Who Knows It, Feels It, Lord…

the middle of 2011,

the center of an island in between an ocean and a sea

Here I am, in the balcony of my friend’s pad (situated on the high-end of a small mountain range in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico), comfortably seated in worn-out hammock, feeding on the harmonious atmosphere that surrounds me (the fluorescent city of San Juan and the vast Atlantic Ocean seem foreign), and silently telling the Universe that “Yes, I DO want to travel”.

When I do so, I whisper into Its ear and, in return, It responds by sending me a quiet message (with the help of both the wind and a nearby lime tree) in the form of a gentle echo. Our conversation reveals some sort of deep telepathic intimacy, a long-lasting relationship between the energy forces of the Divine and my Heart in its purest state. And, so I allow myself to communicate whatever it is I feel by throwing it out There:

“I intend on keeping my word and staying in Puerto Rico at least until the end of December, but I will be eternally grateful if I am in unfamiliar territory sometime next year. I MUST go to Bali (I had told a friend that I’d head over to Indonesia during next year’s surfing season to help them film a documentary)…or to northern India (I did spend the last five years of my life studying so I could eventually help Nepalese refugees…and it seems logical to want to head over to an Ashram after being submerged in the Yogic world for the past years)…or perhaps to Thailand (Walking through the jungle with a Yoga mat and book in hand, passing by ornamented temples, slowing down to observe a flower and forgetting completely about all things mundane has always sounded so appealing to me…not mention that next year the It’s Yoga System is offering the amazing Teacher Training at its local studio…maybe this place IS paradise).

And then, there’s always the option of going back to New York City, a place where I could probably do all these things without having to stamp my new U.S. Passport (although I’m all for passing through Airport Security and Immigration, if it means jumping onto a plane that will take me anywhere outside this tiny little island)”…

Traveling, to me, is much more than filling a suitcase with necessities; traveling means situating myself in an alien body, as though I am reborn each time I arrive at a new port. I’ve become so accustomed to changing coordinates that an internal clock ticks every so often to remind me that it’s time to untie the dock ropes and move along. Traveling has taught me a lot about attachment and detachment. I’ve noticed that even as a visitor, I aspire to become a local, since I thrive on understanding a culture from the inside out. I’m faithful to the phrase, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, and in order to do so without experiencing seasickness, I find a nice solid piece of land on which to anchor myself. Sometimes, this land is an engrained mentality or a practice.

This time, it was actually land. I had decided to begin and end the year in the same physical coordinate: 17º 50´- 18º 30´N, 65º 30´- 65º 15´W (the island of Puerto Rico). The task was to stay put, while allowing everything inside me to shift. So far, every month has revealed a distinct character; but no matter what title or identity, I am still THAT women, or as Thai people put it, I am the “same same, but different”. And so, next year might be THE year to travel, because after so much internal movement, internal stability will arise, allowing all external forces to fluctuate. My friend mentions that “the Universe will work it out”. I want to believe him.

…six months later…

the end of 2011,

the shore that overlooks the Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest part of the Atlantic.

Each morning wake up. Do as much Yoga as you want. Maybe you’ll eat, maybe you’ll fast. Maybe you’ll sleep indoors, maybe you’ll sleep outdoors. The next morning, wake up. Do as much Yoga as you want. Maybe you’ll eat, maybe you’ll fast. Maybe you’ll sleep indoors, maybe you’ll sleep outdoors. Practice Yoga, and all is coming (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois).

I wake up with the will to do what the voice inside tells me: TAKE IT TO THE MAT and let your breath deal with whatever your mind can’t wrap itself around. When the day’s practice is over. I roll-up my mat and it hits me. My ego has taken a blow. I feel like running, but this time I can’t escape it. It’s too late. I have already gone way to deep. Suddenly, emotions that had been carefully placed in tight little corners of my body begin to arise, and all I want to do is keep them there. As I breathe, I’m yelling.

“Oh, no sir! You are NOT coming out. You are staying right where I placed you”.

