What is that saying…first things first? Well of course they are – it seems silly and redundant. But in a new place it can be surprisingly easy to get jumbled up and not put the right things first. I have a few weeks of adjusting to internship life under my belt and am trying to gain some traction on completing the “life” tasks (ya know…run errands, cook, do laundry, find the good coffee). Sometimes completing the smallest task in the Caribbean feels like camping, in a sauna, with one arm tied behind my back. Seemingly simple tasks take allllll day.

I know in my head that adjusting to life in a new country will take time but feeling ineffective is frustrating regardless of the situation. Heeding the many well meaning warnings from my Extreme family to “take it slow”, “don’t burn out”, and the pointed “get your butt to yoga”, I escaped to the Yoga Loft for a class with Claire. This class was exactly what I needed! Her meditative vinyasa flow class allowed me to clear my head and get back to basics. Claire’s style is perfect for beginners and infuses tidbits of yoga philosophy throughout to create a well rounded experience.

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The beautiful view of Kite Beach from the Yoga Loft at Extreme Hotel

This class made me realize how quickly I had forgotten the importance of having a self care practice. First things first, foundation first, put on your own oxygen mask … FIRST. Self care first. For me, yoga is an integral part of my self care routine and it can serve as the cornerstone for building a healthy and vibrant lifestyle in Cabarete. I decided to jump back into this practice with both feet.

Molly’s class was next, and traditional Ashtanga is my jam. I left with a big smile while feeling the “yoga high”. Her style is warm and inviting; she has many regular students that she connects with closely. This is a great class to deepen your asana practice, try some new tricks, and be social!

Molly's class

Molly’s class

 

A few days later I got to try Bronya’s class. Her style is a slow flow that focuses on technique and alignment. She blends in elements from many holistic healthcare practices including tai chi and chi gong. Bronya’s calming and meditative voice combined with nadi shodhan (alternate nostril breathing) and the sound of crashing waves allowed this class to take on a deep restorative vibe. It’s the yin to the yang of the Cabarete athletic lifestyle.

Bronya practicing yoga on the beach

Bronya practicing yoga by the ocean

Practicing in the Yoga Loft reminds me that all of the essential “things” I need are right at my fingertips. First things first, and finding the good coffee can wait-  at least until after class!