This summer has been a big for me, not because anything happened, but because I’ve given myself time for nothing to happen. So Zen 😉 I’ve fought the temptation to teach workshops, develop new manuals, write an article, contact more studios, make a video, or take educational courses. I made a commitment to do less and play more this summer. Here’s why:
When I was 24 I made a declaration to have a “mid-life-crisis” every morning. Instead of waiting another 20 years (or for a life-threatening moment) to wake up, I wanted to awaken every morning and earnestly ask:
- Do I feel fully alive, nurtured, vibrant, creative, and useful?
- Speaking and living my truth
- Challenging my edges
- Taking chances when my soul says leap or staying in the saddle when it says stay
By the end of June I couldn’t fully say yes to the first question. This stumped me. It had been such a fruitful year with an abundant yoga therapeutics practice with people I truly enjoy and see growth in. I played at the edge of my comfort zone as I created and guided anatomy & therapeutics teacher trainings that have since helped people to quit their day jobs and teach full time! 2015 looks to repeat and surpass 2014, but if I’m feeling zonked, I need to step back and adjust.
Additionally adjustments revolve around the two big, fabulous, and packed questions Steve and I have sitting on our plate:
Where are we going to live after he graduates this June?
When do we want to start building our family?
Needless to say, we’ve taken time to stop, slow down, and listen. Simply asking these questions forced us to recognize our mutual need to better manage our energy so that we have some left in the tank for each other and life itself.
At first we talked about moving into the city part time, but it meant I’d have to cut back on many of our sessions 🙁 So instead, Steve is making changes in the way he is going to approach his day and the number of patients he’ll see. I too need to make some changes.
This isn’t a breakup letter! In fact, it’s a “welcome to a new home” letter.
I began having visions of opening a Yoga Therapeutics studio on LI about 4 months ago. I imagined training other yoga teachers who would also come with their own skills and talents. The studio would have all the props needed, an online scheduling and payment system, and a peaceful uplifting vibe. If I were away teaching, it’d be easy to find another qualified teacher to sub in. That would mean more support and consistency for you!
Daydream and you shall receive.
The owner of Absolute Yoga has invited us to share her space! I decided to take the offer yesterday and rent the adjoining studio. I hope you’ll come along.
I think it’ll be good for the both of us.
If Steve and I do chose to move or have a child in the next year, this studio will offer the perfect space for teachers (who can support your specific needs) to come and observe our sessions. This way you are supported and comfortable in any transition that may or may not occur.
Many of you have been asking for earlier time spots. My hope is that this efficient straight forward schedule will offer that.
Scheduling will be easier as will payments.
Thank you for your support and all of our sessions thus far! It’s been a gift to me.
We’ll of course talk more in person; I wanted to start the conversation with a clear explanation.
With gratitude and trust,
“When we love, we strive to become better than we are… when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” – Paul Coelho The Alchemist