Why you need a wellness Yoga retreat

My first Yoga retreat was a few years back in Italy, I met this amazing young woman in a workshop in Seattle, and was going through a divorce, and pretty much said “F*ck it I am going to Italy…I am going to do something for me, and through out what was any of my fears, of traveling alone, being alone, not knowing anyone, and saying “its time”! I wanted to meet women who were doing the same thing as me, who were taking chances, living their BEST life, creating, feeling, and wanting something more meaningful then looking at Architecture, Churches, and statues. Do not get me wrong, those are amazing too! And I wanted something from the heart… I got that, I got more than that, I made friends, I created relationships, and I understood what “I got you means”, it means they GOT YOU! No petty drama, no gossip, just allowing ourselves to be seen.. I went on a few more.. with different people and the same people.. I created my own retreat.. because allowing people to be seen and heard and out of the normal comfort zone of their world changes people…

3 Reason YOU need a wellness retreat

Find NEW friends..Your TRIBE

One of the main reasons I keep going back is the people I meet. If you do a yoga retreat (even solo) its guaranteed, you will connect instantly with likeminded people and leave with newfound friendships. These friendships are often stronger and deeper than people you have known for years, You share openly, You are in another country, town, state, and allows our survival mechanisms to be out of the way. It allows you to connect and be inspired and motivated through out the year.

Eat Well..Live Well

If your intention is to change your eating habits, go on RETREAT most likely they will have a chef or Farm to Fork eating that allows for you to eat nutritiously and deliciously. You won’t be grocery shopping, eating out OR meal planning. You get to sit back and relax! AND EAT

Have a digital DETOX

I simply love social media, my phone and Our phones have become apart of us, we have become “addicted” to knowing AT ALL TIMES what everyone is doing, it has a name Nomophobia, Social Media is a tool to keep us connected and it keeps us disconnected. Yoga retreats keep you connected to the presence, you unplug, unwind, and enjoy your time in paradise while leaving your worries behind you…

A bonus reason… You earned it… You are worthy..of retreat

Our life are busy, stressful and we at times forget who we “really” are or were before our kids, work, spouses, all the busy..ness of life demands. Our retreat will leave you feeling, refreshed, connected, renewed, inspired and allow yourself to unplug from the outside #busyness world. You will allow yourself to remember your “being”.

Join our 7 day Southern France retreat, Our retreat is nestled in the Dordogne Valley staying in 100’s year old Chateau renovated for just that a #retreat. You will laugh, find joy, and find new found friendships…join us.

Oct 13-19th France is calling…

Treating your practice like a hobby

“I am really busy”, “super focused on my business”

focusing on one thing at a time”

“I like to work out with my friends”

“I need something different in my life”

“It’s to far to drive”

Do you find yourself saying these things? Taking care of yourself is an obligation, it is not a task. Moving more and with good nutrition and lots of water = more productive business, more fun with kids, being present with yourself, better sex, and more confidence.

Otherwise we just show up be we are not fully living our life.

Self-Care the new “BUZZ” word AND Movement is self-care it supports everything else we do in our life. Our bodies hold our worries, fears, anxieties, stress and with no outlet or release they stay inside of us and restrict our forward movement.

Instead of your movement being a “New Goal” think of it as a ‘Way of Living”. If your life has become so busy that you are avoiding movement, Let’s talk about your life.

Ultimately our movement is our life.

Self -Care or Self Intervention

Yesterday I found myself in HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) I was running around town, putting pressure on myself to buy a home, running my business, taking phone calls, had not eaten, exhausted, doing a million things an hour, finally found myself screaming, frustrated, and well in the abyss of HALT.  It has been a hell of a year. I have battled drug addiction with my two sons, one son was in jail for 10 days and all we could do is cry every time we spoke, I finished a divorce, moved to an island, bought a business and found an entire different way of living, all in one year. I have been to 3 yoga trainings and learned all sorts of NEW ways of self-care, and after all I should know SELF CARE, I teach Yoga/Pilates/Meditation. Well we all have our breaking points and anyone may feel like running naked through the center of town screaming and pulling their hair out after a year like this. However I did not, have not, but sounds refreshing, and affirming right about now. I feel like we all have mini versions of my year and maybe just mini days like this, and we do not know what to do or how to self-sooth. Our meltdowns are (by the way) never about the BIG shit. Just the little annoyances of life. We can never estimate or anticipate our reactions to life events, but we can learn to have our own Interventions. 

Here are a few that may support you:

Keep Coming back to Gratitude (although sometimes difficult)

What is present for you now? In your body, Energy, Mind, Intention and heart.

Child's Pose: Pause Button

In our life and our practice (yoga)  our breath will tell us when its time to pause. If the breath ever gets jerky, jumpy, erratic, irregular no matter what we are doing, its time to pause. Reset The System.

Cat/Cows: The movement of the spinal cord allows the nervous system to also move, habitual conditioning occurs at every level. (Physical, energy, mind, behavior, heart) Separation between any of these levels is artificial. Repetition helps us re-train our neuromuscular patterning. 

Backbends: In yoga they open our hearts (please be mindful of backbends) I say small cobras. We are strengthening our backs, to walk in this world with an open heart we have to have our own backs. 

Savasana: In this posture emphasis the sensate energy of letting go, surrender. We can know when we've really surrendered, because it feels a whole lot like savasana. 

  We all need a pause, a place to go OK, nothing I am doing is working and the responses I am receiving from the universe are NOT friendly so I may need a "Personal Intervention”. Usually with that comes a WHOLE lot of judgment from SELF. As if we need any more judgment. We can do these simple movements in our living room, bedroom, and a park. Self-Care is vital right now in our life, it is a necessary when our lives are in a state of" hyper-vigilance”, from our current political state to our own personal lives. When we focus on ourselves our lives get better. You can't heal what we don't acknowledge" small interventions allow us to heal, and acknowledge the inside stuff. 

"We can't keep what we don't give away". 

Much Love,


Welcome to the new online home of Sojourn, Yoga Pilates Movement. I'm Jennifer Lovely, new owner of our beautiful studio at Bayview Corner. I am continually amazed by this community and am inspired to reflect back what you all give me. The Sojourn team is committed to bringing the best of Sojourn to you, of what it was and what it will be, and ignite it's healing force for all our selves. I encourage you to join us: step out, drop in, live up, thrive. We'll spot you on your journey.