But my heart is so in pain that my shell cracks and tears begin to roll down my cheeks. And, it actually feels…GOOD. Right then, I notice that it has nothing to do with how strong or indifferent I am. I have been hit, the gasoline is leaking, and I need to slow down and land as safely as possible. But I don’t want to. I want to stay in the air, fighting. I want to avoid feeling anything in order to stay focused. The funny thing is that by ignoring them, my emotions are becoming more and more intense. The Yoga, rather than distracting me, is making me connect with these emotions to the extreme.

The universe is holding me in its arms with love, and at the same time squeezing my insides, so as to make me burst. IT asks me to let go, but I cross my arms and hold my breath (I’m turning a shade of purple). And then, the voice again: “NOW, TAKE IT TO THE OCEAN”. So I get up, grab my mat, leave the studio and head towards the shore. When I jump in and begin to swim, more and more tears come. The truth is too much for me to handle: I’m COMPLETELY alone. I start asking:

“Can’t someone hold me while I deal with everything? I really don’t WANT to be alone.”

I hear IT laugh.

“You’re not alone”, IT says as a perfectly round rainbow appears in the sky.

I also start laughing. I was fearful about having to be with myself, and here I am having a beautiful moment of silence and solitude. I know that what is about to flourish will not be as beautiful, but I’m finally at peace with the idea of wanting to face it. I have myself. I have the universe…

If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” (Yogi Bhajan).

It’s midday, the sun is shining (the weather is sweet) and all I feel as I sit here and write about my relationship with Yoga is gratitude. Gratitude towards the Universe for placing me on this lovely island; gratitude towards all my teachers for introducing me to such a giving practice; gratitude towards myself for humbly allowing the practice to enter my body, mind, spirit and soul. I’ve been practicing Yoga for almost four years, but it feels like I began to understand it only six months ago (similar to what occurs when an acquaintance becomes a friend or a lover) during last summer’s Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at my local studio and second home: It’s Yoga Puerto Rico. If you’ve ever been to our studio, you’ve probably come across two of the most genuinely kind beings: David Kyle and Elizabeth Sallaberry. I’m lucky to consider them my teachers, neighbors and dear friends. During my month of training, David said something along the lines of: “You CAN be a healer, but before you can heal someone, you have to be healed.”

It made so much sense to me. At that moment, I realized that I HAD to focus on myself. I wanted to be a teacher, but I had to first teach myself to become one. I was convinced that I would be healed by the love that was in and around me, and found this love from the It’s Yoga community. While sharing with these individuals, I feel at ease and happy. They’ve indirectly showed me the importance of harmony and union with their affection. As it is written:

Guru satyam guru jnanam guru anandam guru shantih.

(meaning: My teacher is the truth, my teacher is the wisdom, my teacher is the bliss, my teacher is the peace).

There’s something truly wonderful about touch, whether it be through words or physical contact. Touch is part of our nature as humans. For the past five months, I’ve gained a greater understanding regarding touch by assisting both David and Elizabeth during their classes. Adjusting a student is probably one the most rewarding privileges, but also one of the most difficult. Through touch you’re asking another to place their practice into your hands and trust your guidance. This is a tremendous responsibility. Teaching (in any way or form) is a tremendous responsibility. It requires you to stay true to your teachings, or as David puts it (giving homage to his teacher System, the late Larry Schultz), “Practice what you teach”.

I like to think that it’s not me teaching Yoga; it’s the Yoga teaching me. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga isn’t just a physical practice. While it does have a physical aspect (Hatha), that’s not its true purpose. It’s more than just breathing and moving. It considers how we function in the world, and promotes the idea of avoiding fear and focusing on love. Basically, Yoga teaches us to love ourselves and to project that love onto the rest of the Universe. How could you not want to practice something like this? After all, we are all (to some degree) trying to become better lovers. Love is an art we need to master, and there’s no better art to want to master.

The mat has always been a space for me to observe my mind, body, spirit and soul. It is still one of the places where I find peace with who I am and where I am in life. Coming to the mat everyday is a challenge, which requires willingness to come in and confront my limitations and explore my strengths. (I find my body moving into new poses and also working on those that are not accessible). The It’s Yoga System is one that promotes individuality and inner search, while maintaining a connection with the outer world and others. In order words, it allows you to fly without loosing a sense of grounding.  And the only way to do this is by giving into the practice; by loving it.

