Our first (and we hope annual) U/Y Yoga Vacation was
absolutely everything we had hoped it would be
and more! We were on the beautiful island of Kauai
from March 25th through the 30th. The weather was
perfect, the place was perfect, and the people
were a perfectly wonderful blend.
Each morning we awoke to the soft roar of the ocean
and the crowing of the ubiquitous roosters that
roam all over Kauai since hurricane Iniki set them
free. We drank our tea or Kona coffee on the steps
outside the lanai, as we watched the stars dim
and daylight breaking over the ocean.
Our yoga practice began at 6:00 AM (remember, that's
11:00 AM Michigan time!) building on the prior
day's lessons. Breakfast at 8:30 AM was always
lively, with lots of conversation about each of
our adventuresome plans for the day. Our group
was small enough so that we really got to know
one another. It was easy to find someone to play
a tasty sack lunch in hand, by mid-morning we were
off to experience Kauai. There's so much to do:
hike the Waimea Canyon or the Napali Coastal Trail,
snorkel at any of the beaches (a favorite for fabulous
fish-watching is at Poi Pu on the south end), walk
the miles of white sand beach at Barking Sands,
discover a hidden waterfall, shop for souvenirs,
or visit a historical sight or botanical garden.
We saw whales, dolphins, sea turtles and bizarre
fish that look like something from The Simpsons-
and a couple of us even saw a shark!
met back at Mahina Kai for yoga from 4:30-6:30
PM. By the end of the week, after 4-5 hours of
yoga a day, we were all experiencing a whole new
way of being in the world. We were so inspired,
not one person missed a class (and since leaving
Hawaii, we hear most have continued on a pretty
days we had time for a quick swim in the pool and
a hot tub before supper. Speaking of food, it was
delicious, varied, and vegetarian, including scrumptious
Hawaiian treats such as fresh pineapple, mango
and papaya. Our favorite meal was the mahi-mahi
served at a party hosted by Joe and Rob, our hosts
at Mahina Kai. Mixing with and meeting their colorful
friends was a delight.
After supper we walked on the beach, swam, read,
or talked. It was heavenly. Each day seemed both
expansively long and slowed down to minute-by-minute-magic.