Yogini mama…

I finally posted a statement on my ‘yoga classes’ tab: “Currently taking a sabbatical from teaching to spend every moment possible with my toddler.” I realized that it’s been 15 months and I still can’t stand to be away from him. It was time to make my non-return to teaching website official.

I planned to return to teaching when he was 8-12 weeks old but I felt this overwhelming pull to spend as much time with him as possible. Especially after returning to work full-time when he was 5 months old.

We practice here and there together and it’s a blast. We have even made it to a few ‘mommy and me’ classes. And every once in a while I’ll squeeze in a home practice during nap time. It’s always exactly what I need.

I don’t see myself going back anytime in the near future but I do miss teaching. I miss the dedicated yogis that I saw every week. I laughed with them, cried with them, celebrated with them, and saw their yoga practice grow and transform their lives. I’ve made so many great friends through yoga.

I haven’t attended an adult yoga class in over a year. I know one day I’ll return and I’ll wonder why it took me so long to go back. And then I’ll remember that I was doing the best teaching of all. Teaching my own little human to be a positive force in the world. To shine bright on someone’s cloudy day. To love and be kind to everyone no matter the circumstance.

Making memories {making memories with my little guy}

If you’re in a yoga-lull and miss the good ole days when you could attend a 2 hour class at 6pm I’m right there with you. But I challenge you to be in the present moment. Do what life calls you to do right now. Be a mom, be a dad, be a student, be a friend, be whatever life is calling you to do even if it means you miss your yoga practice. You’re doing important emotional growing and you’ll be a better person for it. Yoga will be there when you come back to your mat.

Yoga will wait.

Peace,

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Quote of the day…

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

thich nhat hanh

This Sunday…

This Sunday while I’m in North Carolina soaking up all the knowledge I can from David Swenson, Elizabeth Keller will lead the Sunday Community Yoga class at Birmingham Yoga. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of the Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training Program. Come visit her for a wonderful class!

Date: Sunday, Sept 18
Time: 5:05pm
Location: Birmingham Yoga (Inside 1st Ave Rocks)

Shanti,

Free Yoga Sunday!…

Don’t forget that EVERY SUNDAY is Free Yoga Sunday at Birmingham Yoga!
The 5:05pm Community yoga class is donation only!

**This weekend (Sunday, Sept 4) the lovely Christine Caiola will be teaching. I will be hiking around the mountains of NC for Labor Day weekend! Please come and join her for a special treat!**

Location: Birmingham Yoga (inside First Ave Rocks)
Time: 5:05pm
Date: Every Sunday
Free, donation only class!

See you soon!

Om Shanti,

Never say Never…

A few years ago, at the beginning of my yoga practice I never thought I’d be able to do a headstand (sirsasana). Inversions were very hard for me… but here I am.

Never say never.

Love & Hope,