Yoga Mini Retreat Norfolk -a beginners guide!

 

I started this blog on the evening before my very first Yoga Mini Retreat in Norfolk, with Jackie from Yogabuds or also know for her wonderful co-owned business The Orange Grove clinic.  I am feeling a little nervous because despite it being on my list of things to do this year I haven’t been to many yoga classes.

I am feeling a little nervous because despite it being on my list of things to do this year,  I haven’t been to many yoga classes. I think I can count on one hand how many yoga classes at my local gym i actually went too. I wanted too, but something came up or it was fully booked by the time i knew i could go.

So why did i book onto the Yoga Mini Retreat ? Well firstly Jackie! I had attended Pregnancy Yoga with her about 4 years ago now (yikes time flies as a mum of 2) and i loved her approach and attitude .  I know it will be relaxing it is set at stunning Caistor Hall in Caistor St Edmunds Norfolk . I have been before to chat to some of Jackie’s ladies, and loved the tranquil setting.

Yoga mini retreat Norfolk

 Photo by Jess Wilkins Photography (me)

 

Jackie knows her stuff,  I wanted this retreat to kick start my yoga and know i will find it informative, challenging (well for me) but also fun! And she promised me it is suitable for total beginners. It means I can see what I am signing up for when I start her weekly YogaBuds class in the new year. She teaches at various locations across Norwich and Norfolk.

I need the break! November and early December is my busiest time,  and with the holidays approaching i wanted some ‘me’ time . A Yoga Mini Retreat including lunch made by someone else really really appealed to me!

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I went along and had an amazing time! I met lots of lovely ladies of all ages . A real genuine mixture of lovely warm people.

Some like me had not really tried yoga before and some ladies were more experienced. It was not intimidating as everyone could go at their own pace, no one was looking at you.  And I didn’t feel being a beginner, that I was lagging behind. As everyone quite rightly, is focusing on themselves and enjoying the day.

Jackie was very good at explaining what moves to do, why we were doing them and the benefit too. For me, this was great to make sense of it and helped me coordinate my body better. she also reminded you to ‘breathe’ which may sound silly to some but I need to be reminded.

We had a yummy lunch and everyone was chatty and friendly. The afternoon focused on more gentle yoga with some fab relaxation, which again is all new to me. It was sooooo good for me to quieten my busy mind and chill/ breathe.

 

I came away totally calm, relaxed and recharged. I loved it and really believe anyone wanting to try yoga should attend a class with Jackie or get on the next retreat. It is great for total beginners and for any ablity . As Jackie said on the day , having some ‘me’ time is not selfish. It was very much needed , and I cannot wait for the weekend retreat – yes 2 whole days child-free&  full of yoga eeeek!

 

Jess x