Today marks the one week stamp of my arrival to Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia, and to my new life and job.
I have settled into my life here extremely comfortably and happily. A student told me the other day that she thought I’d been here for years. It seems that the grey clouds that were looming over me before a Melbourne winter are only a distant memory now. All the clothes I wore for my last week back home, I left there, knowing that I would not need my big boots and warm long sleeves, but have instead switched for lose shirts, easy dresses and bare feet. I couldn’t be more comfortable if I tried.
I’m back teaching again too which is such a delight. I have jumped back into classes at Yoga Bliss with full force. Mainly because both of the other teachers have been sick this last week, leaving an opportunity for me to step in and be really helpful.
I live in a beautiful homestay with a pool, air conditioning and a rooftop from which I can see all the stars in the sky at night. I’ve chosen to stay at a place a little bit out of town and get myself a scooter. At night, all that’s audible are the crickets and bugs floating around the small jungle that surrounds me. I love it here. I really do. I realised the other day whilst sitting by my pool that the building is purple – probably why I love it so much.
The other teachers, although have been a little bit sick, have both welcomed me with open arms. Nanna, the other main teacher, came to the first class I taught and when she introduced herself, we decided then and there that we would be best friends. She is the sweetest thing and I’m so thankful that I get to work alongside such a beautiful soul that is going to be such an inspiration to me as well. I can’t wait to learn all I can from her.
Gwen, the manager of Yoga Bliss, had escaped my warm embrace until yesterday as she’s been so sick. But I got to give her and her little bubba, Leo, a squeeze yesterday. I’m so grateful to her welcoming me back with such open arms.
So my days look like this now; I wake up at about 7 am, to either teach or attend class at 8 am. We then go for breakfast somewhere with incredible smoothie bowls filled with dragon fruit, mango or pineapple. I then take myself home to chill out for a little while and work on a few things, like this blog or my Spanish. I sometimes sit by the pool or the ocean and read or write before it’s time for the afternoon class or a spin of a circus toy on the beach for sunset. Then beautiful local food usually for dinner with friends.
The pace is slow, but I’m ok with that.
I sometimes get a little worried that I’m not doing anything! But I have to remind myself that I am working. No, this job doesn’t require 8 hours a day of hard labour or staring at a computer. Instead, it’s creating spaces for people to enjoy and experience their bodies and minds in a safe and caring environment.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll have some friends coming to visit too which is truly exciting for me. This will be one of the first times friends have come over from home for a visit, and what a good excuse to get people over to see me.
So, life is easy. That’s about all there is to it.