Well, I’ve finished up all my classes before heading OS. I’ve had such a lovely couple of days wrapping things up here in Melbourne. Many hugs, lots of happy journey wishes and such an enormous amount of gratitude from my students (a polar opposite to the not too distant corporate world I lived in. Gratitude? What does that mean?). Last night a group of students told me what a wonderful teacher I am and how much they enjoy my classes and look forward to my return. Not only is this genuine feedback touching, but it is also a reminder that I’m on the right path. That I really am offering value to those who choose to train with me. As a teacher who is going against much of what is taught here in the west, I would be lying if I didn’t say this feedback is reassuring. I believe in my brand Naked Yoga (naked-yoga.com.au) and what it stands for, but it is always nice to hear others are also experiencing the benefits this raw, authentic and traditional approach promises. I’m only more inspired to continue learning, deepening my own practice and exploring new ways to share this with the world upon my return.
So today I’m heading home to Adelaide with Owen and the pooch to see everyone for my 30th birthday (yes I need to get over this hurdle before heading OS). Because I put all of my attention and efforts into yoga, I’ve become a little too relaxed when it comes to preparing for the trip. As I write this after my morning practice and with a cup of tea, in the back of my mind I’m thinking - “Jessica, you really do need think about packing. You’re leaving in two hours..” Whilst I’m in no way proclaiming to be some perfectly centred person who has ultimate balance in body and mind (let’s just say I will always be the student striving for this - just ask Owen 😉), I’ve certainly become far more lax when it comes to anything outside of yoga. Not so long ago I would have had my bags packed weeks in advance. Not now. The ‘morning of’ is good enough! If I forget underwear… whilst it’s not ideal (I really hope I won’t forget underwear)... at the end of the day, it’s no biggie! Slowly I’m learning to let go of insignificant worries that do not serve me or take from my life in some way, and choose to place my energy into more important areas of my life - my relationship for one, my students and my business for another.
I’m certainly very excited about returning to Mysore, India. To be in the presence of Guruji again. I’ve never been as inspired as what I have been by this wonderful man. Guruji’s wisdom, passion and dedication to a traditional practice, one that is built upon experience not theory, has without a doubt encouraged me to continue following the path of a yogi. A simple but meaningful life. As a person who spent many, many years disconnected with my body and mind, and disillusioned about what was important in my life (money was a huge driver), it is exciting to have found peace with my intentions to improve my connection with self each and every day - and for that to be my driver. In doing so, I gain confidence and trust in my ability to be and do anything I dream in this lifetime. That anything is possible. I know we just need to want it enough and have the courage to challenge neurotic barriers, beliefs and attitudes that do not serve us. To acknowledge but not be swayed by the opinions or fears of others. People think I’m crazy doing what I do - giving up the corporate career, the money, the security (which is total crap - there is no security), and traveling to a developing country to live simply and train intensely. For me, this is my journey to self - and I shall continue down this path out of respect to the practice, to my students and most importantly, out of respect to myself.
Ok, I should start packing… but rest assured I will be keeping in touch throughout this next chapter of my life. I also intend to vblog (video blog) this trip so be sure to keep your eyes open for these videos! I don’t know how to use a video camera or edit, and power is in short supply in India - but I’ll give it a go!!!
Take care, live freely and follow your heart.