Om in the City launch – Unlocking my inner zen by Natalie Dau

Om & Away has embarked on a partnership with W Singapore to create the first retreat in Sentosa Cove. Providing wellness seekers with a chance to step away from fast paced life in the city, the two-day retreat is designed to embrace the tranquility of Sentosa Cove’s lush tropical surroundings.

Alongside regular yoga sessions led by experienced Strala-qualified instructors, the programmes includes exclusive experience including a guided active meditation session, sound healing therapy and massage by award winning therapists at AWAY® spa.

The retreat also includes breakfast and dinner at the Kitchen Table. To kick off this partnership, 10 members of the media are exclusively invited to a 2D1N retreat curated by lululemon. At the retreat, the members went on a journey of self-discovery fuelled by sweaty adventures, workshop and workouts.

A little introduction on Natalie Dau, a fitspo mom and entrepreneur and also the co-founder of Urban Remedy. Urban Remedy is a digital platform where people can  have access to information that will help them stay healthy in mind, body and spirit. Natalie Dau follows a strict diet of macros and calories to balance out the carbs, it is important for her to eat clean and definitely avoid sugar (except for cheat meals of course)

Running becomes a lifestyle to her as she runs 5 mornings a week and trains strength at The Pit 2-3 times a week.

Let us hear what Natalie Dau, one of the participants of the retreat has to share about her journey with us.


Unlocking my inner zen
By Natalie Dau

Let me start with the fact that I am not the biggest yoga fan.  I am also not known for my amazing flexibility – I would rather go for a run or lift some weights. So when an invitation came through for a 2 day retreat that was based around yoga, meditation and patience. I wasn’t sure it was for me, but the packing instructions to only bring three sets of active wear got me across the line, and off I went to the W Hotel at Sentosa.

On arrival we were whisked immediately to an outside lawn area and greeted by retreat guru’s Om & Away and Lululemon. Sitting on a picnic rug under an umbrella whilst snacking on handmade lentil chips with haloumi, I knew I had made the right decision to attend, as did the other lucky nine guests.

What followed was a meditation session, yoga, more amazing snacks and poetry writing.  Time for a break and we headed to the penthouse to have lunch with our legs dangling in water while the chefs dressed in wetsuits, served us our food from rainbow shaped lilo’s in the pool… wow!

The afternoon was spent taking some time out to understand what our personal core values are (full disclosure I hate sharing any information like this, but in this instance I was more than happy to participate).  Where did those last 8 hours go?  It was now time to finish and be joined by 130 people to celebrate World Yoga Day with a mass class in the W Hotel lobby complete with glow sticks, face painting and beer.  Who says yoga is boring!

Waking up the next morning I was actually forward to what was planned for the day ahead… and while I did sneak in an early run, I have to say the outdoor yoga that morning was something really special.  (almost enough to make me commit to doing it more often)

Post breakfast Lululemon lead us on a journey to talk about our 10 year plans, and it was amazing to be inspired by each other’s stories.

 

Before heading home we were once again whisked away upstairs to a suite, only to find an entrance to a nightclub set up (security doorman and all). Once we had our wristbands on we entered the room to a DJ playing, disco balls in full swing and was handed a drink in a lightbulb shaped glass containing a glow stick.  The day club lunch was so unexpected, but such a fun way to finish an amazing two days.

My key takeaways –

  • You can’t put a price on stepping back from life (even for 2 days) to recharge, re-evaluate and refresh… I need to do it more
  • I like yoga more now!
  • The W Hotel is truly unique in their experiences
  • The collaboration between Om & Away and Lululemon was a match made in heaven
  • I met some amazing like-minded inspiring people
  • City retreats are the new cool thing

 

And yes I did find my inner zen, and I only had to travel 25 minutes from home to do it.

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