At a recent Rocket I class, David said the following: “You’ve taken the task of coming to your mat because you’re a seeker”. With their life stories and perspectives, my teachers have taught me that we are all searching for something, and that most of the time this quest is a healing process. As of now, I meditate and practice every morning with the intention to heal myself, so that I can be prepared to help my students in their own healing process. My interest lies in being a guide for those who are seeking and those who want to break away from what ties them down; but in order to do this I must be fully prepared.

It’s amazing how when you have the right intentions, the universe surprises you with such amazing consequences. Intention is everything. Intention was what allowed me to move to San Juan and what allowed me to become a Yoga Instructor. Last summer, I made an abrupt change in my life. I choose to live differently. I gave everything up (my job, my relationships, my lifestyle) in order to explore unknown territory: myself. Maybe everything had to shift in order to facilitate the change that was about to take place. Maybe in order for me to go deeper into my body, I had to grab all the knots inside of me and loosen them, and the only way to do this was by letting go of the emotion behind the pain.

And so, I was faced with having to find love for myself, in myself. I’m ready to loose it all again; to empty myself completely, so that I can be filled by love. It might be a bit absurd to want to repeat such a mind-blowing experience. But that’s just it: I WANT my mind to be blown out of proportion. I miss the feeling of going deep into my core. During my last training, I grew. Somehow I changed (even if it was little by little). There was a learning process happening inside of me that was not purely academic. When you’re training you’re not just learning facts about Yoga. You’re LIVING in that world. You’re objective isn’t to survive in it; your objective is to BECOME it. You’re BREATHING Yoga. You ARE Yoga.

Sure, people may think I’m a little out of it for dropping everything in order to do my first Yoga training, and for wanting to do it again. But, sometimes what seems crazy is exactly what you should do, and I believe that the power of intention will also be what takes me to my second Yoga certification at It’s Yoga Thailand. Until then, my Heart will keep sending its message to the Universe through vibrations. If it should happen, next April will mark a new stage as I look to find a greater connection with what I consider to be my life purpose.

Although I have an idea of what to expect, given my previous experience, I know that traveling to another country and training with other teachers and fellow trainees, will only advance my growing process as a student, teacher and person. Being surrounded by the It’s Yoga family and the peacefulness of Koh Pagnan, is probably just what I need. I look forward to making the best of the It’s Yoga Teacher Training by leaving everything behind me, fully dedicating myself and continuing down the path of healing. In other words, I want to keep breathing, keep welcoming this practice into my life and (with time) become an open channel for love and peace, so as to inspire others to do the same.

Namasté.

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2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Catalina Gomez-Puerto

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  1. Pao Pao says:

    Tha magnitude of what Cata can do now it’s amazing. I can only imagine what she can do with the training. The world deserves a teacher like her. Please give the training to Cata, she will amaze you!

  2. Reema says:

    beautiful essay! i wish you all the luck in the world on your fabulous journey!

  3. Benjamin I. Cardona says:

    This is magnificent, Cata. You write from within. Five years ago (more or less) I heard one of your essays being read. It was your character study for Patrick Marber’s ALICE on his play, Closer. You have a way of digging up into the human psyche that’s both gentle & rejuvenating. I’ve seen you evolve & grow, these last couple of months from a distance. May this new conquest bring you comfort, peace of mind & spirit, for you truly are a kind soul.

  4. élfernan says:

    feeling it!

    let your heart lead the way and it will take you where you need to go.

    bendecido sea tu camino.

  5. REM says:

    I like your article!!!

    REM

  6. Gil Perez says:

    While i was reading it make me feel life flying. And very inspired too. You wrote from your Anahata. The Universe is always listening. Good luck Catalina…Namaste

  7. Enric Muñoz says:

    Catalina is a wonderful person, i meet her for a short period of time in yoga classes, but i felt something special inside her. She is smart, dedicate, persistent and a tireless travel that make her a person with an enormous potential, i hope you give this opportunity to her because surely she is gonna make the most of it.

    Mucha suerte en esta aventura Catalina…siempre deseándote lo mejor…
    Namaste!

