I left my heart in Manchay. At the end of January of this year I found out about Leonie and Con Pazion from a post of Yoga With Adriene whom I follow in the networks. And simply in order to see what happened, I decided to write to her and see if I could help with anything on the weekends, since I was working during the week. That is how we got together and she proposed to accompany her on Sunday to Manchay, a slum on the outskirts of Lima. The chapter that followed in my life will always be one of the most beautiful. I will always be grateful to Leonie van Iersel and Con Pazion for giving me the opportunity to share my passion with these children for a whole summer.
It is definitely very different from teaching yoga in a studio to people who luckily have all the comforts needed to live quietly. Despite the difficulties in their lives, these children taught me that it is way better to spend a Sunday sharing your passion, than lying on the beach looking for a tan and that happiness is definitely not found in material things but in experiences. I would have liked to continue supporting Con Pazion but life called me to go to other directions.
However, in the short time I was with the children of Manchay, I could see great changes in each one of them. See them running towards us as soon as we got off the bus, hear them asking us to sing together "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" and even proposing to spend beach days in the river ... THIS IS HAPPINESS !! Your heart grows so much so much ... And how nice it was to feel that affection from the first day! You are a complete stranger to these children, but the moment you decide to dedicate a few hours of your day, the reward simply can not be described with words. Beautiful energy everywhere. If you are interested in knowing more about the organization, you can visit them at https://www.conpazion.org/ or at Con Pazion's Instagram page. I am very happy to see how Con Pazion is growing every day.