Yay! So happy I am an internationally recognized Yoga teacher and I have so much to be grateful for!!
I feel it was one of the craziest decision to go to a Yoga Teacher Training in Feb 2018 in Bali at age 40! But then I heard the deep calling inside me: do that Yoga Teacher Training in Bali!
So I did. My life was in turmoil, my marriage of over 15 years had just ended, my work environment was not as fulfilling as I had hoped, my young son was having a hard time with the changes and I was feeling hopeless, I had to move from my home of 10 years and being far away from family was taking a tool on my mind and spirit and also on my physical body. I needed to find my light again. To get my life back into track, to heal and find my path.
And it was as if the Universe was at my back! It just went amazingly and it was one of the best experience later in life! Warm weather, delicious and healthy food, spectacular ocean, amazing wild nature, simple and beautiful people, ethereal music and dance… I have found my tribe! I was so happy!
Day 09: When I wake up a little earlier every class day to play the hang drum I feel energized because I enjoy the lovely sound it makes! Today I have been feeling a little anxious and my heart is pounding in my chest because in the next couple days we will have to teach a whole 90min Hatha yoga sequence. I Iike Hatha yoga and teaching a class to a group of yogi friends who I am living, breathing and practicing with for a week has been amazing. I have to remember to breathe myself! Lots to study💗😊
Day 10: Here in Bali these colorful little square, woven baskets made from cut coconut leaves and filled with flowers can be seen literally everywhere! At the beach, on streets and in our little yard. 'Canang Sari', are the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank in praise and prayer. Many Canang sari can be seen in the Balinese temples (pura), on small shrines in houses, and on the ground or as a part of a larger offering. Philosophically speaking, the making and giving of these offerings is a selfless act. It is part-meditation, a gift of gratitude to the Bali Gods. The photo below was taken at Pura Tita Empul on my visit to Ubud💗😊
Day 07: Sunday was our Day Off from school and right after breakfast I ventured into the Royal village of Ubud. Ubud comes from the Balinese word 'medicine' due to its healing properties of plants growing inn the Campuhan river. Sara Swati and Banyu Pinaruh celebrations made the visits extra special. Experienced the water ritual of Tirta Empul temple of soul purification. The water temple was founded in 926 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu god of water. Ubud is a lovely lovely village!
Day 08: Monday starting a new module and moving from the sacred cyclical time of the serpent to the jaguar. Today I am very grateful for all the delicious meals Kadek and all the other amazing ladies have been providing us. Exquisitely tasty food meals, with a healthy dose of raw food prepared here at their own kitchen using the freshest ingredients. I am hoping to make some of these recipes when I get back home: quinoa veggie soups, raw energy green salads, wholegrain toast with homemade jams & cocoa butter, turmeric curried coconut tofu, fresh diced local tropical fruit platters, pink dragon fruit or mango juices,etc. My heart is grateful for this brief moment when I don't have to do grocery shopping, and plan what to cook for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Soooo spoiled 💗
Day 05: Reality is starting to kick in! Life at the Bali Yoga teacher training is hardwork too! But with the struggle, you get to grow. In this wonderful days, I feel struggling with language and physical yoga poses, as well as growing together with my lovely classmates tremendously everyday. It's pushing my boundaries and I haven't felt this way in a very long time! There are some girls who are dancers, gymnasts and younger than me. I feel I may actually be the older in the group! I admire how well many can handle all the challenging poses, and they are giving me so much help and encouragement as well, which helped me make progress even faster, and achieved poses that I never dreamt of doing in no time! 💗
Day 06: Kura Kura is steps away from the sea. Today's break after lunch was a time to enjoy some time cleansing in the ocean. Kura Kura is the Indonesian word for ‘sea turtle’. The sea turtle is an ancient symbol of the spiritual ground of the universe, it implies independence, patient long journeys and the support for all, from all that exists. Kura Kura is a rustic place located on the Southeast shore of Bali, in a traditional fishermen village called Pantai Seseh. Here the waves are wild and the current strong, and seems to be much liked by surfers. Being so close to the sea feels sooooo wonderful. Grateful heart! 💗
Bali Day 03: Today I am officially a SYI Bali student 🕉️ and together with a total of 16 lovely girls embarking on a 21 day long yoga training in this beautiful natural place. As a yogini I would be a vessel and I feel it will be an Art and a Privilege to teach yoga. I am blessed with a beautiful and sunny weather, knowledgeable and thoughtful instructors, kind and happy caregivers, delicious and healthy vegetarian food served daily three times a day. My intention is to step into this with clarity, integrity, and presence. Oh! The hardest part?! I missing my not so little boy soooooo much... 💗
Bali Day 04: Our days have been getting really busy. Our daily schedule starts at 5am wake up to be ready for meditation by 6am. Its lovely to wake up to the sounds of birds and geckos singing in the garden. Then the day is full of studies and activities until about 8pm. Our amazing instructors, Zach and Adriana, are great holding space and creating a healing space for us. The girls in my training are also so warm and full of love. Thank you for those concerned about the recent earthquake. I was asleep and really I didn't feel anything. 💗
Day 01/02: Embarking on a solo trip to Bali to become a Yoga teacher certified - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Bali Day 01: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!! 🤗😁🍂🍁💞 Arrived late afternoon during rush hour. So many cars and scouters! Main means of transportation in Denpasar are scouters and they were everywhere! After settling at the hostel, I took a deep breath and decided to go for an evening walk. I visited a small local night market with so many interesting exotic fruits, but decided not to bring a camera because as I was b y myself I didn't want to have it stolen, so I sadly I don't have pictures of the amazing night market and its colorful and its vibrant colors and life. Many smells, fruits, interesting food and people. English was rarely spoken and I felt that I seem to be the only foreigner wandering those night streets. I was blessed to have been given a guava and a snakeskin fruit to try. First time trying a snakeskin fruit I was a bit reluctant as I had no idea even what to do with it. But I ate with a huge smile as I was really hungry! The streets can be slightly chaotic with the traffic and hordes of scooters parked on one side of the road. Its 5am local time on Oct 9 and getting ready to travel to my next destination: Kura Kura in the town of Canggu
Bali Day 02: One day before Yoga teacher training begins, and on the 45 min drive to Munggu, I see many many small and big temples (Puras) along the way. Puras are the focus of the spiritual activity of many Balinese Hindu community on the island. I learned that most villages have at least three large temples, and every home has a merajan (shrine) or sanggah (house temple). These temples protect the island and its people. Today I also walked on the beach with three lovely ladies that together with twelve more, will become like family for the next 21 days. 💗
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