  8. Cristina Ramirez Nieto says:

    Cata! you are blessed with the gift of expressing yourself beautifully thru words and truly inspiring people with your practice. Since I moved to NYC I had forgotten my yoga practice and got caught up in the fast pace of the city, focusing on other things. Your article inspires me to keep going and to begin my journey once again, and for that I thank you. Good vibes, much love and positive energy for you always. :)
    Cristina

  9. Michael J. Morris says:

    Catalina’s article not only proves she is capable of teaching Yoga but also a sure Master, leaving trails for others to follow, opening paths for others.. She deserves the Scholarship

  10. Humberto Vázquez says:

    TRAVEL | LEARN | SHARE

  11. Sofia Shaula says:

    Beautiful essay, full of passion, and truthfulness… I was moved deeply. Exito siempre.

  12. Joanna says:

    I loved reading this article. I felt as if this article was written for me. It reminded me of what I also feel, living in this strange place, the place I call ‘home’. I hope that everything you aspire to do Cata, does come true! As clichéish as it may sound, you live only ONCE ( or at least that is what is believed) and you SHOULD live everyday as it were your last. I admire you, for being such a powerful and strong woman, and for standing up to the bad energy mediocres sorround us with. I wish you the best and I know that in your travelling, you will take something from everyone you have met along the way… hoping that what you take from me will help you strive in life and make you a better woman, thinker, surfer, lover, adventurer…on all your years to come!

  13. Jessica Bravo says:

    beautiful and inspiring words.. thank you, all the best!

  14. Laura Lugo says:

    Cata, I felt and heard you voice as if you were with me in the room. I really enjoy your classes and each time I learning something new about yoga and myself, you genuinely have the touch…

  15. Paola teresa says:

    Catalina! I loved it! full of passion! thats the key to succeed! xoxo

  16. Michelle says:

    Catalina, exito. Un abrazo.

  17. Alberto Muni Valls says:

    Bendiciones, Catalina es un honor conocerte y apoyarte en tu Florecer.

  18. karl says:

    Cata you are amazing. keep it up!!!

  19. David kyle says:

    Nice imagery;). Love the flow of thought! Your future is bright!

  20. Nati Collazo says:

    Interior & Exterior Beauty + Inner Peace + Determination = Catalina.
    The Essay is a prove of this equation. Love Catalina’s energy, is full of peace in this trouble and difficult times…. Good luck in your journey….

  21. Yaz says:

    Cata, it is so refreshing to read your searching and beautiful words! At its core all search is a search for love. Before we can find it without ourselves and in the world around us, we have to find it and nurture it within ourselves, and you are doing exactly that. By unselfishly sharing your experience you are spreading the glowing light of love, and through this process you are continually becoming the teacher you aspire to be. Thank you and much love and luck to you on your journey!

  22. Catalina says:

    Much love to everyone who has left a comment…and/ or has taken the time to read my article. Regardless of who ends up winning the contest and although it’s only the beginning, I feel blessed! Your input is so filling…as a writer its nourishing to see such a wonderful response! Thank you, thank you, thank you…infinite thank yous. As a Yoga LOVER…it’s a pleasure to show my philosophy, share my process and motivate others to do the same! As a friend…all I can say is that your positive vibes are valued and that my love for you is always present. Namaste…

  23. Thais Rivera says:

    Catalina, it is a beautiful essay, you gave me peace with just read it. Keep forward for your dream, you will find it.

  24. Manu says:

    Nice!I loved everything, specially the video of San Juan. It gave me saudades.. Parabéns!

  25. Laura Rosales says:

    Felicitaciones Cata.. Te deseo mucha suerte :)

  26. Jessica Needham says:

    Love you Cata!!! You have an amazing heart <3

  27. LoreM says:

    Catalina! suerte con el concurso, muy lindo tu articulo! saludos de una ex compagnera de colegio en Guatemala!

  28. Sammy says:

    I am so proud of you! What a beautiful and inspiring piece. Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best. Namaste.

  29. Cecile says:

    Catalina, beautiful writing! I very much hope that you win this teacher training! Amiga, suerte y bendiciones!

