Last October, I took a plane to Milan to visit my friend Vero who’s been traveling with her boyfriend for over a year now (you can read her AMAZING adventures here). Even if we’d only been apart for a few months, we couldn’t wait to be reunited!
After a couple of days in Italy, Vero and I packed our bags and flew to Czech Republic where we visited fairytale-looking Prague and Cesky Krumlov. We walked around carrying our large backpacks and slept on not-so-comfy hostel beds. A little exhausted from this adventurous journey, we couldn’t wait for our yoga retreat in Pocátky!
So we hopped on the train and arrived at this lost-in-the-wild station. There a nice man picked us up and drove us to the Resort Svatá Katerina where we’d spend an enchanting weekend. We stepped outside of the car, gazing at the forests and valleys surrounding the resort and breathing in October’s crisp and fresh air. Peacefulness was all around…
Our Yoga Detox Weekend package included 5 yoga classes, cleansing vegan meals, a lecture on the benefits of yoga and detoxification and access to the spa and its relaxing baths.
The Yoga Classes
We arrived at our first yoga class, unrolled our mats and sat down, eyes closed. After hearing the first words of class, we looked at each other, eyes wide…the teacher was only speaking czech! We learned on the spot that all our yoga classes were going to be taught in this beautiful but puzzling language. In the end, it was a great surprise as it made the experience truly authentic … we laughed it out! The yoga classes were of a beginner-intermediate level, the retreat is for everyone just willing to unwind!
The rooms were modest but very comfortable, and most importantly, the beds were heaven to us after sleeping at hostels the previous days. Let me just say we slept like exhausted children our entire stay!
When we peeked at the menu and read that purees, wheatgrass juices, porridge, and detox teas were about the only things that would fill our stomachs for the next 3 days, we didn’t know how our bodies would react. However, our verdict was surprisingly positive! Every meal left us nourished but never full, which is an unusual feeling I promise your body will learn to love!
A few tips if you plan on doing a yoga detox weekend…
- Don’t bring much. It’s THE occasion to pack essentials only. Makeup will be a no-no, feel natural and free! As for clothing, bring 2 pairs of yoga pants, running shoes to walk around, flip-flops for the spa, 2 yoga shirts, a hoodie and a raincoat.
- Stick with the detox food, even if people around are eating delicious-looking chocolate fondants. You’ll feel light and recharged in the end.
- Have a massage…and even a head massage ;)
- Finally, breathe in as much fresh air as possible. Enjoy the present moment!
You can book you own yoga retreat on the BookYogaRetreat website, where we found ours. They have packages from all over the world and some of them, like the one at Resort Svatá Katerina are very affordable! You’ll step out of your comfort zone and be glad you took time to focus on your body and mind (which we often forget to do while traveling intensely). You will go back home, ready to face many new challenges.