This is Jackie, and I am writing to you from the sunny shores of northern Colombia. I have been here for almost a month teaching yoga at a beautiful eco-hotel called Gitana Del Mar. My trip is now coming to a close, but it has been a beautiful experience, and a dream completed that I have had for a long time.
One of the reasons I did my yoga teacher training four years ago was so that one day I could have this experience! My life flowed in a different direction after my graduation and I ended up managing Thrive Yoga Crested Butte and until now I hadn’t been able to teach yoga abroad, so I am very grateful to everyone along my path who helped make this experience a reality for me at last.
I will be coming home a little more tan, with more salt in my blood and sand in my hair, full of ocean Shakti and blessed by the powerful magic of this incredible location, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, known by the locals as the Heart of the World. It truly is magnificent and has a heart beat all its own.
Between these past two new moons we have all been experiencing the changing and highly charged energy of our shifting environment. One of the biggest blessings of my trip has been the time and space I have been able to give my own personal yoga practice. This is a wake-up shake-up moment in our National history, no doubt you are all feeling it too! And in our modern society of constant connection (even in the jungle I am connected via WIFI) it is more and more important to disconnect, sit quietly and just breathe. No matter what is going on around us, if we can continue to turn within and take refuge in our practice, everything is going to be OK. I truly believe that.
It’s a slow time in CB between seasons as we await the return of winter, but honestly it is the perfect time to return to your practice, especially if it has been brushed to the side lately. I urge you to take the time, create the space, and find refuge in your practice. Please let me know how Y4P can continue to serve you, to hold the space for you to come in from the cold, get cozy, and let the studio be whatever you need it to be: a safe place to unravel, to collect your thoughts, to find a tranquil pause in your day, or to re-discover the path home to your heart.