It’s currently 2 am on Monday in Bali as I’m pecking away at my keyboard in the back of a car already intoxicated with jet lag. My two drivers are maneuvering through the dark empty streets to get me to the Indigo Villas to join Lauren, my yoga teacher and a few more students for a weeklong yoga retreat. Yes, we came all the way to Bali—Ubud to be exact—to down dog and cat cow our way through a relaxing week of asana, meditation and calmness. It’s been a long 20-hour journey to get here and I’m thoroughly looking forward to some spine twisting and the savasana (the final resting pose at the end) in my first class of the retreat.
If you didn’t already know. Yoga is my thing.
Several months ago after taking a routine evening class at Joy—my yoga studio in Houston—I noticed a flyer taped to the bathroom mirror announcing a yoga retreat in Bali. I knew that was my chance to combine two of the things I love (yoga+travel) and without worrying too much about how I would afford it, I signed up. Fast-forward to now and I can’t believe I’m actually here. If you’ve watched Eat, Pray, Love then you understand the excitement about being in Bali. Known for its yoga culture, religious temples, beautiful beaches and calm atmosphere, Bali is just the place to be when you really want some rejuvenation in your life.
But the journey to this place of tranquility wasn’t all smooth sailing…
You see, my initial travel plans to Bali included a stopover in Sydney to visit a family friend. Well, the travel Gods had other plans for me on Friday evening as my flight to Los Angeles was severely delayed and caused me to miss not only my original connecting flight to Sydney but also the one I was rebooked for. This resulted in me having no choice but to spend the night in Los Angeles and get my entire itinerary re-routed so that I could make it in time for the yoga retreat, which I paid a pretty nice amount to attend. So off to Hong Kong United Airlines sent me: A 15-hour flight to China and then finally a 5-hour flight to Bali. Although I’m a day late making it to the yoga retreat, the good news is I’ll still be visiting Sydney on my way back to the states. Everything always works itself out in the end.
One of the major lessons I learned during this journey to Bali is that being patient really does pay off and it happened to work extremely well in my favor. During all of the chaos and missed flights, I didn’t get too flustered as I normally would when things get off track. I surprised myself since this was my first time missing an international flight and was even more surprised at how well things work out when you just remain calm. I ended up meeting a man who seriously felt bad that I was going to miss my flight to Sydney and not only insisted on giving up his first class seat to L.A. but threw a handful of drink vouchers my way for future flights. To top it off, once I arrived at LAX, the singer Chante Moore and her manager found me standing in a crazy long line to figure out my new plan of getting to Indonesia. They approached me and told me to follow them to the United Club. Instead of waiting in the long line that would’ve taken hours to receive any assistance, the lady in the United Club immediately begin working to re-route my travel itinerary so I would make it to Bali in time for the second day of the retreat. The icing on the cake would have to be the upgrade to business class that I received on the flight from Hong Kong to Bali: talk about favor! It’s been a long day of traveling for sure, but I’m so grateful for all of the help I received along the way.
I’ll be sharing more about my Bali experience and the retreat throughout the week!
Oh and one more thing: our villa is amazing.