Living as an expat, it's been interesting for me seeing the culture shock conversation evolved into awareness and examination of reverse culture shock. Past the point of a "new normal" returning home after time abroad comes the realization that time away is more than voyeurism or vacation: that place has begun to permeate the less conscious, often less contrived, parts of one's self.
Preparing my bio for my first yoga workshops in the States, I realized that my base of experience with the yoga world at large exists in a very specific bubble. Though I interact with yoga students from the Western world on a regular basis in my new home of Busan, Korea, I have the luxury of setting the pace and expectations of students there. Without the bubble of my own studio, with limited experience practicing in the Western world, with the echo of liability scares in my ear planted by excerpts of pitches for yoga teacher insurance I've picked up from Western-based magazines and newsletters, I was riddled with the anxiety of walking into a context for which I had few notes.
I was fine. More than fine, I was reminded of what makes yoga so great: at the most fundamental of levels, there is a shared pulse that throbs through all of us that have dedicated ourselves to this practice. More than style or and specific asana practice, we are parts of a shared heart. My nervous excitement and enthusiasm was met and matched on the other end by all of the amazing participants in Saturday's workshop: Flip It!
This marked my international teaching debut and the first workshop hosted by Amazing Andréa of Toula Yoga. Thank you so much to: Andréa, Sydni E. Photography for her hot shots and all of the gorgeous participants whose fearlessness was outdone only by their warm welcomes. If this is just the beginning I can't wait to see what lies ahead!
It is experiences like these that breath life into what could easily diminish into classroom cliches: I honor the place of peace, integrity, wisdom and love within you. When you are in that place, and I am in that place, we are One.
Thank you for sharing that place beyond limits of geography.