Reflections from Puerto Rico

We are back from a wonderful retreat at Casa Grande in Puerto Rico, and are so grateful to the amazing yogis who shared their practices with us over those magical four days! Lauren Ginsberg wrote this beautiful piece about her first day with us, and we wanted to share it with you. Thanks, Lauren!

High Line to Through Line

We are on our mats but instead of car horns we are listening to birds, roosters and intermittent rain as Steph prepares us for an intensive and relaxing few days together and alone on this amazing retreat in the mountain rainforest of Puerto Rico.

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We settle into our first afternoon with a perfect post-travel practice followed by wonderful food and getting to know new friends – including Jose who grows some of the root vegetables he includes in his dishes.

Following a deep sleep we begin our day with a delicious coconut cornmeal polenta, fruit and amazing coffee.

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Digest and repeat, we are back on our mat. Steph invites us to reflect on our practice, to consider the through line which connects our practice from the mat to our everyday lives. Through standing and balance poses we direct our attention to our jumping jack muscles. Those glutes we are often overworking help us develop the stability in our pelvis and hips which support our spines. My ah-ha moment.

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While true life is always changing, there are certain periods of greater change which call for a different attention. My own recent experiences of such change have left me at times unbalanced and uncentered.  So here in the gorgeous green landscape I am fortunate for the opportunity to pause and find my jumping jack muscles…and some stability from mat to life and from mountains to city. The beginning of a wonderful weekend.

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