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