Happy Sunday everyone!
I haven’t quite done as well with blogging three times a week as I had originally planned! I had great plans of coming home from my 6-8 am yoga class, and taking some time to reflect, blogging it, and then going to my next session at 11. It hasn’t quite been that way (obviously- since I haven’t been blogging at all).
My typical schedule is currently:
5:00- alarm goes off. I typically hit snooze at least once before actually getting out of bed. I wash my face, put in contacts and eat something small for breakfast. My favourite part of being in the jungle is definitely not wearing make up or caring how I look in any way.
6:00- Yoga! It’s a 2 hour session in the morning. It switches each morning between a vinyasa flow, which is quite a powerful flow, and a self-awakening yoga. I’m typically dripping sweat with the flow sequence. If it’s not a vinyasa flow, then it’s the self-awakening therapeutic class, which is very slow and relaxing and basically feels like you just gave your body a two hour hug. It’s wonderful.
8:30- I arrive back to my beautiful little house. I throw together something for breakfast (I’ve been loving the fresh fruits and vegetables available here- more on that later), and then get ready to Skype with Mark. We’ve been skyping at 9 in the morning, which is wonderful for keeping us in contact with each other, and keeping us close. It’s been a huge adjustment to go from living together, and seeing each other everyday, to relying on a daily conversation. But so far, it’s been good. We typically chat for around an hour, and then I take 30 or 40 minutes to just decompress (sometimes I nap).
11:00- The morning session begins. The morning session runs from 11-2:30, and it’s so far been split into two parts. The first part is usually a discussion, about the poses that we’re going to learn, modifications available, how to provide assists within the posture, etc. We will watch a silent demonstration of what we’re about to do, and then we get a bit of a break. There is a man that comes at our break and sells homemade juices (my favourite is Berry Beet- there are beets, and some fruits in it and it’s delicious) as well as dehydrated snacks. It’s all a little pricey but SO GOOD, I can’t stop myself from buying up all the snacks. One of the things he sells is this ball of deliciousness- made with almonds, dates, coconut oil and vanilla. He calls it a “bliss ball” and it’s amazing and I will be trying to re-create it once home again. After our delicious, delicious break- we are partnered up and we then lead our partner through the poses, with the assists we’ve been shown. It started out being incredibly intimidating but I am starting to love it. I feel like I’m finding my own voice with the poses.
The first day or two, I just repeated verbatim what the instructor had said, which would get me confused because then I would just think “Wait- what did she say?” But then I realized- hey! I know these poses! I can add things I’ve heard in the past, cues that are helpful to me, and pretty much whatever I want! So since I had that realization, I’m loving the partnering. And I’ve been getting wonderful feedback from my wonderful partners. Everyone here is truly amazing!
3:00- Lunch! I’m typically starving by this point, so I almost run back to my house for some food. I’ve been eating out about half the time, and eating at home the other half. This town is very health centered, so there are so many amazing places to eat with delicious, nurturing foods. It’s hard to make food with so many options. After I eat (and digest just a bit)- it’s time to go into the ocean. I am in LOVE with the ocean. This is also a surfing town, so the waves can be pretty intense at times- which just adds to the fun. You get in and just get knocked around. I love it. Afterwards I always need a shower, and another snack.
6:15- The evening session starts. The evening session is sometimes a yoga class, it’s sometimes theory, and sometimes it’s just us chatting. It goes until 8:30, and then I pretty much go straight to bed.
I promise to come back and share more about what I’m specifically learning (and one of these days I’ll successfully get a picture up as the place I’m staying in is beautiful!).
Hope everyone’s week also went great! I am missing blogging and connecting with you guys! Any exciting stories out there?