Indigo Yoga Retreat
Envisioning your Future Self through the Lens of the Third Eye
Erica, I am honored to do my first interview with you as my project One Oneness is the manifestation of the dream work we did together just a few weeks ago during your Indigo Yoga Retreat at Chateau Fengari.
You are a yoga teacher, graphic designer and author, giving yoga classes, and retreats with a very strong creative vision. For several years now, you have been studying the chakra system and led several retreats focusing on one specific chakra each time.
The past 3 years, you hosted the Indigo Retreat in the beautiful Chateau Fengari in the South Ouest of France where I had the privilege to join you this August.
The focus of this retreat is on the sixth chakra which is connected to the Third Eye. Can you tell us why you created this retreat and why you choose to focus on this particular chakra?
“The chakra studies retreats have been my dream since the beginning. I held the EARTH retreat for Chakra One in Yosemite National Park in 2011. The week design for that retreat is still the same design I use today: yoga twice daily, artist times, ceremonies... My inspiration came from Julia Cameron and Oriah Mountain Dreamer who taught me to tasks time to design, delegate and execute takes that were aligned with my visionary artist career. From EARTH it just made sense to jump right into teaching others about the Third Eye because it is the Sixth Chakra that assists us with imagining and envisioning our future selves. And so INDIGO was born!”
Through the lens of the Third Eye we studied the dreams we have for our lives. Why do you feel it is important to work on our dreams?
“One of my favorite quotes is from Oprah Winfrey : “Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.”
Dream writing asks you to get specific about what you want out of life. The Third Eye, when studied in yoga and contemplation practices brings this clarity. When you have a vision, you have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”
The way you and Jade Christina led us through yoga practices, artistic work, and tea ceremonies to connect to our wildest dreams was very powerful. Why do you feel it is important to expand the work throughout these practices?
“The methodology I introduce at the chakra study retreats combines storytelling with emotionally connected yoga, visionary art, and framed nature, to inspire you. The world needs more inspiration!”
During the retreat, we also had free time to journal and write down the specific dreams we have for our life. This work is based on the Handel method. Can you tell us a little bit more about this method and how it changed your life?
“During the making of my first book, Art of Attention, I was introduced to Lauren Zander. With her guidance I was able to heal myself of an addiction I had suffered from for over 25 years. When you study with the Handel Method you learn about the 12 areas of your life. This addiction was not just about my relationship to Self but interconnected to my dream around family, career, money, time... When I wrote down my dream in each area, I saw how I needed to refresh all my conversations and stories and start participating in my life.”
“The Third Eye, when studied in yoga and contemplation practices brings this clarity. When you have a vision, you have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”
What I found challenging for me about writing my dreams, was all the resistance that started to manifest as soon as I began to express them clearly. Feelings of unworthiness, lack of self-esteem came up. How can we overcome these limiting beliefs, these patterns that are so anchored in our way of thinking and are holding us back from a fulfilled life?
“Having a consistent yoga practice and studying the psychological and energetic language of the chakras helps us transform our deepest pains. I was convinced my addictions made me unfit to be a mother. This was the level of shame I had to work out of my system before getting pregnant at 41. The chakras give us a location and sensation in our own bodies on where to place more of our love. This is the practice, along with making promises, managing the voices in our head... each chakra houses spiritual lessons that will guide you on how to overcome your limits and become a light for someone else. It is called being in service.”
“Each chakra houses spiritual lessons that will guide you on how to overcome your limits and become a light for someone else.”
Since we are so deeply programmed to think in certain ways, I feel it is important to nurture our dreams and maintain a space of trust. Can you share with us some of your daily practices or rituals to nurture your dreams?
“Creative collaborations keep me in integrity with my what, why and how. I recommend finding another person you can collaborate with or have your partner, family or friends hold you accountable. This means you must share your dreams with those you love! Today is the day you come out of hiding and tell the world what you came here to do. Design your day with your top three priorities and then commit to fulfilling that dream.”
What advice would you give someone who would like to start working on their dreams?
“Come on a chakra study retreat with me! Or check out my second book, ANGELUS: an experiential chakra workbook designed to walk you through devotional moments of creativity, dreaming and writing in the comfort of your own home. It also includes 21 yoga sequences to inspire you to live fully and love deeply.”
Thank you so much, Erica, for offering such a valuable and life changing experience. I am looking forward to our next interview during which we will talk about your work and how chakras can be used as a tool for self-healing.
The Indigo Yoga Retreat takes place once a year at the Chateau Fengari in the South Ouest of France. Erica Jago currently works on ANGELUS, an experiential chakra workbook that you can still support through the following crowdfunding.