It was yoga that broke me. Going for a bind my first year of practice trying to win a "bind-off" against the girl next to me that was happening entirely in my head, and mine alone, I did nearly irreparable damage to my back that stills require ongoing management 12 years later.
All my life, I’ve been: the party catalyst, the social lubricant, the force that brings people of different persuasions together. Recently, I began to experience the potential of this as more than a fun party trick.
Acro began as a spectacle. There was the high of the high. Over time playing with the practice, I saw the impact of people being interdependent in class rather than a group of individuals doing personal practice side-by-side. Why the hell did this take so long to figure out? It was so simple… just people helping people.
What I needed in yoga more than anything, both as a teacher and a student, was to feel together rather than against. Partner-focused practice has radically transformed my classes, my students and me.
The theme of my summer tour was “Better Together.” What I envisioned was bringing people together, supporting each other stretching boundaries while using play as therapy. What I experienced was nothing short of life-changing. The “Better Together” tour met practitioner of all ages, experience levels, physical compositions, emotional dispositions, and said: go discover something new about yourself. Here is a whole team to support you in doing so.
There are so many people to thank for making this tour a smash hit. Thank you to Robin at Radiant OM Yoga. It really does feel like coming home. Andrea at Toula Yoga: you are my #1 hype-woman and the best at it! LD Kidd: how ever the hell you made a record-setting Meet Me at the Market happen (96 people!!!) is pure magic to me. Drew: thank you for sharing your love of community with me. Kerry, Hannah and the rest of the Fresh family: thank you for welcoming me into yours. You are a light for the community. Krista at Rolling Hills Yoga: it was so intimidating having two medical professionals in my workshop. Thank you for your vote of confidence. Joanna: thank you for your bravery. Kim: it is my greatest motivation knowing people are living better through the tools of yoga. Thank you for your kind and inspiring feedback. Mary: thank you for your heart. Missy: you. Brandi: I watched you start as a scared wallflower with nowhere to hide. You bloomed into this beautiful, confident, caring guide helping people experience something totally new and amazing. You are amazing.
Very selfishly, this post is focused on my takeaway from the experience. From my side of the equation, words don’t suffice articulating the impact of sharing this experience with, and because of, you. Thank you is superficial at best. What do you say to those that have changed your life? Yoga in its highest form is union. In other forms, we sweat. We laugh. We struggle. We bend. We break. And then one day, a good day, it comes together. We come together. And we realize, we are better together.