Have you ever dreamt of visiting Italy? Did you not know where to start? There are many gorgeous places in Italy, Tuscany especially. My goal in creating this amazing yoga retreat is to show you authentic Italy. Because when you see the real thing, you will cherish it even more. There will be no tourist buses, no waiting in lines, or no tourists menu while you are with me. Guarantee it.
Since 2002, I have been traveling to Italy. Living in 9 different apartments in the 11 years I was a resident of Florence. I met my future husband in 2011 and by 2013 we had decided to leave my beloved country. Times got hard and we couldn’t make ends meet any longer. And like myself, my husband loves a challenge. America was calling us and we made the leap over the big blue ocean.
One of the hardest decisions for me was leaving. My heart still lies in the streets of Florence. I miss it every single day.
My idea was born. Italy had to be my life.
What do I love to do? I love to teach.
What is my favorite place in the world? Italy.
Creating Yoga retreats were always in the back of mind, knowing that I have been researching the best places to host a Yoga retreat since I left Italy. I wanted to create a space where people are safe when practicing yoga. Safe meaning free to be their authentic self, less judgment.
Needless to say, my yoga training was not a safe space. The path to this endeavor has been long and I obtained a lot of knowledge along the way. The educational activities I did in training did not come from a place of love nor empowerment. Treated less than yourself and told you are doing something wrong take a toll on you. Finally, finding the peace that one person’s opinion does not make mine wrong. I brought my focus on how I wanted people to feel when practicing yoga.
Teaching awareness of the body became my focus. Being conscious of the pose and checking-in to see how each pose is either helping or hurting your body. Yoga for me was never a competition, I am happy that I am able to share what I know with my participants and love to see how they thrive with the help of positive words and motivation.
An Italian Mindset
When I first arrived in Italy I thrived on my own motivation. All I wanted to do was get lost. Exploring a city, where I didn’t speak the language, listening to the church bells, dodging cyclists, I physically and mentally wanted to be lost. I left my map at home on purpose so I had to find my own way back.
Wandering through the small, narrow, cobblestoned streets of Florence, was and still is my passion. It was the only way I got to know the city. Because when I got lost I always found my way to a big piazza or saw the Duomo peak out around the corner. It was a life lesson, just keep going because you never know what’s around the next corner. Looking back those first months in Italy was exactly how I spent the next steps in my life.
Like Robert Frost famously wrote:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
So what do you think, do you want to take this journey with me?