“I began my yoga teaching journey just under a year ago while living in London, England, then moved away from my home in Austin, Texas, to follow my partner at the time, across the pond. Once we arrived, I found the person I thought I knew a stranger to me. While figuring out my reason for making this bold move, I decided to attend YogaLondon to try to bring peace into my life, deepen my practice – and maybe find my purpose. Little did I know how these first 200 hours of teacher training would change me forever. After realising my life at home was dramatically different than what I felt in my heart, I decided to enroll in a 300 hour yoga teacher training that would take me as far away from London as I could think of: Bali, Indonesia.

Before my travels to Southeast Asia, my grandfather suddenly passed away and I had to return to Texas for his funeral and take care of my grandmother. There my path was becoming clearer. I knew I needed to return to London, move out of my flat and follow my dreams of traveling around the world. So after making a circle around the globe, I returned to the U.S. to find my belongings, shipped all the way from London. Not knowing where my travels would take me next, I knew 5 years ago I had promised myself to travel to Nicaragua and decided I needed to make that a reality.

I arrived to Playa Gigante at the end of April to start a yoga teaching job, I believed was the dream I’d been waiting for. While being at the hotel, I quickly realised the owner and I had completely opposite ideas of what my purpose was while volunteering there; staying true to my heart – and what I’ve envisioned my experience to be – I decided to take a leap staying. Then I followed a couple I had met in Playa Gigante to San Juan del Sur and hoped to find a teaching opportunity quickly.

I fell in love with SJdS instantly. Its vibrancy, the beautiful colours, the mountain setting, its amazing sunsets. I imagined myself teaching yoga in Nicaragua and within one day my inbox had two teaching offerings. One in Granada, the other in SJdS. I chose to stay in San Juan to share my practice at Casa Oro after hearing of the wonderful things the owners visualise this place to be. I’ve been here for many weeks and we’ve been able to fill the yoga classes at Casa Oro with travellers and people from the community. Casa Oro offers classes every day: at 8 a.m. on the first floor and 5 p.m. on the Malecón by the beach, watching the sunset throughout class.

Classes are designed for everyone, no matter where they are in their practice. Our goal is to include the local community. Slowly but gradually this is being accomplished. Casa Oro’s practice of Karma Yoga, selfless actions, of providing free yoga to everyone in the community shows how committed the Circulo Initiative is to giving back to the entire community in SJdS.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of something so beautiful!”