Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
It’s a beautiful November morning in Grenada. 7:00 a.m. the sun is not too strong yet, the shadows of the trees are long over the roads, the air is fresh and transparent, populated with the sounds of the awakening world. We are walking on the sidewalk, Maya and me, and ten other traveling kids between 11 and 15 years-old, all living aboard sailboats. From the anchorage in Prickly Bay to the yoga studio at True Blue Resort is only about 15 minutes.
Gabriele Shivanidevi Oltersdorf living and traveling aboard S/V Cool Change, mom of Julia 13 and Carlos 11, is also a yoga-master. She has organized this morning’s free activity: yoga for teens. Thanks to the manager of True Blue Resort Mags Fielden, the kids have the most fantastic space to do yoga on the island to themselves this morning. The turquoise-colored open Sankalpa Yoga Studio at the edge of the sea overlooking a small beach is perfect, with polished wooden floor, surrounded by shady evergreen trees, light breeze reaching from the ocean.
Yoga, an old Hindu movement for spiritual meditation as part of the path toward Enlightenment and Nirvana, older than Buddhism itself, has become very popular in the Western world since the 1980s but mostly as physical and mental strength-building exercises and postures referred to as Hatha Yoga.
The routine begins with slow breathing and stretching exercises. Gabriele is a brilliant instructor; the kids follow her every move, very gently. The atmosphere fills with a sort of spirituality. The senses awaken with sounds and scents. Invisible wind in the trees shuffling the leaves, slow waves in the distance, insects buzzing, birds singing, flowers, earth.
For Maya, as well as for many of the kids this has been the first time, an introduction to yoga. It has also been a fun experience, shared among friends, especially at the end when the kids piled up for group pictures, forming circles with their bodies.
Maya wakes up the next morning and begins the day with a short yoga routine aboard Fata Morgana, whatever she can remember from the day before.
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„Experience, Explore and Expand the Unity of Body, Breath and Mind. If you can breathe you can do Yoga!“Share