About Pure Flow Yoga
Unforgettable Yoga retreats, amazing teachers, stunning Thailand location
Namaste & Welcome to Pure Flow Yoga
Pure Flow Yoga was born in 2016 from a passion for Yoga, Nature & Community. Francie and her beautiful team at Pure Flow Yoga are dedicated to creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds to directly experience the on and off-the mat benefits of mind, body, spirit that we can cultivate through deep presence and practice of the Yoga Arts, including asana, meditation, breath, mantra and music, dance, contemplation and consciousness exploration.
Our guiding principles are awareness, love, compassion, gratitude, joy, truth, simplicity, acceptance, presence, discipline, dedication, Well-being, and ofcourse – awakening.
We believe in singing our song, dancing our dance, walking the walk and living, breathing and simply BEING Yoga as much as is possible.
We trying to cultivate present moment awareness and love of what is and who we are in this and all moments. We lovingly support our students to drop goals, expectations, and trying to accomplish or perfect an asana. We encourage our students to use the discipline of asana as a means to purify themselves, creating the conditions in which our natural state of peace, clarity, stillness and meditation can arise.
Our Teaching Style
Our classes are educational, engaging and appropriate for all levels, from the most beginner students to the most advanced. The inspirations we share here are designed to support you in developing more joy, health, balance and peace of mind in your everyday lives through learning and integrating practices that strengthen and deepen your connections to the body, heart and mind.
We are so honoured and grateful to offer you inspired, creative, supported and loving Mind-Body-Soul experiences set in an idyllic beachside paradise, to help you step into the fullness and beauty of your life.
Our mission is to help connect and empower you with practical tools to help you connect to the highest levels of health and harmony and the deepest levels of joy, freedom and love. We aim to inspire and support you on this lifetime practice of evolution and growth, with the best of our love, wisdom, presence, playfulness, and practices that is available to us in the now.
A little more….
At Pure Flow Yoga we aim to be in service to the highest good. We know that everything changes always, and we so aim to be like water; fluid, adaptable, always flowing towards the great ocean.
We believe that every challenge holds the possibilities to know ourselves more. We are curious and listen to the world around for clues of how to best meet each moment, each challenge, each breakthrough. We do our best with what we have now, to allow ourselves to be who we are, to LOVE WHO WE ARE NOW, without needing to do or change anything.
We believe in the transformative power of daily practice. We believe a disciplined practice of Yoga can be a gateway to realising the self. We aim to trust the universe as much as possible, knowing that we can’t always truly know the big WHY. We believe in cultivating and trusting and listening to the guidance and intuition that comes from THE TEACHER WITHIN.
We believe in stepping out of our comfort zones and into the magic of unlimited possibilities as much as possible. We believe it’s important to DREAM BIG, be creative, connect, communicate with love and collaborate with other or the highest good.
We believe in community and the power that the willingness to creative positive changes can bring. We believe in the power of sound, vibration, dance and all expression to help us heal ourselves and our global community. We believe that we are more than the simple roles we play in life, the jobs we do, the places we live, and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are.
We believe there is more than enough time, space, opportunity and love in this world for all beings. And we believe in the capacity of all beings to live their dreams, be joyful, peaceful and free.
Pure Flow Yoga Teachers
Read Francie's bio here...
Francie, the inspired founder of Pure Flow Yoga, Hoop Love Tribe & True:Nature Experience, is a passionate and free-spirited lover of life, gypsy soul, Yogi, hula hooper, musician, community activator, teacher and joy-spreader. She is dedicated to uplifting and inspiring people from all walks of life to live playful, connected, balanced and magical lives!
Francie feels very blessed and grateful to have led 100’s of transformational Yoga & Meditation retreats in Thailand, Bali and beyond, and has studied 1000’s of hours with master teachers including and beyond Lily & Ramanada of Blooming Lotus Yoga, Sri Amma Karunamayi, Jonas Westring of Shantaya Yoga, Tara Judelle of Embodied Flow, Carlos Pomeda, and Tina Nance to name a few!
As a devoted practitioner, Francie’s style embraces the most intuitive, creative, graceful and flowing movements that the practice has to offer, while tapping into the nurturing and powerful insights of the ancient tradition. She offers all-levels, inspiring and playful classes in Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin styles and retreats that weave in-depth instructions on alignment, sequencing, and awareness of the breath with her love of flow, embodiment, storytelling, music, and dance with her knowledge of mindfulness meditation, pranayama, energy anatomy, and Yogic philosophy and wisdom to facilitate deep openings of the heart, body and mind.
