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From Our Director
I was drawn to Cuba in 1997, for an international youth festival. That first trip was at once challenging to enter a world so different and enchanting to experience glimpses of the warmth of the Cuban people. After I returned to California, Cuba kept calling me back.
In 2001 I began to study with Eduardo Pimentel, The President of the Cuban Yoga Association. My heart was warmed by seeing people practice yoga out of the pure love and calling to practice. The first Summer that I practiced with Eduardo it was in the entrance of the National Theater. We all lined up along floor to ceiling windows in the Lobby. His humor and description of the internal practice of yoga moved me. Cubans were facing many obstacles to connect to yoga such as the lack of spaces to practice, mats and other resources. I would meet his students in hallways, apartments and rooftops to practice and share our love of yoga.The Summer of 2001 was also a special time for conscious underground Hip Hop and spoken word in Cuba. Young people were expressing poetry prolifically in the streets, in Peñas, in huge concerts and independent documentaries.
In October of 2001, before entering an intensive 18 month yoga teacher training, I decided to live in Cuba for a few months to study yoga in Spanish with Eduardo. It was a goal of mine to offer yoga to the Spanish speaking community in California. That Fall was the start of Cuba Wellness Adventures even though I did not realize it at the time. While immersed in the heart centered Cuban yoga, music and poetry, I fell in love. I fell in love with the humanity that I saw in people's interactions, with the safety that kids enjoyed in the streets, with yoga for the sake of yoga far from profit, with the powerful mixture of music that a new generation was creating and with my future husband and his family. This love drives my goal to bring people together and share our cultures, our experiences and our practices. We would be honored to show you the magic of Cuba through connections with the people who make it unique in this world.