“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ by Caroline Adams
From a young age, I got the travel bug. My papa, a jazz producer, would pile the family into the car and we’d go road tripping across the country from jazz festival to festival. Across the miles, we’d hear stories of what New York City was like for him as a kid growing up in the Great Depression. He was always a great storyteller, my papa, Gus P. Statiras, and never met a stranger. We’d listen to all the greats and hear about the jazz clubs he’d frequented in his youth. Papa was one-of-a-kind, a dreamer, a larger-than-life character and his love for the road was insatiable.
Those travels created more than great memories for me, they created an earnestness to go, be and live your dream without reserve. For me, to travel is to live. To step outside of one’s own existence and discover new terrain and ways of doing things, is healing. To see, firsthand, the history of another land’s struggle then triumph always gives me the greatest of hope. I remember the first time I traveled to Croatia; I was simply humbled by the generosity of the people in this, what was then, a recently war-torn country. And, when I traveled to Peru over the millennium, the street children had that innocence and excitement at Christmas of any child but with eyes that had seen too many things, too young.
It was over my trip to Peru that I first had the dream of going to the Galapagos. For five weeks, I trekked Peru in hopes of getting a ticket to transport me to the islands. It wasn’t happening. No foreigners were being allowed onto the islands. I never lost that dream of visiting and now as I prepare for my very own BrittYoga Therapy yoga retreat, I see that dreams don’t die, they just sometimes have a different timing than the ones we have.
And, I see that this is exactly how life is. They say timing is everything. Well, for me, this is my time. I am thrilled to be holding such a trip-of-a-lifetime. Join me. We’ll be practicing BrittYoga BackCare, fusing anatomically-focused slow flow, & anahata bhakti (the devotion of the heart) sequences. These practices are tailor-made for chakra alignment and open us fully to express our true nature, one of love. And, will prepare us for our adventurous days of boating to other islands, snorkeling, visiting the highlands and all led by a Galapagos naturalist. Evening yoga will be yin & restorative sequences to balance and restore. We’ll have a fire ceremony on the beach at the end of our retreat and let our old patterns burn up and feel the brilliance of rising up to meet our new intentions.
As I sip my coffee in Savannah, I dream of what it’ll be like in Sept. to drink coffee from the award-winning plantation we will stay on. A 12-acre coffee plantation where wild tortoises roam, where sunsets light-up the night and endless hours of star gazing will be held. Here’s to making dreams come true! Cheers!
For more Details: http://thetravelyogi.com/galapagos-with-daniele-part-1/
Daniele draws as a teacher from her well of experience from her 13 years of teaching. She has taught around the world, originally using London as her base. Now settled in sunny Savannah, Daniele fuses her teaching from her training and certification in, therapeutic, yin, vinyasa, Sivananda yoga and restorative yoga. Her classes are a sublime balance of anatomical focus and integrative physical therapy. Daniele’s unique style has become known as BrittYoga Therapy.