I am still feeling the high of leading my first yoga retreat in Maui, Hawaii. It was everything I imagined and more. I fully immersed myself in my teaching and practice while being in paradise. I mean, what could be better than that? Truthfully though, my favorite part of the retreat was making connections and building relationships. I loved sitting next to someone new during breakfast or dinner to get to know them, teaching classes and workshops to a group of students I knew I would see again the next day, and going into town and shopping with new friends. In retrospect, leading this retreat made me realize just how lucky I am to be able to meet new and interesting people on a day to day basis.
I have always been extremely outgoing and even as a child I could strike up a conversation with just about anyone. Growing up, my mom worked for United Airlines as a computer programmer, so our family had the opportunity to experience the excitement of flying around the world. But of course, we had to dress up since we represented my mom, there was no guarantee that we would get on a flight, and if we did get on a plane we probably won’t sit together. Imagine two little kids all dressed up, sitting next to complete strangers, and if we were lucky sitting in first class. I think being put in those situations from a young age taught me the importance of finding common ground with everyone and everything.
To me, any connection made whether it may seem big or small creates a huge impact on everyone involved. Therefore, it is important for me to convey what yoga is all about when teaching my public classes, workshops, trainings, privates, and retreats. After all, the definition of “Yoga” means to yoke or connect.
As I continue on my journey through yoga, I am creating opportunities to make and/or deepen your connection to yoga, yourself, and others. Check out the details for my Partner + Group Yoga Workshop and Yoga Retreat in Italy.
Hi, I'm Lauren and I am here to support people to find freedom in being authentic and the power to carry that out in their lives and community. Writing is one way I like to explore that for myself. Here is my archive of reflections.