Celebrating birthdays or any other special occasions has been quite tricky during the global pandemic, especially as indoor spaces are closed or very limited. Many people missed out on celebrating their special day but always looking for new ways of doing things and trying to adapt to modern times, we came up with a really lovely solution!

We live in such a wonderful location on the south coast of England that it would be such a shame not to share it!  It is increasingly popular to treat yourself, your loved ones and friends to very unique and bespoke mini yoga retreat experiences by the sea. And to be honest, we all need a lovely yoga treat more than ever now!

We are lucky to live in a stunning location near the Cuckmere River, surrounded by rolling green hills of South Downs, overlooking the sea and I offer stunning sunset yoga classes and half day retreats with paddle boarding just on my doorstep.

Last summer I and two of our yoga teachers Alli Stevenson and Lindsay Howarth (who run ‘I Love It Yoga Retreats’) teamed up for a fabulous outdoor Yoga Day Retreat which was a huge success and showed us how much people need to get away from their daily stress and worries. Yoga practice, meditation, nature walks, fresh air and sea water really work their magic.

The Yoga Day Retreat was aimed at people wanting to treat themselves after coming out of lockdown.  The perfect way to spend the day outside reconnecting with themselves and each other in nature with the stunning scenery of the South Downs and the iconic River Cuckmere.  The day offered people a chance to experience yoga outside, exploring three unique classes.   Yoga with essential oils overlooking the meandering river with Lindsay; a SUP (stand up paddle board) lesson with me paddling along the River Cuckmere and a Beach Yoga class with Alli taking in the amazing scenery and feeling the sand and pebbles under the feet.  

One group booked the Yoga Retreat as a surprise day out for their friend’s 30th Birthday celebration. We provided everyone with a healthy picnic lunch box from The Art House Café and a surprise Birthday cake for the Birthday girl. What a perfect way to celebrate! Everyone had such an amazing time, on the downs, beach and water. Unforgettable experiences in a stunning outdoor location, doing what we all love – yoga of course!

Both ‘I love it Yoga Retreats’ and I offer yoga retreats in carefully selected locations in and around East Sussex.  Including beautiful beach locations and the stunning South Downs which make the perfect yoga retreat destination.  Our mini retreats are ideal for treating your best friend, family member or even yourself!

Celebrating birthday with yoga is the way to go! A perfect getaway for a group of friends or just coming as you are.. one thing is certain, nobody leaves disappointed!  Refreshed, energised and relaxed at the same time and very happy! The gift of yoga keeps on giving. So next time anyone is looking for a special way to say ‘happy birthday’ come down to the South Coast and we will look after you!

Eva Kristlova (@evakristlova)

So who are Alli and Lindsay?  

Alli from ‘Breathe Well Be Well Yoga’ and Lindsay from ‘Yoga For The Heart And Soul’ together make ‘I Love It Yoga Retreats’.

Here is how it all happened:

‘We met during our Yoga Teacher Training Course at the amazing Yoga Life Studio in Eastbourne with Wenche Beard and Eva Kristlova. We supported each other, grew and healed on our journey together to become Yoga Teachers. We flew to Egypt with the Studio and the rest of the trainee teachers to take our final exam together in the Egyptian desert. It was magical. We spent the whole week saying “I Love It”!  When we retuned back home we met up for a coffee and cake to discuss how incredible our retreat and year had been.  We decided there and then that we were going to work together to create beautiful Mini Outdoor Yoga Retreats and experiences so that others could also say “I Love it”! 

Alli Stevenson & Lindsay Howarth (@i_love_it_yoga_retreats)

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