For the past year and a half I’ve been on the road. At the end of 2013, I left the States and explored Australia, Asia, and South America, teaching and doing lots of yoga along the way. It’s been my dream to travel around the world since I was a little girl, and becoming a yoga instructor was, in a way, my ticket to make that a reality.
The majority of the trip has been wildly fun, but there have been many not-so-glamorous moments, too — getting stranded in airports, surviving on very little money, and getting violently sick after accidentally drinking a tall glass of the wrong kind of tap water.
Overall, though, I couldn’t be more grateful for all the experiences I’ve had. Most importantly, I’ve learned more about yoga than I ever could have learned in a classroom. Coming from a pretty traditional yoga background, I had a solid set of beliefs about what the practice was, and how it was done. I could write and talk for hours about my wild yoga ride around the world, and how much it changed my life. But for now, here are six major things I learned from my whirlwind travels: