- October 17, 2017
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Do you want to combine yoga and digital nomadism? Together we’ll find some inspiration.
Arriving to South America to travel and at the same time to doing Teleworking is on the increase. Medellín actually known as the most innovative city in the world has welcomed hundreds of visitors that according to Procolombia figures in the year 2015 it had increased by 34%, numbers that place it in the first place with greater growth of foreign visitors Colombia from.
In order we can to understand the magnitude of these results, in just Christmas and New Year’s Eve of the 2016, having as a source of information to the Subsecretaría de Turismo de Medellín, 30 thousand foreign visitors were registered in the city, quit much them end up staying in Medellín for longer of what they had planned and they end requesting even taking out a Colombian Visa to reside in the town city.
Propagation of practices of healthy lifestyles very important for its inhabitants is strengthened with the arrival of many outsiders, among those Yoga has taken its place where the participants look for that balance between soul and body.
The Acroyoga is a practice that fuses three ancestral lineages: the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the compassionate love of Thai massage and the dynamic force of acrobatics. It is a trend of the Yoga where encounter, contact and compassion are woven into a meditative exercise to nurture modes of relationship, discipline that is more demanding than traditional Yoga, that in particular I have had an intimate interest in getting closer to practice it and has achieved some recognition in the city among those interested in identifying new ways of providing well-being and health. To practice it you can find them every sunday at MAMM Ciudad del Río with comfortable clothes and all the necessary elements to enjoy it.
Another option is Atman Yoga which is based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and one of his disciples Swami Vishnu Devananda of the Yoga in India and has contributions volunteers for his outdoor practices at places like in the MAMM Ciudad del Río and Jardín Botánico.
On the other hand, there is the Medellín Joven program of the Secretaría de la Juventud de Medellín which allows you to spend your free time practicing Yoga for free and finally Fliying Tree Yoga where Leah M. Gooch was employ as a Yoga and Reiki teacher.
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Leah has currently moved from Medellin back to NY and she is teaching at Olivia Grimsland Yoga Studio in Kingston and Saugerties Hot Yoga studio in Saugerties- NY actually. She is working likely in a couple of classes in Yoga, you can check your website if you wish know more info: http://www.fourminutesaday.org
I talked with her to know more about you experience like foreigner in Medellín city, the cultural exchange, the lessons learned and some resources that could help to you dear reader to as a reference, if you have similarities or simply you want inspiration to begin in the digital nomadism world. You should not miss to this interview.
Leah welcome to eldigitalpreneur.com… first question, why did you decide to leave the United States and start traveling in America Latin?
I wanted to change careers from an art teacher to a yoga teacher. So, I came to Peru to become trained in yoga (the weather is beautiful, it’s cheaper to live than the USA, and the scenery is beautiful.
Where is your decision to move to Medellín? Why did you choose this city?
I came for an internship to learn how to teach yoga in Spanish. I also heard that Medellin had good plumbing and transportation.
Do you consider that Medellin is a city that offers opportunities to foreigners who they work remotely are? Why?
Yes and no. Yes: There are a lot of cafes with Wi-Fi, and many digital nomads are here as well which makes it a nice environment to work in.
NO: internet it not always strong in apartments. The apartments do not absorb sound well so it is very loud.
Being you foreign, what have been the good and bad stuff of traveling through Colombia while you working are?
The internet does not always work, if you do not speak Spanish it is difficult to find the things you need when problem solve. I just started my online job last week so I will learn more as I continue to work.
In this sense, how you have managed to find opportunities?
I also teach yoga in exchange for rent. Previously, I painted murals and paintings in exchange for rent.
What paid activity did you has made during your stay in Medellín? How you were his experience?
I do Reiki on people, which is energy healing work. I am paid 50 mil pesos for a one hour session.
Does it need a lot of money to travel? On average how much as?
I came to Colombia with 5,000USD allowance and the intention that I would spend most of it on plane tickets… Basically, I was buying time to do research necessary to change careers. I was able to use about 4 thousand dollars to live for 5 months in Colombia. (And fly back to the US and return once).
But, i cook a lot of my meals; i do not drink alcohol a lot (that costs money and more importantly, that costs energy). Every day I work to improve my life and work towards my next career. Every week I consider my goals for the week and write them down. Every Sunday I review those goals.
Though out the day I ask myself, “does this thing, that I am about do contribute to my goals”
Workaway.com was the site I found how to do work- exchange for 6 weeks in Colombia. First, I went to Sogamoso for two weeks and worked on a finca (land cottage). I fed farm animals and painted murals) and then I went to Cali where I also painted at a hostel in exchange for rent.
Medellín being a city in Latin America divergent with customs and lifestyles to your context at United States How was that cultural encounter Medellin in?
People are VERY kind and friendly most of the time. I have to be much more careful with my technology which is not enjoyable. Over all, it is a very welcoming place to be a digital nomad.
Have you leaned on technology to execute this lifestyle before/during?
I am being trained on the online teaching program so that I can work for 51TALK.
Legal issues have been an obstacle, what requirements have been necessary for your stay in Colombia country?
I extended my visa at the Medellin Immigration office for another three months. I will leave by June, and possibly return after staying the USA to visit family.
What skills have you developed during this adventure?
I am becoming more comfortable with being rejected, not knowing where I am, and appreciating the act of not having a good excuse for anything. I have time, the weather is beautiful, I have internet access, and I can survive on my savings.
What has been your greatest satisfaction?
Meeting new people and realizing every day that I can write my life how I want it to be!
Finally, you give and describe us three steps for be a big digital nomad once over you make it
- Embrace rejection
- Pretend job hunting is a dating game
- Enjoy the scenery. That’s why you are working!
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