It's Sunday! Which means that I have a day off. Usually I wouldn't be too excited about a day to relax, but in the last week, I've worked more hours in 7 days than I have in a very long time.
My schedule in Seattle has been catered to include my necessary "me" time. I thrive on time alone, whether I'm doodling, planning future activities, or in meditation. In the last week, while living in such an amazing intentional community, I have experienced a very limited amount of time to myself. My typical day at The Yoga Forest starts at 5:45am. Each morning, as I wake up to my second alarm, I lift my head and see a colorful array of reds and oranges, hovering on top of volcanoes, across the lake as the day begins. Tomorrow we move cabanas, and my view will change, however I will always remember the first week of beautiful sunrises sweetly pulling me out of bed.
Our morning meditation begins at 6:15am. We focus on expansion, brilliance, connection to Pacha Mama, Father sky, and a multitude of pranayama techniques. Forty-five minutes of stillness before 90 minutes of movement, is total bliss before breakfast. Guatemalan coffee, fruit salad, warm porridge, and sometimes pancakes are waiting for us when class finishes. We gather round the food, bless it, and dig in. Yum!
My morning duties include answering TYF emails inquiring about reservations, availaibilities, and the potentiality of future retreats - (I'm looking forward to planning one for 2016). I also get to write their monthly newsletter. Look for it in your inboxes in the next couple of days. Lunch stumbles upon the crew around 12:30pm, and then shortly after we get to digest using a variety of yin yoga poses.
In the afternoon, I get to sit in on the classes of the Lunar Yoga Immersion program. It's a highlight of my day to be a student again, learning about a subject that I hold so dear to my heart. So far we've touched on the subjects of the first book of the Yoga Sutras, Yamas/Niyamas, Ayurveda, and AUM. In the last week, I realize that there is always something more to learn. I'm in awe of Hayley's (The Yoga Forest owner) knowledge and grace in teaching these subjects. There are 3 more weeks of knowledge to gain and many more years to put it into practice. Look out Seattle - when I return, I'll have so many more themes, ideas, and breathing techniques to share with you!
My day ends around 5pm, when I trek up hill to our current accommodations, in Cabana Lakshmi, sit in the hammock and allow for my day to wash over me as the sun sets. Dinner is around 6:30pm, and I'm typiclly in bed around 8:30 or 9pm in order to start the next day with a clear mind and happy body.
Even though the days are jam packed, they feel long, intentional, and filled with joy.
I've learned so much about myself in this first week. I absolutely cannot sacrifice my "me" time. I need it. I thrive off of it. I am a happier camper when I have it. Colorful sunrises are my favorite way to wake up. Lakes are my favorite body of water. Christmas is better with smiles, hugs, and conversations over FaceTime, rather than presents under the tree. I really want to learn Spanish. I'm happy that I have 3 more weeks to be in the awesome location!
Not to shabby of a place to work, huh?
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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