As an eternal student of life, Francie has had the privilege and honour of advance study and practice with some incredibly amazing Life and Yoga teachers. Francie has completed a B.A in Psychology from McGill University in Canada, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Additionally, she has completed advanced Yoga trainings with Lily & Ramananda of Blooming Lotus Yoga, Jonas Westring of Shantaya Yoga, Carlos Pomeda, Rachel Zinman of Ishta Yoga, Tara Judelle of Embodied Flow, Tina Nance of Tina Nance Yoga Therapy, Julie Smerdon of Shri Yoga and has been in deep retreats with the spiritual teacher Sri Amma Karunamayi. Francie spends time in silence every year to connect more deeply to the guide inside, the greatest the teachers of all; the breath and the heart.
Francie is currently living her dream, sharing her time and passions on the jungle paradise shores of Koh Phangan, Thailand, in the lush magical beauty of Ubud, Bali and exploring the great mystery of the rest of the world, whilst co-creating magical retreats, trainings, festivals and community events. Check out Francie’ sound on her Soundcloud page!
Read Atira's bio here...
With almost fifteen years of experience working with trauma – informed approaches alongside art, yoga and mindfulness, Atira has a deep commitment and passion in empowering and healing women and girls globally from the inside out. Hailing from Singapore, she has a deep understanding about Asian cross-cultural women’s issues through her own journey of recovery and empowerment from gender discrimination and domestic violence.
Since 2004, Atira has set up numerous clinical art therapy and trauma recovery programs, researching the benefits of art therapy, somatic therapies, yoga, mindfulness and ritual in trauma recovery and sexual abuse, from the refugee camps in the jungles of Burma, earthquake hit areas in Nepal, to the wide open spaces of rural Aboriginal communities in the desert of Australia.
In addition to her work at Art to Healing, Atira has worked as a clinician and supervisor in Australia and the Asia – Pacific region in the contexts of psycho-social care, mental health services, disaster relief, community health and as an educator in Transpersonal Art Therapy.
A MA graduate in Art Therapy from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Atira has also been featured on TED X, and is a published author of the chapter: Surviving Shame, from the book Art Therapy in Asia, published by Jessica Kingsley (2012).
Atira loves dancing up a storm, moving on her yoga mat, and the silent moments of meditation. She is so excited to be joining us for a residential stint at Pure Flow Yoga to spread her wisdom, knowledge, love and practice!
Sophie Sabrina Sharp
Yoga Teacher & Instagram Goddess
December | January | March | April | May | June
Read Sophie's bio here...
Sophie is a travelling yogini and lover of all things healthy and natural. She’s passionate about self-care, nutrition, mediation and the power within all of us to manifest our dreams.
Sophie is a big believer in finding joy and awareness through moving the body; her practise combines traditional yoga asana with creative dance-like flowy sequencing. Sophie’s classes are vibrant and spacious, always encouraging her students to connect deeply with their internal world and breath.
Sophie began her yoga journey age 19 in the jungle in Thailand and fell in love how the practise effected her mind and body. She found that yoga energised and strengthened her, helped her to overcome anxiety and also mysteriously influenced her to make healthier, more authentic choices for her life. She felt magnetised to explore many different styles of yoga; including Anusara, Yin, Jivamukti and taking 200 hour training programmes in Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and studied Yoga Therapy.
Sophie weaves her eclectic yoga background into her strong and juicy alignment-based sequencing set to a background of uplifting motivating music. Her classes are challenging yet nourishing, graceful yet strong and she always encourages her students to move in a way that feels good for their bodies. Sophie’s practise fuses the mindfulness of hatha yoga, the strength of Ashtanga and the energising flow of Vinyasa.
Sophie is a big believer in maintaining a daily yoga practice and sees yoga as a powerful tool for transformation; not only for increasing the health and vitality of the body but also helping to reduce stress and develop self-love. She sees herself as forever a student of the yogic path, making sure to seek out inspiring yoga classes and trainings so that she continues to nourish her knowledge and passion for the practise. She has been practising consistently now for 12 years and her wish is that students leave the mat feeling rejuvenated, energized and connected.
Yoga Teacher | RYT 500 hr
Read Phyllis' bio here...
Phyllis is an international yoga teacher based out of Vancouver, BC. She found yoga to be a powerful practice that helped calm her busy mind. It was the blissful moments of euphoric peace she discovered in savasana that kept her coming back to yoga again and again. In times of stress, she knew she could always return to those moments of freedom experienced in yoga.
