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“Happy Mind – Damn Good Life” Yoga Retreat in Sankt Peter-Ording

This year was finally the year: I went on my very first yoga retreat! …

It’s been on top of my list of the things I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve been looking for a yoga retreat, that suits my budget, for a looong time. So at the beginning of this year, I just hit the “book it now” button as part of my “Don’t do List” 2015 New Year’s resolutions. It was time to indulge and to be good to myself.

And now the day was here: I packed my yoga mat, clothes, and a big dose of excitement for my little 3-day Yoga Retreat adventure at a cool Beach Motel in beautiful St. Peter-Ording in Germany’s North Frisia.

Frankly, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I haven’t personally met the two yoga teachers /hosts and had no clue what they were like or what their teaching style was going to be.

Yoga Poses 101: Chaturanga

You enjoy yoga just as much as I do? Are you doing it regularly too? As a regular yogi, you probably already have your favorite poses that offer your the best relief and that build strength and muscles. However, the latter ones can be pretty challenging and difficult to master at the beginning.

Although I am not a beginner of Yoga, the pose I’m still working on doing correctly each time is Chaturanga. What do you think about this pose? It’s part of the sun salutation, so I’m doing it quite often, however, it’s also one of the poses that can cause serious injuries in your shoulder, neck, chest, arms, or even core.

So let’s see how we do it right and most importantly: SAFE 🙂 

1. Your arms need to be in a right angle and your elbows should be over your wrist: tough on our arms but sooo effective when it comes to building muscle in our triceps and shoulders.

2. Heels and heart go forward: this is tough and something I’m struggling with. It’s hard for me to really let my body move forward when I transition from Chaturanga into upward facing dog.

3. Don’t let your shoulders round: Ha, easier said than done! I’m big in pulling my shoulders up whenever I can. Pulling my shoulder blades back is something I have to remind myself of a lot during practice. Or let’s say heart openers in general are a little challenging for me, but this is related to”inner work” that everyone has to figure out in their own pace.

4. Get your head right: literally! 🙂 When we transition back from Plank to Chaturanga, we seriously NEED TO be careful and mindful of our neck. The trick is to keep your gaze only a couple inches forward to your fingertips. When you’ve mastered that, then you are ready to reach up to an upward facing dog.  [picture and text source: Chaturanga Tips]

Stay yogilated 🙂