Yoga in Nicaragua – The Wandering Wonderer
A part of her journey was the yoga teacher training with Its Yoga Nica in Ostional.
Read the story on her blog “the wandering wonderer“.
I started practicing yoga in high school but didn’t really start regularly practicing until about 5 years ago. I’ve found yoga to give me more than other types of physical exercise, while physically challenging me also teaching me how to really relax my body and quiet my mind, learning to love my body, and finding more balance in my life. I’ve also realized yoga philosophy blends really well with my personal philosophy as well as my therapeutic approach to working with clients as a mental health therapist, and the idea of becoming certified as a yoga teacher started growing over the last year.
Feeling inspired, I signed up for the It’s Yoga Nica Ashtanga training in May after searching for trainings in Central America. This one seemed right for me- it was the most affordable, had the smallest student size, and the location was perfect (beach and close by). For 3 weeks (July 11-Aug 3) I was challenged physically (3+ hours of yoga daily!), mentally (learning Sanskrit & human anatomy, discussing philosophy), emotionally (being with the same group of new people- 8 amazing women-every day, realizing what my “blocks” are), and spiritually (meditating, contemplating what’s really important in life).
Overall, it was a great experience: I learned a lot about myself and left feeling a little wiser, stronger, and healthier, and made some amazing life-long friends. Ostional will always have a special place in my heart- the beautiful “untouched” environment, the strong sense of community (community owned land & farms, mission to protect the sea turtles), a beautiful place to practice yoga, watching the sun set over the ocean and listening to the waves during our practice.
Some of my favorite moments during “yoga camp” were walking with my yogi group on the beach during our daily “commute”, morning and sunset practice with the girls in the yoga hut and on the house patio on the bluff, eating delicious food outside with my group, swimming in the ocean between class, touching a mama turtle as she laid her eggs and holding just-hatched baby turtles (one of the most amazing experiences of my life!), visiting Edwin & Catarina’s (my yoga instructors) farm nearby and walking around the village, surviving my 1st teaching experience, listening to Veronika (a fellow yogi in training) play the guitar and sing in her amazing voice, holding a crocodile.
Alex showed up during the end of training after 3 weeks apart, timing it perfectly as there was a bit of drama that day (yes, even yogis have drama) which I was able to escape from. It was a good break for us after being almost literally attached for 5 months, but also difficult, especially towards the end. I was so happy to see his face and be able to share part of my yoga experience with him. It was nice to have our own experiences to exchange with each other, his 3 weeks exploring beach towns and mine living and breathing yoga.