Phyllis graduated with honours in advanced business studies and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at British Columbia Institute of Technology. She landed what she considered to be her dream job, as an account executive for the largest fashion agency in Western Canada. After working 60+ hrs/week for a few years, she realized she wanted to do something different with her life. And so…she quit her job and went to Burning Man, which inspired her to begin a soul-searching journey of travel for one year. On this trip, she completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Lily Goncalves, two levels of Thai Massage training, and went on a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat.
Her humble dream to become a yoga teacher was awakened and her insatiable thirst for knowledge has led her to study with many amazing teachers and train in different yoga modalities. Phyllis is an initiate of living yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra. She has studied under Reno Muenz (Tiaga Prem Singh) , Shannon Cluff, Clara Roberts-Oss, and Bernie Clark. She is certified to teach Dharma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Hot Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin Yoga. In addition, she has dedicated the past two years of her life to studying human anatomy and exercise physiology as a Kinesiology student at Langara College. Volunteering is an important aspect of Phyllis’ work. She teaches yoga to students recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, teaches breathing and exercise techniques to students born with Cerebral Palsy, and builds homes in Mexico.
Phyllis is interested in exploring where science and spirituality meet. She is fascinated by the science of the human body and dedicated to intelligent sequencing. She is inspired by nature, raw authenticity, radical kindness, and music. Phyllis believes that yoga can be for everyone and one of her gifts is her innate ability to connect with people, making them feel comfortable and at ease. When you attend her classes, you can expect to explore functional movement, experience deep breathing techniques, and simply enjoy the peace of mind that the practice of yoga brings.
Yoga Teacher | Reiki Master
Read Ellanah's bio here...
An adventure loving soul, Ellanah is forever exploring new ways of connecting to our true self and the magic of everyday life. Her sunshine infused classes explore the flowing dance between breath and movement; cultivating greater space, peace, and presence in both body and mind. A nature loving Reiki Master with an eclectic background in performing arts and Anthropology, and a love for all things dance; Ellanah draws from a creative mix of inspiration, always exploring how we can come deeper into awareness and move deeper from love. She is an avid believer that each individual’s yoga mat is an inspiring microcosm for life itself, encouraging us to flow with freedom and compassion both on the mat and out in the world. Check Ellanah’s new website to follow her and her offerings around the world!
“Life is a gift, let it flow.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
THANK YOU! This experience changed my life in so many ways. Last year, I finally found the courage to follow my dream of moving to South America, inspired by you and the other people from the retreat. – Ellinor, Finland
Classes & Privates
Classes take place: Monday – Friday 9 & 5
The price is: 350 baht / drop-in class || 1500 baht / 5 classes || 2500 baht / 10 classes || 4500 baht Monthly Unlimited
Drop-In ‘s Welcome, no need to Pre-book | Private sessions available
Pure Flow Yoga offers intuitive, heart-opening, artful and intelligent Yoga Asana classes infused with meditation, pranayama (breath control techniques and lifestyle practices), poetry, quotes, music and devotional singing.
Daily classes are designed to be safe and balanced to meet all learners where they are at, encouraging love, trust, opening, gratitude and surrendering to the perfection of each present moment through focusing on themes of connection to nature/self/community/the divine.
Our aim within these classes is to empower, educate and inspire students and to develop a disciplined practice of asana, the poses and shapes we make with our bodies, as a powerful way to purify and prepare for inner stillness and deep connection with ourselves. We encourage students to drop notions of goals, expectations or desire to achieve a specific pose.
Whether you are a beginner, totally new to the practice or a practice and advanced or experienced Yogi, join us for a heart-opening anduplifting journey into the essence of being to help you raise your vibration to live a more conscious, ecstatic and balanced life.
Enjoy this short sample of Francie teaching to get a taste of our style!
