With the New Year in motion, I’ve used this time as an opportunity to reflect on all the incredible experiences I've had in 2015. The memory that stands out the most is the Amazing Yoga teacher training I attended with my mom and sister last November. While I deepened my practice and learned tools to teach yoga, I gained so much more during that week. I connected with an inspiring group of people from all over the country, bonded on a new level with my mom and sister, and learned more about myself along the way.
Going into the training, I had no idea what to expect but knew I wanted to take a break from my busy life in San Francisco. By busy, I mean my life consisted of rushing to work, running to an exercise class or social event, then tiredly plopping in bed, and then doing it all over again. And in between my activities, I was either on social media, listening to music or a podcast, or connected to some device. It took a week away from my normal routine, to realize I wasn't as "healthy" as I thought. Sure, I eat well and exercise regularly, but I wasn't making the time to appreciate my life — instead I was just going through the motions.
During the training, each morning our group would set out for a meditation walk along the beach. This morning ritual acted as such a stark contrast to my daily routine in SF. Without a schedule or to-do list, I was able to slow down and set an intention for my day. Each morning my intention varied slightly, but the common themes revolved around being mindful and grateful. Through yoga, meditation, journaling, and meals with the group, I practiced mindfulness, which in turn, made me more grateful for such an amazing opportunity.
After my training, I felt refreshed and energized to take my learnings and apply them into my daily life. It's been almost a month and a half since my week in Tulum and I still journal and meditate most days, practice yoga regularly, and have slowed down my life in SF. I'm excited for what the future will bring and all the bright moments I'll collect in 2016. Bring it on!
Between our morning yoga practice and afternoon teaching sessions, we were given two hour breaks for lunch, beach time, massages, or whatever we wanted. Lazing in the hammocks and reading, had to be one of my favorite ways to relax.
If you couldn't tell from this picture above, my sister and I make a great team. Whether we're brainstorming business ventures or practicing yoga, we always encourage each other to be our best selves.
We had one free morning during the training to leave the resort and explore Tulum. A big group of us went to the Mayan Ruins. My mom studied the Mayan ruins in college, so she was particulary excited to explore the ruins. Although they were an incredible sight, it was definitely a tourist destination and I was eager to get back to our peaceful resort after our excursion.
I love this picture! I like to think that the three pineapples represent my mom, sister, and I during our amazing week in Tulum.