Make pain your friend…

The body is a naturally re-balancing mechanism. When we are out of balance, pain arises and our state of mind, as well as our body, changes.

A loop can happen within the mind… our nervous system sending feedback loops like – “I am in pain” “it hurts” – or even, when it becomes too intense, something more similar to a white noise effect, blocking out all other sensory awareness.

When pain becomes the dominant thoughts and feelings (and is preventing you from moving freely and with ease) Just STOP! look within and listen to your inner voice, the quiet, simple words of your intuitive inner-knowings.

First: accept the pain.

Its there, so accept it being there. The more we resist it being there, the more energy we are sending it and the stronger and bigger it becomes.
Simply accepting it allows you to relax about it to a certain degree. With this release of mental and physical resistance your body can already begin healing as the blood can carry the fresh oxygenated cells to the area of discomfort.

Second: breathe – slowly and deeply, through your body, bringing your hands onto your abdomen to direct your breathe. Then bring your hands to the place where the pain is. If it is on the back of your body just one hand is fine. It has been proven that by bringing your hands / touching the point of the body that requires healing, energy and awareness is naturally directed there. Simply, scientific fact. Add the extra layer of the breathing and imagine the colour that is most soothing, visualise this colour flowing there and notice the positive effects.

Third: ask yourself, what is the cause of this pain? Pain is a symptom of a discomfort deeper down. Caused by an inbalance, an accident caused by…. what exactly? What has been going on in our subconscious that we have not looked at or listened to? (As our subconscious is so mostly over-ridden and talked over by our fast-moving, anxious, monkey conscious mind.

Notice the first things that come up…. is it something you have to change? to do differently? to let go…. Where you moving to fast? Or too “in your head”? What was causing the stress that was causing you to trip or fall, or rip or tear?

And now… thanking the pain….. for the message…. (and notice how GRATITUDE is a balm for body AND soul) what can you choose to do more harmoniously, more consciously?

Join us for self-healing, pain-relieving retreats and wellness escapes in Ibiza…. and enjoy the empowerment of these natural pain-release techniques!

With love and gratitude for your readership…. and for sharing the healing journey x Larah x

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Easter eggs…. reminding us to “birth” our wishes, creations, desires & dreams…

Its Easter Time…. and Passover for many a holiday thats roots are both spiritual and pagan.   Here in Ibiza everything is sprouting, shooting and bursting forth.  And from all of us at Ibiza Retreats, a colourful reminder that the seeds that have been planted for the year of 2012 are now ready to blossom.   So… here is some healthy Easter Wellness Coaching to help you focus on what you most want to nurture!

Birthing new concepts, visions and dreams takes courage, commitment and a whole lot of time and energy.

So whilst everyone takes a break this Easter holiday, why not use your time wisely and set aside some moments to contemplate what you want, in your life, to BLOSSOM deliciously?

* Do you have ideas to crack open, to think out of the box?

* Are you ready to announce your new career path, request that promotion or to send out the email that you are going to be moving…?

* Is it time to introduce some fresh focus into your business… to inspire your team?

* What about your mind & body… are you ready to revamp your inner-“vamp” with some yoga and self-coaching techniques to feel truly beautiful outside and within?

* Would you like to finally ask that special someone on a date? (life is for LIVING and spring is time to get PLAYFUL with a potential mate)

* Do you have the luxury of your own private garden which is becoming beautiful outside? Mother nature offers the perfect space for your yoga and meditation practice to re-birth your spiritual essence

* And what about your Vision Board? Can it do with some extra colourful images and inviting words that give voice to your desires & dreams?

Easter time…. time to resurrect YOUR self-belief… find time to create some positive affirmations, stated in the “I AM” present tense so that you can resonate with your wishes and give the universe a clear vibrational offering.

And chocolate of course, abounds right now, so how about practicing the healthy, happy-making art of “Moderation”.

Enjoy your time to celebrate this special time of year…. coming together to celebrate with loved ones is a beautiful opportunity to shower your life with gratitude and appreciation.   So just as the blossom spreads in the wind, your positive feelings can permeate your environs and enhance your success, happiness and wellbeing…


With chocolatey love (the dark, melted, infused with chilli kind)


Larah, Susie & the Ibiza Retreats team….

