It's January, which means it's the beginning of not only a new year, but a new decade. Can you believe it? I typically make resolutions and wellness goals at the beginning of each year, but this year I've decided to make a wellness "bucket list" instead.
Last year I spent two months in Bali where I was able to experience a variety of wellness therapies including reiki, breathwork, ecstatic dance, sound healing, and kundalini yoga. I absolutely loved trying new things and seeing what resonated with me, so my bucket list is a continuation of these soul-nurturing experiences.
I've wanted to experience a yoga retreat since 2014 when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training, but I've never made it a priority and *poof* — six years have gone by. I'm happy to report that 2020 is the year that I'm finally making it happen! I'll be sharing all about the retreat I chose in upcoming posts. Spoiler: it's amazing and super affordable.
The first time I heard someone describe a Kambo ceremony, it immediately peaked my interest and I felt called to try it. Kambo is a secretion harvested from an Amazonian tree frog that's used to treat physical and emotional disorders. Kambo's medicine is said to be deeply healing for the body, mind, and spirit because it washes away negative physical and emotional energies, enabling us to live a more balanced and peaceful life.
The decision to participate in a Kambo ceremony should be taken seriously because there are potential risks involved. It's important to select the right practitioner and I plan on doing more research before I commit. If I decide to move forward, I'll definitely share my experience here on PTW.
I tried breathwork for the first time in 2019 and found it to be a very powerful experience, so I want to do it again in 2020. If you've never heard of breathwork, it's a conscious, connected breathing technique that can help to release physical tension and clear your mind of negative thoughts.
There are different types of breathing classes offered around the world (Wim Hof, pranayama, etc.) but the technique that I'm referring to is literally just called "breathwork" and the facilitator, Indra Hapsari, was trained by the organization Alchemy of Breath. I did the workshop that Indra offers at Samadi in Canggu, Bali. You can find a facilitator near you on Alchemy of Breath's website or join them for a free online breathwork session.
Vipassana is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques and is still widely practiced today. The technique can be learned at ten-day courses in Vipassana Centers around the world. There's no charge for the course — not even to cover the cost of food or housing. Can you believe it? All expenses are covered by donations from previous participants who completed a course and wish for others to have the opportunity to experience its benefits.
If I'm being honest, this one really freaks me out because spending 10 days in silent mediation with no digital devices or contact with the outside world is wayyy outside of my comfort zone. However, I've been curious about these courses for years and there happens to be a Meditation Center within driving distance of my house, so I figured, why not?
Do you have any new wellness practices that you'd like to try in 2020? If not, don't sweat it! Perhaps these ideas will inspire you to create your own "wellness bucket list" for the new year.
You may be wondering why I want to do all of this. My answer? I'm seeking something. I'm seeking balance, ease, happiness, and joy. I'm seeking freedom from the anxiety that has plagued me for most of my life and the ability to align with my highest self. I want to feel good, because it's good to feel good.
I'd love to hear how you plan to make feeling good a priority in 2020. Let me know in the comments below.