Durga Yoga’s Paula Mitten blogs about The Elbowroom Escape, Co Wicklow, where Durga Yoga will host a yoga retreat in August .
Looking out through the glass door of my luxurious twin room, nature surrounds me. Nestled away in The Glen Of Imaal, Wicklow, you would be forgiven for thinking Dublin’s hustle bustle was a million miles away from this tranquil yoga retreat.
I’ve just arrived at The Elbowroom Escape, a unique retreat centre in the heart of Wicklow. Although it’s less than an hour’s drive from home, I instantly feel like I’ve left the business of work and motherhood behind and have dropped a gear or two.
On arrival, the retreat centre has a rustic look and fits in perfectly with its surroundings. In contrast, the bedroom interior has a modern finish with rich colours on the walls and a luxurious en-suite bathroom. I instantly know I will enjoy my stay.
The yoga studio has that same rustic feel as the exterior, with white stone walls and a log burning stove. There are oversized beanbags piled high at the end of the room and a store full of props to choose from.
I’m here for a restorative yoga retreat, very different from my usual dynamic style of yoga practice, but in this moment, I couldn’t be happier. I get to know the other students and we quickly start into a slow, calming practice of deep holds, lots of props and soft music. This is exactly what I need at the end of a rather busy week.
I take the opportunity, during scheduled down time, to make use of the yoga room for my own yoga practice and what a treat it is! With the warmth from the fire, the sounds of nature in the background and the stillness from the yoga space, this must be one of the most enjoyable places to spend time on my mat.
My overnight stay ends far too soon and I make a promise to get back to this perfect little hideaway in the not too distant future. An hour later I’m back in the thick of my everyday life again with an eager bunch of students waiting to get their sweat on.
Durga Yoga and Antenatal will hosting a weekend yoga retreat at The Elbowroom Escape from 18th to 20th August 2017. To book or find out more click here: durga.ie/workshops-retreats/