10 x Inspiration // Teaching yoga at St Maarten
In November 2014, I had the opportunity to teach yoga at St Maarten. Of course I jumped at the chance: a fortnight later I was in sunnier climes. But what happened before that?
In June, I graduated in Fysiotherapy. Because I wanted to have a real go at being a fysiotherapist, I quit my day job and started looking for employment. It didn’t work out that way, though. Not having a job, I decided to travel around on my own and a month later, I was in Costa Rica. A beautiful country. I decided to just take life as it came and see what happened, and I had the best time.
Back in Holland, I really had to adapt: I went from a yang life (working, attending college and travelling back-and-forth to my boyfriend in Utrecht) to a yin life in a new city (I moved to Utrecht). Luckily, I could fill in at my old work for a month, but I still felt like I was in a void; I didn’t know what to do with myself in Utrecht. Then, one day, I came across a Facebook post, advertising a replacement yoga position for two months in St Maarten. I knew immediately I had to take this chance. It took some e-mailing back and forth and convincing my boyfriend that I had to leave again, but two weeks later I arrived in a tropical paradise.
The yoga teacher replaced was gone for 6 weeks; I could stay at her place and I taught her classes (7 or 8 per week and private lessons and workshops on the side). And if you’re a yoga teacher in St Maarten, you just have to have one (or more) photoshoot(s) on the beach at sunrise!
So enjoy these 10 photographs and imagine yourself in paradise! I get lost in them again and again, reminiscing about the wonderful time I had and the things I’ve learned at St Maarten. That’s what can happen when you quit your day job…
If you want to travel to Sint Maarten, check out www.breathesxm.com to take yoga lessons at the beach!
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