Good morning sunshines!
There’s a short break on our super busy day right now, so I thought this would be a good chance to tell you what these busy days at fitness retreats look like, how I like it, what we do and how it all feels. As you might know from my Instagram, I’m currently at the Soma Pnevma Retreat (side fact: that’s “Body and Soul” in Greek!) in Porto Heli. This is the so called Saint Tropez of Greece, located two hours from Athens in the middle of pretty beaches and Greek hills full of olive trees sprouting out of the Mediterranean sea.
We – that means the Soma Pnevma gang of 7 people – are staying at a villa (with a private pool), just a few hundred meters from the sea. Even though we don’t have that much time to spend by the sea, because as mentioned, our days are super busy. Btw, my sister Lili and my blogger friends Melina, Angie and Pascal are part of our gang – how cool is that?
We get up every morning at 7:15 (thank god I don’t need much time to get ready), if I have a spare minute, I grab myself a cup of coffee, and then at 7:30 morning yoga starts. I thought this would be awful for me, but I have to say, all those stretches (the yoga classes here focus on stretching and strength, not on meditation – thank god!) are quite a cool way to start the day. Especially as they’re held by the pool and all that we can hear are the birds, the wind in the palm trees and the pool water splashing.
The yoga takes about an hour, then at 8:30 it’s time for the first workout. All before breakfast, huh? Exactly. But weirdly enough, I don’t mind. I thought I would starve by then, but I don’t. Even though the workouts are freaking crazy. Fitness supermodel Camilla Akerberg (a fellow finn, living in Sydney) is our coach and she drills us through 40-50 min HIT workouts twice a day. There will be another post on the exact workouts, promise.
Then comes breakfast (you can make yourself bowls of oats, seeds, almond milk and fresh fruit) but you gotta hurry because at 10:00 our life coaching class starts. This is one of my favourite parts of the day because the classes on goal setting, self confidence etc are so inspiring!
Then we finally have a few hours off to walk by the sea or just chill by the beach. Lunch is always at 13:00 and consists of mainly plant-based Greek specialities, which I love! Some people here say it’s too greasy and don’t even touch it but I enjoy every bit of it. Mhhh… #neversaynotofood
At about 16:00 the programme continues with another HIT workout with Camilla. These are really tough, because the afternoon sun burns down on us and makes the sessions even sweatier. If I say they’re high intensity, I really mean it! But so far I’m really proud because I’m the only one that hasn’t missed a single session yet. 😉 On two days it was way too hot though, so we replaced the HIT workouts by stand-up paddling or biking on an island. Lottie likes!
Afternoon workouts are continued by evening yoga at 17:00. Love love love! Evening yoga is the best thing to stretch out after all the sports and to calm down after a hot day. Then we have a few minutes to shower, then comes dinner (more Greek food!) and after that comes some exciting evening program. So far we’ve done something different every night. Outdoor cinema, or sunset drinks at a 7 star resort, you name it! Yesterday we went to that amazing resort and it was exactly like out of a Greek myth. A temple on top of a hill looking down on more hills sprouting out of the sea. And all the olive trees… I felt like a Greek muse. Spot the pictures below!
So as you can see, we’re being held busy here but I absolutely love it. I can’t name which part of the day is my favourite because they all are. Check out the hashtag #somapnevmaretreats on Instagram to see more on what we’re up to!
Here’s the complete plan for an example day once more:
7:30-8:30 Wake Up Yoga
10:00-11:00 Life Coaching
17:00-18:00 Hatha Yoga
19:00 Sunset drinks