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Assalām 'Alaykum! I am very excited to announce the return to Petra after an enormously successful first adventure in 2016. There are no words or pictures that can describe the unique beauty and magnitude of Jordan.
In all of my international travels, and in the many international yoga travel adventures that I have led, I have never felt safer in a foreign country than I have in Jordan. This has been a total surprise considering how volatile the Middle East can be, which has also been the number one concern expressed by students interested in traveling to Petra. I often hear, “Aren’t you afraid to go to there?” and equally often I have heard from my Jordanian friends “Please tell your friends to come visit us. It is safe here.”
To date, Jordan is the safest country in that region, exceeding even Turkey’s political unrest and violence. Jordanians want you to come see their amazing country, and so do I! The benefit about this misconception about Jordan being a dangerous place is that tourism is down so none of the great sites, like Petra — the 7th Wonder of The World — are overrun with tourists making it easy to get a real sense of these sites with little hassle. Equally surprising is that vendors are low key and respectful and seldom bother tourists to buy their wares even though one would think they would be desperate to do so — something also very different from other Arab countries.
As I write this, everywhere in the media from the New York Times through National Geographic are articles about a recent new discovery at Petra just this year! Thanks to better satellites and drone images, archeologists have received a much better idea of the scale and importance of this new site even though it will be years before it is excavated. Not to worry, there’s already more than you can imagine at Petra and I only mention this because it is just part of the en vogue and buzz about visiting this timeless country and ancient culture. Traveling around Jordan is effortless and seldom takes more than 3 hours to get from place to place in our air-conditioned tour bus. The weather in November is the best, which is why it is considered high season.
David Moreno, RYT 500, has taught at international yoga conferences, festivals, universities, and teacher trainings worldwide. He has worked privately with students in the fashion and entertainment industries as well as professional athletes. Among those athletes taught include the U.S. Olympic Men’s Swim team coaches for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He has worked as a product advisor and ambassador for the Canadian Athletica Company, Lululemon, is a certified Pilate instructor, Somatic Fitness Trainer, and an ordained minister.
His yoga commentaries have been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, LA Yoga Magazine, and Common Ground. His dance criticism and reviews are featured Culture Vulture. David is also the creator and producer for Yoga DVDs, electronic books, Yoga Nidra downloads, and subscription yoga classes through Yoga Vibes.
David began practicing yoga in the late 70s studying the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga before studyiing Anusara and the Bihar schools of yoga. He continues his study in Tantra and Ayurveda, delving deeper into yoga’s primodial roots. He is know for his depth, keen sense of humor and timing making his teaching both playful and informative. When not traveling he teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.