Tantra Retreat, Workout Anywhere, & Upcoming Detox!

By Shane YoungMay 22, 2015

As many of you know, I have cultivated a strong meditation and spiritual practice. I study Tantra, which is a lineage of meditation from the Himalayan Institute focused particularly on expanded consciousness and personal awareness. Recently, I was accepted into a two-year training program and am super excited to deepen my meditative and spiritual practice within a group of committed practitioners.

Whenever I learn something new, I’m eager to share it with you. From the importance of breathwork to mindful eating, I hope to inspire you to think beyond the good/bad paradigms that exist in fitness and nutrition. Today, I’m happy to share part of my Tantra training experience with you. I met an amazing group of people during my retreat deep in the mountains of North Carolina last week, and let’s just say, my heart is totally singing!

As a holistic wellness practitioner, I am always mindful of moving my body while on any sort of vacation or retreat. Needless to say, there are definitely no 24 Hour Fitness establishments on the side of the winding Smoky Mountain roads. It would make sense that I’d take a break from exercising while I was away, however, my relationship with physical movement is integral to my spirituality. Therefore, I was compelled to tend to this need consistently and consciously.

So, what does one do? In addition to cultivating lasting relationships with fellow Tantra practitioners who are willing and open to engage in most anything, I also realized you can truly workout anywhere. Really, where there’s a will, there’s a way!

After a moderately-paced jog down the mountain to the communal grass volleyball court (such an awesome middle ground  that separates various sustainable eco-friendly communities near our Tantra retreat), I found a really great 35 pound rock with a nice, maneuverable shape. Let’s just say, that rock and I became pretty good friends for the duration of my 25 minute workout. (Note: a kick ass workout doesn’t take a long time at all as evidenced by the sweat dripping down my back at the end of this one!)


Squat with explosive overhead throws 15 x 4

Explosive pushups 20 x 4


Front squat with rock 10 x 4

Lateral hops 20 x 4


Rows off a soccer net stand I found (get creative!)

Oblique tosses 15 x 4

That’s it! Repeat the workout twice if you really want to burn. Now, it’s your turn to get out there and have fun in nature. I’m curious about how creative you can be with what’s available wherever you are so please let me know.

On another note, after returning from the retreat, I feel inspired to coordinate another Ascend Body Detox…I know you all love and want to do another! Let’s talk about food, our relationships with it, and how to let go of unwanted weight and beliefs that feel “weighty”. During the detox, we’ll examine our current habits and learn how to create new and sustainable ones that feel harmonious with the lifestyles we crave. Contact me ASAP at [email protected] for dates and times. More information to come!


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