take flight

photo credit:  james jackson

photo credit: james jackson

it has been a bit of a whirlwind this month as i have been on more planes in the last 30 days than any other time this year. it has been the month of spending nights in hotel beds, taking multiple planes around ethiopia, traveling to places unknown, and discovering the adaptability and resilience of my ancestors within my own soul. 


i spent the first 2 weeks of november traveling between addis abababahir dar, and gonder, utterly amazed at the ethiopian people and their history. for the first time, i understood instantly where my pride comes from. four days after my return from ethiopia, still in the grips of jet-lag, i was on another plane to celebrate the life of my partner’s grandfather who transitioned after 110 years on earth. i know the popular saying is, “life is short…” it certainly was not for grandpa francis. he led a joyful, adventurous, and long life. may we all be just as fortunate.


inspired by my practice, my passion for travel, and for the magical place that is ethiopia, i am thrilled to announce that next fall, november 3-13, 2019, i will be leading an all women yoga retreat to visit addis ababa, lalibela, and gonder. each day will begin with journaling + meditation, an organic breakfast, followed by curated daily experiences of ethiopia's historical sites and deep culture. i am so excited for what will be an amazing journey. the cost of the retreat is $3,450 for single occupancy, and $3,200 for double occupancy. the retreat price includes airport pickup/drop-off, all meals, all excursions, and private transportation. there are only 12 slots available! send me a note to make your $500 deposit, more details of the trip to come!

as we approach the last month in 2018, i hope you make time to sit and reflect on all this year has taught you about your unique presence in this world and your capacity to be more.


_________a note from my vision board:___________


do not simply travel the world

see it for all its dazzling colors

taste its exotic flavors

and listen to its peculiar and beautiful stories 




wishing you exactly what you want in life,



big love,



Nya Alemayhu

Nya Alemayhu is an author, entrepreneur, wellness coach, and yoga teacher based in Washington, DC. Nya began her physical asana practice in 2004 while attending university. She received her first teaching certificate in 2013 and has been sharing the gift of yoga ever since.