Sunday, April 15, 2012

Las Olas: Yoga Report

It's okay if you don't want to read my Mexico posts anymore. I know it's getting annoying. And I know it's getting annoying because some of you have basically said: "This is getting annoying." Just know, if you are going to keep reading my posts these next few days, that if there is one emotion that best captures my time here, it is gratitude. I am not letting one moment go unappreciated or unnoticed and I absolutely know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Onward.

Each morning, I wake up and have coffee on our veranda with my roommate Jessie and our villa mate Jackie.



When we wake up it's dark out, but as the coffee brews and then as we sit and watch the waves and sip coffee, the sky brightens and the sun starts to spread towards us.


Next, we move down some steps and then up some steps to the little flat area where we have our yoga class.



Aynsley is one of our surf instructors and also our yoga teacher.  She is a great yoga teacher and the practice is perfectly tailored to strengthen and stretch the muscles we use surfing.

And surfing has made me sore:  my back and shoulders from paddling, my inner thighs from getting on and off the board, and my rib cage from lying on the board (even more so today because I rode an epoxy board instead of one of soft tops).  This hour of yoga is so delightful and has become one of my favorite parts of the day.  And the setting of the class makes it impossible not to feel grateful and amazed and lucky and present.

As if Sayulita isn't magical enough, let me tell you about the Primavera tree.  This is a huge, towering tree that flowers for only 14 days a year and we happen to be here when they are in bloom.  We passed many of these beauties on the way from the airport to Sayulita and I was thrilled that there is one right on the grounds of our hotel.

This tree is right behind the spot where we have yoga, so when I go into downward dog, I look between my legs and this is what I see.  Here, Jackie helped me take a photo so I could show you.
And the tree is not only beautiful and bursting with that bright yellow color, it is also very gently losing its flowers so when you look up at the tree, there are flowers slowly floating down to the ground.

That's right.  In Sayulita, flowers fall from the sky.


In my real life, I find it hard to plant myself in the present moment.  I am almost always thinking about what is coming next and worrying about things I have no control over.  Here, it is hard for me NOT to feel present, and to practice yoga here means I can actually succeed in paying attention to my breath, to letting thoughts come and go, to not be thinking about anything other than what I am doing, because when I stand in Warrior pose, I feel both rooted to the earth beneath me and totally calmed by the flowers floating down from the Primavera tree.

Unreal.

"We learn to inhale completely and open to new experience.  We learn to exhale completely and let go of unnecessary tension and the past.  And we learn to rest in the pauses in between this arising and dissolving cycle.  Like a surfer out on the ocean swell, we start to allign ourselves with the ebb and flow of life rather than fight against it."

-Donna Farhi from Bringing Yoga to Life, and read by Aynsley in class.


Tomorrow we are taking a field trip to a different surf break south of Sayulita.  After that, there are only two more days left, and as much as I miss my family at home, I am clinging for dear life to these last experiences.

Love and Namaste to all of you.

11 comments:

SNW said...

if it makes you feel better, i was about to beg you for another dose of mexico! :) so lovely. i just realized how long it's been since i've gone to the meditation hall on campus.. our teacher always said, "You could just do it on the bus. For 12 seconds. Just do it!"

The Finicky Farmer said...

Thanks for taking us along via your stunning photographs and moment-by-moment attention to the beauty all around!

More pictures and more posts, please.

kristip77 said...

Actually, I have to admit I'm hanging off these posts. These have been my all time favorites. It could be that I just returned from a family vacation in Florida filled with warmth and flowers and rest, and this peek into the tranquility of your Mexico retreat keeps me vacationing just a bit longer. Keep it coming, please!

Jennifer said...

I am enjoying every moment of these posts, Emilie. xoxo

Gretchen said...

Yep, totally not annoyed by these! In fact, since it seems like you kind of had a hard 2011, I'm really glad 2012 has started out like this. (well, sure, it's April, but April vacation week always feels like the start of the sunshine season here,like everyone comes out of their cave -- and you just happened to come out of your cave and stumble into a surf camp. :) )

Anne-Marie said...

I am totally living vicariously through you.... bring on more Mexico. ;-)

Nancy said...

Ditto Anne-Marie. I'm loving all the COLOR. And flowers falling from the sky.

Anonymous said...

Emilie,
I've been reading your blog for several months now and have never commented. I just wanted to let you know that I love it and your Mexico posts as well!!! Don't feel guilty about them or that they are annoying. You obviously earned this trip thru all the votes from friends and family whose lives you've touched in a positive way. I look forward to reading more!!

Katie Duffy said...

I'm a big fan of the Mexico posts. They're evocative and stimulating and are perfectly priming me for summer (although my summer won't include surfing, or beautiful colorful little villages, or outdoors yoga - still, summery!) especially since it's in the 80's today in the northeast US. Enjoy it and keep telling us all about it!

jess said...

I enjoy reading your posts & seeing your pics. What a great trip!

Kirsten said...

Good stuff as usual even though you're in an unusual place!