Opening up to Yoga

Two weeks to go!

On Monday,  Daegu saw the biggest snowstorm in years.  I woke up to a winter wonderland.  Usually at this time of year I wouldn’t be so dazzled to see such a snowfall, but with the romance it brought in conjunction with Valentine’s Day and the bright smiles it put on my students’ faces made it quite a pleasant start to the week.  I also got to enjoy a lovely snow-filled walk by the river to ring in the evening.

It brought a sense of peace, as I opened up and enjoyed the wonders that nature can give us, which also reminded me of the wonderful weekend I had.

I have been studying yoga in Korea for almost a year, with breaks every so often due to vacations.  I initially joined to enable me to feel physically stronger, more flexible, and less tense.  It definitely helped with those issues, but obviously the language barrier with a Korean instructor left something out.  I couldn’t really figure out what it was until this weekend when I attended my first yoga workshop lead by an amazing Anusara-style yoga teacher—in English.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how personal to get with this blog/website, but I figure, hey, yoga is now in my “backpack”, so here it is.  The workshop showed me a much deeper side to yoga—a reason to connect to my body and my mind, which I rarely do enough of with the craziness of teaching and weekend plans.  I finally took a day to focus on myself, look inside and to see what I’m searching for. I began to allow energy to reach out of every surface of my being.  I worked with fabulous and supportive women who helped me live in the moment as we flowed from pose to pose and breath to breath.

Some parts of the day were new for me, other parts were sweaty and difficult, and even more were uplifting as I could see how my abilities have  grown.  But never a moment passed that wasn’t rewarding.  And I am thankful to the women with whom I got to share this experience.

As I get ready to leave Korea and my yoga class, I hope to continue to use time to practice what I have learned to stay fit and flexible as well as clear-minded and in tune with what is around me.  I have recently learned there is so much in this practice that can be used in everyday life, and I hope to see it through for a deeper sense of mindfulness, peace and happiness on my travels.

2 Responses to Opening up to Yoga
  1. Tori
    February 16, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    I told you!! I am glad you finally got an English class, its another world. And I’m glad you finally got to go there, so much more than flexibility!!!!!!

  2. Megan
    February 17, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    You make me wish I had started forever ago!

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Opening up to Yoga

Two weeks to go!

On Monday,  Daegu saw the biggest snowstorm in years.  I woke up to a winter wonderland.  Usually at this time of year I wouldn’t be so dazzled to see such a snowfall, but with the romance it brought in conjunction with Valentine’s Day and the bright smiles it put on my students’ faces made it quite a pleasant start to the week.  I also got to enjoy a lovely snow-filled walk by the river to ring in the evening.

It brought a sense of peace, as I opened up and enjoyed the wonders that nature can give us, which also reminded me of the wonderful weekend I had.

I have been studying yoga in Korea for almost a year, with breaks every so often due to vacations.  I initially joined to enable me to feel physically stronger, more flexible, and less tense.  It definitely helped with those issues, but obviously the language barrier with a Korean instructor left something out.  I couldn’t really figure out what it was until this weekend when I attended my first yoga workshop lead by an amazing Anusara-style yoga teacher—in English.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how personal to get with this blog/website, but I figure, hey, yoga is now in my “backpack”, so here it is.  The workshop showed me a much deeper side to yoga—a reason to connect to my body and my mind, which I rarely do enough of with the craziness of teaching and weekend plans.  I finally took a day to focus on myself, look inside and to see what I’m searching for. I began to allow energy to reach out of every surface of my being.  I worked with fabulous and supportive women who helped me live in the moment as we flowed from pose to pose and breath to breath.

Some parts of the day were new for me, other parts were sweaty and difficult, and even more were uplifting as I could see how my abilities have  grown.  But never a moment passed that wasn’t rewarding.  And I am thankful to the women with whom I got to share this experience.

As I get ready to leave Korea and my yoga class, I hope to continue to use time to practice what I have learned to stay fit and flexible as well as clear-minded and in tune with what is around me.  I have recently learned there is so much in this practice that can be used in everyday life, and I hope to see it through for a deeper sense of mindfulness, peace and happiness on my travels.

2 Responses to Opening up to Yoga
  1. Tori
    February 16, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    I told you!! I am glad you finally got an English class, its another world. And I’m glad you finally got to go there, so much more than flexibility!!!!!!

  2. Megan
    February 17, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    You make me wish I had started forever ago!

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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