Today I taught my very first yoga workshop at Flying Tree Yoga Studios in Medellin, Colombia. In the first week here, I had the opportunity to share information about a specific topic related to yoga with the other interns in a very informal workshop type setting. I opted to share my knowledge of Yoga Nidra. It was quite well received, and so I decided to offer the class to the public. I found that there were a few important things to keep in mind as I developed the workshop.
Yup. My latest wanderings have brought me to Medellin. The flight from Toronto was relatively painless, despite an unscheduled landing at the Bogota airport due to a ‘pothole in the runway.’ When we finally arrived, I was the air was cooler than I expected and the winding drive down from the high-altitude airport gave me my first glimpse of the city’s night lights in the valley.
I’m here for the next month to teach yoga at Flying Tree Yoga and take some workshops as a part of Yoga Internship Colombia‘s program. The studio/my home while I’m here is in the Laurales neighbourhood, an up-and-coming area with beautiful tree-lines streets and lots of shops, restaurants and cafes near the university.
My first day has already been productive and relaxing- I went to a writer’s workshop, watched my new roomies doing acro-yoga, ate some delicious mangos and explored Parque Llaras in one of the wealthier (and more touristy) areas called El Poblado.
Melbourne is high on the list of the world’s most expensive cities. In 2013, The Economist listed it at #5, tied with Oslo. Melbournians (not Melbourne-ites, according to a hesitant consensus of the locals I asked; and properly pronounced, Melb- URN-ny’ns) seem to embrace it. They love their trendy and expensive café’s and restaurants. They love their expensive designer and vintage shops. They love their music scene, which is also as you may have guessed, expensive. Having said that it is a big tourist destination and there are a number of free activities on offer in the city at any given time, and some places that cater to the budget-conscious.
We all know at this point that it’s easy to live a very conservative financial lifestyle while on the road. There are all kinds of travel and life hacks for that. But what if you still want to do yoga at studios, explore, and eat organic, healthy foods? It is possible, and I’ll show you how to live for less than $240 a week- a mere $960 per month.