Island Yoga Retreat.

Island Yoga Retreat

Aruba - June 2017

Photo Credit: Jonathan Petit

Over the past couple of years, I've recognized the critical importance of what I call "self-care."  When I'm not tending to my own physical and emotional needs, I can end up far from the mother, wife, and friend I want to be. 

As a couple, we have learned to build in time for self-care.  Mostly it's my wellness routine - week to week, month to month.  But when we have major changes and stressors, we prioritize extra time for it.  This past summer we had a moved the family back from Europe and I was still grieving my mother's passing. As part of the process, we reserved a spot for me on the Island Yoga retreat.

The yoga pose is not the goal.

Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal.

The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are.

The goal is to love, well… You.

Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish.

Shift your focus and your heart will grow.
— Rachel Brathen

Photo Credit: Jonathan Petit, & SUP w/ Dennis


The experience was beyond my wildest expectations! I let my emotional guard down and was able to feel EVERYTHING again, from deep grief and sadness to joy, freedom (hello, first time ever leaving my babes for 5 nights) and happiness. We laughed until we cried. I felt like a kid again and lighter than I had in years. And there is no question that I returned home with a strengthened mind, body, and soul. All of which would not have been possible without the incredible village of people supporting me: my family back at home, Rachel Brathen and the Island Yoga team all of my beautiful soul sisters at the retreat! From the depths of my heart, thank you! 


Maybe yoga isn't your thing, but whatever brings you joy and happiness and makes you feel healthy and complete - go do that! Make time, book the class, the trip or retreat and go have fun!


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