My name is Aleksandra Slijepcevic. I'm an international yoga and meditation teacher, writer, and wanderer. I'm a Croatia native and refugee, and have lived in the United States for well over 20 years. I've been teaching yoga and meditation since 2015, and I write about mental and physical health. I'm the founder of an online, free publication called Souhl, for eager creatives to express their writing and art. I've been published in Elephant Journal, Sivana Spirit, Elite Daily, and Lifehack.
In 2015, I went to Peru. As it is on most people's bucket lists, I wanted to see Machu Picchu. After battling altitude in Cusco and finally arriving to a jam-packed park, we rounded the corner of cobblestones to meet the sight that I've only ever seen on computer wallpapers. There she was - standing in all of her glory, the Huyana Picchu peak proudly embraced in the morning sunlight, with the remnants of the Inca people scattered below. Even with all of the tourists, the space felt more serene and silent than I could have imagined. This was the first time that I cried at bearing witness to such an incredible place, and it would not be the last.
Travel has a way of changing you. You come home with a perception of the world and your place in it, and it's as if you've opened up a box of another dimension. No matter how hard you try, you can't go back into that box anymore. Your limits and borders have now immensely shifted, and for good reason! We're not meant to just pay bills and die. And since no one is getting out of this life experience alive, why not take it for all that it's worth?
My intention with this blog is to inspire you through what has inspired me. Like a cosmic hand-me-down, I want to pass down the goodness and beauty of this world. It is the purest gift, and I hope you receive it and continue to pass the torch.