  30. Daniella Aguilera says:

    Best of luck !

  31. Eva Vega says:

    Cata! It was awesome, the imagery, your words…

  32. rafael trelles says:

    ¡Bello articulo, te deseo mucho éxito!

  33. Beta Tiburri says:

    Muito bom Cata!!! Sorte!!!

  34. marielis s. says:

    i truly enjoyed your essay :) i hope you are able to once again leave everything to then share everything…
    the sun is shining (the weather is sweet)

  35. CHRISTIAN MAURICIO G says:

    Catica, me conmueve mucho tú visión de vida y la actitud frente a lo que uno anhela y quiere, que Dios te de continúe dando la luz y la sabiduría para alcanzar todo lo que persigues. Un gran abrazo te queremos mucho.

  36. Laura says:

    Beautiful and moving, Catalina. I happily join you in humbly asking the universe to grant you your wish. Big hug and good luck!

  37. Otto Bauza says:

    Espectacular articulo, te felicito!!! Ya vas en camino.

  38. Nancy says:

    Suerte Catalina! Te lo mereces!

  39. Magda says:

    Me encanta!!!! La mejor energía 😀

  40. Ivana Ramos says:

    Just believe, and you will live the unexpected

  41. ESPE QUIÑONES says:

    Mucha suerte!!!! Que todos tus sueños se sigan haciendo realidad, muchos besos

  42. Nicolas Rosales Gomez says:

    CATAAAAAAAAAA ,TE FELICITO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUCHISIMA SUERTE EN TODOS TUS PROYECTOS Y QUE TODO LO QUE BUSCAS , SE HAGA REALIDADDDDDDD,UN BESO Y UN GRAN ABRAZO

  43. Sebastian says:

    Vote

  44. lorenzita says:

    linda, linda! mucha suerte, cata! que vueles alto y viajes lejos! =)

  45. Dorimar Matias says:

    Cata, gracias por compartir quien eres
    y por dar de tu linda energia en cada clase.
    Te deseo mucho exito!!

  46. Jill says:

    tapah svadhyaya Isvara pranidhanani kriya yogah

  47. Marieli says:

    U’re just an amazing human being. I really love u so much… u have no idea how much i miss u. Thanks for sharing this amazing essay. Tus palabras me dan paz!
    TQM.

  48. Yanik says:

    Cata,

    You’ve become so literary.

    Buena suerte con el concurso.

    –Yanik

  49. malu says:

    Me encanto, mucha suerte !!!

  50. Richard says:

    Wow, reading this took me to a moment when I was really into the sadhana (practice)… Sometimes one gets caught up in the daily grind, little by little swaying to the edge on the river, and before you know it, you’re already deep in the forest. This essay reminded me of how it feels to jump into the water and just be one with the river. I hope you get to do the training, Catalina. –And then come back and share that love and kindness 😉

  51. BarbaraS says:

    Beautiful, thoughtful, heartfelt writing. May the Universe grant you your wish!

  52. Maria Alejandra Rosales Gomez says:

    Cata!!!!! vamos con todaaaa….. te felicitoooo,,,, te mereces todo,,,, muchisima suerteee

  53. Robeto says:

    Éxito Cataaa!!!

  54. J Engel says:

    Amazing essay Cata! You deserve this scholarship!! :)

  55. luke says:

    katalina rules the yoga in pr not yet in thai land and shes a little hottiie so send her there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. C. Wathey says:

    I can’t believe we were just having a conversation about traveling, life experiences, and how we connect to this tiny island in our own ways!

    “I was fearful about having to be with myself, and here I am, having a beautiful moment of silence and solitude. I know that what is about to flourish will not be as beautiful, but I’m finally at peace with the idea of wanting to face it. I have myself. I have the universe…”

    Catalina, there is so much that people will have to learn from that quote, including myself. It will pull tears from the strongest hearts, but it will also hardened the weakest souls.

    I wish you the best!! And it doesn’t matter if you don’t get the training, You’re already a teacher to many of us!

  57. Rolnado says:

    Namaste!

