Yoga on the Isle of Wight
First of all, Yoga & Isle of Wight are phrases that link well, as you shall find out. Secondly, the Isle of Wight is closer than you think.
Chances are you know where the Isle of Wight is if you’re a UK resident. But do you know how easy it is to get to?. The Island has excellent connections to mainland UK and crossing that short stretch of water places you in another world. Just what you need to for a yoga retreat.
The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is located in the English Channel, about 4 miles (6 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The Island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times and because it is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. And now for Yoga.
A Yogi’s Island?
It is not surprising that Yogi’s love the Island. Cut off from the mainland, and Island life has a distinctive quality about it. There is a slower pace to things. A little more relaxed and laid back, it has a relaxed vibe. Common Island life qualities the world over.
Yoga has at its core an internalising process to refine Stillness.
And as we know, Stillness or quietness are words often used to describe Island life.
More about that stillness!
You may have heard about The Yoga-Sūtra of Patanjali. It is one of the most enlightening texts on spiritual development and the backbone of Yoga as we know it. Nearly 2000 years old this collection of 196 sutra’s ( a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature ) reveal profound, insightful observations of the human condition. Relative today. We practice Yoga to still the mind. During this stilling process (nirodha), something changes to our attention. We can lock on to an object in our perception. And because of this internalisation of focus, our senses can cease to react to external stimuli. This process Patanjali calls pratyahara. Consciousness begins to grow calmer.
Our reality is our mind?
This is what Island life means to me personally. A calmer, more peaceful state of mind. It is also what our yoga guests get from visiting the Isle of Wight. It is a noticeable phenomenon that they appreciate in relationship to themselves, their perception.
Thats no distance!
Exactly how far is the Isle of Wight from, say London? 90 miles. From Guildford, 60 miles. And from Winchester, only 45 miles. That’s to our door at the Isle of Yoga. First of all, over 200 ferries are crossing a day during peak summer. Two major ferry companies connecting us operate from Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington.
We recently hosted Mimi, a yoga teacher from Guilford, with her students. The short journey time and the ease of travel amazed them. One minute they are settling down to a read or browse on the train. The next, they were being greeted with homemade cake and tea in our sun lounge.
Whats happening there?
At the Isle of Yoga, we host residential weekends for visiting yoga teachers like Mimi and her girls from Guildford. We also teach & host our weekend yoga events. And lastly, we have a Yoga B&B service at the Isle of Yoga. We love nature down here. Luckily we have the coast and the countryside right on our doorstepSo withinin 5 minutes, you can be strolling along the beach at low water or heading along a bridle or footpath for the downs and fields. This combination of Yoga and nature, of dynamic and Stillness, makes the Isle of Wight a Yogi’s heaven.