Dream Body & Mind Re:TREAT

As you may or may not know, I spent the past three days at a Dream Body and Mind Re:TREAT┬áin Southampton. This was a week of physical, spiritual, and emotional growth for me, indeed. After Monday’s Spirit Junkie Sati and my three-day juice cleanse, I feel like a whole new woman! And after this Re:TREAT, I can say I am!

cropped-RetreatHeader41While it’s humanly impossible to fully describe this experience, the purpose of Re:TREAT was to heighten awareness, perspective, and spirituality to create desired change and a more fulfilling life. Awareness of our physical being, spiritual being, mind-body connection, breath, life goals, conception of self, connection with others, emotions, past and present experiences, and so on. We did this through movement, learning, discussion, exploration, and breath.

Re:TREAT is lead by Cynthia Goerig-Waldrup and Michelle Weber (who you may have read about here!) Cyndi is a master coach and teacher who enriches people’s lives daily. Michelle is a fitness expert, specializing in pilates, gyrotonic, gyrokinesis, pre and post natal training, and celebrity personal training. Together, they make a mind-blowingly fabulous team.

With five women total, the group was tight-knit and personal. Five different personalities, all together for the same reason: personal growth. There was a comforting level of equality and care for others from the get-go. While we were lead through group activities, we also explored our own individual “stuff,” as there was a nice balance between group discussion, movement, and individualized attention. Cyndi and Michelle both lead the group in a very relaxed, approachable manner, setting structure while allowing for unforseen shifts, self-exploration, and supportive conversation.

We all have a story, a pattern, a way of living life that may not be our ideal, it may be a little bit different, or a lot different, from our dream life. These three days were all about identifying and ridding the old story and rewriting it with our dream-life. We’ve all heard of manifesting. If we manifest that our dreams will come true, that our ideals are reality, then it will come true, if we do the work to unblock our barriers first. If we believe in ourselves, our greatest fantasies will become reality. After all, is everyone’s goal in life not pure happiness? Good news: it’s absolutely possible for us all!

MP900387284One of the newer concepts to me is relating energy and vibrancy to all aspects of life. When we remain in lower vibrational patterns, we are weighted down. Movement and meditation, among others, can stimulate vibration, which elevates mood and energy. Everything has a vibrational frequency, the words you say, foods you eat, water you drink, music you listen to, and people who surround you. It was very interesting to learn about vibrational frequency and how it impacts our lives and level of happiness. This was just one of the many lessons Cindy and Michelle made us aware of during Re:TREAT. The point being that we control our own happiness. Re:TREAT gave us the tools to zone into this control and amplify results.

So, what happens next? I’m not sure, exactly and I think that’s the fun of it, because I am open to anything that comes my way. After three days at Re:TREAT, I see the world, and myself, a bit differently. I definitely have a heightened sense of awareness, and gratitude, and I’m loving that. I know that I want to treat myself and others better and I have every intention of doing so. I am embracing this contentment, but am also ready and available for more. If you crave a bit of enlightenment, supported self-exploration, or a whole new life story, I’d suggest contacting Cyndi and/or Michelle today. They offer a complimentary consultation to learn more about this program, so you’ll know if it’s right for you. I definitely feel honored to have been a part of Re:TREAT, it was quite a treat.

One Healthy Breakdown: Don’t be afraid to take a chance and sign yourself up for some personal growth. Keep your eyes peeled for Michelle and Cindy’s next Re:TREAT.

What’s a Spirit Junkie Sati?!

