The Isle of Ithaca

Famously known as the home of Odysseys, a small island located in the Ionian sea. A perfect getaway for a week-long Yoga retreat. With Bristol City Yoga, we stayed at Itha108, a retreat center located in the middle of breath-taking scenery and stunning nature. I probably used my shoes maybe for an hour each day (walk to the beach, hehe) and the only time spent inside was for sleep.

The view from my balcony

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Every morning, the alarm went off around 8am. After sipping hot lemon water or coffee (let’s face it I’m not all that pure), the morning proceeded by 2 hours of flowy Hatha practice and Meditation led by Laura Gilmore.

The Yoga Platform

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We practiced under a roof or trees and leaves, and Laura – the brilliant teacher she is, led a gentle and at times (if you felt like challenging), dynamic asana practice with some advanced posture work. The Asana practice was tailored according to individual needs and experience, making it a perfect package for developing one’s own practice.

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Following the morning practice, the lovely staff cooked us a rich brunch.

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AAAAND then beach action!

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Dipping into the warm Mediterranean sea.

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Time for lunch……….. Every day we got a cooked vegetarian brunch, lunch and dinner. 

Living the dream: good food without the effort of choosing right? GAHHH…

Evening practice for 2 hours. 4 hours a day does sound quite strenuous? But Laura did a wonderful balance of Asana practice and Meditation, I don’t think I’ve in my life felt ever so light in my corpse :D. The vegetarian diet, gentle opening movements and fresh air. I was able to push my body quite a bit as the practice didn’t feel strenuous.
(Even though it probably secretly was HAH.)

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Practice by the Lemon Tree

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Dinner in this scenery. Makes the food taste even better….

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The house we stayed in had a breathtaking scenery to the mountains of Kefallinia. Every night we admired the pink sky and dramatic sunset.

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Puppy cuddles. Olympia was the sweetest guardian doggo: she made sure we don’t have to go to the beach without an escort.

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Demonstrating Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

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My friend Christina doing Ardha Matsyendrasana

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Laura practicing handstands at our private beach. (Not actually private, just hard to find hehe ;)) lucky we had the guide dog)

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Isle of Ithaca

  1. Teki mieli itkeä onnesta kun luin tän! Oot upee!!! Ja mä oon niin onnellinen että päätit alkaa jakamaan sun viisauksia meille muillekin. ❤

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    1. BÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ <333333 senki mussukka

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