What T h e H e a r t / B r e a k T o u r Means to Me
2018 felt like pulling the wrong item off a shelf in a warehouse- Jenga style. And they all came tumbling down. I was overwhelmed. Let me start there. It wasn't devastating tragedy, just a series of heartbreaking events that seemed undending- at least through my immediate lens. I didn't know where to begin.
And then I was empowered by a late night podcast listen. Heartbreak is truth. Heartbreak is pure. Heartbreak is defenselessness. Heartbreak is your heart breaking open ready to take in what it was unwilling or unable to accept before.
My last tour was in 2016. 2017 was about stillness, slowness, being present, filling up my heart before breaking it open and letting it flow over in 2018. I'm taking all that chaos of the turn of the year and channelling it into this tour. Making my way to places both new and familiar, I will be sharing these transformational experiences from both on and off the mat.
T h e H e a r t / B r e a k T o u r 's theme is manifested through one particular workshop | Therapeutic Backbending. These gets at "heart" of suffering- going into the pain and rebuilding a stronger model- physcially, mentally, emotionally. I have an extremely personal connection to my Backbending workshop. I both broke and healed myself with yoga. After 10 years of suffering chronic low back pain, I began to think yoga was no answer at all for this problem; nor were the plethora of teachers over that decade that tried explaining away the pain with, "Your core is weak." It wasn't. I wasn't.
This workshop is my personal remedy- first for the body, but anyone who's reckoned with chronic pain know it's so much more than skin and bones deep. It got into my soul. I couldn't see myself as anything but broken- "less than"- for too many years. This is not to say a sequence is a magic pill. I must stay mindful of my movements every day, most specifically in my asana practice. However, I can say without any hesitation that I have been pain free for the past five years. This practice was the advent of a new era in my skin, in my yoga, in my life. I really feel this is my best work. Beautiful shapes are great, but the true power of yoga is in its ability to help us live freely in our bodies without suffering.
The Track List
This is the sequence that will be breaking open hearts and taking names on this tour. Some classics, some fresh remixes. I think of this like giving you a chance to learn the songs before seeing the live show. Join me to take this step by step and surprise yourself with what's possible.
It is an honor and a blessing to not only be sharing my experience but that this tour is unto itself part of the process. Please join me on this journey.
Taking the long way around starting the end of April.
T h e H e a r t / B r e a k T o u r 2018 (more dates tba)
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