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Yoga Retreat

After months of non-stop hustle and the exhilaration of celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday, it was time for a well-deserved break. I embarked on a journey to Phuket, Thailand, with my sister and close friends, ready to indulge in a yoga retreat that would rejuvenate my mind, body, and soul. It was the perfect opportunity to continue the birthday celebrations and prioritize self-care. Determined to disconnect from the digital world, I left my laptop behind, ready to immerse myself in the serenity of Phuket and embrace the transformative power of yoga.

Arriving in Tranquility: The moment our plane touched down in Phuket, a sense of calm washed over me. The lush greenery and warm tropical breeze welcomed us to this idyllic paradise. Greeted by friendly smiles and open arms, we were escorted to Lan Sabai Wellness Resort, a tranquil haven nestled an hour away from the airport. The resort boasted eight cozy rooms and a serene setting that instantly melted away any remnants of stress.

Nourishing Body and Soul: Lan Sabai exceeded our expectations when it came to nourishing our bodies with wholesome meals. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus were not only flavorful but also emphasized clean, healthy eating. The assortment of succulent fruits, bursting with freshness, became an instant favorite. I confess I may have indulged a bit too much, but every bite was a reminder of the joy found in savoring each meal.

The Radiance of Lauren: Lauren, our yoga instructor and guide for the retreat, orchestrated a transformative experience that enriched our time in Phuket. Daily yoga sessions, sound healing experiences, and insightful workshops were the highlights of our days. We began with an opening ceremony, where we introduced ourselves, shared our intentions, and set expectations for the retreat. The enchanting sound healing session that followed immediately transported us into a state of deep relaxation and inner peace.

One practice that truly resonated with me was daily journaling. It allowed me to embrace self-reflection and define the tone and intention for each day. This simple act unveiled the immense power we hold within ourselves to shape our experiences. The retreat concluded with a heartwarming closing ceremony, where we shared our personal highlights and key takeaways from the journey.

Discovering Inner Strength: Over the course of the retreat, I discovered a reservoir of strength and capability that often goes unnoticed. I learned the importance of listening to my inner voice and resisting the urge to self-abandon. Through the practice of self-love, I realized that I can authentically love those around me, filling our connections with more depth and meaning. With newfound resilience and clarity, I left Thailand with a bagful of fresh mangoes as gifts for my children and a refreshed sense of self.

Looking Forward to the Next Retreat: As I reflect on this transformative experience, I am filled with gratitude for the moments of tranquility, the strengthening of my yoga practice, and the deepening of self-awareness. This retreat served as a powerful reminder of the importance of carving out time for self-care and nurturing our inner well-being. Now, as I eagerly anticipate my next yoga retreat, I carry the wisdom gained from Phuket in my heart, ready to embrace the journey ahead with a renewed sense of purpose and love.

Namaste, until we meet again on the mat.

With Love,

Zahra Abdalla

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