Antigua Adventures and Island Yoga

After a brief hiatus, much-needed internet cleanse, and a big birthday celebrated with family, friends, and cake, we’re back in business (and ready for spring to be honest!)

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Feeling rested, restored, and rejuvenated, it’s time to reminisce a little, shall we? Antigua Adventure yoga and wellness retreat was absolutely incredible and I’m excited to share our journey…and some super special island yoga so that you can experience it right along with us!

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Welcome to our private yoga studio, where we enjoyed daily yoga classes and private sessions in a jungle of palm trees with the vibrant sunshine and cool island breeze surrounding us.

IMG_0342Like tree pose, the retreat as a whole encouraged us to get grounded, root down, balance, grown, and flow. We were so lucky to have the Hamptons’ best yogis (Jenna Raynell, Erica Velasquez, and guest instructor Lois Nesbitt) guiding us through our daily practice!

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Following our morning yoga, which set the tone for an amazing day ahead, we enjoyed some seriously delicious eats, like local produce, refreshing smoothies, and fresh-caught seafood. As the Nutritionist on board, I prepared healthy eats to fuel our bodies and satisfy our souls!

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We met lots of new friends throughout the week and became a little family in no time. The days were full of island adventures like paddle boarding, swimming, zip lining, hiking, and tons of R&R. We soaked up the sun at Pigeon Beach down the street or our own pools right outside our villa.

IMG_0150Our group was pampered, well-fed, and caffeinated with awesome gifts thanks to our amazing sponsors: Hampton Coffee Company, Pure & Peaceful, Hamptons Handpoured, RX Bar, Hampton Sun, Boat Hampton, Health Warrior, Wolffer Vineyard Estate, and Megan’s Morsels!

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What an awesome crew, each one added something unique and inspiring to the group. We ventured out together for dinners, drinks, live music, and a breathtaking sunset yoga class on the water.

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That photo pretty much sums it up – our Antigua Adventure was absolutely amazing. Keep your eyes peeled for more amazing retreat offerings to come – both near and far! In the mean time, here’s a present from the lovely Jenna Raynell –  60 minute Gentle Island Flow straight from Antigua!

One Healthy Breakdown: sometimes you need to leave behind all you know in order to GROW!

Winter 2015 Retreats Near & Far

It’s about that time we start to feel that winter itch, right? Some sunshine is looking pretty darn good right now! As does wellness, self-care, and trying new things! If you’re craving the sand, sun, surf, and all of that good stuff, here are a few retreats you should definitely know about!

soulsurfWomen’s Soul Surfing Retreat: Join Evelyn O’Doherty and Alyson Follenius, two fabulous Hamptons locals, on their second annual Women’s Soul Surfing Retreat in Rincon, Puerto Rico February 4th-9th, 2015. Kick off the New Year catching waves and bonding over new possibilities! Retreat includes daily surf lessons, yoga, meditation, healthy breakfasts and lunches, wellness coaching, and lots of fun. Space is limited. For more information, click here or contact surfvixens@gmail.com.

Yoga, Surf, and SUP Retreat: Relocate with KamaDeva Yoga’s Jessica Bellofatto and Paddle Diva’s Gina Bradley January 22nd-26th, 2015. Experience daily yoga on the deck, SUP lessons and tours, running, surf lessons, horseback riding, snorkeling, waterfall tours, and healthy eats. For more information, click here.

MP900227552Annual Tulum Yoga Retreat: Twice-daily yoga with Jessica Bellofatto along with lots of exploration, water, sunshine, and self-care. Restore on the shore from February 1st-7th, 2015. For more information, click here.

Half-way to Summer Shape Up: Hosted by Core Fusion co-founder Elisabeth Halfpapp, attendees can enjoy a variety of exhale’s signature classes, healthy meals, a juicing workshop, and more at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, February 6th-8th. Enjoy ocean-view accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, all exhale classes, exhale nightly turndown item, exhale Gift Bag, activities, and access to the resort’s famed Seawater Spa. Click here for more info.

Yoga For Bad People Brazil Retreats: Two weeks in Brazil in March, 2015 can make it the best time of the year. Enjoy morning meditation, two yoga classes daily, surfing, hiking, horseback riding, hang-gliding, cycling, partying, and so much more. For more information, click here.

collageWellness Staycation: If you’re not able to jet-set away this January, just buy a Hamptons Wellness Week wristband and soak up the wellness right at home ALL month long! This is the best way to try new things, get out in the community, commit to a habit of self-care, and indulge in some serious deals! Hamptons Wellness Week allows YOU to experience an array of health and wellness experiences (fitness class, spa treatments, nutrition programs, salon styling, personal training, restaurant specials, and SO much more) for the affordable price of just $45 for the entire month of January! See participating businesses and offers here and take advantage of it ALL with your wristband!

One Healthy Breakdown: wherever and however you decide, give yourself a break this winter!

Q & A w Z: Vacation

Q: How do you suggest staying fit on vacation? What’s a good balance between enjoying your time off or with family, but not feeling like you’re falling off your fitness plan all-together?

transportationA: Vacation is vacation. It’s time to relax. It’s the time when you shouldn’t be strictly dieting, counting calories, and going crazy about your macro-nutrients. You can still be active: hike, swim, walk, etc. just don’t be so strict. Try some new foods, exotic fruits, fresh-squeezed juices, locally grown vegetables. Give your body a break. Let yourself stray from your routine. We all need to stop once in a while. Vacation should be a time to recharge your battery. Leave your diet and workout routines at home. It will be there when you come back, I promise you. Have a delicious meal, enjoy a yummy cocktail, try a new dessert. Get back on track when you get home. That is the true balance.

One Healthy Breakdown: Vacation is VACATION!