Wellness Retreat Brings Good Yoga, Great Food & Goals For The Soul

Opening up your heart is a practice that can be only be done internally, but it can be done in more than one way. You can mentally open your heart through thoughts and emotions, and you can open your heart physically by practicing yoga.

Open your heart and find your passion.


Watermark Beach Resort and Breathe Studio are bringing you a wellness retreat designed to open your heart up to possibility and passion through the practice of yoga, as well as a soulful goal setting workshop. The Open Your Heart, Find Your Passion Wellness Retreat is just $449 +taxes and will take place February 19th-21st, 2016. This wellness package includes:

  • Two nights stay in a beautiful 2-bedroom suite
  • Two fresh, Farm to Table, wholesome dinners with a glass of wine
  • Two fresh breakfasts delivered to your room
  • Two heart-opening yoga classes
  • A snowshoeing excursion (optional, weather permitting)
  • HeART of Goal Setting Workshop based on the book “The Desire Map

The HeART of Goal Setting is an introductory workshop inspired by a refreshingly new approach to goal planning, called Desire Mapping. Unlike the old and familiar methods – which focus solely on external achievements and results – this approach aims inward to discover one’s core desired feelings and deepest yearnings. The workshop will be led by Jody Schwindt, a Licensed Desire Map Facilitator.

To prepare you for this wellness retreat here are three easy, heart opening yoga poses to try.


Upward Facing Dog

Laying belly down on your mat, stretch your legs out behind you with the tops of your feet on the floor. Place your palms on the floor on either side of your body, forearms perpendicular to the floor, and press into your palms, lifting your torso up and pointing your face towards the ceiling. Keep your body firm and enjoy the benefits of opening up your chest.


Camel Pose

On your knees, legs hip-width apart, place your hands on your hips with your thumbs on the bony plate at the base of your spine. Keeping your hips over your knees, squeeze your thighs toward each other. As you inhale, engage your lower belly, reach your tailbone toward your knees. On the next inhalation, lift your sternum and pull your elbows toward each other and let your rib cage expand. Chest raised and core engaged, drop your hands towards your heels and then lift your shoulders and point your face toward the ceiling.


Bridge Pose

Laying on your back, place your feet on the floor and bend your knees and keep your heels as close to your bottom as possible. With your arms lying on either side of you, exhale and press your feet and arms into the floor. Push your tailbone upwards and lift your bottom off of the floor, keeping your thighs and feet parallel. You can then clasp your hands underneath your bottom and extend them to stay on the tops of your shoulders. Continue lifting your tailbone and thighs to be parallel to the floor, knees over feet, and lengthen each body part. Lifting your chin, broaden and lift your shoulder blades, but be mindful of your neck.

For more information about the Open Your Heart, Find Your Passion Wellness Retreat, contact Kelsi at wellness@watermarkbeachresort.com.