I always admired females who travel solo to exotic countries without fear and wondered what it would be like to do just that – get on a flight and go somewhere you can be alone and be amongst likeminded people.
Whenever, I travelled I always had someone with me or met up with a friend or a business colleague, but, I have never actually travelled alone either on holiday or to any retreats; even when I plucked up the courage to do my Yoga Teacher Training Course that was in London and close to home.
Although, I travelled to Sri Lanka back and forth every year for few years during my yoga training I always had someone to travel with me.
Doing yoga over the years and graduating as a teacher – yoga taught me to think positively. Somehow the fear inside me disappeared and made me strong in mind, body and spirit.
After a lot of soul searching I finally plucked up the courage and booked my flight to Koh Samui, Thailand to do a workshop and then an apartment for a week in another resort called “Fisherman’s Village” to chill out by the beach. Oh boy, did I have a lot of butterflies in my stomach when I boarded that flight at Birmingham airport and thought to myself ‘well you are here now everything is booked, you spent a lot of money and there’s no going back so get on with it’.
Arriving at Bangkok airport and getting my connecting flight to Koh Samui was a doddle what was all the fuss about! I thought had plenty of time to find my way around the airport – even time to have a coffee… sitting on my own drinking my coffee and thinking ‘wait a minute I am not least bit scared or worried’.
I pre-booked my transport from Samui Airport to do my Vikasa Yoga and then moved from the retreat to my apartment at Fisherman’s Village. I was initially nervous when I arrived there because I suddenly felt all alone but this feeling went away after a good night’s sleep.
I found my way around the village and located a couple of yoga studios to practise my yoga. I even did a bit of Acro yoga which was fun and I am hoping in the not too distant future to attempt to do a course in Acro Yoga.
During my travels in Thailand I have met some lovely people and made friends with some amazing yoga teachers. I am hoping to go back there one day if possible. Since, my travel to Thailand I have travelled to Sri Lanka on my own and even a few times to India to do another Teacher Training course and survived! Going to India is another chapter in my story……..
“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practise, the brighter the flame”
Regular practise helped develop strength and courage
“Strength – doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” Rikki Rogers