"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide
Frightened. Completely and totally frightened... thrilled... empowered. There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe the emotions that are, and have been, flowing through me at such velocity. When I saw this quote, I thought to myself, "Self. This is your immediate life. Get ready for it and embrace it."
On November 1st I will board a Boeing 747 and fly more than 10,000 miles to land on the other side of the world. Most call it Goa, India. I call it the destination that will change my life forever. For twenty eight days I will practice yoga on outdoor studios built into the land, eat a 70% raw diet, and read more anatomy than I have in my entire life. I will practice yoga, study, and experience the culture from sunrise to, well, I want to say sunset but that would be foolish. Until long after the sun sets. Three hundred plus hours packed into 28 little days. If the lack of caffeine doesn't kill me, the 6:00 am MySore self practice might. This is where I tell myself to suck it up, roll out that yoga mat, and place my hands at my heart in prayer.
I fell in love with yoga two years ago after stepping into Silverlake Yoga. Dana Marcoux, Susan Priver, and LeTania Kirkland opened my eyes to the beauty of the practice. Days would pass effortlessly. My stress almost completely alleviated and for once in my life, I felt like I could just let go. Yoga showed me that not being perfect is absolutely perfect. Surrendering to my true self is uplifting. It's not about how good you are or how strong your body is. It's about letting go of thought and linking body, breath, and movement. For 60 or 90 minutes, you leave your entire world at the door and step onto your mat with a clean slate. It becomes your time, your life, and your practice.
So here I am, 27 years old, turning my life into an open-ended book. Quitting my job of three years and moving everything I own into storage. I am ready for what Goa has to offer me and for the enlightenment that I will walk away with. For everything I attain that I will have to offer for the rest of my life. My arms are open to embrace this experience and carry it with me through whatever may follow. Frightening, thrilling, and empowering. I am ready for the next chapter of my life.
Best wishes and namaste!
Andrea is documenting her Journey for an original "Simple Yoga" Video Series "30 Days in India"