To me, yoga and travel offer the same gift. Wanderlust – the inward and outward journeys that bring us closer to discovering our true selves in this world. People travel for many reasons. Yogis travel to BE in the world. As we travel to new lands, we practice “Yoga” – compassion, love for all of Nature, movement (Asana) mindfulness and letting go.
In the Galapagos Islands, everything is big -sea turtles, iguanas, birds and even the crabs. Erica, our yoga teacher and owner of Escape to Shape, reminded us to also be big – big with our postures, big with our breath, and big with our Love. Doing yoga in the Galapagos makes it incredibly easy to truly Be in the moment – our feet (or hands) grounded in the earth, our focus on the horizon or a sea lion and our hearts wide open. Yoga on the sand and on a boat also introduce the challenge of balance and acceptance.
The preserved, untouched wildlife of the Galapagos reminds us that we are all part of the same Universe – that we share, not own,
this Universe with the Earth, the Oceans, the turtles, sea lions, sharks, blue and red footed boobies, dogs, cats, etc. So, let’s show respect and compassion for us all. After all, we are all here on this planet for the same reason.