This past weekend my friend Ivo was back in town for a few days. She’s been living in Puerto Rico for some years now, but despite the distance, we’ve managed to not only keep in touch but also to have the time of our lives while traveling the world together with our two families.
You just gotta love Ivo. She’s the type of person who’s always doing something interesting. She has this incredible amount of energy and always remains kind and humble no matter what. But what I admire most about Ivo is her deep sense of compassion and gratitude in everything she does.
As I embark on this life project to deepen my yoga practice, I am drawing motivation and inspiration from many life experiences and from many mentors near and far. Ivo of course, has once again managed to inspire me. While here I’ve been, practicing yoga for the past 15 years, thinking that one day the right moment to go deeper will magically arrive, waiting for the right moment when I have more free time, or more spending cash, or more meditation experience, or less stress, etc. so that I could finally embrace all that yoga has to offer, along comes Ivo, who only started her practice of yoga a few years ago, and she’s already touching people’s hearts as a yoga teacher in Puerto Rico. She just completed her teacher training right at the start of summer.
And that’s Ivo. She has guts and compassion! And that’s what I love about her. She actually did her teacher training in the ashtanga yoga lineage, which is considered to be the hardest form of physical posture practice in the world. In her usual honesty, she admits that she’s not the most flexible yogi on the mat (she’s a marathon runner after all) but what she cares about most is showing her students how to be fully present in the moment.
As I prepare for my own physical and spiritual yoga journey, I’ll be reminded of Ivo’s compassionate energy and her honest desire to serve others.
Namaste my dear friend. I can’t wait to see you again!