Yoga, Travel & Gratitude
My first trip with the sole purpose of yoga/AcroYoga/movement was to Greece in September 2016. I only booked a place at a course and my flights a few days before I had to arrive. I had an unexpected week off of work, and suddenly I felt like Greece was the right place to be.
Going to Greece was one of my best decisions, a whole week of practice at beautiful Sunshine House, and like every trip since, it opened many doors. I met a wonderful woman called Jenny who was a teacher at a yoga school in Goa which offered teacher training. I had started doing research for courses, but typing ‘yoga school India’ into Google gave me far too many options. I became friends with Jenny and had the chance to ask lots about her yoga school, Tri Murti, the course was accredited by Yoga Alliance, was multi-style, and the right dates and cost for me. It seemed a no brainer.
A few months later and I booked a flight to Goa, my first trip to India, and after Greece, my first solo trip. To say I was anxious was an understatement, but I really had the best time, loved immersing myself in Yoga for one month and met some really special people. I also have a theory why I love going to countries like India, not just to be so far outside my comfort zone, but I always have such heartfelt experiences with local people. Strangers offer me such kindness and generosity that in turn I feel it makes me a kinder and more open person. As well as reminding me how lucky I am to live the life I chose. These are all things which I strive to channel into my teaching.
Lauren teaches her weekly Vinyasa Yoga here at Studio iO every Friday 11.30am.