  58. JB says:

    Cata es la que es!!!!!! WOOOOO, en serio, si no ganas, voy a tener una rabieta! xo EXITO!

  59. francheska says:

    Felicidades! A beautiful essay :)

  60. Ivan says:

    captivating!! very nice.

  61. lgmjr says:

    wonderful, feeling your excitement.

  62. Neda Isabel Sedora-Roman says:

    Beautiful!!!!

  63. Katerina Peguero says:

    I believe one should pursue whatever transforms your life for the better. Yoga has done just that for me, and you Catalina, as my teacher, are an important and integral part in my evolution as a student and a person. Thank you, and may you continue your journey, wherever life and yoga may take you. Namaste

  64. drodav says:

    buenisimo!!!!!!! wujuuuuuuu

  65. sam says:

    Miles d votos pa cata. A representar puerto rico!!!

  66. Maria del Mar Astudillo says:

    Querida y adorada Cata me encanto tu articulooo amigaa!!!! Esta espectacular!!!

  67. Karla Pacheco says:

    This scholarship means a significant change to your life and the life of others. Therefore, you deserve to have the honor to experience this great opportunity. best wishes For you, Catalina.

  68. ivan says:

    suerte cata!

  69. Daniel VArgas says:

    lindooooo…y buen viaje…

  70. Enoc rivera says:

    Hope u get this scholarship! Regards

  71. JoelPierluisi says:

    Exito Cata!!! Un abrazoo!!

  72. peg mulqueen says:

    go girl!!! xoxo

  73. Laura Acro says:

    Enjoy the ride!

  74. jennyco_473@yahoo.com says:

    Bendiciones

  75. Suzanne Swift says:

    It is your destiny to be ateacher

  76. Suzanne Swift says:

    It is your destiny to be a teacher

  77. Ashley says:

    exito!!!

  78. Pablo Torterolo says:

    Hope you make it! You deserve it! Éxitos!

  79. D Lopez says:

    La mejor de las suertes!!!

  80. Natalia O. says:

    exito!

  81. Jennell Lévêque says:

    Thanks for sharing with us. I hope you get to travel the globe someday, after the Thailand teacher training, of course.

  82. sumie says:

    Buena Suerte!

  83. Daniela says:

    suerte Cat! :)

  84. Walt says:

    Tha magnitude of what Cata can do now it’s amazing. I can only imagine what she can do with the training. The world deserves a teacher like her. Please give the training to Cata, she will amaze you!

  85. Annie Dickson says:

    Good luck Cat! Know that if you’re in Thailand, I expect you to come visit me in Beijing, or be prepared to see my face one random day in your yoga class :)

  86. Carla Gil says:

    Beautiful essay!

  87. Talia says:

    What a beautiful essay!!! Please give this to Cata!!!! She has such a beautiful practice with so much to share and love give to those around her! We should only be so lucky to have a teacher like her!!!

  88. Giselle says:

    Te deseo lo mejor!

  89. Johanna says:

    Suerte Cata!

  90. Karen Santana says:

    Hi Cata,

    I have been reading it for a couple days and I think it’s amazing… REALLY, It’s a GREAT work, congratulations. I watched your video too. It touched me.
    I encourage you to keep work very hard.:)
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.. I’ll keep your words with me
    I hope your dreams come true soon…

    Bye Cata,

    Take care…

  91. Frances B says:

    I can relate, An dulce y tan bella, yo voy a ti Cata!!! Mucho cora y éxito!!!!!

  92. Amber says:

    SUERTE!!!!!!!

  93. Zulena Segarra berrios says:

    Wish you all the best catalog!

  94. B says:

    Wonderful! Good luck!

  95. Jennifer says:

    Te deseo lo mejor, éxito en tus metas!

  96. josue says:

    Namaste!

  97. Giovanni Irizarry says:

    Éxito…!! Muy Bien!!

  98. Deborah Saldana says:

    Suerte, Cata! Hoping the best for you … blessings!

  99. Camilo says:

    CATA. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    EXCELLENT ARTICLE

  100. Renan Ducos says:

    Inspiring and intriguing story! She blew my mind!