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Student Stories & Testimonials
Pure Flow, Pure Connection, Pure Bliss What an amazing place! I arrived at Pure Flow Yoga for my two weeks of retreat unsure of what to expect and left having grown more than I ever could have imagined! The very tranquil setting between beach and jungle allows one the space to surrender and really look within. Our inspiring teachers were very nurturing and created a safe and supportive environment - thanks Ellanah and Sophie! The Bamboo Huts accommodation is basic but perfectly adequate which somehow creates a feeling of lightness within. The Bamboo Huts food is delicious, with plenty of choices available and dietary options catered for too. The Bamboo Huts staff were very friendly and cracking jokes with everyone within a few days. This magical place really felt like home. Thank you so much for all that you do.KKattie 10/24/2018
A wonderful experience in so many ways. The teachers Sophie Sabrina Sharp and Selina Clément both are amazing. They are very patient and kind and will help in any way they can to support you through your journey, whatever that might be, i.e. getting fit or being on a more spiritual level or both. The whole place is beautiful. everything is organised well with you in mind throughout the retreat. ✌️💕Panesha Chauhan 5/31/2018
A magical Yoga retreat in paradise I did not know what to expect when I booked a yoga retreat at Pure Flow Yoga, but WOW this was a mindblowing experience. The environment, the teachers Selina and Sophie, the yoga, meditation and workshops, etc. Everything was perfect. It was challenging, but so worth it. Thank you Pure Flow Yoga. I wished I could have stayed longer.Lilia K 5/28/2018
My first solo trip! If you hesitate to book just do it !!It is worth it ..I did a 5 days retreat there it as being one of the best decision for me.I grow up so much in these 5days .If you looking for peace, nature , feeling secure , practice yoga and meditation in a beautiful area and with such nice person as Sabrina and Krishna ..This is the place to be :-)) no jugement only love and peace and joy Thank you for everything really ❤️Celine C 9/03/2018
Holidays for self-seeing 😉 I participated on a destination retreat organized by Francie and Ellanah in Menorca. I didn't really know what I was getting into when I booked it and I have to say: if you are feeling like I was, just go for it! It was the most amazing week with the nicest people, stunning location, delicious healthy food and so much goodness! It really got me thinking that we so often take holidays to get to know a new place, why not taking holidays to get to know yourself better?! It's so worth it 🙂Thank you so much, girls <3alinethome 5/29/2018
Amazing time. 2 full weeks of yoga at the pure flow retreat was a transformational experience. The location in the forest of ko phangan is insanely beautiful, the teachers are very skilled, friendly and eager to help. Teacher Krishna was the highlight. She guided me through my first steps of understanding yoga, and her ways of sharing her knowledge and wisdom helped me in so many ways. Thank you very much for your patience and time! Will definitively come back.Lew Schwarzgorn 5/14/2018
A magical place to recharge our batteries In August 18, I followed a 3 weeks yoga retreat with Francie, Ellanah and Sophie. As a yoga beginner I was not disappointed. The stay was above my expectations. The different groups and the teachers gave me the energy to face the chalenge. The atmosphere on this island, the people there are really fantastic. I have now decided to go on practising yoga regularly. Thank you Francie, Ellanah and Sophie for having supported and help us. I recommand this place and the retreats to my friends. I am looking forward to coming back again...next year ?Rija R 9/11/2018
This place is heaven. After a week there, in paradise, learning yoga, Francie asked us to reflect about our highlight of the week and most of us could not say only one thing. Instead, the answer became "the whole package"! At Pure Flow Yoga, you meet inspiring and creative people who want to learn more about yoga, about themselves, about starting to eat healthier, etc. The bamboo accomodation mixed up with their amazing food, the best yoga teachers on the islands, living in the jungle and near the beach, getting massages and really letting yourself flow is just magical... Those are the best parts about Pure Flow... Please offer this retreat to yourself because wherever you are in life, you need it �Eline Lonchay 2/05/2018
This place, the people and the teachers combine into an unstoppable force. I recently finished a 7 Day retreat here and I have to say that my expectations were blown out of the water. I am not overly spiritual or that experience in Yoga but I came on this retreat with an open mind and to say that I was not disappointed would be a catastrophic understatement. This place, the people and the teachers combine into an unstoppable force that I challenge anyone to experience and not leave feeling like a new person both physically and mentally. Thank you Francie and Atira for a truly life-enhancing experience. I can't wait to come back.Charlie W 7/20/2018
Pure flow is a wonderful space to escape from the world and enter an outer and inner paradise. The world slows down in the peaceful serene environment of Pure Flow. Pure Flow is an amazing place to reset the system and step back into a time away from electronics, distractions and noisy polluting cars of the modern world. The highly skilled teachers here will help you fall away from the world you came from and enter into this magical reality. Big Love to the Pure Flow Team!Chris CB 7/30/2018
