WOW, Goa with our teachers, staff, and a few members was SO MUCH FUN!!
After planes and taxis to Goa, we were all ready to start relaxing and enjoying ourselves. We arrived to a host of masseurs giving us foot and shoulder massages. After that, Rohan and Stuti led us in a BEAUTIFUL sound healing ceremony. It melted away any tensions from the travels and started the MyYogaTeacher Get-Together on the right foot!
Jitendra, CEO of MyYogaTeacher, welcomed everyone and shared the vision of our community – making the world healthier and happier. Every yoga session led by a teacher, every yoga session joined by a community member, brings more consciousness, peace, joy and health into the world.
Shivayogi and his talented friends facilitated a drum circle. We were all given djembe drums and many of us spent the night drumming in (astonishingly) synchronous rhythm, while others danced to the beat. Most people described it as a magical night.
The next morning, we woke up early and tired from the drum party that went late into the night. Kannan led us in a grounding and energizing Tai Chi session on the beach. We learned to stay rooted and firm in the earth, while fluid and supple in our movement. It woke us up and gave us a collective energy that took us laughing and chatting all the way through breakfast.
Oh, and breakfast at the resort was AMAZING!
The afternoon was full of banana boat rides, parasailing, speed boating, and hanging out by the pool. It was a blast!
My personal favorite part of the MyYogaTeacher Get-Together in Goa was the award ceremony.
We recognized so many teachers and staff members individually - for all their dedication and passion to making MyYogaTeacher the beautiful community of yogis that we've become. Every single person, member, staff, and teacher has made MyYogaTeacher a place of healing, connection, joy, and collective evolution. We are all so proud of what we're doing here together!
After recognizing teachers for milestones like 3,000 hours of teaching on the platform, giving out "Buddha Award" for employee of the year, and singing happy birthday to TWO of the event participants...
The band played all the Bollywood hits from the 80's, 90's, and 2000's. I didn't fully understand it, I'm told it was nostalgic. But what I did see was an entire room full of people swept up in a dancing frenzy full of energy and joy. Everyone, and I mean E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E., even me, grooved on the dance floor, smiling, laughing, and jumping with infectious joy. It was incredible!
After another late night of celebration - a beachside meditation led by Sandeep was the perfect way to start the day. Finding presence as the waves gently rumbled on the shore, we began our final day in Goa together.
And finally, we said goodbye. Words and pictures can't capture this special experience, and don't do it justice.
I want to thank each and every teacher, member, and staff who joined the event and made it the magical experience it was. I want to thank every one of us for being there in spirit and making MyYogaTeacher the incredible community of yogis that it has become.
I hope you join us next year. The time and place isn't set yet. But we'll try to organize it with plenty of time for you to make travel plans. (COVID, rains in Bangalore, and other random events caused us to plan this event last minute).
You're invited to our next MyYogaTeacher Get-Together in India! (time and place TBD).
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