Going on an adventure gives one the opportunity to really dive in to the world. Wanderlust and the trip there and back was no exception. The yoga festival was incredibly full, vibrant, and joyful. The teachers were stunning, the music invigorating, the scenery entrancing and the possibilities endless.
Coming from a small, progressive town and a humble, urban garden, family life, I had to adjust to the sheer magnitude of decadence, splendor and wealth. Three things that can curiously throw me off my game. Judgement and resistance came crawling forward. When we judge and resist, we unplug from the world in order to make ourselves comfortable. I recognized this tendency and it took breath, courage, silliness, opening, relaxation and a bigger perspective to settle my mind enough to truly experience this bright and rare event.
And I’m so glad I did as it allowed in understanding, golden lessons, amazingly diverse people, joy, passion, and great beauty. I had a blast, pushed some physical and mental boundaries, and returned inspired to continue sharing my yoga knowledge with all of you! A big lesson is just to Plug In! Challenge yourself to release judgement, fear and any death grip on comfort to become and/or remain a true participant in this crazy world -it is a challenge that we have to keep stepping up to the plate for – especially when thrown in to new situations. Lead with the heart – tap into the feeling you get when expanding across the chest for Triangle; the energy and positive vulnerability you heighten in a beautiful backbend like Wheel; the stability and focus you gather in Tree, the courage you feel in Warrior II. Working through fear and instability is worth it as this practice keeps us young, nimble, vibrant, joyful, open and interesting.
While you’re sure to hear lots of teachings come through in my classes, here are some of my favorite quotes from the festival:
“If you need a block, use a block. If you don’t, don’t. Who cares?” Nicki Doane
(Paraphrasing) Turn off your cell phones. All this picture-taking and posting like mad to social media… “It’s fuckin’ weird” (Direct Quote) – Ana Forrest
“I am not the mind. I am that which experiences the mind thinking” – Rod Stryker
“Yoga teachers are DJ’s” – DJ Taz
In a Happy Baby-like pose (Paraphrasing) -Isn’t it amazing that we can open our hips in this way? 50-60 years ago people would be shocked to see us this way. It wouldn’t have happened. Now, we’re just like our natural baby selves, able to explore our hips. – Shiva Rea
“Everybody oughta hug somebody, at least once a day.
And everybody oughta kiss somebody, at least once a day.
Everybody’s gonna miss somebody, at least once a day.
And everybody gotta love somebody, every day!” – Michael Franti