By: Jamie Greene
I left for India last fall, admittedly with a high expectation. Not an expectation of what India was supposed to be, but for what the experience would do for me personally. After five weeks of intensive yoga and Ayurveda training, and a total of a two month immersion into Indian culture, I had expected to leave a different woman than when I came – as a lighter, brighter, and more confident woman. And the best part? I thought I would leave with all the answers for life. Like, all of them. Well, I wasn’t entirely wrong. I was a bit discouraged when I landed back in the U.S. after living abroad for nearly five years just as confused as when I left, and with no more answers on how to proceed with the rest of my life than I had a few years…months prior. However, the experience as a whole was a feast for all senses, filled to the brim with each and every emotion you can feel. Ultimately that changed me. Heck, it still changes me every day as I apply this wealth of knowledge to everyday life. The only thing I know for sure is that I want more. To immerse myself as closely as I can to other cultures so I can see and feel the true beauty of it. To travel through new and exotic places taking pieces of them with me as I continue to maneuver through this life. That is what mother India gave me. She opened my heart and my mind simultaneously in such a way that I barely even noticed it was happening.
Like the ripples that form when you throw a pebble into a lake, it was impossible for me to see this change happening until I began to apply all that I absorbed from my travels and from my practice. Trial and error with the occasional breakthrough has consumed my life since. With yoga as my most trusted tool in my toolbox, and the ever flowing love that pumps in and throughout my veins, I move forward. Stumbling sometimes with the occasional fall, but forward nonetheless!
Thank you, India.
P.S. I encourage all to seek your most trusted tools and explore all the nooks and crannys’ of life.