Bali Teacher Training 2012 — Returning Through a Different Lens
by guest writer Jaimeleigh Christian
As we set foot on solid ground, I smelled something so familiar, yet very different. I have been to Bali before. Fresh into a new practice, and as a teacher looking to find new things in myself, I am embarking on a new adventure, to feel no longer limited by a style of yoga because it was all I knew to teach or practice.
Today I am here because it’s the place I broke through before. It only seemed right that I’d lean on Bali to break through again and with the guidance and strength of the teacher I respect more than anyone. And the love of these people who teach me how to fight a little harder each time I am here. And to be grateful for all that I already possess.
I am now a studio owner. 28 days in; anxious, nervous, a little stressed, and just thrilled to be taking on a new event and teacher training in this place that brings me great strength and comfort.
I spent an entire flight studying the manual. I shopped. I let go. I saw beautiful things in the last two days that are so new to me in Bali. I believe this place brings me peace and joy in a time I need to settle in and breath. I have done both of these in the last 24 hours in preparation for the hard work I expect this trip to also bring me.
Like we did on a yoga retreat to Italy, I landed with Ali Valdez and then deprived of sleep, we hit it hard all day, exploring new parts of Bali that I had not seen before but still being greeted at every turn with that signature Bali smile, the anjali mudra as a true gesture of offering.
I also tried things I have never tried before: delicious eggplant chips at the vegetarian Bambulu. Ali lured me into putting my feet into a fish tank at CocoBistro to have hundreds of tiny fish exfoliate my feet while getting my mid-back length hair put in cornrows. Not your average day.
As I come to Bali again under different circumstances, needs and desires I am comforted my first day in the smell that is familiar and the space it holds in my heart. It is very different this time, but I breathe it in ready today, and tomorrow to start anew.