5 Ways to Use the Power of Touch to Improve Your Health and Well-Being

When we think of improving our health, most of us envision ourselves feasting on colorful fruits and veggies, saying no to processed foods, practicing enough yoga to give us lean muscles, and getting a good night’s sleep practically every night. Good health, however, extends far beyond these obvious habits!

Our sense of touch is powerful enough to lower blood pressure and heart rate, boost immune function, relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and even improve mood. So if you think you’re doing everything right with your other healthy lifestyle habits, maybe it’s time to pay attention to where you could be lacking in the touch department.

Here are five healthy touch habits to experiment with.

 

1. Give and receive more physical affection.

We may not know it, but many of us in the West are actually suffering from touch deprivation. Michelangelo once said, “To touch can be to give life,” and research has confirmed proof of this by observing positive changes in the brain’s reward system and cardiovascular system from touch. Hugging, kissing, holding hands, caressing, cuddling, having someone play with your hair, and having sex are all forms of physical affection that can lead to greater health benefits.

 

2. Go for a massage (or try self-massage).

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to reap the benefits of a massage from a licensed massage therapist. Massage has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, relieve chronic back pain, reduce pain from surgery, and aid in recovery from injury. Of course, if you don’t have the time or funds to treat yourself to a luxurious massage, you can always get some of the same benefits by using some special self-massage techniques.

 

3. Try foam rolling before or after your yoga practice.

Similar to massage, foam rolling your muscles either before or after you exercise with a foam roller can improve everything from flexibility and range of motion, to muscle soreness and injury prevention. You can also get something called a “rumble roller,” which is similar in cylindrical shape to the foam roller, but has specially designed bumps along it to help dig deeper into the tissue of your pressure points.

 

4. Pet a dog or a cat.

Dogs and cats might as well be a member of the family, but they do so much more than make our homes warmer and cozier. Research has shown that talking to and petting dogs can help lower blood pressure. And hey, even if you’re more of a cat person, you can pretty much reap the same benefits. Whether you love snuggling up with a kitty in your lap or watching your dog’s goofy face as you give him a good scratch behind the ears, bonding with your pets is bound to do you you both some serious good.

 

5. Use a gravity blanket or a body pillow when you sleep.

Gravity blankets are blankets that weight 10% of a person’s body weight, claiming to help reduce stress and anxiety by pressure stimulation. The pressure of the blanket supposedly increases serotonin for better sleep. And if you consider yourself to be a side sleeper, you might want to try investing in a body pillow to hug as you drift off to sleep. Hugging a body pillow can help calm your mind and body by making you feel safe and stable.


5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Daily Helping of Dark Chocolate

We’re all about maintaining a balanced lifestyle here at Yogi Surprise, meaning that we love encouraging our members and readers to adopt healthy habits that make then feel good without having to completely deprive themselves of their most beloved guilty pleasures—whether that involves indulging in an occasional piece of cheesecake, spending an entire rainy Saturday spent watching Netflix, or even splurging on some super chic yoga wear!

Chocolate is one of those things that falls into both categories of healthy habits and guilty pleasures at the same time, which is why you’ll often find some pretty unique chocolate treats in both of our monthly Lifestyle and Jewelry boxes. While excessive amounts of chocolate is bound to do more harm than good, a reasonable amount of chocolate (specifically dark chocolate) can actually be extremely good for you.

Here’s what the wonderful world of science has to say about the benefits of dark chocolate.

 

1. It can help lower bad cholesterol—especially if combined with almonds!

A study found that eating one-third a cup of almonds every day either on their own or combined with a one-quarter cup serving of dark chocolate and 2 1/3 tablespoons of cocoa led to significant reductions in and cholesterol among overweight and obese participants.

 

2. It helps to improve blood circulation and thus lower blood pressure.

The darker your chocolate, the more plant chemicals called “flavanols” that it contains—which helps your heart by causing a relaxation effect on the blood vessels. For chocolate richest in flavanols, make sure you go for dark chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa content.

 

3. It offers more nutrients than you might think.

When you opt for a dark chocolate bar that’s 70 to 85% cocoa instead of your typical milk chocolate bar, you’ll be fueling your body with a range of vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, copper, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and even a bit of fiber!

 

4. It might give your brain a boost.

The flavanols that dark chocolate can help your brain stay healthy in addition to your heart. Researchers have looked at long-term ingestion of dark chocolate in an elderly population and found that their intake of foods rich in flavonol was associated with better cognitive function.

 

5. It can improve your mood.

As if the taste of chocolate isn’t delightful enough, it turns out that chocolate contains many different mood-boosting components that help to induce those feel good chemicals in your brain. Out of eight studies on the effects of chocolate on mood, five showed either an improvement in mood state or a reduced negative mood state.

 

Remember to enjoy dark chocolate in moderation!

Dark chocolate is a very dense superfood at about 168 calories and 12 grams of fat (7 grams of which are saturated fat) per one-ounce serving depending on the specific brand or bar that you choose. Check the nutritional information before you indulge and stick to allowing yourself room for 100 to 300 calories worth of chocolate a day while maintaining a balanced diet the rest of the day and getting your daily yoga practice in.


5 Invigorating Things to Do to Prepare Your Spirit for the Season of Rebirth

Spring might still be about a month away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about how you can prepare for spring a few weeks ahead of its arrival.

Spring is the season of rebirth, so you’ll want to focus on rituals that cleanse, detoxify, invigorate, and energize you. After a long and hopefully restful winter, your spirit has had time to rejuvenate itself so it may guide your growth into the next version of yourself.

Try some of the following rituals to help you step into the new season with ease.

 

1. Deep Clean Your Yoga Mat

Spritzing your yoga mat with an all natural, cleansing yoga mat cleaner after every use is always a good idea, but deep cleaning your mat at least once or twice every new season (or more depending on use) is just as necessary. A clean, bacteria-free mat is just as good for you physically as it is for you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Take your mat into the bathtub so you can submerge both sides in water and give it a good scrub down with a gentle brush or washcloth before hanging it out to dry completely for at least a full 24 to 48 hours (making sure to keep it out of direct sunlight).

 

2. Detox from Sweet, Heavy Winter Foods

In winter, Ayurveda (yoga’s ancient sister science in holistic health) states that we should focus on fuelling our bodies with healthy comfort foods that are sweet, dense, and oily to help combat vata dosha. Come spring, we need to shift our diets to balance the accumulated kapha or else risk bringing that winter hibernation-induced sluggishness into the new season.

Now is the time to start stocking up on foods with bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes. Just before spring's arrival, aim to completely cut out red meat, cooked oils, sugar, dairy, alcohol and caffeine for a temporary detox period (2 to 3 weeks) while favouring green veggies, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, avocados, and lots of water.

 

3. Spend a Few Minutes a Day Practicing Pranayama

Simple breathing techniques can help clear out mental clutter that you wish to leave behind while also helping to combat seasonal allergies that you might suffer from in the spring.

Sit comfortably in a seated position and inhale naturally or use your ujjayi breath to fill your lungs with air. Hold it for a few seconds and then slowly exhale until all the air has escaped from your longs. Do at least 3 to 6 rounds of this every day as meditation before or after your regular yoga practice.

 

4. Use Essential Oils That Are Energizing, Sweet, Floral, and Herbaceous

It might still a be a little chilly outside to open all the windows, so in the meantime, aromatherapy can help freshen up the air in your home or yoga space. Whether you choose to use a diffuser, make your own room spray, or massage an essential oil of choice into your skin along with a carrier oil is completely up to you.

Eucalyptus is a top choice for its invigorating aromas that can help balance congestion in the sinuses and lungs. Lemon, on the other hand, can help wake you up, brighten your spirits, and help you feel energized.

 

5. Start an Indoor Herb Garden

Starting your own garden gives you the opportunity to learn a new hobby and get closer to nature well before everything outside blossoms and turns green. Think of it like your own little ceremonial celebration of the new season!

The seeds for most herbs and veggies should be planted about 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date, and while that can vary by region, you can most likely plan to do so in March or April.


6 Beginner Yogi Tips for Working With Healing Stones

Gemstones aren’t just neat to look at. For centuries, they’ve been used for healing purposes and even today they can help to enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your yoga practice.

When it comes to working with stones, everything from color to chemical makeup influences their healing properties. By choosing ones with healing properties that suit your personal needs or desires and using them properly in your yoga practice, you can connect to them and harness their energies to benefit your performance and overall well-being.

If you’re new to working with stones, here are a few tips to get you started with integrating the healing properties of crystals into your yoga practice.

 

1. Know Your Stones’ Healing Properties

First things first: do your research on the stones you have or want to acquire. You don’t need to become an expert in stone healing, but you should at least known their main uses. For example, rose quartz is ideal for cultivating self-love and compassion while hematite can promote concentration and grounding.

 

2. Sit in Meditation With a Stone in Each Hand

If you start or finish your practice in seated meditation, you can take two stones or clusters of small stones in each of your hands to allow the energy to flow through your body. You can even get specific stones made to fit in your hands (called palm stones) that are slightly larger, flatter, and smoother so you can hold them easily.

 

3. Place Stones at the Top or Around Your Mat

You can place stones around your mat, at the corners of your mat, at specific points along the perimeter of your mat, or even just at the very top of your mat (which might be ideal if you’re only using a single stone). Just be sure to place them far away enough that you won’t step or land on your stones in poses that involve moving slightly off the mat—like wild thing or rock star..

 

4. Wear Your Stones

One of the biggest benefits of wearing your stones is that they’ll be physically touching your body and staying within your aura through your practice, which promotes stronger energy healing. Of course, the downside is that jewelry pieces like dangling necklaces and malas can be distracting as you try to move around your mat. If you want to wear your stones during your practice, a loosely fitted bracelet might be your best option.

 

5. Place Stones on the Chakras While Lying in Savasana

If you want to do some chakra work and promote healing on a specific chakra, you could place a particular stone on your chakra of choice when you take rest in savasana. So if you’d like to balance your root chakra, you could place a red tiger’s eye stone on your lower abdomen for grounding and protection. Alternatively, you could place an amethyst stone on your third eye for a clear and peaceful mind.

 

6. No Crystals? No Problem! Do This Instead…

Believe it or not, you don’t necessarily need to own every kind of stone to tap into their healing properties. If there’s a particular stone that you like but don’t have access to, you can simply meditate on the stone and its properties as you sit on your mat or hold a particular yoga pose. Simply calling upon the stone's power can be enough to harness some of its energy.


5 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About Your Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is the fourth chakra in the chakra system, which represents the center of love, compassion, joy, and warmth. That might seem obvious, but the heart chakra goes far beyond just that.

Check out these five interesting facts that will help introduce you to the power of the heart chakra.

 

1. Your heart chakra is not located in your heart, but rather in the middle of your chest.

It’s easy to assume that the heart chakra is in the same place as the heart (the left side of your chest), but it’s actually located in the center of the chest, right beside the heart. The heart chakra is also the middle chakra where the three lower chakras of the solar plexus, the sacral, and the root meet the three higher chakras of the throat, third eye, and crown.

 

2. The heart chakra is associated with the color green.

Modern depictions of hearts are typically associated with the colors red and pink, but when it comes to the heart chakra, it resonates with the color green. This is because all the chakras are energy centers that vibrate at specific levels, which results in specific colors (and also musical notes—that of which is the note of F for the heart chakra).

 

3. The heart chakra’s Sanskrit word Anahata means “unstruck,” “unhurt,” and “unbeaten.”

The heart chakra governs your expression of unconditional love toward yourself and toward others. It’s also your source of compassion, helping you to cultivate love even through some of life’s most tragic events. No matter how you might have suffered in the past or what you might be going through right now, you can count on your heart chakra to radiate unconditional love through it all.

 

4. The heart chakra is not so much about romantic love as it is about unconditional love.

Many people conjure up images of fairy tales and Hollywood movies when they think of love, but this is not the type of unconditional love that the heart chakra governs. The romantic attraction that typically takes place during the beginning stages of relationships are often largely fueled by egoic desire, which may or may not transform into selfless, unconditional love via the heart chakra once the infatuation wears off.

 

5. Your heart chakra is your center for healing.

While all of the seven chakras in the chakra system are important in their own unique ways, the heart chakra plays an especially important role in healing since love is universally recognized as the highest force of healing across various religions and spiritual practices. The unconditional love of the heart chakra helps us become aware that we are all connected and expanding together with the universe in a way that inspires a sense of wholeness, harmony, and peace.

 

A balanced heart chakra will affect and enhance every part of your life—from the way you feel about yourself, to the relationships you have with others. Here are some things you can do to unblock and open your heart chakra if you suspect you might have an under active one.


3 Beginner Tips for Using Aromatherapy in Your Home Yoga Practice

Many yogis admit that the biggest benefit of choosing to practice at home rather than in a class at a studio is the freedom. When you practice at home, you can tailor your practice however you want—right down to the look and feel of your yoga space.

Aromatherapy is just one way you can personalize and enhance your home yoga practice. While many teachers do incorporate aromatherapy into their classes, doing it yourself while practicing at home means you have full control over the selection and/or blend of oils, the dosages, the type of aromatherapy tool or technique to be used, and when or how aromatherapy will be used throughout your practice.

If you’re considering the use of aromatherapy in your own home yoga practice, but don’t really know where to start, here are a few simple tips to help get the ball rolling.

 

Choose Oils With Healing Properties That Match the Focus of Your Practice

It’s worthwhile to familiarize yourself with how certain oils affect the mind and body. For example, if you’re doing an evening practice to help you fall asleep, lemon essential oil might not be the best choice since it’s known for helping to eliminate fatigue and wake up the mind.

Here are some recommended essential oils to use based on the theme or the intention of your practice:

Energizing essential oils: Orange, lime, grapefruit, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, basil, lemongrass

Calming essential oils: Lavender, rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, bergamot, chamomile, frankincense

Grounding essential oils: Cedarwood, myrrh, patchouli, black spruce, sandalwood, cinnamon, rosewood

 

Decide on an Aromatherapy Tool or Technique Based on Your Practice and Personal Preferences

Five of the most common aromatherapy tools and techniques include:

  • Lighting essential oil candles
  • Burning essential oil incense sticks
  • Diffusing essential oil diffusers
  • Applying essential oil lotions (diluted with carrier oil)
  • Spritzing essential oil sprays (diluted with water)

Candles, incense, and diffusers are ideal if you want to enjoy the aromas as a constant flow throughout the entire course of your practice. If, however, you’d prefer to focus on the aromas at specific points along your practice—such as at the beginning in meditation or at the end in savasana—you might want to opt for a spray or lotion to spritz or apply at that specific point.

 

Remember to Put Your Safety First

It had to be said. Anything with a flame and all essential oils need to be used with care and caution.

Candles and incense: Place candles or incense on a flat surface and away from any items or materials that can easily catch fire (such as wood furniture, drapes, books, blankets, etc.). Make sure they’re far enough out of reach that you can’t knock them over when moving around and extending your limbs during your practice. Pick a space with good ventilation (and crack open a window if necessary). Extinguish immediately after you're practice.

Essential oils applied to the skin: Perform a skin patch test to make sure you won’t react to the essential oil or oils of your choice. Always make sure to dilute your oils properly and avoid ingesting them or getting them anywhere near your eyes. If using a spray, keep your eyes and mouth closed while spritzing over your body. If using a lotion, avoid applying around the eyes and to any areas of the body that need to grip your mat, such as the hands and wrists.

Essential oils in general: Before you use oils in your practice, try using a tool or technique of your choice while doing something like household chores, relaxing on the couch, or working just to see if you’ll like the aroma for more than a brief period. It's easier to test the aroma for an extended period of time while doing something easy and mundane rather than expecting to love it all the way through an hour-long yoga session!


4 Practical Things to Do When It Isn't So Easy to Love Yourself

Self-love is not a destination—it’s a continuous process that lasts a lifetime. And while it feels much easier to love yourself when everything is going right in your life, the truth is that it’s a totally different story when things aren’t going so right.

The tricky part about genuine self-love is making it unconditional. If you only really love yourself when it feels like your life is in order or you’ve just achieved a desired goal, but turn on yourself when your make mistakes or face rejection—then you’re making self-love conditional.

Loving yourself through the messiness of life does not mean that you have to like what you’re currently facing. It does, however, require you to stop judging yourself and accept that your current experiences are happening for a reason.

 

1. Give yourself permission to take a break from yoga or tailor your practice to what you’re going through.

When life gets tough, you’ll only make things harder by expecting yourself to live up to all your normal responsibilities—and that includes yoga if you have a regular practice. Take some time off to process your emotions, focus on what you need to regain your sense of balance, and leave no room to feel guilty or ashamed about it.

As an alternative, you can shift the focus of your practice to help you with what you’re dealing with. For example, many classes offered by studios and online platforms focus on helping students cope with specific problems like stress, addiction, and even grief.

 

2. At the very least, commit to doing three basic healthy habits every day—without question.

Sometimes even the most basic day-to-day activities seem impossible to do in the midst of extreme hardship, so it can be worthwhile to make a short list of three things to accomplish every day at a bare minimum rather than overwhelming yourself too many to-do's. This list might look like this:

  1. Get dressed.
  2. Take a shower.
  3. Eat at least 2 meals.

Or it might look like this:

  1. Hug/kiss my partner before leaving for work.
  2. Meditate/pray for 1 minute.
  3. Go to bed by 10 o’clock tonight.

3. Find a healthy outlet for processing your darker thoughts and feelings, and don’t try to rush “getting over” them.

Most people would rather fill their downtime with distractions than sit silently with themselves, but it is only by the power of distraction-free solitude that we can truly tune into ourselves and begin the process of healing from whatever we’re facing. A little a day can go a long way over time and save yourself from suppressed negativity that affects you years and years down the road.

Start spending at least 5 minutes a day in distraction-free solitude and silence. From there, gently increase your time limit as needed and consider moving toward journaling your thoughts, talking to yourself out loud, or allowing yourself to fully embrace all of your negative emotions by crying, screaming, cursing, or even punching a pillow if you feel the need.

 

4. Get support from friends, relatives, community members, or professionals.

Turning to others in difficult times is not about seeking validation or hoping that somebody else can solve your problems for you. Instead, it’s about getting out of your own mind by broadening your self-perception through the lens of others’ perspectives and considering ideas that you'd be less likely to become aware of all on your own.

Even though only you have the power to cultivate the self-love you deserve, connecting with other people can help open you up to new information, meanings, lessons, and even solutions based on their personal knowledge and experience. After all, just because it’s called “self”-love doesn’t mean the entire journey is a solo one!


5 Creative Ways to Use Green Tea in Your Self-Care Regimen

Researchers have dubbed green tea “the healthiest thing you can drink,” thanks to all its rich antioxidants that fight against cell damage—as well as its abilities to improve blood circulation and lower cholesterol.

Drinking a cup or two (or more) of green tea is the most common way to enjoy it, but there are several other ways you can reap the health benefits of this incredible superfood. Best of all, green tea can be used in some your favorite self-care rituals to help strengthen your sense of love and appreciation for yourself!.

 

1. Pre- or Post-Yoga Green Tea Smoothie

Whether you’re gearing up for a vinyasa flow class at the studio or needing to refuel after your at-home practice, a smoothie is never not a great option! You can use brewed green tea after it’s cooled down in your smoothie or straight matcha green tea powder.

Here are some recipes to try:

 

2. Green Tea Desserts

Believe it or not, green tea makes a wonderful ingredient in almost any type of dessert. From cookies and fudge, to cupcakes and cheesecakes, you’d be surprised just how versatile green tea can be when it comes to some of the most decadent and indulgent treats!

Just take a look at some of these:

 

3. Green Tea Facial Cleanser, Skin Toner, or Face Mask

Antioxidants help fight free radicals that contribute to aging skin, and since green tea is known to contain some of the most potent antioxidant components, it’s believed that it can contribute to healthy skin. Many commercially sold products contain green tea these days, but if you’re into DIY, it’s easy enough to make your own all-natural green tea skincare products!

Try these:

 

4. Green Tea Bath Bomb, Body Exfoliator, or Body Butter

Given the powerful antioxidant properties of green tea, why limit its use to just the skin on your face? Your entire body can benefit when you use green tea in other DIY bath and body products too!

Have a go at some of these creative DIYs:

 

5. Green Tea Shampoo, Hair Rinse, or Hair Mask

Last but not least, green tea can be used in your own DIY hair treatments as a replacement for chemical-based hair products. Green tea might aid in balancing irritation or skin imbalances of the scalp, essentially helping to open up the hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth.

Here are a few easy DIY hear treatments to try:


February's Theme: Love Yourself

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha

There’s more to self-love than feeling good enough to spoil yourself with lavender bubble baths, luxurious massages, and generous spending sprees on organic/non-GMO foods. As a matter of fact, self-love is more of an active process than it is a “feel good” state.

To love yourself means to appreciate your growth potential from the actions you decide to take in the current moment for the good of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Everyone loves themselves at the very core of their being because it’s simply nature, but the beliefs we form throughout our lives about ourselves based on social conditioning tend to draw us away from our natural state of self-love.

