2018 Retreat Review: Jaime Tully

14 May 2018

With the summer fast approaching if you haven't already booked a retreat for 2018 and need a little guidence, look no further than here.. This week I will be looking to some of my favourite yogi’s and the wonderful retreats they have planned for this year. 

Starting with my fav lady Jaime Tully...

After going on my first retreat last year it has opened up a whole new realm of type of holiday I need to plan in each year. A retreat is not all about yoga or fitness, it’s about meeting people you’d never normally meet, eating foods which will inspire you and most importantly getting to know more about your body and mind. If it’s the thought of not drinking a glass of wine overlooking a sunset that turns you off or the ban on meat, I can assure you there are plenty of retreats that cater for that or alternatively if you’re looking for the healthy option we can definitely russle up a few of these too!

Starting with the stunning little yogini who first got me hooked on yoga and retreats, these pictures were taken in the hills of Italy on her first retreat last year that I attended, it was such a wonderful holiday which I have come away with the most wonderful memories..

Jaime Tully's retreats now get sold out very quickly but there are a few spots left on her Somerset retreat, in England, which is 21 – 24 Sept 2018.

Here are the exciting details ...

Nestled within a secluded smallholding near the Devon and Somerset border sits Boheme, a 16th century former cider press turned boho farmhouse and the stunning home for the weekend. Wrapped up in 100 acres of pastoral paradise, it blends original character features with exceptional interior design in the most fashionable modern-rustic manner. This nine bedroom farmhouse has been renovated to an exceptional standard, and includes eco-friendly enhancements and local materials to retain its rough luxe style. Think morning swims in the 15-metre indoor heated pool, yoga and fitness classes led outside on the manicured lawn, topped off with healthy feasts and barn dances in the olive tree courtyard.

Images © Unique Home Stays

Jaime has teamed up with Coach Clem [Coach Clem, The Transformation Lab] and Molly, Head of Nutrition & Recipe Development for Core Collective, to spoil you with 3 days of yoga, fitness, real nutrition and complete relaxation set in a stunning eco-friendly, bohemian farmhouse.

Prepare for some serious insta-food porn!!

Forget noise pollution, busy walkways and crowded tube stations. Escape the city for the weekend to reset in the countryside with us while there is still a little bit of summer weather to be had.

Prices start from £650

Marc Hatvani, Yoga Teacher

8 May 2018

Australian born yogi, Marc Hatvani holds the 300 and 500-hour Jivamukti teacher training certificate and has been mentored and taught by some of the worlds most renowned teachers, consisting of Sharon Gannon, David Life (both founders of Jivamukti) Yogaswari, Denise Durga Devi and Emma Henry. I first went to a class of Marc's with a friend who sang his praises, she knows just how fussy I am with my teachers! Marc's class was challenging but rewarding coupled with wonderful music and meaningful ending words (which rang so true he nearly had me in tears sitting on my yoga mat) his classes are a must visit, that's if you can get a spot... his classes sell out super quick! Previously a professional footballer, and now a yogi come personal trainer, rehab specialist, and massage therapist much of his focus has been on external therapy on the body, this makes him a great teacher and whether you have been practising for years or just joined yoga his knowledge and guidance of each pose will expand your knowledge of the practise enormously. 
I caught up with him before his Sunday class at KXU to quiz him on how he got into yoga and his thoughts on life.

Firstly, do you remember the first time you practiced yoga and why did you decide to start to teach?

my first practice was horrific, I went to a very famous/renowned teacher and the class was packed. There were about 40 very well seasoned yoga women in the class, and I just came out of my professional football career, so I was a very fit and macho man. In the end I got torn to pieces and couldn’t really do anything in that class looking like a complete fool, but being very stubborn man that I am, I persisted and persisted over and over again. From my first class i fell in love I was hooked And knew I wanted to be a yoga teacher.

Do you have a favourite yoga teacher yourself?

all Jivamukti teachers have teachers mine are Durga Devi and Emma Henry

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

I love pickles a lot and as a kid I use to drink the juice as well out of the jar when I finished the actual pickles. Haven’t done it for a while though hahaha.

In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

There has been one quote that has changed my life for ever and it’s by Marianna Williamson

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Favourite yoga pose?

-Handstand. It is my first, my last, my everything. This has to be my favourite because it took a lot of my time everyday for 6 months to even get up, helping me challenge a lot of my inner demons along the way. I like to think I'm stronger mentally and physically because of it.

Describe a day in the life of Marc?!

