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Feedback after your Yoga Retreat

Feedback after your Yoga Retreat

How To Plan a Yoga Retreat People Will Love Part 10

Feedback after your Yoga Retreat

Your retreat was amazing! So what happens now?

After your retreat has ended, there are a few more things left to do.

Get feedback from your students

Getting feedback from your students is extremely valuable because it will help you improve for next time. It’s also an excellent opportunity to grab some testimonials you can use for planning and marketing your next retreat.

Asking for feedback can be either formal or informal. You can have some personal conversations about the experience, and you can also send out an anonymous short survey. Survey Monkey is a free way to collect their feedback so that your next retreat is even better. See negative feedback as constructive feedback, which will help you grow, both as a teacher and as a person.

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Retreat Ideas to Consider

Retreat Ideas to Consider

How To Plan a Yoga Retreat People Will Love Part 9

Retreat Ideas to Consider

When the time for your retreat finally arrives, it's essential to keep a few things in mind that will help you keep you sane and probably elevate the whole experience for your students and yourself.

Don’t over-plan everything

All the serious planning is now behind you, and it is time to enjoy the time with your students. Stick to your schedule with your Yoga classes, meals, and main components of the retreat but beyond that, remember to stay flexible and be spontaneous.

Some adjustments to your original schedule will be inevitable, and that’s OK. Allow room for changes to your classes according to the atmosphere in the group, and any physical or other limitations. It’s nice to offer additional activities, but keep them optional. Excellent choices you could offer with your retreat are Surfing, Aerials, or even Flying Trapeze, which are all available at the Yoga Loft. Remember that relaxation and fun are just as important.

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Dominican Artists: what you need to know

Dominican Artists: what you need to know

Dominican Artists: what you need to know

Did you know that Santo Domingo is the hub of Dominican art? Our unique art has attracted the attention of art lovers from far and wide. On your next vacation, be sure to tour this city and visit art galleries, so that you don’t miss out on the chance to buy authentic, original art. But first, get to know some Dominican artists who have been instrumental in shaping our culture.

Dominican Artists, past and present

Clara Ledesma

In 1948, Clara Ledesma was one of the first women artists to graduate from the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo in 1948. Three years after that, she opened a gallery that showcased her artwork and those of fellow artists. Her solo exhibition in 1952 was such a hit that she used the proceeds to travel to Europe to learn more so that she could expand her skills.

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Merengue and Bachata: Traditional Dominican music and dance

Merengue and Bachata: Traditional Dominican music and dance

Merengue and Bachata: Traditional Dominican music and dance

Music and dance is like the lifeblood of Dominican culture. Before your first day in the DR is over, you’ll realize that Dominicans are passionate about their music and dancing. Just take a moto, and you’ll see. Or, head on over to a beach in Cabarete. Your blood will pump along with the rhythm of the local music booming from the speakers at a club there. If you’re a first-time visitor to the DR, and really want to get to the heart of our culture, one way is to get to know more about our music and dancing. The first thing you need to know is that there are two main styles: merengue and bachata.

The History of Merengue and Bachata

Merengue

Merengue has its roots in the DR. The dance form spread to the rest of the Caribbean, as well as in Hispanic communities outside of the region. In fact, there’s a sister style in Haiti, called ‘Meringue’ or ‘Mereng’.

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Why the Dominican Republic is a Coffee Drinker’s Dream

Why the Dominican Republic is a Coffee Drinker’s Dream

Why the Dominican Republic is a Coffee Drinker’s Dream

If you're a coffee drinker, you’re in luck as a visitor to the Dominican Republic. The coffee here is some of the highest quality in the Caribbean, and locals of every social status begin the day with a cup. In areas where coffee is grown, they may even roast, grind, brew, and drink it all in one sitting. So you’ll be right at home here.

About 90% of all coffee grown locally is arabica, a type of coffee plant that grows well in tropical regions. In the Dominican Republic, the resulting coffee beans produce a less bitter and even slightly sweet and citrusy flavour. The majority of the coffee is organically grown—no harmful chemicals—and coffee trees are grown between shade trees and other crops, including cacao, maintaining rich soils and creating a great environment for animal life.

