The sun certainly shone down on us this weekend for our yoga retreat with Bodywork Pilates. Our home for two nights was the Loreto convent in Llandudno, a rambling building dating back to the 1920s, ideal for a group getaway.
We had a good selection of classes to choose from, including some Pilates sessions too.
My personal favourite is yin yang yoga which focuses on holding postures for a few minutes at a time (yin) and then moves to a more dynamic practice (yang).
In between classes there was time to get out into the fresh air and explore the town. If you have never been to Llandudno, it has a real Edwardian feel to it and is a beautifully kept Welsh seaside town. With all the Black Friday madness that was going on in the world, it was great to switch off with the papers and a cuppa before heading back to our cosy retreat.
The reason I do yoga is that it gives you a good mind/body workout and having a weekend to relax and get into the flow was perfect. It was a great opportunity to meet and chat with some amazing women, to listen to their stories, and to bond over a shared interest.
Helen, who owns Bodywork Pilates, is also an ambassador for Tropic skincare and I took the opportunity to try out some of their organic and wonderfully scented skincare products which I had taken with me for the weekend. I used the skin revive moisturiser during the day and the organic elixir facial oil at night. I always use an oil at bedtime but this is particularly important when I’ve been out bracing the elements! Both moisturiser and oil are soothing and gentle on the skin.
The smoothing cleanser is very like another of my favourites, Liz Earle, and provides a welcome blast of eucalyptus to your morning routine. The toner is again, very gentle and lightly scented.
My favourite product was the face smooth brightening polish which gently exfoliates without leaving you looking pink!
Overall, it has been a very relaxing weekend and I’m ready to face Christmas now!