A day in the life of me, god. Up at 4:45am every morning working all day usually till 8 or 9 pm of course I have some gaps in the day to have fun and get on my hands to have a play around. But I am a workaholic unfortunately 7 days a week. Usually towards a extreme end goal of course such as taking a week out to jump out of planes and do something extreme.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your area of expertise?

I could talk about specifics and individuals but I would be here for ever. When ever you want to learn, do or improve in anything to do with movement and health, you must try and do and learn from many different sources for yourself there isn’t a one size fits all in life. And the more you look and try the more you will find the people who know what there doing and talking about as the will be saying similar things.

What five items can you not live without?

Chocolate croissants
Good friends if that doesn’t count then my teddy bear for company on
my adventures

Follow Marc on instagram for all his classes across London here.

Jamie Harris, Yoga Artist

16 April 2018

I have met so many talented people since starting this journey to collect the stories from yogi’s around world and how the practice has changed their lives. Today we go all the way to Arizona to hear the story of an artist who found yoga and found a new path for her photography. I found Jamie on instagram as her images jumped out at me, not because she does every yoga pose naked but because of the beauty of every shot; the composition, lighting all come together to celebrate the beauty of the human body through yoga.

After becoming an avid follower of her work, I knew I had to share this with all of you. Here’s Jamie, photographer and yogi telling her story of how she got into this wonderful world or yoga!

Firstly, do you remember the first time you practiced yoga and how it made you feel?

The first time I practiced yoga I was maybe 10. My mom was super into it and brought my siblings and me to a class, all 3 of us were athletic and capable of following along as I grew up as a competitive gymnast but I thought the class was LONG and boring. I felt like there was no challenge or excitement. I took a couple classes in high school again and felt the same way I did when I was younger, it just wasn't right for me (I was a gymnast till about 20). I tried to get into yoga when I stopped gymnastics and I just didn't have the patients. I got into pole fitness when I stopped gymnastics. The first yoga practice I actually truly enjoyed was when I stopped pole fitness. My goal was flexibility and I was mentally exhausted from my day so I was able to actually calm down, listen to my body, enjoy the poses, and open up. Once I found that mental state I was HOOKED and have been doing it since, its amazing how when I actually can focus on my body and mentally relax the simplest of pose is actually a challenge. Just laying on the floor in anatomical position or savasana I have to tell myself to release my shoulders, I can feel all the tiny muscles fighting against gravity. I have found the challenge that I need to continue practicing.

Why did you decide to merge make yoga the subject of your art?

- So again, I grew up as a competitive gymnast. I learned how to analyze lines and looking at muscles and yada yada from a young age I became fascinated with it. Then I also was into art, my stuff always was inspired by dancers, gymnasts, yoga anatomy stuff. In college I drew more sexual stuff... the only thing with art is materials... I stopped doing it because I didn’t have space or time or didn’t want to get it all out make a mess to put it all back. I liked photography. I got a camera as a present and photographed nature and it was fun just didn’t feel hooked. I did really enjoy taking raunchy photos but only shared those with certain people! It was a good confidence boost to see what I really look like. Then I started photographing some of my yoga with clothes. I felt like the clothing takes away from the beauty of the natural human form. It adds unwanted lines and takes away ones I wanted to see. I’m super comfortable in my own skin and pretty much walk around naked so one day I decided, fuck it let’s try it. I loved the result and just flew with it. I love the entire process: doing the poses, taking the photos, and editing them.

In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

I have become better at sticking to my guns and making myself happy. I realized I am not everyone else. Nobody can tell me what will make me happy except for me. I should try new things because I don't know until I try, but after I try I can make a decision. I also realized it is GOOD and OKAY to be different. It is what makes me me and what makes other people them. I started to organize my day with time for myself. It was planned out Jamie time that was just as important as everything else. That really helped me focus and make sure I did things for myself that led to my happiness daily.

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

The most worthwhile investment I have ever made was time and energy for myself. Taking care of myself is a full time job if I want to eat healthy/natural home cooked meals, move around/play, take care of my hygiene. I don't want to sacrifice any of those. So if a cute guy asks me on a date to an ice cream place, even if I think he's the hottest guy in the world I will decline. My nutrition, how I feel internally, and my happiness will always come first.

In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

Being selfish and selfless is a tricky line. If I do not look out for myself and fulfil my needs, nobody will. I am living this life for me, to enjoy the journey. Not to slave for other people's happiness and what they believe I should be doing in society. I live by you do you.

What five items can you not live without?

