From Lifestyle To Life
A while ago, my partner and I decided that it was time for us to go for a big adventure, take 4 months off to travel, spend some quality time with our families and do those things we love the most such as Yoga, surf and eat good food. So far, it's been one of the best choices ever made!
I knew I wanted to spend some time in India, deepening my experience and knowledge of Yoga. I knew I wanted to be in a safe space where I could really face my deepest fears, developing inner strength and peace and allow myself to expand as much as I could, as a person, as a practitioner and as a teacher. When I found the AyurYoga Eco Ashram I knew it was the place I wanted to go to. I just knew it. Those who know me well can definitely confirm how difficult it is for me to take decisions sometime. Especially when it involves, leaving my favourite city for 4 months, stepping into the unknown. However, when browsing the internet I found the ashram, there was something that attracted me to it and I had no doubt that that would be the right place for me.
The ashram ended up being perfect for me. It is immersed in nature in beautiful South India, it completely embraces the loving approach for the planet that I have been looking for. Everything that we ate is sourced organically from the fields that surround the ashram. You can imagine how transformative it has been being there for a month, learning Yoga, eating beautiful food, waking up at 5am every morning, seeing the sunrise and going to sleep at 8pm when everything is dark and all you can hear is the magnificent birds and crickets that populate the ashram forest. It's been a dream.
Now, the most exciting thing is that I feel this place has transformed my lifestyle so deeply that I haven't really seen this change coming. It just kind of happened so naturally. It happened with all the early mornings, the chanting, the extraordinary teachers who led our classes, the community of like-minded people, the tasty and healthy food that my body learned to love. It happened with the time I gave to myself when I didn't understand something (instead of putting myself under pressure). It came with the incredible opportunity I had to have my partner in the ashram with me, seeing him changing, seeing our relationship changing and transforming. I finally can see myself, putting the Yogi lifestyle at the centre of my daily routine. Not as something that separates me from people or the 'modern system'. but as something that makes me more 'myself' and more connected to the world around me.
At the end of the month, just before receiving my teacher training certification, our philosophy teacher reminded us how Yoga (and its Yogic lifestyle) is just a passage before fully embracing oneness and choosing the lifestyle you really want. It is just a start, a discipline, to train your body, your mind, your 'I'. When we 'get' oneness, when we breathe oneness, when our identification with our 'I' is gone, then we can choose any lifestyle that works for us as nothing else matters. There is just oneness, consciousness, Isvara. Those words really resonated to me and I guess that is the reason why I am now fully committed to the Yogic lifestyle, more than ever.