It's been over a week since we wrapped up our Rogue Yogi Re:Treat in Granada, Spain. If you haven't seen the pictures of our experience, you can see them in our private FB group here:
To be honest, I didn't know jack shit about Southern Spain. I knew that there was a cool architectural building called the Alhambra, there were beautiful mountains also known as the Sierra Nevadas, and that it was more rural and chill than Barcelona.
Wow, if I could have gone back into time to slap some sense into all of my senses. If I could have shown the pre-retreat me what everyone would have experienced for themselves during the week.
I almost don't want to expose Granada's secret so it doesn't go mainstream with tourism, but you guys are solid so I'm ok with sharing it with you :)
All pictures posted were taken by me, Julie Tran. Pictures cannot be reproduced without express written permission from me and Rogue Yogi
But, maybe there's no way to put this into words. Maybe it's all a matter of being in the heart of these Andalucian mountains, feeling the slower-paced lifestyle, soaking in the Spanish sun and tasting the absolute freshness that Granada cooking has to offer.
How can you capture the colors all around? The green olive trees blanketing entire regions of hills. The Arab-style doors and doorways. You just feel like you're in Morocco and Spain and India all at once.
This really wasn't just a yoga retreat. In fact, I really don't like calling my Rogue Yogi experiences "yoga retreats". It oversimplifies what this week is for my students. It's totally overdone, and I know there are more underground locales like Granada that are untouched by the mainstream traveling world.
Yoga really was just a PART of the equation. The main theme of this experience was "NOURISHMENT". Nourishing all of the senses. Giving food and energy to the things that move us forward, and getting knowledge dropped on us EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
HERE'S SOME OF THE PRICELESS TOOLS LEARNED FROM GRANADA:
- Daily "Morning Pages" or "Mind Dumping", where you really get to give that ridiculous Ego somewhere to go.
- Meditating for 15 minutes goes by real fast
- Doing a few Sun Salutations warms up the body effectively
- Practicing a little Yin Yoga session can really show how tense your feet and ankles are (when you don't even realize it!)
- The quality of produce, proteins and life in Southern Spain is really not being practiced in the US (at least from what we've seen in SF and LA):
- Eggs are able to be sold on the counter and the cheapest kinds have yolks with deep orange hues
- Ham in America would make me feel nauseated within minutes after consumption. "Jamon" in Granada was pure with no nausea all week.
- Olive oil is used abundantly on toasted bread, freshly sliced tomatoes, and is like GOLD
- Tomatoes are smaller, but so deep red and so flavorful.
- Size portions are much smaller than US portions. They're just enough to satisfy the belly and the taste-buds.
If you're a yoga teacher thinking about where to take your students, I highly recommend Granada, Spain. I had the best experience working with Antonio and Patricia at LuciaYoga. They're Andalucian locals who know the whole region like the back of their hand. Wonderful energy, wonderful help and wisdom. They've got 2 other main locations like Malaga and Cadiz (which I'm actually going to scope out in June as a potential location for next Spring 2018's Rogue Yogi Retreat! Join the private FB group to see a sneek peek and my experience! These guys get first dibs at this kind of info)
If you decide to work with them, tell them I sent you!
If you're a yoga student looking for more than just a typical yoga retreat. You're in the right place. Our next destination is this October 8-13, 2017 in Santorini, Greece! The focus of this trip is around "Life Changes". If you're in the midst of a change, or if you're feeling like some momentum is about to hit with your hustle, then this entire island is abundantly resourced to provide all the tools you need to thrive and grow. Check the info page for all the details