“A True Retreat”

Words won’t be able to do it a justice, but I will try my best.

I signed up for a week long “Through the Fire” meditation retreat with Hema, as recommended by my good friend. I was hoping to improve my Kundalini yoga and meditation skills. However I left the retreat with so so much more.

It was an amazing trip from start to finish. From the moment I walked in the door I literally felt all my worries float away. I knew then I was going to enjoy my stay but it was so much more than I could have imagine. Everyone was just so welcoming and I felt like I knew them all for years. I felt so relaxed.

Many of us in the group had never done a retreat like this and some never had done Kundalini yoga however I am sure that everyone enjoyed it and got something great from it. I personally learnt skills from Hema’s yoga and meditation sessions that I am comfortable doing by myself and feel that I don’t have to attend my gym yoga classes again. It is quickly becoming part of my daily life and I have never felt so good – more energy and that great feeling that I can take on anything is back!

Everything was just perfect. I learned how to meditate properly and specifically for my own needs. I feel grounded and rejuvenated and have been inspired to continue my practice regularly back home in London.

Not only was the course both fun and challenging but Hema’s direct feedback for improving my skills was invaluable. She has an amazing calm and logical method of teaching that truly connected and inspired me. I cannot speak highly enough of this course.

So regardless if you are new to yoga or are looking to deepen your practice, I highly recommend a yoga retreat with Hema. After this experience this is without a doubt something I will continue doing on an ongoing basis. I am also planning to attend another retreat next year!

Thank you very much Hema, for what was a wonderful first yoga retreat for me.

p.s. As for the food provided in this beautiful Douro Valley villa we were staying at, we were absolutely spoilt. It was simply amazing, as we had a great variation on vegan and vegetarian options, specifically cooked for us by lovely Ali