For the second spring in a row, I found myself in Vancouver this year. Last year it was a week long layover on my way to Bangkok; this year it was for a bit of yogic study: I did a Yin yoga teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grilley (at Semperviva on Granville Island – tucked away on the pier by the house boats). It was an intensive time of study but downtime was spent wandering the city with old friends, new friends, or just by myself. Most of the time, I could be found by the ocean.
I should mention that on this trip I used airbnb to find some locals living downtown who put me up in their bedroom. It was a very positive experience and I would recommend that any traveler give it a shot. The host gets some income and an interesting visitor, while the guest gets a good value accommodation and a local friend. It really is a win-win arrangement.
Following up this trip I began locally teaching yoga some evenings over at The Edge Village and Gallery and will be continuing to in the foreseeable future. For those inclined, please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:30. Bring yourself, a mat, a towel if you’d like a little extra padding, and $5 for the jar at the front.