Yoga at Home: Resource List

At the end of every retreat we get a lot of people asking how they can maintain their yoga practice back home when they don’t have us there to guide them through a sequence. They want to practice, but they don’t know where to start. We made a list of meditation resources for you a while back, and now we’re doing the same for yoga. Ideally, you could sit down with your favourite teacher and create an individualised lesson plan that fits you personally, but we don’t all have that option. And we can’t always make it to a class […]

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Balance Retreat: Is This The Magic I’m Looking For?

We get a little twinkle in our eyes when we talk about our Balance Retreat at Faasai Resort in Thailand, because it was the very first location for Whole & Happy Retreat and we hold it very close to our hearts. Today we want to take some time to walk you through some of the concerns and reservations people usually have about investing in a retreat, so you can decide whether its the right choice for you. We know its a big thing for you, to put your faith in us and travel to a foreign country and commit to […]

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Inspiration Series: Kathryn McIntosh, Re:treat Aberdeenshire

The final interview in our Inspiration Series is with the lovely Kathryn McIntosh of re:treat Aberdeenshire. Rosie met Kath and her husband John whilst they were both working for the Silver Naga Hotel in Vang Vieng, Laos. Rosie was dealing with some terrible tummy troubles in between teaching yoga classes, Kath healed her with her healing hands, and a beautiful friendship was born! Kathryn has recently gone full-time with her Complementary Therapy business, re:treat Aberdeenshire, and offers a multitude of wonderful therapies including Clinical Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology and Hot Stone Massage. She was also a guest on one of […]

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Mental Floss: How Do I Meditate?

What is meditation? You could google meditation and come up with thousands of different answers to this question. Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t an attempt to stop all thoughts. We like to think of it more as a filter, a practice of sifting the positive from the negative, the helpful from the unhelpful, the kind from the unkind. Meditation isn’t necessarily about STOPPING your thoughts. It’s more a practice of observing your mental chatter, noticing repetitive patterns, and by bringing awareness to them, you take away their power over you. It’s not all floating on clouds and being tickled […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Rosie Moreton

So Rosie, take us through your average morning routine… Well actually, I started writing this interview when I was in Asia, and now I’m in Austria, so my morning routine has transformed, but ultimately some things are the same anywhere. Here I am waking up at about 7am, making tea or hot water with apple cider vinegar to wake up my digestion, teaching yoga in the morning for one hour, meditating for 10-20 minutes, then I make myself breakfast. I love some kind of vegetable, eggs and some avocado or olive oil at the moment, but today I had turmeric […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Natasha Kochan

Up next in our Inspiration Series we are on the other side of the desk, answering our own questions ourselves, so that you guys can get to know us better, and also so that we can share some of our sources of inspiration with you. First up is our little Canadian ray of sunshine Natasha… So, Natasha! Take us through your average morning routine. For me, the best part of every new day is that it is welcomed without an alarm! I spend the first hours of my morning practicing yoga in silence (preferably in a beautiful space in nature, […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Ute, Fräulein Franz

Ute was a guest on a past Whole & Happy Retreat in Thailand, and has been inspiring us ever since with her words and actions. Ute writes an inspirational blog (see the link below) called “Fräulein Franz”, all about Travel, Soul and Food – the best things in life, in our opinion! Most recently she has launched a “24 Days of Gratitude” program in German for the days leading up to Christmas, including a gratitude journal and daily emails keeping you inspired. There’s only a few days left but if you speak German and feel the need for some love […]

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Unlikely Yogis: How We Define Balance

We’ve all heard it before. We say it all the time on our social media. But we can all throw the word around so easily, without getting to the nitty-gritty of what “balance” actually means to us. Especially in a yoga industry saturated with a tonne of beliefs around what a healthy, balanced life looks like. Let’s get real for a hot minute, shall we? For starters, a balanced life is not necessarily a beautiful thing, worthy of Instagram. We mean it when we say you do not want to see Rosie before she’s had 10 minutes of “quiet time” upon […]

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INSPIRATION SERIES: Will & Lisa, Suan Sati

We reached out to a handful of people who have given us so much inspiration during the creation of Whole & Happy Retreat, and have kept us accountable in living the life that we share with others. We wanted to pick the brains of some inspirational people who live life a little outside the box, and ask them how they live a Whole & Happy lifestyle. We’ll be releasing a new interview on the blog regularly, so stay tuned.  This week we interviewed our friends Will & Lisa from Suan Sati Yoga, Meditation and Permaculture Retreat Centre in Northern Thailand, a […]

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An Open Letter to the 25 Year Olds

  Things this year seem a little different, as if we are slowly but surely moving along a scale of continuity, where we’ve moved on from having absolutely no fucking idea what tickles us. We know now what we like to do, but we’re starting to wonder if we can make a living doing yoga on beaches, drinking coco bongos, talking to strangers and then writing about it all. We feel we have a lot to prove. The pressure of impressing people weighs heavily, because at this age, success seems to be how many people we know, how many countries […]

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