Mine has been a yoga studio since before I even started my teacher training. A space that welcomes all and where we all leave our judgment, ego and gossip at the door (along with our shoes lol). An environment where teachers and practitioners continue to learn and share and encourage each other in the practice of wellness no matter where you practice or who you practice with. I teach because I remember how yoga first transformed my life and how I felt not only on my mat but throughout my day. I found I had clarity in dealing with day to day events, with both the good and the bad, and a greater empathy for myself and others. I truly felt a new ease with myself and my life. I also became aware of traits which I felt did not bring positivity and abundance into my life and the lives of those around me. I knew I was becoming a better me by becoming more in tune with my true self.
People would ask me why yoga? What do you get from yoga? How is yoga going? I tried my best to answer from my heart but in all honesty it is such a personal transformation for each of us that I found it hard to really share my true experience. I witnessed this last week when I saw a friend of mine who has been practicing with me for almost a year try to answer those same questions. I could see her struggling to find the words to share and describe her experience and why she practices, it is because it is such an individual experience. Something we hold close to us. Maybe we have found yoga at a crossroad in our lives. We felt we were missing something or needed to slow down. For each of us our why we do yoga is unique. Although we can all relate to similar health benefits from yoga like flexibility, balance, strength and relaxation.
The time on our mats is very different for each of us. Although we are all in a room together practicing we are very much on our mats by ourselves moving and breathing. While you practice I imagine, like me, you have many thoughts swirling around in your mind and I find that one of the greatest benefits of yoga is that moment when we let the “stuff” float away and we become present in our bodies and on our mats.
While I teach and share space with many of you each week it is mostly unspoken between us how yoga is benefiting you or helping you through your day. I quietly watch your transformations and even when you may not feel it, I see it. I see confidence, compassion, determination, progression, and those ah ha moments when an asana feels good for you! It is very encouraging for me to see each one of you trust your mind and bodies and what amazing things they are capable of.
My purpose is sharing wellness through yoga, meditation and relaxation to support and empower you to live an authentic, healthy life full of love and happiness. Our new studio provides us all with a place to grow and learn about ourselves on this beautiful journey we call life.
May you find peace on your mat and a lot of laughter even when you fall out of headstand ;)