This is the continuation from my Seachi Yoga Retreat Days One and Two. If you are just logging on to the blog now, you can click here and here to catch up to see what happened on Friday and Saturday of this awesome weekend getaway.
After a relaxing massage, and restful sleep, I woke up ready to go for Sunday’s last class. Truth be told, I was a bit sore from all those chaturangas, but I certainly was no worse for wear. I was looking forward to my morning beach practice for our last class with Yohanna. I was also looking forward to that home made yogurt AFTER class too!
It was as if Yohanna knew my arms were screaming…she took it easy on us with an opening class that would set the tone for the rest of my day. When we talked about it after class, she said she just wanted us to wake up with a good feeling, ready to start the day.” This is not the time for a vigorous practice,”
(Photo embedded from Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap‘s IG Feed. Awesome shot, no? This shot was from the day before, which was our first time to practice on the sand together.)
Yohanna simply wanted to prepare us for the day. She wanted us to leave the retreat (Jen and I were literally leaving soon after class so we could catch up on our Sunday with the family.) feeling refreshed, confident, ready to start the week with a new understanding on beginning a personal yoga practice.
After practice, I was looking forward to the light snack so that we could begin our trip back to Manila. We enjoyed our yogurt with coco honey and fruits, then packed up our mats and goodies from the sponsors with a refreshed sense of well being.
I, for one know, that whenever I do things like this, I am investing in myself and in my happiness. I come back to my kids and find more patience, understanding, and love in my heart for them because I have had time to nurture my own soul. I would even dare call it “a time out” for myself….maybe similar to a “time out for momma?”
Sometimes, as mothers, we need a “time out,” too. This is not because we aren’t following some golden rule book that parents have, it’s because we need to recharge for ourselves and for our own well-being. It’s so much easier to be mindful in parenting our kids when we allow ourselves little breaks to nurture the parts of ourselves which seem impossible to tend to because we are nurturing and taking care of everyone else’s needs first.
Seachi was perfect for me. It came at a good time and was a great opportunity to get back to my practice. I enjoyed the time away from home, exploring Bohol, investing in new friendships, and learning some new Filipino dishes to serve my family. The meals that we were served during our retreat were healthy and tasty leaving me fully satisfied. Momo Beach House was the answer to my sun, sand, and sea fix…
The Bonus? I got to participate in yoga classes, daily, which were safe, conducted by a professional, and perfect for beginners or regular yoga practitioners who would like to change things up to refresh their outlook. It’s always good to visit new classes, or new forms of yoga to adjust your perspective and bring you out of your comfort zone.
The Good News? Momo is planning to make Seachi a regular activity for their resort. The next one is in August and then after that another just before the holiday rush. If you are considering a yoga retreat, if you love the beach, (like I do) but you also want free time to yourself, with healthy meals that will leave you feeling fully satisfied…then this is the retreat/vacation for you.
I know it was for me!
Barangay Bil-Isan, Momo Beach
6340 Panglao, Bohol