Instructor Intro: Caitlin Neal
Sin chao travel tribe! (That's 'Hi' in Vietnam)
My name is Caitlin and I’m excited to introduce myself as one of the program instructors for your upcoming Southeast Asia adventure. Our excursion is quickly approaching and soon we will be exploring enchanting temples, snorkeling tropical waters, biking alongside rice paddy fields, and crawling through mysterious dwellings within the earth. I should warn you now, I’ll be singing and dancing all along the way! Even though we'll have plenty of time to get to know each other (down to our favorite dance moves), here's a quick introduction to better make your acquaintance.
In a way, I grew up a nomad - moving every two to three years was my childhood norm. I found sanctity in my ever changing world through conducting adventures of my own, which still rings true today. Vivid memories of investigating castle ruins in Germany and erecting bike jumps in the red Carolina clay continue to drive me to dream big. Adventure-seeking opened the door to finding my flow and taught me to live in the moment. This is why I strive to treat every moment as though it holds something compelling to teach me. I was drawn to the ancient and lush lands of Southeast Asia by pursuing my dream of becoming a yoga instructor. My gateway to these individually unique countries was through the diverse city of Goa in Southwest India, where I earned my yoga teacher certification. Since then, my backpack and my yoga mat are my portable home. I’ve enjoyed teaching free yoga classes in every country I have visited; I’ve taught classes in every country we will be studying together! Although yoga brought me to this part of the world, it is the endless possibilities of exploration and connections with all peoples that have stolen my heart. Learning from each of you, and each other, is sure to make this time unforgettable!
One thing I have learned through my travels is to pack light. Lay out all of your belongings and make sure you have everything you need and nothing you don’t. Another pro tip: Go through the process of unpacking and repacking your bag several times. It’s so convenient when all of your belongings have a “home” within your pack. It also makes packing a breeze when it’s time to get up and go, and a sure -fire way to keep you accountable for your belongings during our fast-paced living.
Currently, I find myself in Hanoi sipping on delicious Vietnamese coffee, daydreaming of our experiences to come! While I watch it pour buckets outside, I am reminded to commend you all on choosing to undergo wondrous, and sometimes less than glamorous, transformative adventures. Although we have giggle fests and sunsets to look forward to, please keep in mind that our travels won’t always be such a pretty picture. So please, bring a positive attitude and your best “tribe vibe”, as we will be enduring some long days together.
In the meantime, please, don’t be a stranger! As we inch closer to our once-in-a-lifetime expedition, I’d say it’s only natural to have some pretty vicious butterflies - but what powerful way to feel alive! However, facing any questions? Want to voice a concern? Comments? Emotional outbursts? Feel free to shoot me a message anytime.
Devin and I are looking forward to our meet and greet in Bangkok! No need in dressing to impress us; this adventure is for the wild and rugged. Besides, you’ll be able to spot us a mile away by our Pacific Discovery t-shirts and big smiles. I’d like to leave you with some “food for thought”. As you mentally, emotionally, and physically prepare yourself for this trip, I encourage you to marinate in the words of Yogi Bhajan. “Travel light, live light, be the light, spread the light.”