Yesterday was one of those days. One of those life-altering days I’ll never forget. I spent the day with Gabby Bernstein and Patricia Moreno at The Surf Lodge for their second annual Spirit Junkie Sati (#spiritjunkiesati.) Amazingness. In the sun. On the bay. In Montauk. On a yoga mat. Making history.

photo 3Gabby kicked off the morning with Kundalini Kriyas – sets of exercises, with both physical and physiological meaning and purpose. Just hearing Gabby speak can put you at ease. Doing yoga with her, that’s a whole other story. Our first Kriya is meant to bust through blocks, to bust through what holds you back in life. Another Kriya strengthened the spine; as Gabby explained, a healthy spine is a healthy life.

photo 1Having been lucky enough to have gotten to know Gabby a bit and being halfway through May Cause Miracles, I was excited to learn what Kundalini Yoga is all about. As opposed to classic yoga, which is usually more individually up to interpretation, Kundalini yoga speaks to one purpose at a time. There is a Kriya for everything. I mean everything. Look it up. Try one. As Gabby says, expect miracles.

Then, Gabby had us do something amazingly effective. A tool I will definitely keep in my back pocket and use often. You should too. To wrap up our Kundalini hour, we “shook it out” and we shook it good. Sitting on our yoga mats, we shook our arms overhead for three + minutes. We shook all of the crap that holds us back, all of the negativity, all of the problems, the constant sadness on the news, the anger, the pain, the resentment…any of that heavy stuff that weighs us down…SHAKE IT OUT! Seriously, try it now. Standing or sitting cross legged, with your arms overhead, knowing you’re getting it all OUT. Shake all that stuff you don’t need right out the tips of your fingers. Shake furiously. Even yell a little if you want to or blast some really loud music if you want. Get it all out. And then breathe, regroup, and start fresh. Phew.

After about an hour of Kundalini, we broke for an amazing lunch thanks to Byron – The Surf Lodge’s Restaurant (which I must say has jumped to my top 10 list.) The food is fresher than fresh, simple, delicious, healthy, and even better, local! If you’re ever in or around Montauk, definitely stop in to Byron at The Surf Lodge for a meal. Just a heads up, if you’re there on a weekend, it’s packed…and I mean PACKED. Be prepared to relax on the bay and have a few drinks. If I were you, I’d make a day of it. In fact, I often do.

photo 5After a nice long lunch, Patricia (two words: ROCK STAR) graced the stage. From the moment she opened her mouth, the energy was astounding. Contagious. Mind-blowing. And pretty freaking awesome. She put us on the spot and I’m going to do the same to you: spend one minute (yes, 60 whole seconds) telling someone how great you are, the awesome things you do, how much you love your body and yourself, the obstacles you’ve overcome…Can you do it? Can you spend 60 seconds saying only good things about yourself? I couldn’t either. A minute of self-promotion is HARD. But, a minute of complaining would be easy as pie, right?! That’s her point, that’s what Patricia turns upside down: the fact that we’ve been trained to think and speak more negatively than positively, which often holds us back from pure bliss, greatness, and self-love. As Patricia said: “it’s inspiring to hear people thrive. Just like negative thought can make us negative people, positive thoughts can turn that right around. What thought has done, thought can undo.” Amen, sister. Think, say, and do better for yourself and better things will come. Really, they will. Gabby and Patricia said so.

Patricia invented IntenSati, an aerobic workout NEVER been done before. It’s dance, cardio, yoga, martial arts, intervals, oh and loud and proud affirmations all at the same time. No, you haven’t done something like this before. There is nothing like this workout. IntenSati is a workout for the mind just as much as the body. It’s a cleanse, a detox, an inspiration, an enlightening. There really are no words, just find a class and DO IT, trust me. And, if you come upon a future Spirit Junkie Sati lead by Patricia and Gabby, DO IT. Trust me. And if you stumble upon something that sounds cool that you kinda want to do, but aren’t sure what to expect, something the fearless version of you would do in a heartbeat, DO IT. Trust me.

photo 5One Healthy Breakdown: That’s Patricia’s awesome sweatshirt. Sunny and happy, just like our Spirit Junkie Sati. Oh, and I’m sore. Between Gabby’s 26 frog poses and Patricia’s powerful punches, my body hurts, I’m beyond exhausted, and I’m totally enlightened.photo 4