My Yoga Retreat 

July 11, 2016 in About Me

Hi guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. Switching it up this week from the typical Mental Health Monday post because I have to talk about something more near and dear to my heart as of now, that being the yoga retreat I went on this weekend.

The retreat I went on this weekend was amazing. Hands down the greatest weekend of my life I would say. Bold statement, I know.

I ventured out to Kripalu Friday morning with zero expectations. I went by myself, for myself, and to better understand myself. I was enrolled in a program called embody love movement, with an incredibly wise woman named Melody Moore as an instructor. We talked about it all. About 10 other women and I poured our hearts out in programs outside of the retreat about our past issues with body image, with food, with eating disorders. We talked. We listened. We felt vulnerable. We felt uncomfortable.

Upon arriving to Kripalu, I checked out my dorm room and met some of my roommates then headed to a vinyasa class which was amazing. I adored the vinyasa classes, and found myself connecting with my practice even more.

This weekend was definitely a huge growing experience for me. Because there are always ways I can grow. There are always ways we can improve ourselves. And you know what? I am far from perfect and I never want to preach that I have it all together, because I don’t. There are moments I wake up in the morning and feel gross. There are moments where I have thoughts of guilt right after I eat something. I get bad gas and get constipated and get belly aches. I cry and I curse and sometimes I spend too long looking in the mirror. But you know what? The amount of growth that I’ve experienced in the past year alone is amazing. I do consider myself recovered, but I do know that as women we are faced with pressures everyday: from our peers, from social media, from the media in general to eat and look a certain way; and sometimes our internal critic turns on and goes at the speed of lightening in the words it says to us. But the difference is? I don’t let it run its course anymore. But you know what? I can work on all these areas. And I learned ways to improve these areas this weekend that I never even knew of before.

The embody love body program showed me the forgiveness that yoga had to offer. It taught me that our pride is not in if we can hold a pose longer than the other girl; our ego should not inflate because we don’t take a child pose at all during our practice. And you know what? This was eye opening to me as well. My pride is not in the minutes I spend at the gym or how long I spend on my mat. My ego should not be defined by how much makeup I’m wearing or if I choose to do a level 3 class instead of a level 2. None of that is intertwined: at all.

This weekend I cleansed myself of social media. I journaled. I sat in the sauna and relaxed. I hiked. I meditated. I let my soul rest. I have new goals for myself. I learned that I’m meant to adventure. I’m meant to travel. Because that is when I shine and grow the most. I connected with so many amazing individuals with powerful stories. I ate intuitively and it felt amazing. I was mindful and in the moment, something I am always trying to work on. I opened my heart to my practice and closed my heart to the negative thoughts I hold against myself and the pressures I place upon myself. I learned that because I am single and not in a relationship there is nothing wrong with me. Nothing. Something I struggled with all freshmen year of college. My soul is content where it is right now. It is content with my relationships with friends, family, yoga, God, this blog. It does not need an individual to make it flourish, because it is flourishing as it is right now greater and bigger than it ever has before.

I could go on and on about this weekend, and I probably will in later blog posts. But wow, I am just so, so blessed. Here’s to the divine light in me recognizing the divine light in all of YOU.

Now enjoy some pictures from this weekend. Because boy, was it just a sight to see this every single day, every single morning. The view of the mountains, the calmness of the rain hitting the trees, and the sun escaping from beneath the clouds and giving us light on our last day was just all truly remarkable.

Meditation garden 

Hiking trails 

Learn more about Kripalu here. Learn more about embody love movement here

Now tell me: 

What did you do this weekend? 

Have you had any self-discovery moments recently? 

Have a great Monday guys! Sending lots and lots of love! <3

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  • Reply Emily July 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Wow this is beautiful. So thankful that you were able to rest and being reminded that our worth is NOT based in anything we do, is one of the most comforting things to remember every day.

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you SO much emily 🙂 I am so thankful for you! Hope you had a lovely weekend <3

  • Reply Taylor July 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    ahh love that!! what a nice weekend to fuel your inner self!! I really do need to get back into yoga again… I just love the emotional release from it. I had a relaxing weekend at home, which was so nice before lots of traveling coming up the rest of the month!! Thanks for sharing your experience!!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      It really is an emotional release for me! It does wonders for my mind and body. that sounds like such a nice weekend, glad you got to just chill and relax 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie July 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I am so glad that they have programs like this available to women. I am so happy that you are able to learn such valuable information about yourself to help you grow. This is truly invaluable, noone can take away the love we give ourselves and we as women need this!
    Thanks for sharing all that you have learned my dear.

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much mom, and thank YOU and dad for letting me go!! Love you lots you are the best

  • Reply Ellie July 11, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I’m glad you had such a good time Lyss. It would be fun to leave for a weekend, meet with people you don’t know but have something in common and just talk. This past weekend I spent time at my job and also in the rain with a new friend. It was a great weekend 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Thank you Ellie!! That sounds like a delightful weekend, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet July 12, 2016 at 12:15 am

    So glad that you had such a beautiful and enlightening time. I love the idea of a retreat. Can there be a chocolate retreat? Can we go together!?

