Day 4 in Paradise

The rains seem to have subsided but have left us dark, grey clouds as if to remind us Ana was here.

Morning practice focused on core this morning (everyone’s favorite), but Jason allowed some time for yoga-related questions first.  He’s a very knowledgeable teacher and more than once, I’ve felt as if this were a Teacher Training of sorts.  One of the best things about yoga (in my humble opinion) is that there is always more to learn.  Even if you reach a proficiency with the marcro stuff, there are an endless array of micro things to work on.  And it’s those subtle nuances that we could study forever.

After lunch, my friend Brooke took me on a mini-sightseeing tour of the area.  What a treat to have a local show me around!  First we went back to her house and I met her husband and dog (lovely, by the way).  Then we toured a few of the local beaches and saw a lava field.

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Here is the beach we settled to go for a swim.  Can you believe there is not a soul in sight?!?!  It was like our own private oasis!  The ocean water was so warm – soothing and energizing at the same time.  I don’t remember the last time I went all the way into the ocean.  It was AWESOME!

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After that we went back to Lumeria to take a dip in the resort’s hot tub.  While soaking, we decided to play hookey from our afternoon classes (which Jason has said we can come to any or all or none) and it was the right decision today.  Instead Brooke drove us to an awesome little sushi restaurant called Nuka (I think) where we had one of the best sushi dinners I’ve ever had.

Here is Brooke doing her best to cut out mochi dessert, which took some strength!

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If you’ve ever thought about going on a yoga retreat but have hesitated because you don’t know anyone, I want to tell you right now to throw that excuse out the window.  Yoga people are the nicest people on the planet and there will certainly be other people traveling alone (as I did).  Once you get to your destination, it won’t be long before you have more connections and invitations than you know what to do with.  One of the very best parts of my life is the friends I have made all over the world by traveling in this way.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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