I WENT TO A WELLNESS RETREAT AND ALL I GOT WAS A FEELING OF TOTAL SERENITY AND JOY

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BY JENNA IGNERI for NYLON

Alexandra Roxo, transformational mentor and healer and co-founder of The Moon Club, taught us about our heart space, and how to see it and care for ourselves through it. Healer and intuitive teacher Betsy LaFae took us on a meditational journey to find our spirit guides as well as offered a powerful breathwork session. Transformational coach and meditation teacher Sah D’Simone schooled us on the science behind our emotions—specifically happiness—and taught us healing meditations that show ourselves, and those around us, some much-needed love.

All of it, was, to be blunt, fucking awesome. I went numb and felt a sense of weightlessness during a breathwork session like I’ve never felt before, awaking to all of my energy blockage—that I could physically feel—cleared. In a deep, guided meditation, I was handed two symbolic items from my spirit guides—signs I’ll be working to decipher in the physical realm as the year continues on. During my personal tarot reading, I pulled the nine of wands, justifying my need for this week of rest (and making me feel a lot less guilty about ignoring my inbox) and indicating the presence of big things coming my way.

The point of each workshop was to help us reconnect with ourselves, and to not just live in our minds, but our hearts. As D’Simone explains, “There is scientific evidence that confirms that a daily practice of purifying our minds and energizing our body—through meditation, breathwork, movement, and eating a wholesome diet—can help us to connect with our inner-wise teacher. When we drop into these moments of feeling connected, where the internal dialogue falls silent, we’ll find that compassion, courage, and curiosity arise.” The bonus was that it was all a lot of fun.

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