2/6: Tiffany. Yoga and Camino De Santiago

3 weeks of YTT 200 training just flew past. The past 3 weeks of experience felt really familiar. It reminded me of my one month hiking trip in Spain. The hike is also known as Camino De Santiago/ Hike to the end of the world. It is known as pilgrim ways o the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago De Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts as well as organized tours.

I skipped my graduation ceremony for this hike. I left for Spain after my last exam. My friends couldn’t wrap their heads about my decision. Skipping graduation ceremony so that I can hike 800km in a month. Truth was, I didn’t care about the graduation. I’d probably still skip the ceremony even if I wasn’t going to hike.

I spent my entire month in Spain walking everyday. For the entire month, I didn’t take any form of transport. No bus/ car/ bicycle. I was covering a distance of 20-30km/ day. After my first week of hike, I started to question myself why I’m doing this. I had really bad blisters and I woke up every morning with soreness everywhere. In comparison, that was how I felt after my first week of yoga training. I didn’t expect my body to feel this sore and tired. Trying to juggle morning yoga classes and training was more tiring than I expected. I lost count of the number of times when my inner voice told me to go back to bed every morning when I wake up with a sore body.

Thankfully, my stubborn nature made me press on. In retrospect, my yoga journey was very much like my Camino De Santiago hike. There were many doubts throughout the process. I wasnt sure if I could pass the course at the end of the five weeks. But I knew that the only way to find out was to trust the process and don’t lose sight of the end goal.