YOGART STUDIO :: Down in Mexico
Let me take you away from the harsh cold winter for a moment and bring you back to memories of Mexico. The year 2012 was coming to an end so my friend Anya and I headed down south to ring in the new year on the beach in Sayulita. The plan was to catch some rays and lots of waves. Little did I know I would realize a turning point in my life. We spent the first week getting to know the lovely town of Sayulita. What was once a sleepy fishing village was now a hotbed for surf and family getaways. Anya and I would wake up every morning and fuel up on granola, yogurt and fresh coconut and papaya before heading out for some morning surf. Between the surf, cerveza and lots of homemade Mexican food, it wasn’t hard to kick back and relax. We met lots of locals and other gringos but my most memorable chance encounter was with all the kids that came out to watch the local surf competition hosted by the Sayulita Surf Club. It was incredible to see so many talented surfers compete. The best part was that all the competitors were youth! Ranging in age from 3 to 17, those kids could rip! With sets head high, it was nothing short of inspiring to cheer on such talented young people. Accompanying the Torneo de Surf was Festival Anonymous, a nonprofit Urban Art and Music Project. Excited to combine my passion for surf and art, I volunteered during the 2-day surf competition and joined kids of all ages painting recycled oil barrels. Each oil barrel had a theme such as happiness, community, health, etc. and children painted what each of those ideas meant to them. On the last day of the competition, crowds gathered on the beach to applaud the young surfers and congratulate the winners. I took advantage of the abandoned waves and paddled out. I will never forget looking up at the stunning pink and purple sunset and feeling consumed by gratitude and peace. The next day I had a breakthrough. YOGART STUDIO was born out of my dedication for health and wellness and combined with my passion for creative expression. I travelled 4,000km to get to where I am now and have enjoyed every step of the way.