Anyone can practice self-love. It might not lead to instant good feelings, but it certainly has the power to affect your thoughts and feelings about yourself with regular practice over time.

Here are three big tips to always remember and prioritize in your self-love journey.

 

Practice Self-Compassion Until It Becomes a Habit

When it comes to self-love, the old adage “fake it til you make it” isn’t necessarily the fastest or most effective strategy. In fact, focusing only on what you like about yourself while ignoring what you don’t like about yourself could backfire on your self-esteem levels.

Research has shown that self-compassion—the practice of stopping all judgment of yourself, accepting yourself fully, and being kind to yourself regardless of what you do or don’t like—is the real key to feeling motivated to work on improving yourself. It starts with noticing that critical voice inside your head and consciously replacing it with a voice that sounds more like a caring friend.

 

Make Your Own Rules About What It Means to Show Yourself Some Love

There are countless books, articles, videos, and even courses you could use to learn how to love yourself more, but when it comes straight down to it, only you can know exactly what you need to truly cultivate more love. When it comes to self-love, there are no rules—only the rules you make uniquely for you and your needs.

Self-love can be cultivated in activities as basic as showering and making time to eat or as extravgent as going on a cruise and buying a whole new wardrobe. Just because certain actions work for one person doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily work for you, so be open to experimenting with various self-love rituals and take note of how they make you feel afterward.

 

Follow the Universal Law of Exchange to Cultivate Even More Love

When you love yourself a little more, you’ll naturally feel compelled to share it. The law of exchange states that the energy you put out into the world will flow back to you, so spreading the love that you’ve cultivated for yourself among others will undoubtedly help you cultivate even more love for yourself.

Simple actsof kindness like a smile here or a thank you there definitely count. Of course, the greater your acts of kindness and generosity that you genuinely feel compelled to express, the greater love you’ll feel for yourself not just as a separate individual existing in society, but as a unique expression of life connected to everyone and everything else around you.


Win a 3 Day, 3 Night Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat in Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

How would you like to spend a weekend in one of the country’s most beautiful and breathtaking national parks? Known for its unique topographical, geological, and biological features, Ozark National Forest (located in the northwest of Arkansas) is the perfect getaway setting for any yogi who craves the healing powers of Mother Nature in her lushest forested landscapes and scenic rugged mountains.

This February, we’re giving away not one, but two spots to an incredible Ozark Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat that will take place this May. We’ve teamed up with Max and Liz Lowenstein of Max and Liz Acro for this 3 day, 3 night retreat in what’s considered the world’s most beautiful location.

 

 

This retreat is for yogis who are willing to unplug and activate their mindfulness muscle so they can calm their minds and rejuvenate their spirits. No Wi-Fi or reception service is available in the location so that all retreat members can be fully present.

Max and Liz will take your healing and rejuvenation further than your typical yoga and meditation sessions with soothing sound healing techniques and the chance to try something new with a fluid style of yoga that combines yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage—called called acroyoga. This is truly more than your average yoga retreat!

 

 

Retreat participants will be asked to check in between noon and 5 on Friday before the opening circle ceremony at 5:30pm and a mindful eating dinner at 8:00pm. Saturday’s itinerary starts off early with breakfast at 7:00am followed by a morning hike with meditation and yoga before lunch around noon. Acroyoga and other activities follow in the afternoon before dinner at 6:00pm and a sound healing session at 8:00pm.

Sunday morning follows the same schedule as Saturday’s, followed by a standing acrobatics and Thai massage session in the afternoon. The closing circle ceremony takes place at 5:00pm and participants may check out anytime before 10:00am the next morning (Monday).

All of the following amenities are included in the Ozark Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat:

  • Room accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks (with the exception of Saturday night’s vegan potluck dinner)
  • All the tea you want to drink
  • Daily yoga and chanting sessions
  • Daily acroyoga sessions
  • Daily sound healing sessions with sound baths
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Lesson in personal photography/photoshoot
  • Morning hikes

 

 

This incredible Ozark Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat is scheduled to take place this upcoming Friday, May 25th to Monday, May 28th. If you think you could use a break to reconnect with Mother Nature and renew yourself from the inside out, but don’t have the time or funds to go on a long or pricey vacation, why not enter for your chance to win this one?

With two spots to give away to our Yogi Surprise members, you’ve got a better chance of snagging one! Click the link below to find out how to win.

 

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