A retroactive post to pay homage to my home away from home in 2013 -
After being on the road for nearly six months in 2013 and traveling through Cuba and Mexico, I arrived in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in May and suddenly had the desire to grow some roots.
Coming up to the one year anniversary of my first visit to Xela, I wanted to highlight the Yoga House - my home away from home for three months in 2013.
The Yoga House
The Yoga House is both a yoga studio and a home. The school offers between fifteen to twenty classes weekly with different levels, generally rooted in the Ashtanga style. The monthly membership is roughly equivalent to $12 Canadian for the month and a single drop-in class is $3 Canadian (these prices make it hard to go back to a studio, well, almost anywhere in the world)
The Yoga House has ten rooms that it rents out to short term and long-term guests. Rooms range from small bedrooms to larger suites with a half-bath. The main common space and the highlight of the house is the large kitchen upstairs with attached dining area. There is also a patio that is used mainly for hanging laundry, climbing, and the occasional piñata offering.
Below, pictures of a few of my housemates and our regular guests:
During my three months in Xela, there were between eleven to thirteen residents at any given time, all extremely different, coming from a range of backgrounds, countries, belief systems, all in Xela for a different reason.
Despite our differences, the key things we had in common were a general respect for one another and an interest in food. Surprisingly, we all got along rather well. There was a great sense of community, and lots of sharing of food that often resulted in (mostly) delicious vegetarian and vegan meals, and the odd kitchen dance party. We had great family dinners every Sunday, and free yoga was included as part of the rent - that was quite the bonus.
So to all of my wonderful companions at the Yoga House, to those still there, and those who have moved on, and particularly to Kevin who keeps the show going, day after day - thank you for making my time in Xela so memorable.