  101. erika says:

    I hope you get it girl

  102. Hiramdie Miranda says:

    😀

  103. Christian Placeres says:

    With full honesty you have shown me a reason to strive towards enjoying that peace, that calm feeling, that emotion that makes one better, makes one feel at peace with oneself. You deserve to win this for you have felt this in your heart and mind and thus proves that you are ready to fulfill your dream.

  104. Catalina says:

    GRACIAS A TODOS!!! MUCHO AMOR :)

    THANKS TO ALL!!! LOTS OF LOVE :)

  105. Jen says:

    good luck, cata : )

  106. Sahid Pérez says:

    If it happens great, if it doesn’t great… You are living in the presence of the now. Every situation you have been through in life has brought you to the now, and know is the right time. May the practice grows within you and you grow within the practice.

    Blessings dear friend.

  107. Diego Pardo says:

    Mucha suerte cata! Con toda!

  108. Luis Salgado says:

    Cata, mucho exito!

  109. Juan Martin Isetta says:

    Exitos cata!!!!

  110. Diego Piatti says:

    me encanto

  111. Miguel says:

    Good Luck!

  112. Amparo says:

    Catica siempre he admirado tu dedicacion por las cosas que anoras. El contenido de este articulo es una gran muestra de lo que significa el fondo de tu pensamiento acerca de lo que deseas de la vida . De corazon deseo que tus desos, suenos se te hagan realidad .
    I love you so much.

  113. odi says:

    As always Cata, beauty inside and outside. Good life, calm life, relax, live and enjoy!

  114. Aaron says:

    Great work Catalina!

  115. Eduardo says:

    Good luck.. Inspiring words..

  116. Juan Peña Rentas says:

    Excelente, Catalina! Te quiero como mi guru… :)
    Saludos, éxito, y mucha paz…

  117. Ib says:

    Nicely written.

  118. Hanuman says:

    Om Namo Sivaya

  119. Logan says:

    Yoga is awesome!

  120. James says:

    Good luck Catalina!

  121. Carly C says:

    great job!!!!

  122. Juanjo says:

    Exitos!!!

  123. Eduardo Gil says:

    NADIE como la Dulce Catalina…. se merece esto y mucho mas.♥ Yoga

  124. Natalia says:

    Exito Catalina!

  125. Carolina says:

    Thailand preparate para Cata!!!!

  126. Fran says:

    Inspiring. Good Luck Catalina!

  127. Eric irizarry says:

    Nice! Good luck!

  128. Dariusz Krupinski says:

    Love Yoga! hey Cata awesome essey! saludos de Las Vegas!

  129. milena says:

    ♥ Yoga

  130. Maria Alejandra Rosales says:

    Cataa felicitacionesss

  131. Teresita says:

    Beautiful essay! hope you get the scolarship. Mucho exito siempre! <3 Yoga

  132. isaac says:

    Exito!!!

  133. Daniel says:

    wow, the best one for sure, read all the other essays from the “competition”.. what competition?

    good luck Catalina!!

  134. Laura Rosales says:

    <3 Yoga

  135. Jonny Pearson says:

    Suerte mi amor! ♥ Yoga

  136. Alfonsina García says:

    Mucho éxito!!! Good vibes!!

  137. simone says:

    Yoga love….

  138. Sadhana Healing Arts says:

    We ♥ Yoga…! We ARE Yoga!

  139. Cami K says:

    Exito linda. Te deseo lo mejor y sigue perseverando. Namaste!

  140. Santiago gomez says:

    Your written is amazing congratulations
    Cata.

    Yoga<3

  141. andrea escobar says:

    Excelente Cata! espero te ganes el viaje!!! se nota que amas mucho lo que haces y te mereces el training…asi que PA’ LANTE!

  142. Michael Maurer says:

    Espero que ganes!

  143. patricia alonso says:

    bonito catalina…!!!!

  144. Gladi says:

    Cata, te deseo lo mejor, eres una “hard worker”…exito! TQM!

  145. Mario Puchi says:

    Voto por ti. Espctacular!! EXITO!!!

  146. LaTachuela says:

    Tachu Yoga

  147. Christine Nieves says:

    Well done. Buena Suerte!

