I am a person who loves quotes. I love it when someone else's words seem as if they have come from my own heart. There is a sense of connectedness with the author that takes place...a sense of belonging, of being understood. And isn't that what we all want? To be heard and have someone respond, "Me too!"
"Bloom where you are planted." These words may mean one thing to you and another to the person across the room, but to me these words are a reminder to just be me...in this moment...exactly as I am.
I spent a lot of time and energy trying to force myself into the rigid mold of perfectionism. Recovery from my eating disorder taught me that perfectionism is a cage and what I really needed was to fly freely. So many things I learned in recovery are worth repeating. They are life lessons that we all need to be aware of, but most importantly, need to give ourselves permission to follow. As women, we find ourselves pulled into chaos way too often. Whether it is the unrealistic to-do list or the drama of our child's playdate or the anxiety we have over work or an upcoming event, we allow ourselves to be drawn into a place of self doubt and, quite frankly, self-inflicted torture. In this frantic world we live in, it is crucial that we pause and take time to reevaluate what is truly important.
When I started this blog over five years ago, my goal was simple. I wanted to see if I could help just one person struggling with an eating disorder. I thought that if I could, my eating disorder would have served a greater purpose. I have grown and changed so much over these five years and now my mission has shifted too. I will always hold a special place in my heart for those struggling with food and body image issues, but my focus now is on helping all women come home to themselves. I want women to know and truly believe that they can not only be happy in their own skin, but that they can find calm amidst the chaos. Living authentically is the key. Yoga and meditation are the path.
My yoga classes have had a life of their own. Fresh out of yoga teacher training, I was on a mission to prove that I could do it all (perfectionism had tried to rear its ugly head!). Eventually I learned to teach what I crave and that has made all the difference. Yoga and meditation are therapy for me. So that is what I teach. I teach therapeutic yoga and meditation for healing of the mind, body and spirit. I wholeheartedly believe that yoga is the path to finding peace within ourselves. My goal is to provide my students space to bloom in my classes. My monthly Art of Yoga classes at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts have evolved too. What started as an exploration of the concept of yoga as an art form, has led to a class that I hold near and dear to my heart. The Art of Yoga is the art of coming home to yourself...the art of healing mind, body and spirit. The art of yoga is the art of living.
Come explore The Art of Yoga with me on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 10am to 11:30am at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in the Fisher/Wall Art Gallery. We will practice gentle and restorative yoga, meditate and end class with a deep relaxation.
To my past, current and future students,
I hope you to learn to live with ease.
I hope you give yourself some grace.
I hope you connect to your breath.
I hope you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be.
I hope you heal your hurting heart.
I hope you seek joy.
I hope you speak your truth.
I hope you nourish your body.
I hope you find stillness.
I hope you come home to yourself.
I hope you bloom where you are planted.
love and light,