In 2010, Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, Montreal yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, felt that she needed to go on a spiritual pilgrimage, but a trip to India — what most of her peers were doing — was out of the question. “I owned a yoga studio in the West Island back then and it was very difficult for me to get away for an extended period of time,” she explains. “So I asked myself what this pilgrimage really entailed for me.” What it boiled down to, she concluded, was that she wanted to dedicate a large part of her life to practicing. “I had noticed,” Gow continues, “that people who had gone away had a very difficult time integrating their practice into their daily lives back in Montreal. Many of them stopped practicing when they came back because there was too much of a disconnect. I didn’t want that.” (read more)