Ever since I discovered Yoga I have been searching for a Yoga Retreat to go on, somewhere I could go to just spend a day or two just focusing on yoga. Well, I was in luck as my very own Yoga teacher, Ingela Wellbrock invited me to attend her one day Workshop at the stunning Wyndcliffe Court, Chepstow. I was excited and ever so nervous.....
The setting was just beautiful, Wyndcliffe Court and the Gardens are Grade II listed and designed in the Arts and Crafts style just outside Chepstow in Monmouthshire. Designed by Eric Francis and built for Charles Clay in 1922 the house stands on high ground facing south, with magnificent views southward over the coastal plain and Bristol Channel.
The Oak Ballroom was to be our home for the day, an oak-panelled, wood-floored ballroom, with intricate rose sculpted ceiling it is a real statement room. Dating back to the early part of the twentieth century, the ballroom was a more than fitting venue with roaring open fire and cosy sofas to relax on.
The day itself began with a 30 minute meditation session where we were able to truly remove ourselves from the outside world. With no sounds to distract us this was easily done. Then we progressed on to a one hour vinyasa flow class with a range of variations on poses included to enable some to develop and push their practice a little further.
After a light lunch, snuggled down by the fire, we went in to a workshop where a range of poses were broken down in to their finer parts so that we were able to focus on alignment and our breathing.
The best part about the day for me was the final workshop where Ingela took us through a worksheet she had produced which enables us to develop our own practice at home. She explained that yoga is, like learning a musical instrument, a 'practice' and in order to develop and improve you need to do a little every day.
It was a beautiful, peaceful day. On a personal level, for me to have come as far as I have with my yoga is so exciting. When I began in October 2016 I couldn't sit cross legged, I could barely fold or touch the floor. I still struggle with sitting cross legged for long periods (I just use a block), but the progress I have made is uplifting.