Last month I enjoyed a yoga getaway with 3 other lovely ladies organized by my good friend Janette of Ave to Zoe; it was my first yoga retreat and it was everything I had been hoping for, looking for, and more. I remember getting her text at the end of Summer: Want to go back to Bowen? Um, yeah I do! I laugh a little thinking that before this year I had never been to Bowen Island and somehow ended up there twice in less than 3 months. Safe to say I’ve fallen in love and it’s been a reminder how beautiful this place we call home is and that I need to play tourist in the province I was born and raised in more often.
We were lucky to enjoy a bit of both, leaving one session in particular feeling rather stretched and flexed from the poses with the other two a little less intense; we got to explore the best of both worlds. During our sessions Andrea led us through the poses and meditation giving suggestions to help improve our form, make them more/ less intense, and how they were beneficial to our bodies (bonus points for learning while relaxing!). I’d say the poses that worked on the hips were the toughest for me- apparently this is quite common- and I’m going to be working more poses into my yoga routine that help with this area. Stretching and staying flexible as we get older isn’t something we necessarily focus on, but there are countless long- term benefits and yoga definitely helps.
As our time came to an end, the four of us reflected on our time there, the fun we’d had, and how amazing the experience had been. This retreat brought the four of us together- some as friends, some as strangers at the beginning- but we all left feeling like we’d shared in something special, appreciating the experience, and how it had impacted all of us. It was a reminder that we’re all on our own journeys, with different challenges and victories, but coming together in a positive, safe place, we felt no judgement or fear. Just peace, calm, and appreciation. Memories were made, friendships formed and strengthened, and a few more laugh lines added to our faces. I’d say that’s a pretty good time, no?
As I mentioned earlier in the post, Bowen really is a special place. Time seems to slow down there. There’s a different vibe there than here on the mainland, and the locals all seem to share in this, including Andrea. If you haven’t been, go. And if you’re looking for a little R & R, some time for yourself, maybe a girls getaway like ours, definitely include Nectar Yoga B & B on your list. Believe me when I say you’re not the same when you leave as when you arrived. Just go there and be, whatever that means to you.
About Nectar Yoga B & B
Located on Bowen Island, Nectar opened in 2014 and has welcomed guests from around the world. B & B facilities include 2 cottages where guests can stay, with the main house available for rental as well, with room for a total of 12 guests. Yoga and meditation is offered in the Geodesic Yoga Dome located on the property. For rental inquiries please contact Nectar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
A very special thank you to Andrea for welcoming us girls to Nectar and to my friend Janette for inviting me to be a part of this trip. The experience was amazing beyond words.
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Photo credit: Kristy Powers