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Reflections on 6 months working at Suryalila Retreat Centre, Andalusia, Spain

The time has come to move forward and reflect and process the previous 6 months work at Suryalila Retreat Centre . It has been an overwhelming experience in so many ways, on so many levels.

Professionally, to see a range of people from around the world, dealing with sore and tight muscles, injuries, inflammation, neurological pain, spinal disc issues, headaches, migraines, digestive and endocrine conditions has been incredible.  To see people able to walk with less pain, to sleep a bit better to feel more comfortable in their own skin is such a privilege and to continue the relationship with them outside of the therapy room has been wonderful.  I feel so humble to be able to be in this position, to be invited into people’s deepest self and to be trusted.

We have laughed and cried in the massage room.  Deep seated trauma has come to the surface, memories of childhood events, life events and historical family trauma has seen the light of day and dissipated.  To create this space for people and for them to meet me in that space and take responsibility for the work, is always a remarkable experience and I am  left in awe of your grace and courage.

Sending you all love and light and please do stay in touch.

I was also privileged to be part of the yoga teaching team for guests, staff and volunteers. delivering yin yoga with poetry and music, creating a space where people could continue to come back to the breath and sink deeper within, moving towards the stillness of body, mind and emotion.  Allowing what is to be just that, with space and awareness.  Yin yoga reaches the deeper connective tissue and fascia around the hips, pelvis, spine and shoulder girdle, allowing a greater range of movement at these points, a release of pain, an activation of the relaxation response and people floating out the yoga shala to continue their day.

I was so happy to facilitate yoga nidra meditation too, themed for those in the group and if we knew there was a new moon or full moon, using this energy to enhance the experience.  Alongside the yin practice, yoga nidra is a deeply relaxing meditation, accessing deep seated memory and habit patterns, bringing them to the surface, giving space for a new perspective.

It has been an honour and delight to be at Suryalila.  The personal friendships I have made have been deep and joyful. It was overwhelming to say goodbye for now and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Hasta luego!