- my bed: it's my favourite place in the world: cozy, warm, comforting, safe. It's my happy place.

- my phone: gives me access to a world of knowledge. I self taught pole and only got into it because of the Internet. I then was able to get into yoga because of instagram and YouTube. It connects me to amazing people, inspires me creatively and physically, and I am constantly learning/growing from all the information that is at my fingertips.

- A razor: I'm not happy and comfortable with myself unless I am as smooth as a baby hahaha

- I am not very materialistic... I can't think of any other items that I NEED. I would say my dog but he's not an item he's a family member... I guess maybe a tennis ball for him to keep him occupied haha

Mara, Yoga Teacher. She Smiles Yoga

19 March 2018

Something that I have found along the way of my yogi stalking journey is that many individuals come to yoga at a point in their lives in which they feel they've either lost their way or are simply finding something is missing. Meeting these amazing individuals has brought an immense joy to my life and although I haven't moved from my career in fashion yet, I intend to change this one day and join the yoga community. 
Similar to my latest interview with the lovely Italian yogi Mara, who turned her career into her dream one and with over 23k following her every backbend, she has certainly made an impact in the years she's been practicing. 

How did yoga come into your life and how did it change you?

I first discover yoga two years ago. A friend of mine just became teacher and she was looking for private clients. At the time I had taken just a few public classes and I was feeling quite confused (I come from a very little village in Italy and for most of my life I didn’t know even know yoga existed!). I thought a one-to-one class could help me understand better the movements and what yoga was all about. And it did, and I fell in love with it straight away. Although it wasn’t until last January that I started to practice it daily. After a long period of feeling down and lost in a negative circle from which I couldn’t see a way out, one day I decided I had enough of crying over myself and do nothing about it. So day after day I showed up on my mat and I changed my life. As I grew stronger physically, I felt more and more powerful mentally. Through yoga I learned how to believe in myself and some healthy self-love. And slowly but steady I was able to change those things about my life I didn’t like. It’s a constant work in progress of course, but I never felt more powerful and confident in my own skin than now!

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Don’t take it too seriously. Follow your heart and your ambitions but remember to have fun along the way! Find what you love doing and don’t settle for a job just because it pays the bills!

In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

I always believed in the power of positivity. You attract the energy you give. That didn’t change. But definitely in the past five years I spiritually grew so much and I have now much more knowledge of what is good for me and what nourish my body and mind. From doing movement daily, to eat healthier (and from the beginning of this year going for a vegetarian diet).

What's your wellness tip for 2018?!

Yoga, have a good sleep, meditate, drink lots of water and be nice to yourself! :)

Where do you breath, sweat and refuel in London?

I often prefer to practice at home and I don’t really have a studio where I go to all the time. I like to always try different places and different teachers. But you’ll find me more often to the small, local studio than the big and more popular one. I feel they have more genuine love to give.

What can you not live without?

My bed!!! :)

It was a real pleasure to meet this lovely lady and I suggest you all do the same at one of her classes.. check out her latest schedule here

Follow Mara and be inspired .. here

2018 Retreat Review: Adam Husler

16 February 2018

Back in November last year I caught up with a yoga teacher who I had admired for a while, his no nonsense way of teaching was inspiring. After injuring my back recently I started to attend Adam’s classes, which are alignment focused, he’s a brilliant teacher and such a lovely guy that his yoga retreat is one I will no doubt be joining this year. 
Food is obviously extremely important and on this holiday there will be3 tasty, organic, vegetarian meals a day, laid out for you buffet style and don't worry if you are a peckish type: they’ll be hot drinks and fruits included and available all day.

Adam Husler, Saville, Spain. 16th – 23rd June

7 days in the hills of Andalucia, Adam will lead you through 2 classes per day in the Magnificent Om Yoga Dome, with it’s awe-inspiring views, or in the beautiful Ganesha Yoga Shala. The morning one will take the form of a 90min class typical of Adam's public classes and the evening class with be 2 hour workshop or restorative class. 

With experience in the boxing ring, on ultra marathon routes, studying law and with 9 years of having a yoga mat in hand, Adam (500RYT) brings a unique perspective to his yoga teaching.

Adam’s love of anatomy has lead him to specialise in Alignment Based Vinyasa Yoga, studying at an advanced level under Jason Crandell. Adam has also had the pleasure of studying intensively under Budokon Yoga Founder Cameron Shayne and renowned meditation teacher Michael Stone, both of whom have hugely inspired his current teaching method.

Image courtesy: Adam Husler

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