18 days of turning inward
In life, we must nourish the many parts of ourselves. By honoring the different sides we help ourselves to become as whole as possible as we move forward in this existence. For years, I have been creating my life in Los Angeles, paving the path towards my dreams and doing my best to follow that path.. However, one major pursuit still stands; my yearn to nourish my yogi heart and become certified to be a yoga instructor.
A year ago, while doing research for an article for WOMN Magazine, I discovered Shivakali Yoga and their 18 day desert retreat/teacher training. The retreat caught my eye because of its modern, “cool” and yet totally spiritual way of talking about what the retreat has to offer.. I reached out to one of the founders Serge and we arranged for me to come for 4 days and 4 nights to write an article for the magazine. I went with eyes and ears of a journalist, planning to just observe, not get too emotionally invested into the whole experience. You can read about what I learned and ended up experiencing here. Long story short, I had to come back this year to experience the full 18 days.
My mantra for my 18 day journey: “change is crucial for growth, we must take risks to experience change.” As we all know, however, risks and change are scary. There is the fear of life after the change. There is also the fear of trusting yourself during the experience. Part of this process, is knowing how to evolve, honoring all of the aspects of our being in order to create something that is whole within ourselves.
I am diving into this incredible experience tomorrow. I will be without social media, no service completely disconnected but entirely connected to myself and the other yogis that will be attending this journey with me.
Wish me luck and stay tuned, I will be back in 18 days.
The song that really sums up my feelings is Changes by Longhorne Slim & The Law from their album The Spirit Moves.
Photos by Memry