Hi everyone! I know, I know, I spent so much time trying to get this website up and running so that I could blog every day while I’m here, and then…
I suppose, if I’m being totally honest with myself, writing for an audience doesn’t come natural to me. I’ve been writing a lot in my journal but for some reason I haven’t had the inclination to write for anyone else. Until this morning.
I was walking up to the main building from my little nature cottage, when the most beautiful monkey swinging from a tree yelled down to me, as if to say, “Hey, look up here at me! Can’t you see me doing tricks just for you?” I stopped and talked to him for a while and he continued to play and swing from limb to limb with his long arms, legs, and tail. He seemed to be dancing up there to me, just being silly for no reason at all.
There are so many beautiful animals here. That’s the first thing I noticed about this place. One cannot help but be captivated by the gorgeous birds, exquisite iguanas (they are, literally, everywhere–hanging out at the pool, waiting for me outside my door when I come home at night, walking along the path to the beach), funny little monkeys, and dogs everywhere.
Yesterday on my run, my friend Melinda and I left the resort and got out to see more of the countryside. It is so, so lovely. It’s the rainy season here, so it’s very lush and green. Hot, for sure. But absolutely full of life, such that everything in nature seems to be breathing in and out very deeply.
Speaking of breathing in and out deeply, the yoga teacher training, which is what I’m here to do, has been totally amazing. I don’t want to gush overmuch, but the richness and depth of this program is really astounding. I feel blessed to study with Yogeswari and O Rama, as well as the Dr. Zucker, our anatomy teacher, and Gabriella Bozic, our Sanskrit teacher, and all of the mentors, Rita, especially. They are, each and every one, such gifted teachers and beautiful people. I am grateful to study at their feet.
This training is so, so intense. I’ll just put it out there and say that it’s much harder than I thought it would be in terms of effort level and time spent working. But I respond well to a lot of structure and a demanding schedule, so it’s working out okay. It’s an absolute privilege to be here, so as busy as it is, I certainly am not complaining. Every day is incredibly rigorous on an intellectual, physical, and spiritual level. The teachers do demand a lot of us, and they are so inspiring that one wants to rise to the challenge. But it’s not always easy.