You don’t have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. You don’t have to meditate, or do yoga, or write down five things you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do high-intensity interval training or avoid sugar, gluten, and dairy like the plague. You don’t have to do any of these things to live a well-rounded, joyful, and soul-satisfied life.
Yes, take care of your sweet self—but don’t do what doesn’t fit or isn’t working.
The most wonderful and unexpected thing has happened within the last 4 months. After selling my business, moving countries and taking a break from teaching yoga I decided to take some space. Easing off has allowed a buffer zone of sorts. A space to steep, digest and reflect. And then to return with new eyes, a more nourishing perspective and a softer heart.
Remember that you are not always supposed to know. Remember that you are not always supposed to have it all figured out. Remember that there is not one way, one truth or one ultimate meaning for being here.
You are not what you do. You are not what you don’t do. You are not the job title. You are not a labeled societal sub group. You are not your personality; You are not a happy person, a depressed person or an angry person. You are not a definition of your own qualities. Who are you?
Being in a yoga studio does not eliminate the concept of boundaries. Being in a yoga studio is not a safe space or a sanctuary for everyone. Being a yoga teacher does not allow you to do whatever the hell you want (regardless of which gender the teacher or student is).
When people hear I teach yoga I often get responses such as: “I’m so bad at yoga.” “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” “I would love to come to class, but I can’t touch my toes.” After getting these types of responses, more than usual lately, there is something I would really like to share.
May we all speak our truth, even if our voice shakes. May we all fearlessly and unapologetically live out our visions, our dreams and our truths. May we welcome and encourage our brothers and sisters, our global family, to do the same. For if we don’t, we’re letting ourselves and each other die, before we ever really feel alive
There is an immediate and radical shift in our lives that occurs the moment we decide to step out of fear and into a place of authenticity. When we stop letting our inner critic dictate what we say and do.
The experience I had when it shifted from logic to full body-mind-soul integration was easily one of the most powerful and wonderfully overwhelming experiences I’ve ever had. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
So often in yoga I hear, “Let it go, just let it go, just let everything go.” Not only do I hear it, as a teacher I use it frequently in my own classes. It’s easy to say. It’s not as easy to do. And it gets easier with practice, it really does. But through my experience there are times when we shouldn’t just let it go
During an exceptionally inspiring conversation, a stranger unknowingly showed me an entirely new way that we can go about our daily lives, as a collective, that brings more love, more serenity and a much deeper sense of connection to all that is.