I recently took a 16-day trip to Haiti. I was so excited about this trip. Excited about seeing family, about the turquoise waters, the fresh cooked fish and lobster right out of the sea, the crazy chaotic traffic, and last but not least, I was excited to take my yoga practice with me. While on the plane, I could not help but to imagine myself next to the blue waters, next to the green plants, next to the rocky roads doing yoga. Waking up every morning indulging myself in the practice and in the culture.
Many times when first world country people think of Haiti we think of third world. But is it really third world? We quickly have images of poor people, of sick people, of a dying population, of a population of people who lack basic needs, and of sad, desperate people. For the most part, that is what the media shows us. After being in Haiti for 15 days. this is not what I saw. Yes, these people are poor. Poor in material things. Yes, some do not have basic needs, and yes, a lot of things can be better. There is always room for improvement in every country. But what I saw in these people was joy, happiness, and togetherness. The Haitian people are full of wealth...they are happy, they are clean, and they eat. What else do you need?