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Um yes to a chocolate retreat with you, that would be the dreammm

  • Reply sarah July 12, 2016 at 1:03 am

    So, so happy for you Lyss! You really have come so far even in just the time that I’ve “known” you. You should be proud of yourself.Your honesty is always so refreshing too, nobody is perfect and we all have struggles. However how you’re dealing with those struggles shows so much healing and strong recovery! Recently I have been thinking of getting back into yoga. I love everything about the practice. I would really like to do a retreat some day in the near future.

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah!! That truly means so much to me. You should get back into yoga! It is so helpful in my life <3

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot July 12, 2016 at 1:25 am

    What a great experience–Id love to do a yoga weekend!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:39 am

      I bet you would love it heather 🙂

  • Reply Sarah July 12, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I did yoga this weekend too! This sounds like a dream and I’m so happy you were able to experience it!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Yoga is just the best 🙂 Thank you so much Sarah!

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It July 12, 2016 at 2:08 am

    THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. I need to do one of these kinds of retreats for myself too, maybe we could do one together next time! 🙂 I’m definitely meant to travel and adventure too, life’s too short not to experience the world around us. You are beautiful and inspiring and I’m SO happy you had an amazing time! <3 Love you!!!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Ah yes you do and yes to going together!! Marina you inspire me daily!! Thank you for your kind words love <3

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law July 12, 2016 at 5:32 am

    It sounds like you had the most incredible time! What an amazing experience!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:41 am

      It was an amazing experience 🙂

  • Reply Kate July 12, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Okay, this is SO cool! I love that you by yourself too. This definitely seems like one of those things where you just need to be totally inward. I’ve thinking about taken a little trip to spend the day with myself, and you’ve inspired me to start planning it!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Yes you should take a day trip or something like that!! I bet that would be very beneficial to you Kate 🙂

  • Reply Michelle July 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve actually been thinking about doing a retreat at Kripalu! One of my yoga teachers recommends it and says it’s an amazing experience. After hearing about your weekend there I definitely have to make the trip up there! I’m glad it was such a great weekend for you!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      It is an amazing experience!! I would definitely recommend going 🙂 lmk if you have any questions about it!

  • Reply Claire @ My Pink & Green Life July 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I’m so happy that you had a great time, Alyssa! 🙂 Taking time to get to know ourselves a little bit better is so important in my books. I had never heard of the Embody Love movement before, but I’m glad I know about it now–I love it! 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Thank you Claire!! I am glad you had a nice trip away as well!

  • Reply Lynne July 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Your weekend sounded great, more than great. In fact, truly beautiful, just letting go. More self discovery can only be a bonus to everyone. Well done, and I am so pleased you went. 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Thank you so much Lynne!! I am so blessed I got to go and experience all that I did 🙂

  • Reply kat July 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Sounds like this was a much needed as well as highly beneficial retreat for you! I would love to be able to go to something like this and just get lost in nature, but I guess that’s what camping is for 😉 Kidding. In all seriousness though, there is something about camping at my favorite spot that just rejuvenates me!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

      I haven’t been camping in forever but I bet I would love it now!! Bugs do freak me out tho haha, that’s my only thing…

  • Reply Ruth July 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    This sounds wonderful 🙂 I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it 110%. If only we could hike every week!

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

      Right?! I wish we could hike every week!! I adore it

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv July 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, sounds like an amazing experience! What an incredible getaway and it sounds like you learned so much.

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

      It was so amazing liv!! I’m so thankful I could go

  • Reply Caitlin July 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    This sounds like EXACTLY what I need! What an incredible experience for you! Highly considering…I would love to hear more from you about your experience.

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Oh you should def go or look into it more!! it was amazing- lmk if you have more questions about it 🙂

  • Reply Edye July 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    This looks like such a peaceful, rejuvenating retreat! I’m so glad you went and had a great time <3

    • Reply Alyssa July 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thnk you so much edye!! <3

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  • Reply Caroline July 16, 2016 at 1:07 am

    This. So beautifully written and this really struck a chord with me. I’ve just experienced about a week away from home on vacation in the mountains. Limited wifi meant limited social media, blog reading, etc. Having some quiet also has had a way of opening my heart towards places where I need to grow personally, emotionally, in recovery…anyhoo, so much of what you wrote here resonated with me and I wish we could grab coffee and just chat about everything. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂 <3 xoxo

    • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:36 am

      That sounds like such an amazing weekend Caroline! I bet it was great to disconnect from everything. Ah, I wish we could grab coffee and chat sometime!! I would love that so much. Hope you had a lovely weekend <3

  • Reply Stephanie Leduc July 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This is amazing, I have never heard of a yoga retreat but man, this looks like an awesome experience.
    I love disconnecting from the media, it’s what makes me become so much of a comparison freak. Your words always remind me to not think like that, so thank you for always reminding me!!!

  • Reply Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 2:37 am

    It was an incredible experience, so happy I got to go!! Media and comparison go hand in hand sometimes. Comparison is evil though, and it is so hard not to engage in it. Proud of you for working on that though!! <3 xoxo

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