On the morning of the sixth day I stepped into my role as teacher, to complete an assessment with my HoopYogini certification. Usually this would require a filmed section where you are guiding people through a series of poses but as I am here in Bali and so is Jocelyn Gordon (the creator of HoopYogini) she took a leap of faith in me and allowed me to step in to teach certain sections of her classes at Sacred Circularities. I was obviously feeling super awkward inside to begin with but I am deeply proud of myself for pushing through my nervousness, I also received positive feedback from not only Jocelyn but from the people who had taken the morning class. You can’t beat that feeling of accomplishment!
Post HoopYogini, I set off to have a Lomi Lomi massage with Malaika Cheze-Darville. The experience was a super charged bodywork with energetic healing, so I was feeling pretty centred afterwards. Malaika pointed out some things to me that a Balinese Holy Man, Pak Gusti, I had visited the day before had said to me too, so I really took it as the universe was guiding me to truly listen to the messages coming to me and that really humbled me. I am not sure whether it happens to everyone, but from speaking with some of my friends that I have made here in Bali, it seems as if synchronicity happens a lot more frequently here and anyone guided towards a ‘spiritual’ path will find exactly what it is they need to nourish where they are at in their journey.
Feeling awesome and vibing on the knowledge that I had an expanded hoop trick repertoire, I stepped into Malaika’s African dance workshop. The remaining people had been whittled down to an intimate group of 12 of us and so we jumped straight in to learning how to shake our buns African style. Malaika is very fluid with how she guides people through any practice, whether it be massage, singing or dancing. As we moved and sung our way through the workshop, I noticed myself feeling very ungrounded and I began to feel very self-conscious about how I looked while dancing. Noticing this in myself, I took a step back from the class and gathered myself with my breath. I’ve always been someone to go full pelt into things without understanding how to pace, so being consciously aware that I had had bodywork and energy healing in the morning, I knew that I was in a fragile state and that I should be careful how hard I go. I eventually got myself back into the class and we all ended with individually freestyle dancing in the middle of a circle we created with ourselves. The workshop was really fun regardless of how I had felt in some instances, if you are heading to Bali or Sacred Circularities and she is offering the African Dance I definitely say go, go, go!!
Closing ceremony was as beautiful and special as the first week had been, but this time my heart sunk a little bit, as I knew it was nearing my time to part ways with all the beautiful people I had come to know as my brothers and sisters. Jaguar Mary in all her kindness opened up the space with a gratitude offering to all of us for being a part of the journey with her and so she individually went around the circle of people, placing flower petals at our feet and giving us each a sincere thank you hug. I was so warmed by this gesture and it is definitely something that will stick with me for life, the master knowing they are also the student and sharing that pure openness and honesty. Afterwards we were all gently invited to share our experiences of Sacred Circularities and as we began to go around the circle, I noticed that some people had started joining their rose petals together on the floor, to start creating a large circle with them. Listening carefully to all the stories unfolding as we went around, more and more people from different sides of the circle, started gathering their rose petals too! I began to ponder on this notion of the interweaving of life, as a physical representation was being served to me right in front of my eyes. These stories of tears and joy and all the colours in between, slowly being connected together by all the people of this tribe. Our hoop binds us as one, and as the tribe grows in love, our tree roots coil deeper into the warm earth and our branches reach so far and wide that we bare fruits for the world. This is our hoop and tree.
The time came to say goodbye but through all the long held hugs and sweet teary eyes, my heart could only feel joy as I knew this was an opportunity for each and every one of us to take that feeling of connectedness and community, and outreach it to our respective corners of the globe. I am really thankful that I was given the opportunity to write for week two of Sacred Circularities and I hope you enjoyed reading a snippet of my life journey while here.
Life is what you make of it, I choose love and hoopiness,
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