This has been an incredibly special 24 hours, and one little post certainly wont due justice to the teacher and fellow students I’ve met here in Costa Rica, but I still wanted to at least write a little something.  1. To express my gratitude. 2. To share a little bit of what I”ve learned/relearned on day one of training.

Be humble in my personal practice.  Leave my ego at the door.  Mean it.  Do not push my body to do things I can’t really do.

In that same vein, accept my deficiencies.

Learn from others.

There are no styles of yoga.  Yoga is the linking of breath and movement.  That’s it.

Knowing the path and walking it are two different things.

“If there were two of me, there’d be no need for another.” Joe’ism (aka: from Marianne’s dad)

A little about where I am/what I’m doing/who I’m meeting:
We are staying in a remote “spa” (which is more like a lodge) here on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a town called Nosara.  We have a view of the ocean; we are ensconced by jungle.  We have fresh, local, organic food prepared for us three times a day.  The family who owns the property are gracious and kind and have two adorable puppies.  My teachers – Marianne and her husband, Ron – are genuine and giving and knowledgeable.  The other women who are on this student journey with me are incredible with inspiring stories and compelling reasons for being here.  I do not think it is a coincidence that those of us who are here are here now, in this group, this time, together.  We are a group of “experienced” women (as in life experience, painful events, trauma), and I cherish every moment of it.

So much more to say, but I must read and sleep 🙂  Sending loving thoughts to all of you out there 🙂