I once had a friend tell me that teaching yoga was not a “real job.” I was, at the time, working 40+ hours a week managing a yoga studio and teaching full-time, so it sure felt like real job to me. When she said this to me, I had been contemplating going back to the stability and steadiness a corporate job provides. Money was tight and I had bills to pay. She thought “my break” in the yoga world would keep me from building a resume employers were seeking.
After a few months of being home with Noah, I desperately wanted to get back to teaching yoga. I thought that the faster I got back to teaching, the faster I’d start to feel like my old self again. Being a new mom really threw me for a loop. Teaching and working is something I understood and could identify with—being a new mom was not. I am eternally grateful to my son for blessing our lives by choosing us as his parents and could not imagine life without him. In the beginning I grasped on tightly to my former, familiar, non-mom self even as our new life consumed our day-to-day. As soon as I was cleared for physical exercise, I lined up my schedule with classes and got back to work.
After a few months keeping up with the tedious pace of caring for a newborn, housekeeping, healing from my pregnancy and disrupted digestive issues, teaching classes and doing some part-time office work on the side, I started to fizzle out big time. Hubby and I argued more, I was constantly tired and I lacked enthusiasm for my work. No one was getting sleep and we were all an exhausted mess.
I wanted to share this post from my Facebook page. How do your perceptions of others cloud your judgement?
Here’s a plain and simple truth for your reflection time…
“When you judge another, you do not define them. You define yourself.” -Wayne Dyer
It’s true. Judgments are veiled ignorance. Ignorance is the misconception of the Truth. When you judge another, you are making assumptions based on your own preconceived notions, and that in turn is really just your own reflection. We often misjudge people because we don’t want to see the Truth of their being. Often, it’s too hard to admit we’re wrong, so we make up all these stories about that person, what they are thinking, doing, etc. In situations like this, I’ve found it’s more powerful to stop, give the other person the benefit of the doubt, and see the situation from another point of view. [Read more…]
After Noah was born, I spent many sleepless nights and sleep deprived days dreaming of the time when I’d be able to get back to my routine, my yoga mat and teaching. I vividly recall during one late night feeding session being struck by a moment of inspiration, hearing a voice inside me say “you’re going upside down in 2015!” I thought this was in reference to my asana practice, but it turned out to be so much more.
If you know me than you know that inversions are my arch nemesis—and given this insight came to me in what I thought was a moment of clarity, it was a huge leap for me. I was so excited to go upside down, that I pushed myself before I was ready. In my plight to get back to normality (whatever that means) I felt as though I was somehow stronger for having gone through a difficult pregnancy and a long, exhausting, slightly traumatic birth experience and going upside down was happening. In many ways, I am stronger, but that has nothing to do with going upside down—well, not physically anyway.
The truth is that my whole world has been upside down since the moment I found out I was pregnant. But the arrival of my sweet little boy really threw things in to overdrive.
It’s not that I was going upside down in 2015, but that I was going to get myself right side up instead.
Warm the body using gentle movements in Episode 6 of my Yoga for Digestion Sampler Series. In this video we’ll also massage the abdomen with movement in order to help get things moving in the right direction.
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