Such an incredible experience. While I've taken a few yoga classes before, but here at Pure Flow is where I really immersed myself and learned about yoga. Selina and Sophie offered such a safe and comfortable place where I felt I could be authentic and really push myself mentally, emotionally, and physically. They were such great teachers who were super knowledgable about their craft. I learned so many new things like pranayama and yoga as well as got deeper and better in my meditation practice! And it didn't stop there, I took all I learned from them home with me to continue my practice. My week at Pure Flow will affect me for a lifetime in such a positive way!Zia Mancuso 6/03/2018
Hidden Gem I've been to pure flow yoga twice now! It's a hidden gem at Koh Phangan island on Haad Yuan Beach 🙂 The yoga is amazing in the jungle and the teachers are so supportive and very experienced at what they do! Make sure you also book a rahki session with Allanah- you'll thank me for it after!!! Happy to answer any questions through trip advisor private msg xxDream262443 3/04/2017
Amazing experience A magical and wonderful place! I booked a one-week retreat and ended up extending for one more! I loved the dinamic of the classes, the schedule, the workshops and the beautiful shala in the midle of the jungle! Sophie and Ellanah are the most beautiful souls, both irradiating good energy and sharing their wisdom and love. This retreat was everything I hoped for and more, and would definitely join again! NamastePaula G 10/30/2018
Just Wow One of the most amazing experience ever. Sophie and Ellana were inspiring and I took away so much more than I could of imagined and left a piece of my heart on the island and those lovely bamboo huts. Highly recommend the bamboo huts for basic but chilling accommodation. The staff are so friendly and the food is the best. Nothing but good things to say about this retreat.Caroline H 10/20/2018
Believe the Hype Deciding to come to Pure Flow yoga was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This yoga Shala in the jungle, above the beautiful Haad Yuan bay provides the perfect place to find bliss. The location is stunning (literally), the programme is fulfilling and the teachers are so supportive and wonderfully kind, they help you find more than just a good yoga practice. I can't thank Francie, Ellannah and Sophie enough for the best two weeks.c-rolo-88 9/18/2018
One of the most amazing and meaningful trips I have ever done! A place full of beautiful souls in a really supportive environment with amazing energy. Francie and Atira are the most amazing teachers with a huge amount of love, knowledge and experience. I have learnt so much, not just about asanas but more importantly about the philosophy of yoga and reconnecting with myself. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone no matter your level, a hugely deep and meaningful experience! Thank you so much, sending lots of love and I will return soon! ��Heather Louise 8/03/2018
What a wonderful week. Sophie and Atira provided a comfortable place in a beautiful setting. Each session became more exhilarating as the week went on. The classes were accomodating for a beginner but challenging enough to feel like I was making progress each day. The workshops too were relaxed and engaging. There's so much to take away -- it was awesome!Daniel de Carteret 6/22/2018
The retreats Pure Flow Yoga offer are the best way to learn yoga, practice or deepen your own knowledge with amazing and beautiful teachers in a little paradise. The location is just heaven on earth! Situated in Koh Phangan, by the beach and in the jungle, you will enjoy the beauty of nature everywhere you look at. The teachers have been training and learning all over the world, they are professionals and offer you a very qualitative experience. Don’t worry if Yoga is new for you, it was new for me and I learned a lot. This part of the island is also home to a community of beautiful people gathering to practice yoga, meditation, music, dance and a lot of other spiritual activities.Besides the location and the yoga classes, the retreat is also a very good occasion to relax and take some time for yourself. The place is remote and you will get the best of the island (beach, jungle, sunrise, sunset) without the bad parts of its tourism development. For the practical aspects, the bungalows are simple but very cute and the food is amazing too.I loved this experience so much I just want to tell you to book straight away and enjoy this amazing place!Marie Dy 2/05/2018
I had the most magical time. The teaching changed my life and the way I approach yoga, the location was beautiful and calming and finally Phylis made me feel I could do anything and more importantly, she was kind, inspiring and showed us all so much love. Can’t wait to go back �Shravya Dega 3/22/2018
Go with the Flow~~~~~ The experience of the 3 week yoga retreat was magical. Words cannot describe how much this whole experience means to me. The teachers are incredibly skilled and knowledgable. I felt nurtured and supported. The setting is bliss and the experience overall is life changing. I have a strong feeling I will be back.n11na 10/17/2018
Amazing experience I had the best time at pure flow. The location is amazing and the teachers are so inspiring and caring. Not only the yoga classes are wonderful, but I also learned so much through their workshops about the human body and lifestyle. The way you look at life will surely change when you come here. The connection you form within your group is very special, and there’s so much to explore here! I truly recommend this retreat to anyone who’s curious to find out more about him/herself and life.bovandenberg1 9/21/2018
