#ruthiliciousYoga || Finding my Yin and Yang in the land of the gods and goddesses

Last Spring, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join an amazing group of yogis from the different parts of the U.S. in Amorgos Island in Greece. It was the very first Yoga Retreat that I ever attended and I believe it will not be the last. The experience is something I didn't know I needed to get back on my feet to face the world again with newer strength and a more profound passion for life.

2019 brought a lot of blessings and changes in my life. One of the major shifts that happened this year was my deeper emersion into the world of yoga. I had no clue why I deserved it but I'm not complaining. I am totally grateful for this amazing gift from the Universe, (the Creator, God, the Spirit, your Highest Self, or whatever you call that infinite power that guides you).

Clarissa and Erin, the Yin and Yang of my Yoga Journey in Amorgos, Greece

I don't know about other people, but for me, I realized that when you get older and things in the homestead turned topsy-turvy, losing hope is not an option. Or maybe it is, but for me... heck no!

The last quarter of 2018 was a tough time for me. Life presented a totally different perspective to me that jolted my psyche. But I found myself in a  different realm that when I opened up my eyes I was on the other side of my reality that I didn't know to exist.

I was shookt!

Good thing giving up was not on the menu so I kept doing my business like a badass Pinay Yogi would. I walked my usual walk and ran my regular run. No limping. No stopping. No hunching. I dealt with life - business as usual. But it wasn't easy. Well, nothing is really easy in "real" life, anyway.

Riding my boat on the rooftop of Amorgos Aegialis Hotel and Spa

So, I started the new year with a big bang.

No, not really. But it was the original plan though. And it was definitely an option. But what happened next was beyond me. The shifting happened so fast and there was nothing that can stop it from happening. The works happened behind the scene. And whatever happened made me a totally weird different person... in a good way.

So like most normal people would do at the start of the new year, I started the New Year doing a little house cleaning, hypothetically speaking. I removed a lot of cobwebs in my brain that blocked my ability to recognize my own energy and power. And that gave me the clarity I needed to move forward. It allowed me to turn my life around and started the New Year with renewed hope and trust in the Universe and in my inner being. Whatever made me feel that way was new to me too, so imagine myself feeling like an idiot for feeling happy despite the negativity I was dealing with. The drama-queen in me deliberately opposed that but didn't succeed.

My Yin and Yang

Everything happened so fast and for a reason. I was emotionally struggling one moment, the next day I was aboard Qatar Airways bound to the Land of the Gods and Goddesses.

Then, as if that was not enough, the Universe sent me two amazing souls to become my guardian angels disguised as Yoga Teachers to guide me in this new path that I was about to journey on. Little did I know that these two total strangers will be my "spark lighters" who will help me discover the real person within, create a new person in me and shine my light.

The one-week Yoga Retreat in Greece at the luxury Amorgos Aegialis Hotel and Spa with Erin and Clarissa of the Light the Spark Within together with the rest of the LTSW Tribe was one of the best things that happened to me this year. Erin and Clarissa were my amazing yoga teachers who were sent to help me ignite my inner fire and keep it burning. They taught me to shine my light like crazy! Their passion for life and the practice is authentic and their energy is contagious. I can feel it in my core, sometimes literally.

Uttita Trikonasana, Utkata Konasana, Anjaneyasana, and Salamba Sirsasana. Playing with Sanskrit terms is fun.

They are the Yin and Yang not only to my yoga plunge but to my renewed commitment to live life the way I meant to. And just like the principle of Yin and Yang where all things perceived as inseparable and contradictory opposite, Erin and Clarissa are totally opposite but the same. I know it's crazy but that's how I see them. They don't just complement each other they highlight each other's strength and power.

And I became a believer. A believer that life is after all beautiful and worth living - the way my heart desires.

I'm not gonna lie, it scared me out of my wit to leave my comfort zone and venture into the unknown but something inside me was urging me to "just do it". So I did.

And I have no regrets.

The best Savasana I ever experienced.

Every single moment in the magical Amorgos island was unforgettable. Erin and Clarissa made every single moment at the magical island how it should be - magical. It moved me into a higher dimension of my inner self that I discovered is awesomely beautiful. I was able to see myself as others see me. Able to believe in me as others believe in me. And accepted my weaknesses and worked on my strength to serve my highest purpose.

And Erin and Clarissa unknowingly made that possible for me. No, they don't have the slightest clue of who they are dealing with. They didn't know me and my past and what I was going through when they picked me to go with them. It was divine guidance. Totally a Divine intervention that they chose to heed. They listened and allowed themselves to be the instruments for my transformation.

And I am forever grateful.

Vrksasana at the rooftop is badass!

Seeing my transformation with my own eyes is kinda subjective but enlightening at the same time. For the longest time, I never thought that confidence will be in my book. I realized I was my own worse enemy. I was my own worse critic. I beat up myself so hard that it made me believe I was worthless. And I wasn't aware of it.

The retreat opened up a whole new range of emotions I didn't know I have. It was beautiful. It was empowering. It was a blessing.

The unexpected but timely vacation in Greece gave me the opportunity to see myself from the very core of my being. It gave me the chance to reconcile with myself and decide to make myself the priority this time. It gave me the power to see myself in a whole new light... so bright... so dazzling... so shimmering.

It was splendidly cute!

The amazing LTSW Tribe

From that day on, it dawned on me that Erin and Clarissa are my Yin and Yang who gave me the tools I needed to see my inner Yin and Yang stay on my path.

So me, myself and I made a pact that we will love each other, regardless.


Author's Note:

Watch out for Erin and Clarissa's Featured Posts so you will be able to know more about these two amazing jewels who changed my life.