I thought I would throw in some pictures because anyone who had to endure the last post deserves some sort of photo reward.
Hopefully this won't turn into an endless essay but beware I did start running again so it could go either way.
I'm back in Costa Rica and I'm here to take two more Yoga trainings. The first one was Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics (SAY). I finished that one last friday and the next one is Inner Quest for the Yoga Educator. This one will start this sunday and it ends mid April.
I can't even put into words what the SAY training was. It was beyond logic and exceeded every expectations -and I am a girl of expectations-
I remember when I was little I used to read the end of a book before I started reading it. I needed to know if it would have a happy ending. Ok, maybe not a happy ending but I didn't like that feeling of getting to know and love a character to then have them die in the middle of the story -Yes! I'm talking to you J.K. Rowling -
I do the same with movies -Heinz hates this by the way- but I need to know if it's a happy-ending movie before I watch it because I hate any open-ending crap.
So with SAY I had all kinds of expectations, not only with the training itself but with ALL the amount of things I would get done between classes.
I'll cut to the chase. I wasn't able to do anything.
I brought -not one but two- pairs of running shoes, a curated list of books I intended to read and of course a laptop to blog and my camera to take tons of pictures.
None of that happened.
I was so exhausted from the training it was unbelievable. I'm not super energetic but I'd say I have a pretty active life so I thought you know -therapeutics- I'll still have time to do tons of stuff.
With the SAY I discovered how multi-layerd the human being is. How unaware of it I was. Sure I'd heard of this but I'd never experienced it myself.
The basis of the Nosara Yoga Institute is self-inquiry and I couldn't be more in love with their philosophy and their learning approach. It's so accessible to anyone.
I got so into the training that I was able to let go of any expectations both for me (running around, blogging, etc) and the training. I figured even if it's totally outside my comfort zone I would approach every inquiry without anticipating the outcome.
It was exhausting because it was a struggle. Let me just quote a very famous song that fits perfectly right here:
Ooohhh, my body's sayin' let's go
Ooohhh, but my heart is sayin' no
It then goes on to saying how she's a genie in a bottle blah, blah...nonetheless you were so right Cristina, you were. so. right.
I'm currently trying to build a harmonious relationship with my heart, my feelings, my body and my mind. I think the more permissive I allow myself to be the more compassionate and loving I feel so we will see where that leads. Only one rule: no anticipation allowed.
And praise da' lord Heinz is coming. I really miss him. I needed to open a bottle of water -he always opens them for me because they are always too tight- and I couldn't open it so I spent a whole day drinking orange juice. It was sad. Luckily I didn't turn orange -remember that Sunny Delight urban legend...or fact!-
I've got a week off before my other training starts so that is why I did start running and got started on reading my books! <= insert heart emoticon here! I just love how you just know the book you are reading will become THAT book you absolutely love. I've highlighted pretty much everything I've read and by now Jung and I are best friends forever.
I'm currently reading Memories, Dreams, Reflections. I'd been interested in reading C.G. Jung but somehow thought it would be too hard to understand. I read this would be an easy book to start with and it is. It's so story-like, paused and explained, he links his ideas to each experience that made him question or answer himself. He comes from a religious background and ever since he was little he remembers how he constantly went back and forth with the idea of God and the structure of religion so it speaks to me in a very special way (I come from a very religious family)
It's the perfect book for me right now and -I keep saying this- I think it's magical how the right book falls into my hands at the perfect time.
Magic in Nosara is unfolding and my sister and my friend were here for the weekend and that was magical too!
Nosara is a special place, you'll read that here and everywhere else because it. is. true.