A Place to Call Home

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Kaitlyn McConnell

Wellington, on the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand

After a little over a month of traveling, we’ve decided to stay in the city of Wellington, at least until the middle of January.  This means I will have a reliable place to roll out my mat every day, regardless of the weather or our plans.  We will head back onto the road eventually but this city has cast a bit of a spell on us and we are keen to explore it a bit.

After a little research and asking around I’ve found about five places that offer Mysore so I’ll be checking out some new teachers and studios very soon.  For now though, I am enjoying knowing that I have space to practice.  My focus has shifted from where can I practice back to the practice itself and each breath feels like a revelation.  However, I would never be able to appreciate it at this level if I had not experienced practicing on the road.   When we were on the road and in a different place every day it was my practice that brought me home.  Now that we have a home, as temporary as it my be, I can feel my practice returning to the place that it was before we left on our travels, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Now that I’ve been here a month or so I am beginning to notice the differences from practicing in Los Angeles.  The studios here are simple, sometimes just a room in a warehouse, and even the fancier studios have a very different vibe than back in LA.  Somehow it just feels a bit more laid back and casual.   I’ve really appreciated the willingness of the teachers I’ve been put in contact with to help and be open to questions on teaching and practicing.  Many come before class and are happy to stay long after to answer questions or just chat about the yoga scene.  Practicing in another part of the world has given me new eyes and everything, even things that seem like they should be familiar, look and feel just a little different. That is the beauty of travel I guess, learning to see the world through new eyes.

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