Next year officially marks 15 years of yoga practice and 12 years of teaching. From practicing in a packed room of sweaty 20-somethings in 2003, to teaching in 2006, my first teacher training in 2007, second in 2009, teaching abroad in 2011, Instagram in 2015, and prenatal and postnatal in 2017, my yoga practice has seen a lot! Yet, I feel it's only the beginning. I am humbled by the boundless potential of this practice, that it will devoutly follow you through all of your hardships, doubts, and milestones, and that at its core, it is meant for anyone, at anytime, in any place. Few disciplines can be so eternal and generous. Thank you for being part of this practice with me.
2017 has been rewarding, beautiful, and challenging. I experienced pregnancy; the birth of my sweet daughter Opal; the trials, tribulations and bliss of breastfeeding; intense postpartum anxiety and insomnia; and getting acquainted with this new body of mine. I faced a lot of serious and ongoing health issues after giving birth (and continue to do so), and felt I no longer understood my body. This was difficult as someone who is so embodied. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to practice again, reconcile my relationship with the physical, and forgive myself for not being able to "fix" my ailments with yoga, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractors, diet, herbs, and supplements.
But in the past month, I've experienced a rebirth as I forced myself to let go of being a victim of my physical challenges, and to just get on my mat and move. What awoke in me was inspiration, joy, and a remembrance of my nearly 15 years of disciplined practice. Oh how wonderful it is to feel my body in all of its tightness, weakness, and shakiness! Why was my thoracic spine suddenly so kyphotic in Down Dog? How can I straighten my legs in Standing Poses? What kind of core work is safe after pregnancy and rectus diastisis? And wow, how breastfeeding and carrying a baby change your posture! Since re-entry to this practice, I feel inspired to show up, work differently, and just play! I am immensely enjoying the creativity of self-practice, and realize it is one of my gifts as a yoga teacher. And that yes, I have gifts, as yoga is here to remind us of our goodness. I also remembered how much I love sharing my practice and teaching with this online community.
I am eager to continue my re-emergence into the world and deepen my connection with all of you in 2018, both online and in person (invite me to your studio or city! Europe, anyone?) It truly is one of my greatest joys to share this profound practice of yoga, and I look forward to expanding my offerings to you in this new year. Thank you, and cheers to new beginnings! 🥂
Happy new year!