  148. charles yates says:

    best wishes and good luck ..

  149. Jane says:

    Inspirational. Good luck.

  150. Cecile says:

    Catalina! todos esperamos que te ganes el training! abrazo grande!

  151. Denisse Rosselló says:

    Highly recommended. Love spreader.

  152. Vanessa Vila says:

    Exito Cata.. tu te lo mereces!!!! Todos <3 el Yoga pero tu mas que cualquiera que conozco :)Good Luck!!!

  153. Armando Olivari says:

    Suerte y Exito!!!

  154. Evelyn Denisse says:

    Vamos a ti Catalina…toda una profesional en todo lo que hace!

  155. Carolina says:

    ♥ Yoga

    she ruuules, integra pranayamas durante la clase muy fluidamente, e incorpora su conocimiento sobre diferentes estilos de yoga en una misma clase dependiendo de la necesidad de las personas presentes en la clase. muy conciente, gentil, suave, dedicada, jovial, genuina, y llena de buenas vibras y sonrisas acogedoras.

  156. Gaby De Jesús says:

    Exito, Katalina, con tu viaje!

  157. Gabriel says:

    Dale Catalina! Mucho Ache pa ti!

  158. Nicolas S. says:

    Cata!! muy lindo, gracias por compartirlo… deseo mucho que te resulte ese viaje!… un abrazo!

  159. Paola Bueso says:

    We are all rooting for you darling!!! 😀

  160. Rebecca Cabrera says:

    Inspiring and lovely!

  161. francisco vargas Gómez says:

    Tus deseos, tu mente y tu corazón te van a llevar donde quieras.
    me inspiró como maestro leer tu ensayo y siempre te apoyaré. Espero algun día puedas compartir conmigo lo que has aprendido. Un abrazo desde Colombia. Tu primo Pacho.

  162. Pamela P. says:

    Have a great Journey. Namasté*

  163. Sergio Prieto says:

    Good luck in Thialand Catalina! Nice to meet you!!

  164. Susie Fairbank says:

    Wishing you the best in a glorious 2012!

  165. Antonio Deléo says:

    Cuando estes haciendo la pose del Sun Salutation por aya en Bali piensa en nosotros escriquillaos por aca :) ! Exito que se que vas a llegar a las estrellas en este nuevo año!!

  166. Chana Cohen says:

    Catalina. I love your writing.Thank you for sharing it with the yoga community. Go for it girl!!!!!!! See you soon!

  167. palasatenea says:

    [♥] Yoga

  168. andrea escobar says:

    <3 Yoga!!!

  169. Catalina Gomez Puerto says:

    Dear ones…family, friends…and all who were kind enough to share your positivity with me…THANK YOU for your support.

    What a better way to end an year and start a new one then by being grateful. It’s been a nice ride…not to mention an exciting one. Now that it is almost over, I’ve come to realize that more than acquiring votes it was interacting with you, hearing your stories, gaining your insight…and ESPECIALLY finding out that many of you identified with my writing.

    Regardless of what happens, I know that it is as it should be. After all, who knows it feels it…and well, I still feel that Thailand is waiting for…someway or another. May we never give up on our intentions. Lots of love and light for next year!!!

    BTW: Best of luck to this year’s winner. Enjoy it for all of us!!!

    Namaste…
    Catalina

  170. Mimi says:

    I Love Yoga

  171. Patricia says:

    ♥ Yoga
    I hope there’s still time to help you go on this journey! After reading I was very touched and impressed by your sensibility. It would also be a great pleasure to read your thoughts while you’re going through this experience! Good luck!

  172. SallyMo. says:

    CONGRATS Cata!
    <3 Yoga…

  173. georgie says:

    I LOVE yoga!!! Best of luck . Hope you achieve your goal!!!

  174. Wilmayra says:

    I love this article, I have many realizations reading it. When I read something honest from the heart it makes me think how similar we are by nature and how we opt to create so much separation between each other. And Catalina let me tell you that you are already an open channel for love and peace…while taking a few of your classes at the studio I have some great moments of peace and love, especially when you did some chanting at the end-very powerful! Best wishes to you wherever the journey takes you!

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