I attended the first ever Big Om Yoga Retreat in Summer 2016. I signed up for it within a week of when it was announced. I was so excited, but when the time came to actually leave my home, I started having second thoughts. I didn’t know anyone else going. I had never been to a yoga retreat before, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was fairly new to the yoga community. I had tons of excuses NOT to go, but I ended up going despite my many uncertainties because I was ready to move outside my comfort zone.
Once I was there, my uncertainties shrank away and I was immediately drawn into the energy of an event built on acceptance, sharing, kindness, and love. I was able to connect with others who shared the same needs, fears, and challenges that I did. And being in such a beautiful place, surrounded by nature, heightened each experience. I like how John Muir says, “In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks.” I discovered this daily.
I experienced things like practicing sunrise yoga, making music under a full moon, and simply walking the grounds. The tranquility in just seeing the wildlife and breathing the air was restorative. It was a great opportunity to unplug from my day-to-day reality. Over the three days, I stepped out of my zone of comfort and met new people, tried new things, and built connections with many yogis and friends who have continued to encourage my growth.