One of the most awaking experiences to be had on the trip was doing yoga on various platforms in the middle of the Belize jungle and on the coast.
Step One: Close your eyes, relax, clear your mind, and look for inner peace….Alright. I can do this. Eyes are closed, listening to the water around me, and starting to feel some calm and relaxation….Oh, you know what? I really need to make sure I have everyone videotaped before I go. Do I have enough pictures and film to catch all of this awesomeness? I wonder if everyone’s pictures and videos will fit on my computer. It should. There’s really nothing on it. Technically I have some extra SD cards if needed. OH! I so have to take pictures of flowers for Nana. She’ll have my hide if I don’t! Did I get gifts for everyone? Is someone missing? Ugh. I like school but it has been a really nice break. I don’t understand why that one teacher seems to hate me. I’m impressed that I’ve gotten to eat so much here without it being too spicy for me. Maybe I should…
“Time’s UP!” says Sue.
WHAT?! SERIOUSLY?! Okay. Meditation….not my strong suite.
Step Two: Let your body lead the way to find it’s inner Zen…..I look over at Stretchy Suzanne. Does this woman have no bones in her body? She’s lucky she’s super amazingly nice or I would be forced to hate her right now. Hhhhmmm…
Body: Oh HELL NO!
Me: Come on, we can do it!
Body: Are you trying to kill me before we’re 40?
Me: We should at least try.
Body: We will both pay later if you do.
Super Sue to the rescue with an alternative as usual. See, yoga’s not bad at all. You just have to know your limits and gradually break them.
Step Three: Use equipment to assist you further…If I don’t hog tie myself with this dang strap it will be a freaking miracle! And blocks are my friend. (The towels try to escape with the wind, but we’re too quick for them.) Although it would be entertaining to watch Brad jump in the water to retrieve a block fleeing for its life, we will have to save that for another day.
Step Four: Try to relax and not pray if time can go any faster…. “OMG! Will this NEVER END!” Just like anything, yoga is a personal journey. Try not to get discouraged like I catch myself doing. Take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. You will get there, Grasshopper. I promise.
Step Five: Bringing it to a close….Eyes closed, deep breathing, letting your body scream “ABOUT TIME!” as it relaxes because you know you are done. My mind still wonders, but less. I’m proud of myself because I am one step closer to becoming Zen. We’ve experienced all kinds of yoga here in Belize. Who knew? I have to say the partner yoga was the most entertaining. Well, minus massaging a complete stranger amongst nothing but couples, but poor Brad was a good sport. And when I looked around and everyone was kissing their loved ones, I just couldn’t help but be ornery. “I’m not kissing you” I told Brad, as we burst into laughter over that awkward moment.
Yes, yoga is a personal journey. If you rush it, you won’t enjoy its full benefits. If you move forward slowly and gently rather than forcing it, a whole new world of relaxation and flexibility awaits. It’s hard, I know. I still struggle with my inner self. Finding the right instructor is the key. They know the perfect balance between a gentle nudge and acceptance of your limits. Walk your journey together. And as an added bonus, meditation can be considered the perfect adult version of childhood naptime! It’s all about perspective….
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!