“” (The Dali Lama)
The week before last I had the pleasure of being invited to Sarajevo to teach a weekend Ashtanga yoga workshop at Prana Yoga Studio in the heart of the city. Before my arrival I was filled with curiosity in regards to Sarajevo, remembering the complex history, horrors, and atrocities that happened there. Even to this day I don't understand it fully, however during and since my visit, I have gained deeper understanding. Remnants of the war are mostly gone but still visible and knowing what I know now I am fascinated by the strength and determination of the human spirit. No matter what, life moves on. Still, on some level, I have to ask myself, how could this have happend in my lifetime? How and why wasn't there more done to help stop the senseless killings? It haunts me.
Nonetheless, there are those who desire to move on from a higher state of consciousness. One reason why both Mike and Aida have touched me so deeply. Being the very first Ashtanga yoga center in the city they have truly broken ground in giving those the tools to reach greater awareness through the practice. It's needed, and even in the rise of skepticism they have one by one touched those with their sincere offering to give and enlighten the people of Sarajevo ready to take the leap. They're doing it and it's so inspiring!
Not only was the group willing to take the plunge, discovering all the practice has to offer but also we had participants not only from Bosnia, but Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia together in one room making it happen.
T H A N K Y O U
Below are a collection of Instagram(s) I took while in Sarajevo.
Mike and Aida,
The beautiful couple who own Prana Yoga Studio in Sarajevo
A Mosque in the City Center
Sarajevo Skyline near "Old Town"