December: On a personal note
Thoughts and news from Deddou, POP UP YOGA Founder & Yoga Teacher
I write to you from a breath-taking rooftop in the heart of the city of Marrakesh. The golden afternoon light in my face, while hearing a mixture of birds chirping and motorcycles roaring through the Medina. I am wrapped in layers of wool (it is pretty cold at this time of the year) and I am enjoying colourful days with Nosade, a Yoga Travel Agency specialized in Yoga retreats in Marrakesh.
„Listening to my inner voice I long to dive in, follow my breath and deeply listen. It is time for me to withdraw, reconnect and recharge.
This is what I wrote to you 6 weeks ago, when I let you know that I will be teaching less Yoga Flow classes in our regular Yoga Schedule and would take some time off travelling.
While the 10 days in Marrakesh right now are all about Yoga, the previous 3 weeks in South Africa are best described in 3 words: wilderness, indulgence and love. Needless to say, I had one of my best holidays in my life. I withdrew from my role as business owner, manager and yoga teacher with a somewhat busy schedule and became Deddou again, a simple being, with inquisitive eyes and zest for life. In short: I had time to reconnected & recharged.
Here are the 5 things I learnt during the adventures in the far South, that I would like to share with you:
· Less planning leads to the best results:
It takes some time getting used to an empty calendar. After a few days however, I got out of the habit of planning the day and entered into a delicious state of taking the day as it comes, moment by moment. It was wonderful to re-introduce space for surprises and spontaneity.
· Water is a precious gift:
As Cape Town is going through a severe drought, we had to be extremely conscious about our water consumption. It was a good exercise in mindfulness. Water is such a precious gift. It was a good reminder to never take it for granted, even though there seems to be plenty of it.
· Seeing poverty daily vs. not seeing it daily:
Poverty and the extreme difference between the have’s and the have-not’s are always present in a country like South Africa. It felt absurd to me to savor an exquisite 3-course meal, while I am spotting someone across the street that is hungry. As I felt guilty for the fortunate position I am in, I also became aware of the hypocrisy of this situation. Just because I usually don’t see poverty across the street, doesn’t mean it is not out there. Fact is, there are millions of hungry people, whether I see them or not. Instead of feeling guilty about the abundance in my life, it is important to stay alert and active in the efforts of making a difference and to be generous with less fortunate ones.
· Healing is possible:
I once experienced a lot of pain and suffering in Cape Town and was curious to see whether these negative feelings would rise again, when visiting the city. It was beautiful to experience lightness and joy, instead of the old baggage. Healing might take time, but I know now that it is possible.
· Friendships change and they don’t change:
Do you also have a friend you only see every 2-4 years, but you know that this friendship will last forever? And then again, there are friends that are important for a period of time, but after a while you drift apart? I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of friendship and how relationships can change. The big lesson here for me is to accept and honor them all for their uniqueness. I am grateful to have had wonderful friends for a stretch of time and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Many of you have also asked me about recommendations for South Africa, in particular Cape Town and the Garden Route. Find the 10 highlights of my trip in this POST ON OUR BLOG.
*WIN WIN WIN*
ohhh and before I forget: Just in time got Christmas we have a GIVE-AWAY for you: the new tibits cookbook, where I am featured for the chapter YOGA. To WIN the cookbook, just head over to our Facebook page and let us know your favorite after-yoga-snack in a comment in THIS POST.