Name: Blaine Gallivan
Wohnort: Jackson Hole, Wyoming or our 1978 Alaskan Camper irgendwo
Warum bin ich ausgerechnet da? I live there because of a thriving community amongst untamed lakes, rivers, mountains and wide open spaces
Lieblingsbeschäftigung:Skiing, Surfing, mountain biking, cliff jumping, skateboarding, cooking, photography.
Lieblingsgericht:Southeast asian cuisine with plen
Going into this retreat with Lalla and Vilas, I was honestly unclear on what I signed up for. Now, after all is said and done, I can confidently say my belief in the yogic path is solidified. It’s difficult to put into the words the magnitude of growth I’ve experienced in such a short time. Lalla and Vilas have shown me what is possible when I start to slow down and look for change within myself, rather than outwards towards the exterior world. I’ve learned that in order to widen my gaze and see beyond myself, I must first focus on the finer details of my life. The “cracks’’. When one applies this to the physical act of yoga, you can experience a level of openness that is hard to describe. This is portrayed in a very beautiful way through Lalla and Vilas’s practice. While in the midst of a challenging asana, Vilas gently approches to give his guidance. A readjustment here, a twist there. He helped make sense out of the mechanics and philosophy of the pose, itself. He showed me that you can just go through the motions of doing something, or you can make the conscious effort to ask why and how your doing it. This idea is starting to make me think in a whole new way.
I’m noticing myself slowing down when I eat and being more thoughtful about my choice of words. It never dawned on me that these mental awakenings would come to me through yoga. The these days I understood, you can’t change anything for the better of the world, unless you’re willing to change yourself. The key in doing so, I am realizing, is constant hard work and discipline. Although, yoga is teaching me that feeling light and loving myself is the most important part of this limitless process.