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Digital Subscriptions > OM Yoga Magazine > May 2017 > The Marrakesh express

The Marrakesh express

Deborah Francis rediscovers the magic of yoga on a wellbeing weekend in Morocco with Satvada Retreats

It’s a warm North African evening on a rooftop deep in the Marrakesh medina. I’m lying supine on the smooth tadelakt floor, surrounded by my fellow retreaters. We’re about to start our evening yoga practice, and I feel like I’m coming home. But it’s been over four years since I was on the mat… over four years since I last did a yoga class, or indeed any yoga at all.

Why? Well, life had mostly got very busy and stressful, due to a succession of largely thankless jobs, growing professional seniority, and many hours spent at a desk. I was too busy to notice, but I was sinking and becoming consumed by the spiralling pressure. Exercise, including yoga, became just another thing on an ever-lengthening to-do list.

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Welcome to the May issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. This month, we’ve got a big report looking at all things mindfulness. It’s timely and it’s never been more popular, the mindfulness movement is sweeping the land. And for good reason too: many believe that it offers an antidote to the stress of modern day living and today’s culture of being permanently switched on. For yoga fans, the benefits of mindfulness are nothing new, of course. It’s an intrinsic part of the practice, tuning in to the body, softening and quieting the mind to experience the moment and find the flow. Beauty is all around us if we only take a moment to stop and appreciate it. Start right now. Take a deep breath and pause before you dive into OM. Have a magical month, folks, and I hope to see you on the mat real soon.