My yoga retreat in Tunisia with Voyages Menara

My yoga retreat in Tunisia with Voyages Menara

By December 11, 2017 Article No Comments
My yoga retreat in Tunisia with Voyages Menara

Last September, I attended the Immersive Yoga event organized by YogaTribes in Montreal. I could never have imagined that my presence that day would lead me all the way to Tunisia! I was lucky enough to win the grand prize in the onsite contest, organized with event partners Tunisair, Voyages Menara and Flight Tours. One short month later, I packed my yoga mat into my suitcase and flew off for a ten-day retreat. If I had to sum up my experience in only a few words, they would be discovery, mindfulness, love, peace, and openness!

Being disciplined and present in the moment

Accompanied by Jocelyne Aubry, founder of Espace Terra Yoga, I learned a great deal during this retreat – beginning with discipline. The schedule included one or two yoga classes per day, meditations at sunrise and sunset, as well as numerous cultural activities. With the sound of the waves punctuating the early-morning stillness of the beach, we met to meditate while contemplating the majestic sunrise over the Mediterranean. Rising early to meditate enabled me to enjoy every second of this trip by ensuring I remained fully present in every moment. I rapidly developed a routine in which yoga and meditation sessions naturally marked my days.

Feeling and listening

I deepened my yoga practice by going back to the basics and learning to use accessories, which added to the growing repertoire of postures I will practice at home. Jocelyne’s personal support also allowed me to correct postures I had not been executing properly for almost two years!
The classes focused on sensations, which taught us to listen to our bodies. With her 30 years of experience, Jocelyne adapted her approach to our group and its changing needs, for example, on one afternoon when our legs were tired from an outing through the Sousse medina.

Finding inner peace

Throughout the meditation sessions, I learned to accept the thoughts that came to me and to focus on my breathing, while visualizing each of my chakras, or repeating a mantra or chant. Each session also included the reading of proverbs, the teaching of fundamental yoga principles, or the sharing of wise reflections.
During this retreat, I learned how to centre myself, find inner peace after a busy day, and discover new ways to ignore distractions like ambient noise, which improved my concentration and ability to adapt. When spending a lot of time as a group during an organized trip, the ability to let go presents a great personal challenge. This experience helped me understand the tremendous freedom that comes with emptying our minds and letting ourselves be directed… the result was that I completely checked out mentally!

Love, sharing, and openness

This retreat was an opportunity to share magical moments with inspiring companions, have a lot of fun, enjoy some belly laughs, and even shed a few tears. In just days we had become one big happy family, coming together at mealtimes to share a glass of wine and some delicious food, with a heart bursting with gratitude.
Combining yoga classes and meditations with cultural activities, archeological site visits, free time on the beach, and thalassotherapy, this trip was an enriching experience, both culturally and spiritually. No effort was spared to make this retreat truly rejuvenating. Given its success, Voyages Menara is organizing several Tunisian retreats scheduled for next spring. You should consider visiting this magnificent, welcoming country bursting with sunshine, culture, and adventure.

Congratulations to Voyages Menara and its partners, Flights Tours and Tunisair, for this program in which yoga, relaxation, and cultural discovery intermingle so wonderfully. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this incredible gift, for which I will be forever grateful.

namasteNamaste!

img7
img8
img3
img1
img2
img6
img9
img5
img4
Loading image... Loading image... Loading image... Loading image... Loading image... Loading image... Loading image... Loading image... Loading image...

Valesca da Costa Gehrs

Sandra Nadeau Paradis

Winner of a retreat in Tunisia, and occasional collaborator.

Curious by nature, I love learning and discovering all the wonders that life has to offer. I began practising yoga two years ago, and was delighted to win the YogaTribes event grand prize of a Tunisian retreat, courtesy of Voyages Menara . Thank you to everyone who made this crazy, incredible adventure possible. Namaste!

Article

Yoga’s Sporty Side

Article

A new yoga series this fall in downtown Montreal @WorkBase

Article

An immersive meditation for Peace Days.

