kylewillets

Opening up to Yoga

I lost something. At 23 years old I suffered a back injury that kept me from running. This sudden loss led me to search for a new outlet and a revised meaning of health. Painful as the injury was, the deeper pain was felt in the emotional layers of losing something that for a long time had served as an identity. I am a runner. I started to try on other identities like I am a walker, a bike rider, a swimmer. None of these satisfied me in the way running did. To me, I felt like I was posing in someone else’s shoes. That’s when I started yoga. I can remember my first class. I stepped onto the mat with my socks on unknowingly committing yoga fopaux #1. As I continued with the classes, learning yogic breathing techniques and meditation as well as the postures, I started to open up to a new love. In some ways yoga was like running. Yoga helped me tone my muscles and increase my breathing capacity. When I practiced I felt open and free, inspired and connected. There was a yoga “high” that I had experienced with running. Four years later and my back is fully healed but I felt whole long before. Yoga has offered me an incredible source of joy, love and connection.

Yoga Hiking

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Viejos in Vilcabamba:

From the hostel in Vilcabamba the flowers peek over the hillside to the opposite mountain range. The sun rose as I practiced yoga with birds swooping and chirping about. A butterfly gliding into the soft landing pad of a gorgeous tropical yellow flower. Ginger plants lean heavily into the path for the dorm to the restaurant. The simple structure of the cafe supports a rooftop garden that extends beyond the roof like eyelashes. I stilled my mind as the sun rose. Time may be passing but it´s at a slower pace. OM. Hiked in Vilcabamba along the clay ledge of a single track trail to a steep waterfall. We were 6 people and ventured into a discussion about depression. One had lost a dad to suicide and another both parents to illness and one other had been bed ridden for 6 weeks with severe depression. So, we are all on this journey we realized. All of us striking out against our achilles heal that sometimes tightens with fear. But we cant listen to it for too long or give into that sometimes sweet temptation to pull the covers over our eyes and hide from the scary edges of the world and our mind. On the mountain I felt full of vigor even despite the morbid talk, the vibrant surroundings lifted all of our spirits. Day #2 6 hours on a horse named Pisco –> one sore ass. Followed by massage, facial and reiki–> Heaven. Literally, I have never felt so balanced in my life. The calm settled into my body and I felt pure alignment, completely de-clogged with energy freed up. To begin, look into the heart. Have courage and move with grace. Accept challenges even if fear shows up.

Waterfall Yoga

Izhcayluma Hotel and Spa

YogaTrails Pilot

YogaTrails Pilot

Saturday May 22nd, 2010

YogaTrails is a unique experience designed to maximize wellness for the body, mind, and spirit. Set in nature and subscribing to the idea of movement as a way to health, this experience amplifies the yoga journey naturally.  The day begins with a gentle yoga stretch before hitting the trail. As your muscles warm up and you breathe fresh air, you will set intentions for the day. Throughout the day there will be a combination of hiking, yoga, meditation, and breath work all focused on awareness of self and nature. Following a fresh, organic lunch our guest presenter, Rebecca Taliercio will facilitate an engaging discussion addressing topics of health, wellness, and nutrition. The journey continues back on the trail and winds its way to close with a gentle yoga stretch and gratitude meditation.

Chatfield Trail/Cockaponset State Park:

6 mile hike in rocky area of coastal Connecticut. Moss, trees in full bloom, springtime

Meet at Chatfield Hollow State Park parking lot at 9:15, departing promptly at 9:30AM.

Outline of Day:

AM YogaStretch

Mindful Hiking

Mid Day Break with fresh organic lunch

Wellness Talk facilitated by Rebecca Vella Taliercio

YogaTrails yoga class

Awareness in Nature Hike

YogaStretch/Meditation with closing discussion

Return to Parking Lot at 3:30PM

Special Rate For YogaTrails Pilot: $25/ person

Includes:

  • YogaTrails yoga class in nature
  • 2 yoga stretch/meditation sessions to open/close the day
  • Mindful Hike in nature
  • Fresh, organic lunch provided by YogaTrail’s Wellness kitchen
  • Guided discussion regarding a nutrition and wellness topic featuring guest leader/speaker
  • Opportunity to deepen practice through the intrinsic power/connection with nature
  • Learn mindfullness and meditation techniques

Recommended to Bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Layered outerdoor clothing, clothes you can move easily in. (avoid jeans and khaki)
  • Rain gear
  • Small backpack
  • Insect repepllent
  • Personal needs (ie. allergy meds, inhaler)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes

For all levels. Note Hikes will vary according to group abilities
Get off the mat and onto the YogaTrail!

Stay Tuned for Future YogaTrails events!
YogaTrails Group Rates for Full Day: 9AM-3:30PM

Work one-on-one with Kyle to customize a program or YT event specifically geared to fit your needs.