Thursday, May 17, 2012

downward dog days

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ~ Unknown
Hey peeps! How y'all been? I know it's been a week since my last post but I've been joie de vivre'ing again (it's kinda my favourite thing to do). I find it très difficile to sit at the computer when it's lovely out and there are so many fun things to do. And last weekend was SO fun: I visited this amazing place with a friend I haven't seen in years (we re-connected through Facebook) and then later the boyfriend and I attended a friend's surprise birthday par-tay (how much fun are those!). On Sunday, we hosted Mama's Day brunch at our house and later that same day, we had a bbq for friends who are new parents (they left the babe at home so it was parents night out). I just love weekends that include family, friends and good food!

Now, moving along to the yoga portion of this post...

As predicted, my mama and I had an amazing time at our yoga retreat weekend. It was two days filled with heaps of love, laughter, yoga (over 8 hours!) and good food. I'm lookin' at you turkey sliders and watermelon feta salad. My ladyfriend, Jenn sure knows how to put on a wonderful retreat including a goody bag filled with a CD of our retreat music, a Saturday movie night (Yoga Woman) and an organic wine and cheese welcome mixer.  The lady is detail-oriented. In a really fantastic way.

Jenn is also a fantastic teacher (her instruction has a lovely lyrical quality to it 'cause she's a writer). Her poetic eloquence takes you on a meditative journey.

Here she is is making this bad boy pose look easy (trust me, it's not).
amazing Jenn 2

Check me out holding the crow pose long enough for a picture to be taken. I think I surprised myself.

Yoga 7


A deer stopped to take in our evening yin yoga class. Such a magical moment. She made another appearance the next day during our reiki session. The super moon shot was taken by a fellow yogi who stayed up later than the rest of us sleepyheads.

Yoga 6


Bonding with my mama was priceless. And splendid.

Rado and me

The food was spectacular! Pictured: vegan cream cheese cupcakes, pear and brie flatbread laced with basil, honeyed orange salad and fennel, spinach and mascarpone tart. Nom nom nom!

Yoga Retreat 1

Here's our entire group. Happy, relaxed and blissed out on yoga love.

outside group shot edit

Jenn's retreat gave us time to catch our breath, recharge, restore and remember. Suffice to say, I left with confidence in my ability, a stronger body, new friends and some lovely memories.

I'm already looking forward to the next one in November. Maybe I'll see you there.

Happy Thursday, friends! The long weekend is almost here. Hooray!

Dajana (:


  1. Wow, that looks and sounds like a wonderful retreat. I love the quote you used at the beginning of the post and I definitely agree that yoga can help you find that "calm". I typically do a couple of yoga classes per week. As great as they are, I can only imagine how wonderful a whole weekend filled with yoga is:) The food looks delicious and way to go on holding crow pose!

    1. Thank you, my fellow yogi! (: Jenn found that quote and used it during our retreat. I love it, too. She also used this one: "How you live your day is how you live your life."

      p.s. What kind of yoga do you practice?

  2. that looks aaaawesome :) glad you ladies had a good time!

  3. I'm relaxed just reading this (and drooling slightly too). Sounds so lovely :)

  4. Your yoga retreat looks amazing, restful, and yummy!

    1. It sure was, ladyfriend. (: It was SO nice to unplug and unwind for a few days.

  5. Lovely pictures that prove you had great time! I hope I'll make it next time. Rada and you look awesome together!

    1. Thanks, friend! It'd be *great* if you could join us at the next retreat. (:


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