Absolutely incredible! This retreat was truly transformational! The teachers could not have been more passionate, kind or inspirational! The setting was paradise. I will never forget this magical experience. Thank you so much Francie, Sophie and Ellanah for three weeks of reflection, challenge, bliss and transformation!Katie M 9/27/2018
So much more than expected <3 From all the Yoga retreats available I chose this one because of the wonderfull location, the intimacy of small groups and the real yoga spirit with simple bungalows and a lot of meditation practice. I got all of this and a lot more. You cannot describe it, you have to feel it yourself: This place, the teachers and the community is pure magic! My 2 weeks at pure flow helped me a lot at a difficult point in my life and was, by the way, a lot of fun 🙂 Thank you magic people Francie, Ellanah and Sophie and my beautiful 2 week group members for lots and lots of love and everything!Mareike1982 9/16/2018
A magical and wonderful place! I booked a one-week retreat and ended up extending for one more! I loved the dinamic of the classes, the schedule, the workshops and the beautiful shala in the midle of the jungle! Sophie and Ellanah are the most beautiful souls, both irradiating good energy and sharing their wisdom and love. This retreat was everything I hoped for and more, and would definitely join again! Namaste 🙏🏻🌈💓✨Paula Gonzalez Knop 10/31/2018
Life changing!!! I can honestly say, the best yoga teachers I have ever come across. Both Sophie and Selina have such a vast understanding of yoga, meditation and integrating all of these practices into every day life. There's something for everyone. I've never been introduced to more avenues at once, being given a clear understanding on every little detail. Sophie and Selina both create such an amazing safe space which enabled me to fully surrender to the practise. It has truly changed my life and yoga practice for the better. I couldn't be more grateful for this experience. Also the island itself is something to behold and words fall short on describing the magic here. It had to be experienced to be fully comprehended. Thank you pure yoga and thank you a million times over Sophie and Selina ���Kirsty Jade 5/11/2018
…An experience out of Time….This little jewel of the sea has everything to offer: from the wildest and most transgressive parties to yoga retreats in the jungle. Pure Yoga Flow, in Haad Rin Bay, is definitely the most inspiring yoga course I have ever attended: a peaceful yet powerful oasis….
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An open letter of gratitude
originally posted here on Ellinor’s awesome blog: Passport Full of Dreams
One year ago, I went on a yoga retreat to Koh Phangan in Thailand, a place known for its healing powers and its infamous full moon parties. I was looking forward to a few weeks of beach life, sunshine and yoga but I really had no idea just how much those weeks in the jungle would change my life. At first, I was extremely uncomfortable. It was hot and humid and there was a gecko in my bathroom that would stare at me every time I came in to take a shower. However, already on the second day of the retreat I noticed a shift in my energy. I started to feel a connection not only to the beautiful nature and wildlife surrounding us but also to the other people in my group. We were all strangers from different parts of the world who had landed here on this funny little island and I believe we were all meant to be there at exactly that time.
I got to know so many brave, inspiring people who had left their settled lives behind just to travel the world, unsure of where they were going next or even what they were looking for, just knowing that they wanted something more out of life, something different. They were all so kind and smart and so unafraid to open up their hearts and speak their truths. I learned something from each and everyone on that retreat and I’m so thankful that our paths crossed right there and then.
During those short weeks at Pure Flow Yoga we practiced and improved our downward-facing dogs, warriors and headstands but we also learned the importance of gratitude, for the good as well as for the bad, and perhaps most importantly, we we were taught how to love ourselves.
One night, during a discussion under the full moon light, I learned that if your fridge is full of healthy food, you won’t be tempted when someone walks by with pizza. In other words, if you have love for yourself, you won’t need to depend on anyone else because you already have everything you need. That being said, you may still want to accept what others are offering you (be that love or pizza or both) but if so it will be by choice, not necessity.
I also learned that being cynical is a waste of time. It was just a random comment thrown out after one of our meditation sessions but I heard it. I really, really heard it. From that moment on, I began dedicating my yoga practice to the man who had broken my heart prior to the retreat and amazingly, as the weeks went by and my body felt stronger and stronger, I felt lighter and lighter.
This past year of my life has had so many ups and downs; it has been so incredibly wonderful and so incredibly difficult all at once. Over and over again, I’ve questioned my decision to move to South America but every time those doubts creep in I keep hearing our yoga teacher’s voice, loud and clear:
Take the leap and the net will appear.