The key to wellbeing I understood was to embrace and accept the world for what it is, rather than what I want it to be. Easier said than done, but in the environment of the retreat, I got close
Impostor syndrome is a real thing, much like middle child syndrome. The latter I have long attested to, the former I just recently experienced while sitting cross legged on a yoga mat in a Mexican jungle-based yoga studio.
Home to some of the world's best spas, retreats and resorts, choosing where to stay in Bali can seem an impossible task - so here are five of the most unique luxury resorts for the more discerning traveller.
There are loads of amazing benefits to being out in nature and in this blog I'm going to explore some of them.
My intention is to let go of negativity and the past, and the candle in my meditation stops in a little dark cave, its light inviting me to stay with it. It seems emblematic of the lodge itself, dark, primeval, womb-like, a place of death and burial and also of re-birth.
We did not know it at the time, but as we drove through the open gates of Hacienda Petac, we were entering an embrace with Paradise.
Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Burt Lancaster, in preparation for film roles.
I arrived my usual positive self but a little jaded. Considering this was a fitness holiday and not just a jolly, I had one of the most incredibly positive weeks! So many small things aligned on this trip to make it very worthwhile.
It was a wonderful experience, being able to connect with yogis from all over the UK. I was surprised at how many yogis travelled up from London. I am not entirely surprised as there is such a cool vibe in Manchester.
Escaping the 9 to 5 and getting out of the office to work from a remote location, can give a you a real boost, make you feel energised and inspired to innovate. Numerous studies have showed that people's contribution and creativity is maximised when they find purpose and happiness at work.