When our inner voice says "enough is enough” - it is the last sign that one is ready for a retreat; meaning a time for and with oneself; a time to bring one’s energies back inside and recharge the batteries, polish the windows through which one looks into the world and thus acts in the world.
You know that you need a retreat when you realise that another cup of coffee doesn’t do the trick, or another chocolate nor in the evening the wine or beer. When you are just getting through the day and the week, and at the end of the day and week there is not much left of you energy-wise, it is time to book yourself in for a retreat. If you retreat from something such as a way of life, a retreat would be according to a dictionary definition: that you get away from a situation in order to do something safer or less extreme.
”To safe yourself” you sometimes need to retreat from the world for a while.
Some people will say that’s why they are going on a holiday, to get away from it all. But mostly people don’t realise that they take themselves with them on the holidays, meaning that they are sitting in a beautiful holiday place and then still are confronted with their frantic mind, their scattered-ness, fears and their insecurities and they still go on living their lifestyle habits from home maybe only “indulging” in them just a bit more than usual to “relax”. And that kind of “relaxing holiday” doesn’t give you the re-energising part that a retreat gives you.
And then there are of course places you can go to where you get delicious food cooked by some nominated chef, where you get exotic cocktails at the pool, served by stunning looking people - so a place where the senses are cared for - and you also might get more sleep than back home, or you might play a bit more tennis or go for some hikes or beach walks; and all this seems healthy.
Surely, it is a special time away, though it purely works on the surface. If you know you have to restore yourself and reset yourself, you need a retreat that is holistic, where the whole you is cared for, where lots of positive life-energy-giving practices are being experienced that let “not-life-supporting habits” fade in the distance as the new juicy ones getting introduced.
In order to have longer lasting effects of a retreat time, Aishani Retreats have been designed. It is meant to be a whole lifestyle retreat. Yoga plays a big role on these retreats, but in the sense of lifestyle and not bootcamp or exercise. A lot of us experience the efforts to keep everything going, our activities to meet social, national and international obligations truly as sacrifices and know that our uninterrupted activities in the whirlwind of life demand a high price: it takes away from our life.
On an Aishani Yoga Retreat you are cared for in such a way, that the retreat time can be seen as a colourful journey towards feeling yourself as a person again- a person separate form your obligations in life - and a journey of filling yourself with joy and vitality while obtaining new “life-embracing” habits and skills you take back home knowing you also get support if needed once back in your home.
And the good news is: Everyone can do yoga, because there are no restrictions. Young people as well as older, managers like housewives, poor as rich. It is just a matter of setting priorities right and then stepping out of that that doesn’t serve you to learn to live in a way that does.