It went something like this….What my girls said:
“Come on a girls yoga weekend to Ibiza”
What I heard:
“Come on a GIRLS yoga WEEKEND to IBIZA”
Yup – I’ll be honest. I’ve never thought yoga was my thang, based on absolutely nothing and given the fact that I’d never done it! Actually – that’s not entirely true. I did do it once and it was an unmitigated disaster from start to finish – with my sister and me arriving flustered and late and bumbling into a class of earthy types (you know the ones), only to spend the next hour trying to get in poses our tin-man bodies had no hope of getting into – and occasionally catching sight of each others awkward poses in the wall of mirrors, thus shaking with repressed laughter! Like when you get the giggles in church and try to keep it in so it all ends up snorting out of your nose? THAT.
Bubbles at Stansted airport was the perfect start to our girls trip away and, after a short 2 hour flight landed in Ibiza to be whisked to our resort by Ivor who, together with his wife, the beautiful inside and out Lindsay Jay was the power force behind Yoga Fit Ibiza.Truth be told, I loaded my kindle with 5 – yes FIVE – books, and fully intended to spend much of my 3 night stay on a sunlounger, learning the Things I Know for Sure from Oprah, how to be Daring and Disruptive from Lisa Messenger and generally filling my every waking moment with enough sunshine and positivity to get my summer off to the perfect start!
To be clear from the start – I was a fully legit paying attendee – this wasn’t a press trip. I was just going with some of my buddies on the down low and wasn’t actually going to blog it but had SUCH an awesome experience, I couldn’t help but share the love.
I also LOVE how the team at YogaFitIbiza are trying to keep the whole thing accessible. Which means I couldn’t quite believe the price tag of £295. So, together with super cheap flights meant £390 – for 3 nights all-inclusive in Ibiza – WITH full days of exercise classes at your disposal.
I KNOW!The Invisa Hotel Club Cala Verde on the north of the island was the stunning backdrop to the stay and the novelty of having a WHOLE bedroom to myself, with nobody else to think about, was pretty spectacular!
The next few days were a mix of cliff top walks with my girls, fitness classes, life coach talks (by the wonderful Lydia Kimmerling) and a generally infectious positive vibe. Everyone on the weekend had the loveliest way about them and it didn’t matter if you were at sessions with people you knew or not, everyone was so great with each other that, even those who’d gone it alone, would never have had the chance to feel lonely.Then, in a moment by the stunning pool on a lounger, Oprah reminded me of one of my favourite quotes. It’s from a song by Leanne Womack called I Hope You Dance and it’s all about embracing life and seizing the moment. “When you get the choice to sit it out or dance – I hope you dance”! This weekend was ALL about dancing – metaphorically and physically – I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did in the Dance Fitness class! SO much fun!
I decided to dip my toe into the Yoga pool and got totally spoilt by an early morning session with Lisa Cuerdon. An epic sunrise over the sea accompanied by sensational music and my body feeling incredible and I felt grateful that my “first” experience had been of such cinematic proportions! It was about so much more than the exercise. I totally had “a moment” – of being thankful for the whole Yoga Fit experience, of being thankful for such wonderful women in my life, of being thankful for the stunning world around me and of being thankful that, at 45 years of age – I’m finally cool with ME! I LOVE where I’m at in my life and I’m happy in my skin! I even got to try yoga on a paddle board and was so bitten by the bug, I got up early the next morning to make sunrise yoga again. For one reason and another I didn’t make the class, so went for a walk on the beach instead. When I heard the strains of Now We Are Free (from Gladiator) wafting along the beach from Lindsay Jay’s class, my experience was complete! Trey and I walked down the “aisle” to the music at our wedding and as I sat on the beach, tears streaming down my face, I just felt grateful for the sheer impact the weekend’s experience had on me.It’s hard to sum up the Yoga Fit experience, there truly are no words. It’s the perfect blend of yoga, general fitness classes, beach, sunshine, life experience, general positivity – just about the most life affirming weekend I’ve ever had.
I’m booking for next year. Enough said!
Oh – AND there’s another one happening THIS October! #just-sayin’