This way I have certainly traveled more lands and parts of my own country. Stayed in fancy hotels and unique guest houses and being paid for it. Even if it being 24/7 work for few days or more then a week, I still enjoy the sense of being totally in the moment there. It almost feels like there is nothing else in the world, but the space that is created between people right there, in front of me. It has also thought me great lesion in humility, flexibility and responsible leadership- participants and colleagues can be blessing and pain in the ass (initially), everyone bringing their own story in common group experience, thus everyone's shit comes into surface and gets projected torwards trainers and others in the group.
I started my acroyoga journey back in 2008. I was stunned to see other thai massage students fooling around with wobbly and fun flying poses. Since then I started to learn by books and after 3 years finally encountered real acroyoga teachers in 2011. So grateful to Lous Gabriel from Rio (Brazil), who instantly took me to assist his workshops around the town and then the journey continued with workshops in Latvia. After my move to Prague, I joined local groups there for jams and classes. And in 2013 I found myself in partner acrobatics teacher training and afterwards attending many other workshops with great teachers. And now I love creating a space for everyone else to experience trust building, sense of community of support and acceptance, space for creating joy and playfulness. I love seeing transformation in myself and others through building of sense of belonging and togetherness throughout workshop or class.
I grew up being scared of deep and open waters, even if I was born in the city by the sea. Even so I have been always seeking seas, oceans, rivers and lakes on my travels. My first abroad living was in Italy, very close to Salerno and Amalfi coast. In USA, I lived in Norfolk which was close to Virginia beach that offered restful walks. In Vancouver I enjoyed the view of bays and ocean every day when riding a skytrain to my school. And I missed that possibility in Prague, even so there is a river going across the center. And I missed it when staying in Cordoba for too long. This year I managed to see also Brighton which for me is such perfect place for a city to be: by the seaside, where people can walk and be and watch sunsets and hang out with each other.
Now having moved back to Latvia, I visit the sea much more often. Appreciating its healing power for mind, body, heart. And its magic, since it connects countries and continents, even if it is not visible to a human eye while standing on the beach. I still do not trust the deep open waters, they keep scaring me, yet deeply attracting and soothing and holding me while I tell my stories being out there.
The best teachers. My greatest gurus. My best mirrors. I started relationships after my 20ties- already in my young adult life. Initially because it felt like I have to- for society, because everyone does so. However after starting more mindful journey in my life, all boyfriends and connected stories have been great guides in my own darkness and light. Great study on how I become attached and clingy, how I withdraw and avoid conflicts. And looking back, they have each been special for certain period in my life. Would not I have such difficult break up and departure with one of my boyfriends, I might not have been ready for next phase in my life which was extremely full with difficult people and situations. Would not I have another deceiving experience, I would not have learnt such compassion towards myself in times of difficulty. I also have learnt to surrender, to be deeply held, to be challenged till my core and enjoy observing my defensiveness, to be celebrated, to be surprised etc. I am learning to give space for conflicts and withdrawal and anger and see the absolute beauty of it. Because relationships, relating, being related is something that touches the core of our being like nothing else. That is where our deep work lies and this is where the answers might come and be practiced. Practiced with your partner, right here, right now.
I love random encounters. I think this is why I love spending time in Chiang Mai so much. There is certain openness in people who are on the road, on holidays, or in time of their lives where existential questions are called upon. And something that I love even more is that I can try to connect and people connect back or vice versa...as there is space for it. Connection without expectations. Connection that is relevant now, even if the only time we share is a overnight train ride or coffee and conversation. Oh, I wish that I could share also back home more conversations, create more connection and care and love with people, even if it just for a tram ride.
Here is for the women if my life. Women who inspire, women who support, women who lend their shoulder for crying and their ear for listening to the voice of my soul. I am extremely blessed with my own sister, who happens also to be my best mate and my closest person in this World. I often forget how actually lucky I am to have such sister. We have traveled places, laughed till our bellies hurt, shared great sorrow and enjoyed supporting each other on more environmentally friendly and vegan lifestyle. She is simply the best!