Updated: Jan 17, 2019
After completing my YTT (Yoga Teacher Training), my time in Bali grew to an end and after only being home for 5 weeks I got the itch to be in the sun again. I was not ready to base myself in Bristol and thought I needed more practice teaching where I would not feel so nervous.
A friend of mine heads to Marbella every summer for promotion and bar work, I knew I could help bartend and would find some sort of yoga shindig I could participate in. So off I went, one way ticket with 'not so Easy-Jet'.
The universe was clearly on my side as I landed a slot at Paddle Gym within a week. They gave me a free gym membership in return for my classes which I was happy with, I also started my own 'free beach yoga' event twice a week at Mistral Beach.
It was a lovely summer, I did not gain much wealth wise but my experience as a teacher blossomed and I was visiting the beach daily so lifestyle wise, I was rich as a pig in.... mud.
Towards the end of the summer when life quietens down in the vibrant town of Marbella, I stumbled across 'The Farmacy' a vegetarian/vegan café accompanied with a studio. It is a tranquil venue serving fresh food and daily yoga classes. They even offer Ballet Yoga, something I am yet to experience. It wasn't just the delicious food which caught my attention, they represent an organic atmosphere which I am drawn to. I only had time to teach one class for them and as the studio was full we made use of the beautiful park opposite. I wish I had found this spot at the beginning of my trip, it was really amazing.
The free beach yoga event was a success every week and from that I built up regular students who were sad to see me leave, however they all seemed happy that I left them with the yoga mats I provided. Most were beginners so it was a good base for me as a teacher to work on, they were patient with me as a new instructor and I learnt a lot from them. I am extremely grateful for my summer in Marbella, it has a lot of energy for such a small town.
I have a feeling I will return to Marbella one day to teach but not for an entire summer, maybe it will be a retreat location where I host get-aways. One thing is for sure, when I return I'll definitely be climbing La Concha Mountain, something I regret not pushing myself to do.