You can climb to the very top of the historic lighthouse for an amazing view of the Jupiter Inlet and Intracoastal waterways at designated tour times throughout the day. The park also includes a museum, a gift shop, hiking trails, along with hosting many events and activities.
One such event is 'Twilight Yoga' with Mary Veal. This all levels yoga class is taught outdoors under a sprawling banyan tree, directly below the lighthouse. I've never taken a class quite like this before. It truly was an outstanding experience. There was a mysticism about it that I couldn't quite put my finger on, so instead I just soaked it all in. I left the class feeling both nourished and healed in some way, as if I had just experienced something sacred, something revered.
I arrived around 6:45 pm and found a long line of yogis itching to get up the hill and start their practice. The gate remained locked until Mary arrived to herd her flock to our nesting place for the next hour. We made our donations into an envelope at the gate and continued onward. Some yogis chatted with their friends, obviously filled with excitement and joy, as we all made the journey closer and closer toward the brick-red beacon of light. (They must have taken the class before and knew what was coming!) I chose to ascend the gentle incline in silence, just observing the uniqueness of this particular setting for a yoga class.
Mary started with the topic of 'Change' and our relationship to it, saying that everything changes moment to moment and that is to be expected, but the stress in our lives is caused by our relationship with change, how quickly with learn to accept change, how long we struggle to hold on to things we don't want to change, not necessarily the change itself. How we view change has a direct correlation to the stress or distress we experience in our lives. She said it more eloquently than I just did, but you get the point ;)
We were reminded throughout the practice, as we gently stretched and breathed in the warm Florida evening, that control is an illusion. Most of the time it is only our reaction to our surroundings that we can control and even that requires practice, lots of it, which is why most of us practice yoga in the first place! We can determine how well our practice is working by how we show up in our lives from day to day.
I also loved the energy of so many like-minded souls, synchronizing with the vibrations of the natural surroundings (the flow of the river, the singing cicadas). This is what makes practicing yoga outdoors so exhilarating. It makes connecting with that universal frequency all that much sweeter.
We slipped into our final pose of the class, savasana, as the sun set over the Loxahatchee and the ocean provided us with a gentle salty breeze. The song of the cicadas seemed to go up a few decibels, making it the only sound I heard for the remainder of the meditation. That blissful state of complete surrender where I am able to hear and feel that inner OM, washed over me once again, and once again I am reminded that my true self is ALWAYS connected to a higher source. In that place there is comfort, peace & acceptance of all this is and will ever be, you just need to tap in, to connect to that universal hum. Thank you Mary for sharing your wisdom and grace and reminding me how effortless it can be to reconnect <3