As I sit here and reflect upon this incredible journey, I remember little details of a blog I wrote about the loneliness I felt after losing her... I remember wondering if it would ever really go away. I also remember writing a blog about trying to find happiness in this world without her... about my attempt to recover and just breathe. I remember wondering if my breath would ever return to me. And I remember writing a blog about being emotionally hurt shortly after losing her and trying to recover from that too. I remember thinking that it was going to be a very long, long journey.
And it has been.
I remember the day I decided to leave the country and just go - go wherever she wanted to go when she had been alive. Just go and let everything else go. I remember I couldn't place my feet on my yoga mat without crying... and I remember finally just doing it... pushing through Surya Namaskara under a full moon in Santorini... pushing through the tears and practicing anyways... hearing my mother's voice telling me, "keep going"... "one more round"... "breathe"... until finally all the tears fell and fell and fell and I could breathe again.
And here I am now, four years later... finally settling. Finally feeling peace and at home. And once again, I am feeling grateful for yoga and for it's unbelievably healing energy. Without it, I wouldn't have found the healing I needed, nor would I be the woman I am today. And today, I feel grounded. I feel open-hearted. Aware. Awake. Present. And so unbelievably grateful. *sigh....
It's because of yoga's healing abilities that I want to share it with you too. And so, it's with much gratitude and excitement that I share the following news with you now.
I'm working on my own bucket list item - To Offer Yoga In My Own Studio <3
Yeah, it's happening :) I found a cozy space and the heart and energy to share as much yoga and it's benefits as I can with you. The studio will be in Santa Monica, Cusco, Peru. It's located just a short walk from Avenida de la Cultura. It's on the third floor of a renovated home and has a terrace and little court yard. It's cute, warm, full of love and full of gratitude. There's so much to do still, but I'm hoping I'll be able to offer classes in mid-July, along with many beautiful teachers from all over the world. We will offer Forrest Yoga, Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, Qigong and more!
Another perk, as I work on fulfilling my own dream of having my own studio, I also get to work on completing one of my mom's wishes -"LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE".
It's funny how this has turned out, isn't it? How tragedy can lead to positive experiences. How one crack just lets in more light. It's a wonderful life we all have.
Come visit me sometime my yogi friends in other countries. I'd love to see you. Truly.
Check it out :)