All good things must come to an end, and in May we had the final weekend of of my RYT 300 yoga teacher training. As a yearly intensive it’s been a wild ride with a small group of women that I have come to think of as sisters. My yoga family. We’ve shared so much this year. From health issues, to changing careers, marriages ending, relationships blooming, independence gained and confidence discovered. So many changes, and so much growth I am truly honored to call these ladies friends. They inspire me more than they could know. I told them as much when we were building a labyrinth at the beach.
What is a labyrinth?
As part of our final weekend, it aptly ended with a day at the beach building a labyrinth, as part of our philosophy module. For those not in the know, labyrinths are used for meditation. They are also a metaphor for life struggles as just when you think you’re near the goal, you are actually the furthest away! We started our day bright and early on Sunday morning at the yoga studio and set up a carpool arriving at the beach in Ventura 45 minute drive later.
Building a labyrinth
We all came prepared with shovels, and Jeni had a marker for the circles. She set about making the circles and us students dug out the walkways and created the “walls”. Once the concentric circles were made directional lines were drawn for north, south, east and west.
While Michelle and Jeni took the lead with this, I went off in search of things to photograph. Seriously I could photograph things all day. One of my new goals moving forward is a “photography trip” each month. From the beautiful and ever changing ocean, to the birds and wildlife on the beach there is so much to see and appreciate. Once the four directions are done it’s time to follow the plan and add/remove walls to create the maze like structure of the labyrinth. Then we chose to decorate! Building a labyrinth is fun.
Walking the labyrinth
After a well earned lunch break we then gathered to walk the labyrinth. While I don’t have photos of this, it was such a great meditative experience. We all walked through the labyrinth to the center and then held hands creating a circle. In that circle we shared our thoughts about the year. Sentiments of support and love were expressed, we cried, we laughed, we hugged and we finally parted ways back through the labyrinth. Another metaphor of how we now part ways from each other, not just in yoga, but in life. And now I find myself crying again writing this. It was an emotional day!
Having had this bunch of ladies to lean on and learn from this year was amazing. While we will ALWAYS be friends we won’t be meeting multiple times a week to study anymore. We won’t be taking trips together, going to the beach, or the Indian film festival, temples, or museums. It honestly feels like part of me is ending as we bring the years training to a close. We have just a couple of weeks until our final exam and case study presentations and then we’re done. We’re on our own.
I’m determined to keep us connected. So… Sarah, Vanessa, Diana, Hilary, Michelle and Mariana…. get ready for the bimonthly RYT300 reunion! We WILL be seeing each other again soon. I love you all too much to let you go.
Have you walked a labyrinth before?
What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?
How do you stay in touch with close friends?