There is a saying that if you ever want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans. Well if it is possible, I might be the one who had my Creator peeing his holy pants!

Since October, I have been planning and preparing for a three-week stay at Shambhava Konalani Yoga and Ashram in Kona, HI. My end goal, to be more spiritually, mentally and physically unified and be yoga teacher certified.

Part of my preparation this journey has been stepping up my practice. My main focus has been Vinyasa and Yoga Sculpt for strength. I was loving the results. Then, just three weeks before I was to set off for this epic journey…I injured my back. I contacted my doctor, modified my practice, got massages and was the best patient I could possibly be.


A few days before my flight to Seattle, I was feeling quite better. The hubby took me out to Mongolian BB-Q. My fortune cookie said, “Be prepared to modify your plan. It’ll be good for you.” Not exactly what I wanted to read but profound enough to prepare me for the unknown.

The first leg of my trip was in Seattle to spend a couple days with my best friend and a couple days with my brother before heading to Hawaii. I kept telling my girlfriend that I couldn’t wait to do Yoga with her. Unfortunately, I had about the roughest traveling day ever and by the time we were walking into a cafe, I could not stand straight.

My friend convinced me to visit the ER, and I am glad I listened. I needed stronger medicine. Because my Soul Sista had experience taking care of her husband when he had a bad back, she spent the next three days nursing me and preparing me for my upcoming 6-hour flight.

I got to spend about a day and a half with my brother and it was good quality time. I have to say it was the same with my girlfriend and I just can’t complain, back injury or no back injury.

When I arrived at the ashram, everyone here has been looking out for me and I have had to make several “modifications” to my poses. This has been quite humbling considering how my practice was just two months ago.


Yet I see this as another opportunity to be a better, more compassionate and empathetic teacher. Not only have I modified my plans and poses, I have also modified my attitude, ego, and temperament. No complaints today! Stay blissful my friends – E