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The Perfect Yoga Retreat for Moms

The Perfect Yoga Retreat for Moms

The Perfect Yoga Retreat for Moms

Being a mom today

Life can be so demanding for mothers. Always in a hurry to achieve everything, never pausing to enjoy the precious moments of life. At work and home, your role is so diverse.

From the moment you became a mother, your children are your first priority, no matter how tired you are. At the same time, you need to be good at your job and a good partner to your spouse. And it seems like family errands never cease.

You are not alone

You know you are not alone. You see it all around you. Most of the women struggle to cope with everything that is asked of them. They're always busy. Wherever you turn, you see an article or a study about overworked mothers and the effect of stress in their lives. I'm sure you don't need me telling you how much damage stress does to your body and your mind. Patience is hard to find, and serenity is a rare commodity. This medical article, as well as this post by the National Institute of Mental Health, talks about the negative effect that stress and tiredness have on our lives, and the negative effect on all our relationships, including the ones with our children.

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Hurricane Season in the Dominican Republic

Hurricane Season in the Dominican Republic

What you need to know

Hurricane Season in the Dominican Republic

The Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, is around the corner. Hurricanes usually occur during September in the Caribbean, so in the months leading up to that time, we make the necessary preparations and stay informed by following reports and warnings from forecasters at The Weather Channel in the U.S., who keep a keen watch on storm developments way in advance.

The Life Cycle of a Hurricane

Warm ocean temperatures tend to create the conditions for hurricanes, which have a history of building up along the west coast of Africa. When that happens, a hurricane starts its life as a tropical depression before it develops into a storm. When it reaches the stage of a tropical storm, it is assigned a name from a list. When the wind force of a tropical storm surpasses 73 miles per hour, a hurricane is in effect.

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Traveling solo? Here are some Safety Tips for Women Travelers

Traveling solo? Here are some Safety Tips for Women Travelers

Traveling solo? Here are some Safety Tips for Women Travelers

Ladies, wondering where to travel for your next solo vacation? Read on to find out why The Yoga Loft is your holiday destination of choice. We also share some safety tips so that you can have the time of your life here without any worries.

The Yoga Loft has much to offer female solo travelers who are seeking a great Caribbean trip. Located on Kite Beach in Cabarete, it’s a great laid-back escape for those looking to unwind and leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind. Once you arrive, you’ll feel as if you entered another world. Captivating ocean views, balmy weather, lush forests, mountains begging to be climbed, and so much more are waiting to fulfill your adventurous spirit. For those of you who are yoginis, the Yoga Loft features a gorgeous, open-air deck that gives you a stunning view of Kite Beach. Can you see yourself enjoying cool Caribbean breezes and watching the waves splashing on the shore while you practise your asanas? After your yoga class, you can treat yourself to a beachfront massage at D’Moore Massage. Trust us, your body will thank you.

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Larimar and its Healing Properties

Larimar and its Healing Properties

Larimar and its Healing Properties

Larimar is a unique gemstone with a fantastic story behind it. It’s an uncommon type of pectolite, which is a silicate mineral that is found only in the Dominican Republic. It’s easily recognizable by its light-blue color, but other varieties are deep blue and blue-green, all reminiscent of the stunning views of the Caribbean sky and sea in the DR. It’s no wonder that it’s associated with the dolphin and the creature’s wisdom and playfulness.

Its History

In 1974, Miguel Mendez, a Dominican artisan, heard about some rare blue stones along the Southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Curious to learn more, he traveled to the area, accompanied by Norman Rilling, a Peace Corps volunteer geologist. After much exploration, they found the rare blue mineral on the coast of Barahona. Miguel combined his daughter’s name, Larissa, with the Spanish word for sea, ‘mar’, and named the mineral ‘Larimar’.

Many Dominicans use larimar as a lucky charm. Luck aside, let’s talk about other unique ways in which this gemstone can benefit you.

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