Eat Pray Love
It's official. I'm a cliche. If you read the book of the same name, the heroine goes off on an adventure and eats her way through Italy (substitute Thailand), goes yoga crazy in India ( substitute Thailand), and finds love in Indonesia (substitute Yellowknife!!)
As for me - I found a great place called Kata Yoga about a 20 minute walk away that offers hot yoga classes - and I'm hooked! Never knew about this type of yoga until now - and as "learning" is one of my goals for my year off - it seems an opportune time to indulge and start this trip off on a healthy note. The class is Bikram Yoga- 26 poses done over 90 minutes in a superheated room- this studio's temperature is about 35C, so you start to sweat as soon as you enter. Then you begin to melt, and as you continue the practice the most amazing little rivers of sweat start running down your body, drip off every limb, and puddle around you. I seriously can't believe I like this. It's kind of disgusting but it feels great! Very energized once I finally recover! I like it so much and am feeling so good that I've decided to extend my stay in Kata Beach for a couple of weeks to take more classes and THEN I'll head over to Koh Lanta for some dive training (more learning!) I love the flexibility of not having to move on if I don't want to.
Today's big decision- I'm NOT going to do Dive Master and SCUBA Instructor training - just taking a Rescue Diver course - which will help me be a better diver. Floating in the water (where I'm sure I do my best thinking) I realized that I just REALLY like to dive - I don't need to be certified in something else. So - decision made!
I've attached a picture from the Kata Hot Yoga studio showing Govert - the studio owner- doing one of the poses I can't do. Yet.