Lonely Planet Writer

A Russian dancer is travelling the world one yoga pose at a time

Working as a dancer in her native Russia, Ekaterina Terenina, dreamed of travelling to the United States. However after she was failed in her efforts to secure a visa, she found herself with a decision to make. She was earning good money in her job but felt uninterested in work . “I was completely uninterested in everything, tired from work and had no personal life, I had low self-esteem and physical lethargy,” Ekaterina says.

Ekaterina in Almeria. Image by Ekaterina Terenina /mediadrumworld.com

At that point, she decided to continue with her plans but instead of the US, she moved to Phuket in Thailand, without any plan or direction. “When I went travelling I began to sleep well at night, was always warm, swam in the sea, met so many people and my mood began to rise,” she says now.

Ekaterina performs a salutation pose in Montenegro. Image by Ekaterina Terenina / mediadrumworld.com

Following that she decided to travel to Nepal where she enrolled in a yoga teaching course. “I chose Nepal for teaching because it was a completely new and unusual country for me. It was a great way to get out of my comfort zone, because the course was completely on English language which I wasn’t very fluent on,” she said.

Ekaterina began her travels in Thailand last year, Image by Ekaterina Terenina / mediadrumworld.com

Since then she has travelled to seven countries in one year, including; Thailand, Spain and Italy, documenting her yoga poses on Instagram.  Posts show more yoga poses against the backdrop of Montenegro, Balkans, and in the traditional lotus position in front of a quaint Nepalese temple.

Ekaterina on a beach in Barcelona. Image by Ekaterina Terenina/Mediadrumworld.com

“I became more confident, freer. But I appreciate every period of my life; even the worst periods takes us somewhere,” she reflects.  “The only thing about this way of life is that I don’t have a steady living with a house and a permanent life; I’m always living out of a suitcase and can’t be in one place for long.

In Nepal where she travelled to learn to teach yoga. Image by Ekaterina Terenina / Mediadrumworld.com

“Yoga has taught me how to listen to my heart and following the right path. ” And what does she say to someone thinking about taking off and travelling? “My advice is that you don’t need to be afraid to go where you want to go and want to be. Try to do what you want to do. The world is open to any person if the person is open to the world.”

By mediadrumworld.com