Back in early December I spent a spectacular day up on the Northern Beaches, on the quiet side of Avalon. One of my favourite yoga teachers, Kelli Prieur, runs a special kind of HEARTGLOW yoga from the deck of her house. I've been on her retreats before, and love her weekly classes, so the opportunity to spend a day with her beautiful heart, stretching out the week and talking life was one I jumped at. A one day retreat is so much easier to commit to, and the drive out of Sydney still makes it feel like 'getting away'. Her home is a kind of tree house, perched between climbs of bush, overlooking the Pittwater below. She had hand-picked fresh hydrangea and gardenia in little vases between our yoga mats - so amazingly fragrant - and the only thing we heard all morning were cicadas. After lunch we walked down to the beach below for a blissful dip to refresh us, before a couple of hours of yin practice.
Kelli talked about presence, and milking the most out of our practice - milking the most out of our days. It was such a perfect time and place to stop and reflect on that, to set intentions and soak in the beauty of the day.