Just when I was having enough of Arambol I received an email from Unni, the owner of Hinterland Village, a small resort in Kerala, India. He said that they needed a yoga teacher for two weeks, starting the 13 of March, and he asked me if I would like to come and teach yoga. Without hesitating it I answered right away "Yes!"
A few weeks before I had been searching online for a place to teach yoga and I found Hinterland Village. I contacted them but at that time Unni had two yoga teachers on site, he couldn't accommodate any more yoga teachers. So it was a really nice surprise to all of a sudden receive his email, just when I was planning to leave Arambol.
I had no idea what to expect and I didn't know what exactly was Unni expecting from me but at the end I had an extraordinary experience, much better than I could have expected. An experience that I needed to live to gain the confidence and the motivation to prepare for what's coming next. No doubt things worked just the way they should have.
Without planning it I ended up teaching my first yoga retreat. What an amazing opportunity. It seems that my intentions have started to manifest, the beginning of some new yoga adventures. I was simply looking for a place to teach hatha yoga but I ended up teaching yoga, pranayama and meditation for Hinterland's Yoga and Ayurveda retreat.
Once I arrived Unni and I had a little discussion to figure out what we could offer to their guests, besides their regular ayurvedic treatments. We came up with a nice schedule including two yoga classes a day of 90 min each and one extra class for about an hour to talk about different subjects like breath training and meditation.
Although I started my path with meditation, and it has always been my main practice, this was the first time that I had the opportunity to teach it. It all happened in a very natural way. It was mainly because of the interests of the guests that I started teaching meditation and incorporating it at the end of the evening yoga session.
The guests were fantastic, such a diverse and wonderful group of people. We all got along pretty well. There were about about five people in the first group and three in the second group. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to share with them whatever little things I have learned on my path and thankful that they received this information with so much interest.
|With James, Wendy, Valerie, Sandhya and Eva|
|With James (he came back for more!), Jayesh (nice local teacher), Landon, Patricia and Aditi|
|With the guys from The Kid Trotter. Taking some shots for their TV Show|
And the resort, Hinterland Village, was exactly what we all needed. The yoga hall was perfect, the staff amazing, the food delicious and Unni very friendly and accommodating. Unni and I stablished a nice cordial relationship. I'm sure I will return to his resort in the near future to teach another retreat. You can read more about Hinterland Village in: The Small Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in Kerala You'll Love
Well, I think this experience marks a new beginning in my path. Now I'm looking forward to organise my own yoga retreats, which I've been wanting to do for a long time. If not by end of this year then by beginning of next year, I hope.
Update 12/12/2016. Believe it or not before the end of the year it did happened, I managed to organize my first yoga retreat. You can read all about it in: My Experience Running My First Yoga and Meditation Retreat. I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to witness my dreams manifesting like this.
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