I started practicing yoga sporadically a few years ago, while I also practiced Pilates most days of the week. After three years of Pilates, I decided to switch full-time to yoga, practicing 5-6 times per week in a class setting.
At first, yoga was a physical practice for me. To quiet my distracted thoughts. To focus on my body, the poses, the asanas.
Slowly, I realized that yoga was more than the physical body. Yoga had become a lifestyle, a way of thinking, a way of acting, on and off the mat, a way of reaching internal peace, a personal practice.
I had not experienced this personal aspect with Pilates. Pilates made me stronger physically and boosted my self-confidence. However, I did not reach the point of a deeper connection to (my)self with Pilates.
Thus, I practice yoga in a class setting for the benefits of the social interaction, the personal teacher presence, the discipline of a specific time to show up on the mat.
Yoga allows me to connect with my inner self, my higher self, my true self, by sinking into the physical poses and confronting my inner thoughts, barriers, walls, challenges.
I find some level of comfort in the discomfort of the poses which push me beyond my personal edges, limits, frontiers.
I reach into new frontiers, new spaces, new boundaries, that all lead me to a deeper sense of self, self-love, self-knowledge, self-acceptance.
When I travel, I like to have a yoga class to ground me during my journey. So I find yoga studios during my vacations that provide an opportunity for me to maintain and deepen my practice, and meet new friends along the way.
That is why I decided that creating retreats was a way to combine vacations with a yoga lifestyle practice (and the arts and Ayurveda) was what I wanted to do.
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Peace and light,
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