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Letting Go in Mexico

A week at a yoga retreat with her daughter helps a single mom lose her parental guilt.

By Diane Anderson

During one practice, I offer myself bhakti, or love. I want my mind to be more me. The world is a tough place. I love my daughter unconditionally and I do my best. I want self-acceptance to replace my self-doubt.

At the end of our last two yoga sessions, Story joins our communion, treats the temple with reverence, and smiles at everyone. After the final Savasana, Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" brings us back to the room. Story knows the words and sings along: "Don't worry. About a thing. 'Cause every little thing, gonna be aw'right." She comes over to me and holds out two tightly closed fists. In one, she offers me a shell she's found; in the other, a flower.

I look deep into her eyes, beneath the sparkly blue bindi that yoga teacher Rusty Wells has put on her forehead. "Thank you, honey," I tell her. "De nada," she whispers back.

Yes, I can feel it: Every little thing is gonna be all right.

Diane Anderson is a Yoga Journal senior editor.

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what a beautiful story! thanks for sharing.


There are a ton of yoga retreats in Mexico. You can see a list at this url:

Jasmine Kaloudis

We recently got married in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We also went to Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. It was such an outstanding experience. In order to center myself before our wedding day, I did a few hours of meditation and restorative yoga.

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