Downward Facing Monkey (Day 328)

While scanning through my Facebook feed today, two posts stopped me. One was from the yoga instructor Marjorie Nass, who ran the retreat I went on a year ago and the other was the assistant yoga instructor Shoko Dubiski from the same retreat. Both of them indicated that they were heading out to Costa Rica, for this year’s retreat.

My first reaction was: that’s awesome.

My second reaction was: I’m jealous.

My third reaction was: I’m sad.

Last year, I went on this retreat knowing a few things:

  1. I would be doing yoga everyday for a week.
  2. I would be staying in a gorgeous locale by the beach in Nosara, Costa Rica.
  3. I would be meeting one of my oldest friends at the retreat.
  4. The yoga instructor was one of my oldest friends dearest friends and a well-respected yogi.
  5. I would be traveling and  rooming with one of my closest friends from my community.
  6. I was going on this trip as a gift to myself for my 50th birthday.

I may have known a few other things, but those are the ones that stand out. What I didn’t know is how transformational and inspirational the experience would be for me.

We practiced yoga in an open air studio where we could see monkey families swinging from the trees and exotic tropical birds perched on branches. We had a small group that grew close as we walked and talked and ate and swam and meditated and did a whole lot of yoga together. We finished each afternoon’s restorative yoga practice with a walk down to the beach where we watched the sun set over the ocean.

It was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. And if I could, I would do it every year, but I don’t have that luxury.

So, while I’m excited for those friends who are returning for another retreat with Marjorie and Shoko, I’m also feeling like I am missing out on something that I know will be amazing. I will miss the people and the weather and the environment and the yoga and our little two-person hut with the outdoor shower.

Thankfully, I’ll be with friends (including my Costa Rica roommate from last year) tomorrow night, as some of my other friends will be arriving in Costa Rica to begin a week of fun and health and relaxation.


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