Over the last few months I have been in transition. I am on the road again pursuing new adventures, deep spiritual teachings and inspiring places and people to share yoga with...
My journey began a month ago in California and took me to the sage filled deserts and chilly beaches along the windy, scenic Route 1 leading to San Francisco. I ventured into the wild, crossing through Canada into Banff National Park where I spent days in hot springs, on snowy mountain hikes and exploring crystal lakes.
After a long 16 hour overnight bus (awakening the backpacker within me!) with a loving and genuine group of friends, we arrived back on the Pacific coast in sunny Vancouver: a city I fell for, probably due to the culture of food and health - farm to table eateries, exquisite cafes, gourmet food trucks and yoga studios on every corner...a city that seems to breathe life and diversity.
After traveling through timezones I have finally landed on the Mediterranean sun-kissed isle of Ibiza. I am here for an entire month (when your traveling this is an eternity!) which feels oh so good to be unpacked, back into routine and deep in my practice. I am staying at a villa in the quiet countryside which is lined with lemon, orange and almond trees.
Remembering my last experience in Ibiza (once upon a time I danced until the morning hours at Pacha in a glitter mini skirt) I realize more clearly than ever that we are constantly in transit. How fabulous to be on the same small island, 5 years later and have a completely difference experience! To say I enjoy one scenario more than the other is unfair and unrealistic…instead, it is an opportunity to replay the short story of my personal transition and growth in these last years.
The reoccurring theme in anyones story is the ever present adventure and mystery of life: the constant changing states of our relationship to our environments and ourselves which is the necessary flow of life. Nothing is permanent, even once you think you may have mastered a routine or have planned for the future, the mystery will present itself. When traveling this becomes intensified while in a foreign environment. You are forced to live in the moment as each moment (big or small) is new to our senses on all levels.
That is the beauty of travel...
untouched territories, untold stories, exotic experiences...the wanderlust high of venturing into the unknown.
While in the past I have traveled with a mindset of experiencing as many things as possible, during my time in Ibiza I am more focused on experiencing as little as possible, instead just simply being.
As a naturally energetic person it will be one of my greatest challenges. To let go of any expectations I have placed upon myself and instead surrender to the simple pleasures that surround me.
Spending time in nature, reading and writing. Practicing yoga daily and eating fresh foods from the finca next door.
To feel grounded, stable and connected to whats important to me even throughout the unknown.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here