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Amy Ippoliti:
Where is Your Perfect Place?
prAna Ambassador Amy Ippoliti dishes on the places she has relied on for inspiration and rejuvenation. She also offers some tips on how to find your perfect place.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
Most of us associate having a spiritual practice with spending time on the yoga mat or the meditation cushion. But sometimes there are other activities besides practicing asana or meditation that fuel our spiritual practice.
For awhile, I chanted regularly with Krishna Das and always carved out time to spend sitting with my teachers. Asana and meditation alone were not enough to truly inspire me.
Part of the spiritual practice is receiving answers you’ve been looking for or opening yourself to divine guidance as you make choices in life.
I love to return annually to a “perfect place” in the world. It’s a place where I know I’ll get the answers I am seeking, simply by being there, in that space
“To this end, another significant part of my practice has to do with travel.”
Amy Perfect Place
BEACH HOUSE
The home my Grandfather built on the beach in Westhampton Beach, NY was my first perfect place. It has always been a part of my life. I was in my mother’s belly during long walks on that beach. I was born taking regular trips to the ocean from New York City. The steps of the deck led right into the sand, and the sea was only a short walk out from there. The beach house was a place where my troubles vanished, I felt free, important life insights came naturally, and there was always an exceptional group of people to share in dinner parties and great conversations. The beach house was a place where I felt fully alive and grateful for my life. By the time I was an adult, the pull to go out there was irresistible.
Amy Perfect Place
Amy Perfect Place
MIDNIGHT TIDES
When I taught my first yoga retreat in Costa Rica, I knew I’d found another perfect place. This place was different than other parts of Costa Rica I had visited. It’s called the Osa Peninsula. I knew the minute I got in the back of a pickup truck on a moonlit night along a dirt road looking out to the Pacific Ocean that I was somewhere magical. The warm breeze was full of enchantment and mystery, there were snow white owls perched on fence posts - I was spellbound. In the morning, we woke to find whole flocks of scarlet macaw parrots, four different kinds of monkey species, sloths, and blue morpho butterflies present everywhere we walked.
Each time I left, I craved a return to the insights and answers I received. The land was so lush and full of inspiration, I decided I would no longer be tongue-tied as a yoga teacher and that I could teach myself to express heartfelt ideas more eloquently in my classes, even though I wasn’t born with that gift by any means.
Amy Perfect Place
Amy Perfect Place
ISLAND RETREAT
More recently, I discovered the North Shore of Kauai, a place that has always called to me. After going through divorce, I decided to venture out and give myself a solo vacation there. Sure enough, I’ve gone back frequently ever since. The energy of Kauai is unlike any other place I’ve been. The moon is so powerful you can feel its light on your skin in the same way you can feel the sun. The energy of the land is wildly feminine, sensual, and lush. And at the same time, Kauai, like most of the Hawaiian islands, is treacherous and unpredictable - with rogue waves snatching people on the beach out of no-where, deadly rip currents, and intense storms. The island epitomizes Nature’s raw power. It has always been a place that reminds me I am not in charge and to surrender and let go of over-analyzing, worry, and anxiety when that does not serve me.
Are You Ready for a New Perfect Place?
If you think a visit to a perfect place might be just the thing to jump start your practice, I recommend tuning into what places are “calling you.” A sign that you’re being called to a place usually happens like this:
IT’S A SIGN - ANSWER THE CALL
  1. When you first hear the name of the place, your ears perk up and you feel called to learn more.
  2. A friend or family member tells you about their visit somewhere, and you know without a doubt that you want to check it out too. It’s a gut feeling more than anything else.
  3. You see a place in a movie and can’t shake the gut feeling of wanting to go there.
  4. You keep hearing about the same place or see it in media over and over!
HOW WILL YOU KNOW THIS IS THE PLACE?
If you think a visit to a perfect place might be just the thing to jump start your practice, I recommend tuning into what places are “calling you.” A sign that you’re being called to a place usually happens like this:
  1. You feel instantly at peace or at ease.
  2. It feels strangely familiar and yet totally alien.
  3. Your smart phone is cool, but this is way cooler!
  4. Your questions about what to do in life get answered.
  5. You start dreaming big.
HOW TO RETURN FROM YOUR PERFECT PLACE
The return is almost as important as the journey itself. How do you preserve the inspiration and work it into your routine? When I return from my perfect place, my practice on the mat always deepens and I go to work taking action on those insights or goals I set for myself while inspired by the land.
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