My journey began with this community, nearly 20 years ago, when I took my first yoga class at Yoga Union. I would go away, and return many years later… a more seasoned student and a teacher, with nearly 850 hours of training. My passion and fire had grown, and was fueled by the realization that yoga could help heal the traumas I had personally experienced in my own life. Yoga offered me the perfect platform for growth, and as time goes on, the practice still shapeshifts to offer the safe container I need as I continue my life work.
For the last handful of years, like you, I have come to the Breathe Building as a student of Yoga Union. I have taken in the teaching and practices of so many wise, compassionate, and devoted teachers. I am beyond grateful for the space they have held on our collective behalf. I have also come to the Breathe Building, as a Yoga Teacher for Yoga Union and a Holistic Yoga Therapist for Prema Health. Within that time, I have experienced so much. I have been absolutely challenged, humbled, and honored by what it means to show up in these capacities both for you, and with you. I am extremely grateful. The experience has been a validation to continue building my skills, and growing my voice. I have forged lasting relationships, that I know will extend beyond the boundaries created by a building or a business model.
In the midst of the current climate, on both the microscale within our very community and also at the macroscale across the country and the world, like you, I am taking in a lot of information, and I am processing. We are in the midst of a transformation, and there is much to take in and learn from. It is my hope that the heartache and grief we are experiencing both individually, and collectively, will not be in vain and that our efforts will shift and heal us for the better.
At this time, I will be taking a break from teaching on the Yoga Union online platform, to spend time with family, listen more deeply to the messages and voices that require and demand my attention, and to continue growing my personal and professional education. I am in conversation regarding the return of my work as a both a yoga teacher, and a Holistic Yoga Therapist. As our collective paths unfold, I will be looking to find my seat next to you in some capacity, as I always have. As we look ahead, our actions will guide our direction forward. To quote Coretta Scott King, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.”
Yours, with love and compassion.