Mother Nature… the best way to begin your day…

Whether you live in a city that feels often choked full of smoke, or in the blissful surrounds of the English, German or Ibizan countryside, just for this week ahead, begin your day by spending a few moments with mother nature.

Being in nature is scientifically proven to reduce stress and promote thoughts and feelings of peace and calm. The sounds, the smells, the expanded views, the depth of colour and the different green hues all nurtures our spirit, soothes our soul and… reminds us, at an essential level, a bit more about what life is really about.

Even if you are in a city – make a point of having some herbs that you grow yourself, near to you in the kitchen. Schedule a walk in the park or even a 15 minute coffee or tea run that gets you outside and close to trees.  Notice how this help you also to hopefully remember to BREATHE.  Desk breaks are vital for reducing stress and helping to expand our vision and open our minds.  This is essential for our work effectiveness and life happiness, it helps keep things in perspective and how better to break the computer / boardroom / phone / electronic buzz / interactive stimulation than by choosing, just for this week, to take a quick 15 or 20 in your closest park.    Can’t get to a park too easily? Change your screen saver! Put beautiful scenery into your immediate environment.  Purchase a plant that helps clean the air that you LOVE to look at.  A little bit of fresh mint and that you can even put in your mouth if you need to and squeeze fresh lemons into your tea for an immediate natural uplift, go on, imagine smelling the scent of a fresh lemon right now.

And if you are already living in a beautiful natural environment, make the most of this.  Walk consciously, rather from A to B.  Notice how children are engaging with the different plants and flowers…. this is meditation in motion, stilling the whirring mind and bringing you and your monkey-like attention into a “present” here and now frame of being.

And enjoy the healing affects of being with mother nature, dare to take your shoes off and feel the earth beneath your feet.  If you really dare…. lie against, sit back against or even hug a tree.  These amazing creations are simply brilliant at helping to release and drain away old unwanted thoughts and negative energies.   Then say thank you – for all that nature gives to us…. unconditionally.  Concreted over time after time, hacked apart to create oil well and mines.  We still receive beautiful flowers and delicious fruits…   shade from trees and honey from bees…   and funnily enough, it is where we, originally come from.

Simply remember, this week, to enjoy…..

Take your time…. the secret to stress-free living…

In a recent article the Dalai Lama spoke about his technique for enjoying a smooth flow in life.

He always gets everywhere early!

Just imagine the bliss of having extra time before each appointment, to breathe and drink a cup of tea or sip some water and reconnect with your centre, to ground your energy.

How lovely would it be to enjoy the driving from A-B so that you can actually listen to beautiful music, a calming meditation, to clear your mind and find your smile before a meeting?

What could the differences in your life be if you never felt you were rushing….. and instead, could stop if you wished to an admire an ancient building, a previously unseen sight, take a brief walk in a beautiful park, soak up some sunshine or choose to let a full tube pass you by and delight in the following empty one?

Just for this week – give yourself an extra fabulous fifteen minutes of time-margin before and after each physical meeting where travelling is involved.   That includes going to and from the office and other points of “work”.

Notice the differences in your breathing, in your body, in your shoulders and in your ways of walking, thinking and talking.

Looking forward to your feedback!
And to hearing about the new feelings of space, time and clarity….. and much more….. that may be found.

Retreat of the week – Teacher Training with Nora Belton

Retreat: 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course

Dates: 1st – end April – 1 month training

About: With an emphasis on safety, we work to develop and refine technique, alignment and professional qualities.  This course offers plenty of personal attention, support and encouragement to build confidence and help each student experience the strength, discernment and joy that come through Yoga.  Move forward with your practice at your own level of proficiency whether you decide to become a teacher or not. Being a Yoga teacher means working creatively together with students to support their evolution at all levels. It can help us to focus our lives with love and compassion.

Cost: €1800 all inclusive of..

●   Two Asana classes per day
●   Daily Chanting and Meditation
●   Delicious Vegetarian Meals
●   Anatomy and Physiology, Teaching Pregnancy and Kid’s Yoga
●   Ample Teaching Practice
●   Introduction to Yoga Philosophy