I often lean toward the familiar, staying within my comfort zone. I’d even nearly convinced myself that staying safe (i.e. boring !!!) was just the best/right choice for me. But, blessedly, with the death of my dad and the torque it created in my life, my point of view was able to shift.
I booked a plane to France to study yoga for seven days with Francois Raoult (who is anything but boring).
I took the dive.
There had certainly been wise reasons for staying close to home over the past several years. It was essential that I spent as much time as I could with my mom and dad. Their health and needs came before mine. And, as much as I loved my dad, his death was a gift that released him from pain and suffering. And, it released me from very restricted travel options.
As I ambivalently locked in my travel plans to France, I had serious doubts about my ability to navigate on my own, traveling to and around a foreign land. I hadn’t been to Europe since 2008. But, in fact, the travel Gods and Goddesses were smiling down on me and everything I did, and everywhere I went met and exceeded my expectations. Stepping out of the familiar and routine was invigorating in so many ways.
First, I learned so much in the yoga studio and am able to share that inspiration with other yogis/students. There’s nothing like going back into the classroom, back into the lab, to experiment, learn, excel and to fail for enriching one’s yoga practice and teaching.
Plus, the South of France is a feast for the eyes at every turn. The light, the landscape, the air, the warmth….just sublime. We were 13, plus Francois — a lovely group of people, and all so simpatico.
And, then there was the renewed confidence and excitement knowing I dove in and didn’t drown. I dove in and the water was fine. And, I’m not sure where wanderlust will take me next but I’m poised to find out.
To new lessons and layers of understanding.
Join Louise for one of her upcoming workshops or classes:
Yoga Fundamentals & Flow (drop-in) on Sundays at 11a
Yoga Basics I on Mondays & Saturdays
Yoga Basics 2 on Saturdays
About Louise Applebome: Louise has enjoyed robust careers in marketing, event planning, retail, arts management and journalism. In 2007, she shifted gears to earn her Yoga teaching certification and begin her teaching practice. Louise studied ballet and modern dance for many years and incorporates that grace and precision into her practice and teaching. She also emphasizes play, laughter and lightness.
Louise unabashedly credits Yoga with changing her life and is grateful for the emotional and physical health benefits and balance it fosters. Some of her greatest pleasure, however, comes from sharing those benefits with others as a teacher.