My interest in travel started at an early age, almost as far back as I can remember. Both my grandmothers were travelers and I would spend hours talking to them about the countries they visited and experiences they had. I couldn’t think of anything more interesting than hoping on a plane to see how other people were living their lives on different continents. In this blog, you will learn about how I caught the travel bug and how you can change and enhance your life with yoga and SUP yoga (SUP = standup paddleboard).
Why you should travel and practice yoga and SUP yoga
Fast forward to my junior year in high-school, I decided to start cheerleadering (as I had been a passionate gymnast and dancer growing up) and received the opportunity to travel to Hawaii to participate in the Pro Bowl half time show with the USA Cheerleading Association. Even though this was still the US, it was enough of an environmental and cultural difference that sparked the flame for an everlasting desire to travel for the rest of my life.
I was lucky enough to be invited back to Hawaii the following year, and as soon as I graduated high-school, I was off on a jet plane to see the world. First stop, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This trip then motivated me to leave my home in the Bay Area permanently to seek a slower pace of life in Lake Tahoe, California. During this time, I was going to college in the mountains and they announced a study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain. I didn’t hesitate to sign up. This program took me to western Europe and I was fortunate enough to explore all over Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Holland.
Travel Changes You
After this trip, I came home different person. I could feel subtle changes in my thinking and behavior – which ultimately changed the experiences I had moving forward. After 5 years in alpine paradise, and acceptance into San Diego State University, it was time for another move. So I packed my things and headed to the beach to pursue a business degree and new experiences.
After I graduated, I was again very fortunate to land a job working with an environmental consulting firm that gave me the amazing luxury of PAID VACATION. I was beyond excited and thought this is as good as it gets, a company is actually paying me to go travel! Well not exactly. I needed to put in about 260 days per year of sitting at a desk in exchange for my 2 weeks of freedom, and to be honest, I was ok with that for about 5 years. This took to me to the Bahamas, South America, all over the United States, and Australia… which ended up being the trip that changed everything once again.
A New Chapter
The second I sat down in my seat on Qantas and heard the Aussie flight attendant start speaking, a surge of excitement raced through my veins unlike anything I had ever felt. I was hooked and knew even before I landed in Sydney that this was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Needless to say, the trip was everything I had hoped for and more and I was already researching how I could get back to Australia before I got back to the US.
Once home, I started to reassess everything. Five years of corporate life left me feeling unwell. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time was causing me major back and neck pain and I constantly had this burning desire for more. This was when I began taking yoga classes to help with the physical pain I was experiencing and I quickly fell in love with the physical, mental and emotional release and began practicing every day.
The next year was insane. I decided to buy a house in San Diego and adopt my first furry life companion, Sierra. The two other things I spent a lot of time thinking about other than travel. I knew that this would make my dream of going back to Australia a little harder, but I didn’t let it stop me. I found renters for the house, a temporary home for Sierra and BOOM…about a year and half later, I was on my second flight to Australia.
The Big Move
My intention was to stay 3 months this time and get experience working as an intern for an environmental non-profit, but the universe had another plan. After about 2 months, they offered me a 4 year visa and a full time job. Within 6 months I was moving into a house with a yard for Sierra and within a year, she finally met me down under. We lived in Sydney, Australia for the next 5 years. During this time, I again was fortunate to explore all over eastern Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam and Sweden. During my time in Australia, I continued to practice yoga (and was introduced to SUP yoga!) on a regular basis and made it a priority whenever I traveled. It was so interesting to see the different studios all over the world, experience all types of teachers and styles, and deepen my knowledge of the practice and its goal.
After all this travel around the world, seeing amazing sights and meeting beautiful people, I was again at a cross roads. This time the desire for travel wasn’t to another country, it was inside. I firmly believe that all these life changing experiences and yoga classes finally permeated my inner core and soul and I began a new journey… to discover who I am and what my purpose is.
The Journey Within
After working in the corporate world for about 10 years, I was burnt out, in physical pain and unhappy. I decided to quit my job and take a month off to again reassess. During this time, I decided to sign up for my 200hr yoga teacher training in Sydney, Australia. This was something I had been thinking about for years, but I wasn’t sure the teaching part was for me. I liked the idea of deepening my practice and learning more about yoga for stress relief, so I began this month-long journey.
During the first week of training I had my revelation. Everything I had been through and experienced to this point, had led me here. This was exactly what I was suppose to be doing with my life. I felt a sense of happiness, contentment and being home like I had never felt before. I had finally found my purpose.
The Journey Home
The next year consisted of me finishing my 200hr teacher training in Australia, moving to Bali, Indonesia for 3 months to complete a 300hr advanced teacher training and SUP yoga certification and soaking up as much knowledge as I could. My body changed, my mind changed, and I experienced transformation on a new level. The path was clear now. I decided to move back to the US to pursue my new life as a yoga teacher. So I packed up 5 years of Australia into 4 suitcases, popped Sierra on a flight and we headed home.
Since then, I have been teaching yoga and SUP yoga on a regular basis in San Diego, California with a goal of sharing these life changing practices with as many people as possible. Travel led me around the world and then it led me home in a way that I will forever be grateful for.
Are you ready to practice yoga and SUP yoga in San Diego, California?
Now with all this life, travel, yoga and SUP Yoga experience in my pocket, I am ready to share what has brought me an INFINITE amount of joy and contentment. This IS the reason I offer yoga and SUP yoga classes in beautiful, sunny San Diego, California.
Are you ready for change? Do you have a burning desire for more? Do you want to feel happier, healthier and more alive than ever before? Then we need to chat.
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