It is easy to get caught up in the momentum of our schedules and obligations to family and work. The pace is familiar and the thought of taking time to pause and retreat seems wonderful in our dreams, but something that is hard to prioritize. I often say that staying on the treadmill of life is easier than getting off.
Just like many of you, I have felt that taking time to pause and retreat was self-indulgent and something I would get to later in life. At some point I realized that the only person who could make a choice to prioritize time to take a deep breath and step out of the day-to-day obligations was me. Nobody would give me permission to do that or give me the time. I had to give it to myself.
Retreats are a sacred time. They shed light on what I call the undercurrent of life—what lies beneath the surface and is ultimately guiding our choices, attitudes and relationships. Retreats are time we can give ourselves to remember what is most important and what we have forgotten in the midst of all the roles we fill and expectations of who we think we should be.
There is much that happens on a retreat when we take a personal pause—connection to others, nourishing food, quiet, nature, laughter, time and, of course, deeply nourishing yoga and meditation practices.
My philosophy has always been to share and teach what I practice in my own life, the things that connect me to joy and peace. That is why offering retreats at the Beverly Yoga Center is a priority for me.
Sisters, mothers and daughters, couples, friends and those who travel alone all come for a variety of reasons. Everyone is welcome.
I hope to see you soon.
Warmly, Carly Carney
Owner of Beverly Yoga Center