Many of us have themes we tend to gravitate back to. There are patterns in our lives that eventually reveal themselves and we have the opportunity to reinforce, observe, ignore or work to adjust them. Often we see them and we remind ourselves we’d like to begin to implement change – but when? How?
The culture of a city – or a workplace, school, family – is something we can easily get lost in and one where we can definitely forget about our own basic needs. Did I eat lunch today? Did I even want to eat that?
We get caught up in how busy and demanding our lives can be, and in a way, it is satisfying. It can be fulfilling to be in demand. But how much do we have to give to others if we’re not giving enough to ourselves?
It is vital that we take the time to recharge. The little breaks we take to breathe a little deeper or close our eyes for a moment, to relax and check in, are foundational to our happiness. The larger moments we carve out to get on our mats or sit in silence remind us how much we need to make these times more of a priority.
We have the ability to create the days and weeks that accumulate into the months and years of our lives. The pattern or practice of self-care isn’t one that comes naturally to most of us, but it is one that has been in the forefront of my life for many years. Thankfully it came from the culture within my family and now it is one that I am passing on not only to my own children but to my students.
Regardless of the choices you have made to dedicate yourself to your career, your passion, or raising a family, we live in a time that does not support downtime. Giving yourself permission to ‘do less’ is more work in the beginning, but it’s sustainable.
Insightful Practice Retreat
This summer I am so thrilled to show you how to make this happen. Setting intentions and living your truth is magical, but giving yourself the space and surroundings to get there is even more so.
Join Josh Cohen and me on Bowen Island this August for the Insightful Practice Retreat. We will focus on doing simple practices really well. Feel your pace slow, your mind empty, and your heart overflow.
WE ARE ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!
I’m gushing with joy and gratitude. One year ago my partner and I took possession of our home on Bowen Island and Nectar Yoga B&B was born.
We have met hundreds of people in the past year from all over the world. Thank you to all my students, you are my teachers. You show me the light and teach me all I need to know.
Here are some things I’ve learned this year:
If you are not happy, make a change, maybe a really big change
All your dreams are possible but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy
Follow your intuition and base all your life choices on it, if you don’t know what intuition feels like, be still
If you have trouble sleeping, come to my house and I’ll put you to work, hard manual labour will have you sleeping like a baby
Everyone on this planet needs space to reflect and breathe
Not everyone is as clean as I am
Talk a walk in nature, you’ll feel better
Find a partner who has your back, who helps you to accelerate on your spiritual path, who gets you!
If you’re not with that person, let them go, find your soul mate, they are waiting…
This too shall pass, everything is always changing
It’s not what is happening to you, it’s how you move through it
The energy you put out is the energy you get back, action/reaction
Life is truly beautiful, even when its cold and raining
Find stillness, breathe, refill
Eat amazing food and love every bite (even full gluten, full sugar, full fat chocolate cake – love it!)
Don’t get too caught up in perfecting your diet, your body, your appearance, your yoga practice, just be a damn good person
Surround yourself with people who are vibrating at your frequency
Be real – be the actual person you portray on Facebook
Find community, if you can’t find it, create it
Making money has nothing to do with success, real success is soul to soul connection
Our body is impermanent, at any moment it could be gone, so live the life of your dreams
Say yes to every good opportunity, unless it sacrifices balance
Heal your past, forgive, mostly yourself, then everyone else
You are beautiful, you are uniquely you, no one can replicate that
See beauty in the diversity, not difference
Judging is different than noticing the reality as it is
If you have knowledge that will heal others share it, it’s potency accelerates when you share
Find the lessons and the blessings in all of your life experiences
I love island life, I love small community, I love sharing in other’s healing process, I love small details
Swim in the sea, swim in the lake, just swim, there is a deep stillness in the water
A true Yogi is someone who speaks kind and softly, who shares all they have, who sees the connection of all beings, I hope to one day be a Yogi
You are deeply wise, no truth is outside of you, it’s all within
Surround yourself with good people, but also lots of animals, they have so much wisdom and love
Go for it, today is the day, tomorrow may never come, you can do it!!
Most of all…Be Happy
These are not cliches or cute quotes I found on the internet, these are the REAL lessons I have learned this year. Thank you to the love of my life, my forever partner, without his amazing dedication and deep wisdom, this life would be the same. Thank you to all our guests and your beautiful comments, feedback, wisdom, and energy, this has made Nectar Yoga B&B so amazing.
Andrea & Sat
THE NEW GEODESIC YOGA DOME
Nectar Yoga B&B is excited to announce the opening of our NEW GEODESIC DOME.
Summer is in full swing on Bowen Island. We only have a few spots left to book our cottages until September. We have lots of exciting news, and the most special is our new yoga space – a Geodesic Dome!
We have converted our original yoga space into a Forest Cottage and have just completed construction of our yoga dome. We chose this structure for its amazing acoustics, the light, the shape, the low impact it has on the natural forest surroundings, and it’s awesome structural aspects.
Buckminster Fuller’s lifelong goal was the development of what he called “Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science”– the attempt to anticipate and solve humanity’s major problems through the highest technology by providing “more and more life support for everybody, with less and less resources.” “Bucky” is best known for the invention of the geodesic dome–the lightest, strongest, and most cost-effective structure ever devised. The geodesic dome is able to cover more space without internal supports than any other enclosure. It becomes proportionally lighter and stronger the larger it is. The geodesic dome is a breakthrough in shelter in ease of construction and energy efficiency. The geometry allows proper circulation of the ambient air with little energy input.
Join us this summer for a yoga getaway in our new yoga dome! Click Here to book.
Here is a review from one of our guests last weekend:
“A perfect getaway! We stayed in the forest cottage suite and didn’t want to leave…Such a peaceful place and the yoga classes were amazing. Andrea is so knowledgeable and personable..thanks again and we can’t wait to come back!”
If you wish to leave us a review, you can do so on our Trip Advisor Page.
Sending you much peace in the summer months. Enjoy the beauty of this season.
Andrea & Sat