Remember me? Bit of a blogging hiatus over here. I’ve been home for over 2 weeks now, and I guess the reason it has taken me this long to post is because I wanted to do it all justice. I wanted to find the right words to express the experiences that we had. But as time goes on, it’s becoming clear to me that I don’t think that’s going to happen! So here we go.
I woke up really early the morning I left. Like 4am early. But I still managed to feel rushed and I sped the entire way to Calgary without enough time to pick up a Coffee. I flew with United…. and I can honestly say they are now on my Boycott list. Their planes were really small, older, and I was unimpressed with their customer service. Not to mention they left my bag in San Fransisco. So yeah. That was fun. Haha
Instant stress when I found out my bag wasn’t arriving for another day. Thank goodness I carried my Yoga Mat onto the plane and had packed an extra t-shirt and pair of pants in my carry-on. But I didn’t have any shower supplies or toiletries. You read that correctly. No deodorant. In Mexico. I left the arrival terminal to go find the shuttle and that is where I saw two girls with Yoga Mats sitting and waiting. Riley and Stacey, my first 2 friends. We had to wait for another hour for the next plane to arrive and while we waited to chatted and got to know one another. Once the 2nd plane got it we all piled into the shuttle and set off for Yoga Camp.
I met my next friend, Rebecca, on the Shuttle. Ok guys, but seriously, what a small world we live in. Rebecca is a RN who lives in a close by city and is friends with a nurse I work with on Postpartum. Of course I had a hypoglycemic attack/motion sickness on the shuttle ride. Riley had peanuts and saved the day
Sarasvati greeted us when we arrived. She was one of our 2 main instructors. Sara is a beaming ray of sunshine. She is relaxed, grounding, welcoming, happy, and inspiring. I gravitated to her energy and her morning asana classes were my favorite.
We were shown around the Yandara grounds, and then picked our tents. I picked one on the north side, close to Jess (my 4th friend) and Rebecca. Then it was time to eat.
I feel like I could do an entire post on the food at Yandara alone, but I will try to sum it up into a few sentences. Breakfast was always Oatmeal, Papaya and Banana’s, with fresh nut and coconut granola. We always had eggs – either scrambled or hard-boiled. Lunch and Supper had a giant salad and was mostly vegan/vegetarian with the occasional pescetarian option. Yandara has a garden and all of their food is local, and as much as possible Organic. There was no sugar or coffee. Fruit and tea were always available (the pears were amazing!). I ate large portions and 2 snacks of fruit per day and I was pleasantly surprised that by 5 days in I wasn’t craving chocolate or coffee.
After our first dinner we went to our first Satsang with the 26 day group. Satsang is when a group of people get together to talk, sing, chant, and learn about the history of Yoga. I remember feeling very out of my comfort zone during that first Satsang. I rarely sing in my car when I am alone and now I have to spend an hour and a half every night singing with 40 other people?! My voice was very quiet that first Satsang.
Pretty much after every Satsang I went to my tent, wrote in my journal, read a book, and I was passed out by 10pm.
My group had 21 beautiful women in total. Ages ranging from 20-50. About half from Canada and half from the US. I was most worried about making friends. What a silly thought. We are a family. I feel so exceptionally lucky that these women chose to attend Yandara at the same time as me. They are what made the experience as wonderful as it was. My heart overflows with love for all of them. Words can’t even begin to capture how truly blessed I feel for meeting them.