Ferndale Yoga, massage, meditation and wellness
I was fortunate enough to slip away for 18 whole days to immerse myself in a world filled with nothing but seclusion, nature, beautiful souls from all over the world, and of course......yoga. I flew to Baja Mexico, just north of Cabo San Lucas, to attend the first leg of my advanced yoga teacher training towards my 500RYT (and I still have to go back in April to finish, darn!) and prepared myself for hard work, deep connection and an expasion of consciousness. To my elation I received not only that but so much more. The lovley and talented instructors were filled with knowledge, riddled with kindness and bursting with support. We not only studied adancement in asasa (or postures), but in pranayama (breathing techniques), meditaiton, mantra (Vedic hymn), Ayurveda (Indian alternative medicine for living), Bhakti (devotional yoga), Kundalini and Tantra yoga. Studying the elements of nature, the cycles of the seasons, the sun and the moon we were able to see how in sync we are with the universe as well as how connected everything in this world truly is.
We had delicious home cooked organic/vegetarian meals everyday and stripped away any caffeine or sugar to cleanse the body. That along with the moist ocean air, the many practices (including 2 hours classes every morning at 7 before breakfast) and the view at the edge of the world made me feel amazing and full of life. When you take away everyday influences and stressors, including bad diets, television, election craziness, traffic jams and more it's easier to see the bigger picture-and we are a part of it. All of it. To be able to resonnate the sound of the universe within the body and the mind is to be everywhere. To be the bird soaring through the air, the creatures swimming in the ocean, the trees whispering in the wind.
At times it was tough. I had self doubt....... trouble connecting. But when you're part of a collective you have so many others to lift you up. A place where connection is everything and competion doesn't exists, you can't help but to succeed. As we say at the end of every yoga class, 'Namaste'-'I bow to you. I am you, You are me. We are one'. We worked together and together we all made it and grew forever connected to a community of amazing people. There is no class system, no discrimination, no divide of any kind. The only hope is for everyone to succeed and be happy. That's it. To work together for the greater good of all of mankind, animal and nature kind too, everywhere in the world. That kind of revalation was more that just refreshing. It was everything. And that is one thing I'm clinging to in my heart as I return to the states in the midst of so many devestating healines and heated passions all over our country.
I had the adventure of a Vision Quest (a Native America ritual)- fasting for 24 hours, in silence and left out in nature with nothing but an umbrella, an 8 foot diamter around me in the sand where I was to stay for hours, a bottle of water and my thoughts. When the mind is not occupied- not even by taking photos, journaling or picking up shells, it has quite the time to open and connect. To fully experience a sunrise, deepen meditation, sit in mantra, see whales migrating and breeching though the waves, butterflies, birds and crabs exploring the air and the sand you can't help but feel connected to everything around you. Some find it uncomforatable to sit in their own company for even a few minutes, seeking any kind of stimulation or distraction. But it's when you can peel away all of those layers to get to the true, peaceful, lovley aspects of who we are all that everything else seems insignificant.
The highlight of the trip was one afternoon we were all sitting on the beach during sunset, deep in meditation. Our teacher told to be still, quiet and open our eyes to look behind him. There we saw a huge sea turtle sitting in the sand right behind him. She had just climbed out of the ocean.....she was magnificent. She continued to walk just a few more feet inland and began to dig a whole in the sand......she was about to lay her eggs! We all watched in awe and excitement and she layed all of her eggs (average 50-70) and secure them deep into the sand. She then moved slightly away and dug a decoy hole close by. When she was done she slowly made her way back into the ocean and was swept away by the powerful waves. It's said when they come up to lay their eggs they are a sort of trance, not seeing the world around them. No matter where they are in the ocean they must return back to the spot where they were born to lay their eggs, and they just know where to go. How amazing to be so connected with the earth, always remembering where you came from. After she returned we held hands and around the eggs and offered a protection prayer. Later a fence was put around to protect the many new lives that lay beneath the surface.
A truly transformative time, I am happy and humbled to be back at the studio- and to be able to share new tools and experiences with our lovely tribe. I look forward to seeing you, be well. Namaste. Check out the lovely lady of the ocean below! And thank you to Zuzanna Zigmondova and Mary Tilson of Mary Tilson Yoga for sharing some amazing photos of our trip!
Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather Rae