The thing is that once you have a steady Mysore practice, it goes with you when you travel. Sometimes the particulars of making that happen are easy but in my experience they usually are not. Most often I find myself sandwiched between two beds on a carpeted floor keeping my drishti so that I wouldn't have to see what was lurking under the bed with the AC blasting in my face. Then there is the food disaster where yes, you are grateful you have food but are also mentally preparing yourself for how this highly processed meal is going to feel tomorrow in Marichasana D (foot in gut now twist). Or Pasasana (squat and thighs smash guts now twist). Or Purna Matsyendrasana (more foot in gut and twisting action).
Enter yoga vacation aka yoga retreat. You get to have your practice and eat well too. Sometimes you want to mostly vacation, sometimes you want to mostly retreat, other times you want a healthy mix of both. My recent retreat with David Robson and Jelena Vesnic was just that.
Sayulita is a small surfer town north of Puerto Vallarta. You can take the bus or taxi or have a car arranged by your hotel. You don't really need a map because vegan and vegetarian and organic and farm fresh local food and taco stands are waiting to be discovered around every corner. Design-forward local makers abound. Eco-conscious mostly everything and recycling bins aplenty. The beach...
We stayed at Hotelito de los Suenos where we also had our morning Mysore practice. Rooms were simple, clean, and with air conditioning. Post-practice breakfast was offered daily with everything from chilaquiles (kind of like breakfast nachos) to avocado toast. Lately, I have preferred to have my first meal around noon so after practice I would wander off through town just as it woke up. I love this moment anywhere. The air is different. The birds in the trees. The "just before". I would wander through the sleepy streets to Organi-k for the "No Bad Days" smoothie (alt milk, cacao, banana, chia, hemp, peanut butter...) that I would have for lunch. It is really something that bringing your own reusable cup is starting to be the standard everywhere.
We had three workshops - just the right amount. I'm not so into geeking out on these things so much these days but sometimes we all need a little encouragement and reassurance that we are on the right path. When you practice on your own most of the time, you need this. (Well, I suppose you don't need it, but it is nice.) And when your teacher is in India and you aren't, reassurance takes longer to receive. You'd think that being authorized means that everyone is offering the same information. This isn't always the case. Life can get lonely. But with David and Jelena, I felt right at home.
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