Have you ever been on a retreat? Yoga, wellness, self-confidence, spa or meditation retreat….basically, a day, a weekend or a week where you go somewhere and relax, work on self-improvement, clear your mind and re-center your life.
But why should anybody go to a retreat? Well, there are many reasons - they allow you to pull back, get inspired, become spacious, detox, and find mind-liked people. Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.” So, retreat, or a retreat, is a place where you pull back from the world. It is about getting away from the stresses, responsibilities and noises of daily life and letting the mind quiet down from its daily routine. When we are away from our daily environment, we do not get as distracted and we create a space to truly self-reflect.
I recently attended a retreat and I was blown away with the amount of joy, love, peace and encouragement I left with. I didn't know what to expect as I joined the retreat. I only set an intention to "connect" before I walked in. After the first minutes, I felt "connected" and so much nurturing love and care. It was beautiful. It changed my whole being. It gave me tools to take care of myself and to reflect on my journey, and new authentic friendships. I am so grateful for the experience.
I was so touched by the love and encouragement I felt that I wanted to create an opportunity for others experience something as empowering too. Therefore, I am happy to announce I will host New Year Reset - Women's Wellness Retreat that will be held in Austin, TX over the weekend Jan 17-20th. This fun, self-care weekend focuses on becoming more self-aware by using different tools.
We will incorporate various tools to help you become more in tune with yourself:
What you need to know:
New Year Reset - Women's Wellness Retreat includes all the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner from Friday dinner to Monday brunch). Delicious whole food meals are available, cooking demos and healthy recipes and tips will be shared. Allergies and sensitivities are taken into consideration, The event will be in a beautiful, intimate house with gorgeous back yard 20min south from downtown Austin. 2 people will share the same bedroom and bed (optional to stay elsewhere than on site). Participants will bring their own yoga mats. Activities mainly take place inside. No previous yoga, Pilates, fitness experience is necessary to participate.
More information on event details here.
Investing in yourself is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. Once you become more self-aware you instinctively begin to see aspects of your personality and behavior that you didn't notice before. It will give you so much clarity who you are and where you are headed. We are all in this journey together and trying to figure it out.
Flexibility training is exercising at a lower intensity to improve the range of motion of a joint to move more freely. As you exercise and move through the daily activities of life, your joints and muscles shorten. This creates stiffness, aches and pains in different body parts over time. Stretching is a form of exercise that can lead to increased flexibility as it elongates the muscle fibers and connective tissues. Therefore, you can prevent stiffness, pain and aches in the muscles and joints, and stay active everyday.
Flexibility training is an essential, yet often overlooked health-related piece of the fitness cake. Let’s face the facts, how many of us really stretch regularly and put an effort on it? Fitness world puts a lot of emphasis on high-impact training, such as HIIT, running or sports performance, but flexibility training is a more efficient tool to create a fitness foundation. More importantly, when people (re)start exercising, flexibility training is the safest and friendliest way to start moving the body.
Lifting weights promotes lean muscle mass and aerobic exercise, such as running, promotes the function of the heart and lungs, but what can flexibility training do for you?
I was one of those who easily overlooked flexibility training. I would workout but not take the time to stretch before and afterwards. I played competitive volleyball but did not ever stretch regularly. I had injuries (tibia fracture, torn meniscus, pulled hamstring, etc.) and restarted exercising from scratch by jumping into high-impact workouts without considering doing more flexibility training to build range of motion and ability to move more functionally. I started running more and I completed 2 full marathons on top of 3 half marathons. I could feel my body starting to ache and taking longer to recover. Ignoring flexibility training did not help the recovery. I had a wake up call after my second marathon in 2017 as my body literally shut down. I would get so fatigued after any high-impact exercise - running, HIIT, weight training - that I could barely get out of bed or walk the stairs up. And I am thinking in my head: “I am a Fitness and Health Professional, what am I doing wrong? I should know what I am doing!”. However, this curse turned into a gift as this is how I immersed into yoga and flexibility training. My body could only handle lower impact training and yoga forced me to understand the importance of taking care of mysel and how to relieve stress. I saw the transformation through yoga and core training - my aches and pains are gone (left hamstring tightness is finally gone after 10 years, lower back is pain-free), new core strength changed my posture and my performance in other fitness formats (HIIT, strength training, running, dancing, cycling, Pilates) are on a new level.
Flexibility is important but how do we make time for it in our busy lives? There are responsibilities and noise around us that easily take our attention away such as work, family, hobbies. In order to take care of anybody else, you need to take care of yourself. Therefore, prioritizing flexibility training into the daily routine is helpful in other areas of life. Sometimes, I only have time to train 15min but it still energizes. I believe in less training in multiple days rather than plenty of training on few days. You want to have the time, even if it is just 5min, to connect with the body and your breath to realign yourself in today's busy world.
I have trained number of clients and a trend that keeps on repeating itself in terms of feedback is that how much of a positive impact flexibility, core and functional training has been to level up clients' fitness and overall health. This led me to want to help more people around the world and create a convenient online exercise program that can be done anywhere as it requires no equipment and gets people moving efficiently.
This 12-week Energy BoostCamp Online Program helps people to boost their energy throughout the day, live with ease and being fit without extreme exercise. Learn more about this yoga-infused flexibility, core and balance program here:
Welcome to the launch of my first blog post! My name is Veera and I am so excited to share with you MORE of what VekeFitness has to offer! The amount of ideas, how-to’s and inspiration whirling around in my head is ready to jump out. I wanted to start by telling you why I created this blog and what you will be seeing more of in my posts.
Up until a few months ago did I truly know what a “blog” was. I never clicked on blog links, I never understood why people wrote blogs, I just thought it was a waste of time to even look into it. How wrong I was. After researching, I become consumed with inspiration to start a blog for VekeFitness. I have finally realized all of the benefits that blogging can bring.
Health, exercise, nutrition and personal growth will be the main topics of my blog, but get ready because you will be seeing much more of the face behind VekeFitness (me). I will post about things that I believe can help and benefit you on your journey for optimal health and well-being. Writing has never been a strong suite of mine and I am no expert on any of this. I figure it will be a lot of trial and error so please bear with me. Please feel free to always share your advice and communicate with me along the way. Like I say to my clients and on my exercise classes, the more you communicate and and engage the more I can help you. I hope to inspire you because truthfully, you all inspire me and I am so looking forward to bringing you more tips in your journeys for better health & well-being.
Please, feel free to comment below what topics would you be interested in under the umbrella of health, exercise, nutrition, personal growth, etc. I want this forum to be an open place for learning and connecting.