I’m pretty good at contentment, or “blooming where I’m planted.” Abraham Lincoln once said, “Folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” That resonates for me. I always find little joys, the silver lining, the good in people around me. But when is contentment stagnation? I pondered that recently when life brought me a conundrum, to stay or go? I’d worked with and enjoyed a yoga community for more than 13 years. But with the changes due to COVID, the studio space was halved so that when we finally get to return to in person classes, I was not going to be able to teach at accessible times.
I was the teacher of “beginners,” a misnomer because while many of the students who came to my classes were true beginners, the rest were simply people who were better served by a slower pace, modifications, more time to go inward or a safe place to work with injury and physical limitations. I’m a team player, and I loved the team. But at that juncture I knew that I wanted to devote the “prime time” to those "beginner" students. They deserved to be the heart of a studio. And my passion for this group also deserved more focus. So, while I respected my old yoga home, I saw that our needs were different right now. It was time to escape the pull to stay with what was known and loved. It was time to make service to new and lifetime yogis the fundamental scope of my work. And hence, Fundamental Yoga and Wellness was born. And, I am finding contentment in being unsettled and exploring the unknown.
I've taught and lived yoga for more than 20 years. I know it can be intimidating. But it can also be fun--and rewarding--regardless of your starting point or challenges. On this blog I share some of the yoga wisdom that sustains me.