Article

Yoga of sound and vibrations

Article

Celebrate the end of the summer and the OSM season in yoga!

Article

Yoga and aromatherapy

Festival de yoga Park Rising
Article

Two yoga / wellness weekend ideas for this summer

Méditation immersive
Article

Enjoy summer evenings… in the Pepin Shop alleyway

Article

Free yoga this summer, anyone?

Article

Water Detox

Article

How can relaxation foster children’s emotional well-being?

Article

Next stop: A yoga retreat

Article

Immersive Yoga at Espace OSM

Article

Yoga and Champagne

Article

The Yoga Happening this Fall in MTL!

Article

Immersive Yoga with OSM la Grande Virée

Article

Free yoga, picnic on the grass, what more could you ask for?

Article

Unveiling Infinity

Article

Tout le monde yoga: Free Yoga for Everyone, Everywhere

Article

Miso: extraordinary superfood

Article

La Fibre et Moi : A Line of Divine Luxury Accessories made with Heart and Soul

Article

Yoga for kids: the right yoga for every age

Article

Honour your red!

Article

Discover a healthy champagne!

Article

Elena Brower for a Yogatribes® Sound Off master class at Expo Yoga™

Article

Perfectionism: thinking and talking to our children about it this Christmas

Article

Pro-Actif Santé: A studio by members, for members

Article

Fall has arrived in Québec!

Article

My yoga retreat in Tunisia with Voyages Menara

Article

Commute, work, yoga, more work, sleep

Article

The Art of Living Foundation: the international NPO

Article

Mouvement humain: A view over the Plaza

Article

The idolem family welcomes a new addition and spruces up its look

Article

Espace Well Done: wellness at work

Article

Yogaventures: because you can practice yoga anywhere!

Article

An Awakened Company: Oneka Elements.

Article

Yoga at the summit: watching the city come to life

Article

Employee wellness at alexis nihon complex: a yoga-centred lunch break

Article

Yoga and mindfulness at school

Article

Melody Benhamou: A conversation with an inspiring woman

Article

YogaTribes SoundOff in 6 words: Pleasure, Empathy, Intensity, Serenity, Love, and Revelry

Article

Mindful eating: three pitfalls you should avoid

Article

The Yoga Shak: Pushing One’s Yoga Further

Article

Why Staying Hydrated Will Make You Feel Better

Article

Viveka: The Water Wire Yoga

Article

The Relax Your Mind Project: Yoga That’s Finally Accessible

Article

The Freakshake

Article

Rhythm Ride & Flow: My New Saturday Morning Coffee

Article

A natural partnership between Georges Laraque & YogaTribes

Article

Kundalini at Happy Tree: The Different Yoga

Article

SoundOff: A day of Immersive Yoga awaits you at Peel Basin on
September 9th, 2017

Article

Power Yoga in a Spa

Article

How She Left The Corporate Life To Open Her Own Yoga Studio

Article

A Visit to the Égrégore: Back to Basics

Article

August 5 and 6 is the weekend champêtre oneka in the Cantons-de-l’Est

Article

The vegetarian BBQ: from appetizer to dessert

Article

Beach bum tribe: the tribe to adopt

Article

The famous lolë white tour is returning to montreal this summer

Article

Eat with your 5 senses

Article

Why stay inside the studio it is so beautiful outside!

Article

Happy International Yoga Day!

Article

The power of eating mindfully

Article

The ins and outs of taking a yoga class

Article

Learning to grow through yoga

Article

Wanderlust: a pillar of montreal’s yoga scene

Article

ELMNT: Where spinning and Yoga intersect

Article

How Yoga Changed My Life

Article

We are at C2MTL 2017!

Article

The YogaClub: a new, cozy home away from home!

Sup Yoga
Article

PopSpirit : hitting the beach all year round

Article

Showing Off

Article

Silent Yoga at Peel Basin

Article

Great Start for Montreal’s Yoga Fest!

Article

A word from the founder

Article

Alone, together

Article

The Power of Many

Discover studios near you.
Find a studio