wombats. The nearby Dilgry river is considered one of the cleanest in mainland Australia. I related to their idea of “Just Be” and captured my own essence. I went for a yoga walk that allows me to take an inner journey while walking a bush trail. I took their “Walk of Gratitude”. This Yogawalk is about being grateful for the bounty of life. The walk took me through the rainforests of the Barrington. It was an enriching experience. Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health. There were signposted walks that were designed to encourage connection and reflection. This walk engaged my mind and body and increased mindfulness and inner peace. I pen down all my thoughts in “passport” which they provided me. The nirvana passport allowed me to capture my experiences which later became the workbook of my life when I returned to my real world. I captured the essence of nirvana in the festival of Christmas in Sydney. That time is coming again. The time to bring hope, transformation, and fulfillment into the advent of our lives because our life is a constant advent season. We are waiting to become, to discover, to complete and to fulfill. Christmas is all about giving, forgiving and sharing with each other. I shared my experience of staying in Nirvana and what I believe can benefit others too. This year too I am visiting Nirvana Spiritual Retreat to relive that magic and get inspired to not “Just do” but to “Just Be”.

A day of Yoga Retreat

A day of Yoga Retreat

A day to take a temporary break from daily routine. With the guidance of Abhishek Guru of yoga sadhana, we organized a day of intensive camp of yoga retreat for teaching yoga asanas. Our yogis learned the art of getting away from distractions as they immerse themselves in asanas, meditation, and pranayama practice. There were lessons by Sadhguru by our ISHA certified Abhishek guru. The retreat also focused on healthy satwick food with no alcohol in a clean and pure environment. This retreat was attended by 20 guests who got the opportunity to reconnect to themselves, deepen their yoga practice, connect with like-minded people and nourish, restore and reset the body, soul, and mind. What was different in our yoga retreat was a lot of sharing, a lot of bonding, a lot of interesting and stimulating conversation, a lot of spiritual learning and of course, a healthy amount of yoga! One effect our yogis felt at the physical, mental and emotional levels was the purification process.

Yoga retreat brings in the rejuvenation we need. Some people go for expensive getaways and resorts, which is usually a whole lot of laziness and eating. When they go back to daily routine, they may feel lethargic for not treating their body properly. When people attend a yoga retreat, they are taking good care of themselves. They are immersing themselves in things that are only good for the mind, body, and soul.

Our guests also went for yoga walks. A bush walk with a twist. Each Yoga walk explores a certain aspect of Spirituality while exercising your limbs and heart. A yoga retreat is an ultimate option to strike the perfect coordination among your body, mind, and soul. For meditation newbies, retreats are a great way to learn a new technique, while seasoned practitioners can go deeper and strengthen their practices. This yoga walk is about being grateful for the bounty of life. The walk takes you through the rainforests of the Barrington. This Walk is all about discovering our inner Shanti, or ‘peace’. Many of us are plagued by restless or distressing thoughts, which is why it’s important to bring a sense of control and stability to our thoughts and emotions.

The benefits of a yoga retreat in itself are immense. When we dedicate ourselves to daily practice during a retreat, we begin to truly feel all the benefits that people have experienced for hundreds of years.

What to Know About Your First Yoga Class

What to Know About Your First Yoga Class

Whether your first yoga class is fast approaching or you are thinking about starting soon, you may feel a small amount of uncertainty or even a flutter of nerves.

What if I can’t do a pose? What if everyone starts chanting? How will I know the different between a Chakra and a Mantra?

If you find yourself pondering these ultimately useless hypotheticals and feeling a little nervous, don’t worry! First and foremost, it’s important to remember that even the most experienced yogi had to start from somewhere.

Yoga classes are a judgement-free zone, and you are likely to encounter other beginners in a similar situation as yourself. Don’t imagine a room full of experts with you in the middle: it’s a personal journey, and everyone is practising yoga at their own pace.

To start with, pat yourself on the back for taking on something new.

It’s normal to experience these feelings in unfamiliar circumstances, but remember that stepping outside your comfort zone is the only way to learn and grow as a person!

Yoga Clothing

You don’t have to be kitted out in the latest luxe-brand activewear to practice yoga. All you need are some light and breathable threads that you feel comfortable in – remember that you’ll warm up during the class, especially if the studio is heated. No need to buy a new pair of shoes, because you’ll be doing everything barefoot.

Yoga Class Gear

There are all sorts of yoga accessories out there from wheels and blocks to straps and balls. Ultimately, however, these are only used for specific poses and are not a requirement. All you’ll need to get started is a yoga mat, a mat towel and a water bottle. The first two are often available for hire if you aren’t ready to make a purchase, but it’s worth investing in them at some point as they will form your basic kit. From there, all you need is yourself!

Diet

Don’t worry, practising yoga doesn’t mean you need to focus on a full nutritional program just yet (unless you’re ready to!). However, it’s worth paying attention to what you eat and drink before your class. Keep it light with a snack and some water in the hour or two before your class: any less and you may feel faint or low on energy, any more and your stomach might protest.

Yoga Etiquette

There are some basic unspoken rules that are best adhered to when you visit the yoga studio – nothing serious or formal, just some ways to help improve the experience of yourself and those around you. Firstly, try to turn up at least 15 minutes early. You want to be nice and calm to ensure you are in the right headspace, and rushing in late will make it harder to make that mental transition. Plus, it may disturb others if you barge through the doors when the class has started. Secondly, remember to keep the space nice and peaceful by avoiding conversation and leaving your phone outside. These are just some basic manners that you’ll find easy to demonstrate from the get go.

Embrace First Yoga Class with an Open Mind

These are just some basic tips that will hopefully settle any nerves you may be having. On the whole, it’s important to approach your class with a curious and open mind. Don’t fret if you can’t do a pose, fall behind or miss the meaning of a word: it’s your personal journey and there is absolutely nothing you need to be worried about.