In the days that mark the end of a year and the beginning of a new one, I find myself taking stock of the last twelve months, letting go of what hasn’t served me, and envisioning better futures. I began 2018 in Red Yoga’s Teacher Training, as the studio was shifting locations, with 15 fierce students who would become kin. Without a home studio, I learned quickly how it felt to walk into yoga studios as an outsider and as a beginner.
When our new space opened, I was excited to begin teaching and holding space for Community Accountable Yoga on Saturday nights-- a free class open to all. And, in the last three months of 2018, parts of my past travelled to Ann Arbor to stalk, trouble, and haunt me, causing me to retreat from teaching and seek safe harbor away from my home. The last three months have been more difficult than I would wish on those who have harmed me. I have used all of my tools to make it to the end of the year. Lots of yoga, breathing, therapy.
As 2018 closes, I am surrounded by loved ones away from home on purpose, and ready to return to teaching. I’ll be writing monthly for Red; something like this with a little preamble and some guiding questions to follow. Happy 2019!
I’m beginning 2019 changed. It is common to be changed. Change is the only constant.
We say this over and over. Let it be. Trust the moment. Breathe. Begin again.
Here are the questions I am asking myself in the new year, if you’d like to do something similar: