I’m continuously asked,
“So M’Le…What’s your favorite style of yoga to teach?”
And I think about it. I truly think about it.
And I try to answer the question. I start with the style that brought me to yoga. Vinyasa Flow. My baby. The bread and butter. There’s so much that can be done in this beautiful flow. Slowing it down is my favorite in my body, and I love to share what I learn in my personal practice. But, I also love the super fast paced Power yoga that kicks my ass and makes me want to cry. Nothing like breaking down mental barriers telling you to just give up. And then… I start talking about Restorative yoga. I love leading a class through deep holds and full body breaths. And there’s so many more styles that I have yet to experience. And some I’ve dabbled in.
But no matter which style I teach, my favorite yoga class to teach is right in the moment.
It’s making eye contact with a student in the middle of a difficult sequence and winking at them so they smile. It’s talking about cake and taking deep “mmmmmmmm” breaths with the whole class until there’s a fit of giggles. It’s right at the end of practice. After we seal all the work in. And everyone looks up and smiles. And there’s a half dazed “high on life” look in everyone’s eyes. That’s my favorite. It’s hearing “thank you so much” or “I needed that” or “my body feels amazing now.” It’s having someone come up to me after class with questions.
My most favorite memory was when I had a woman come in for a slow flow/ stretchy class and she was having an awful day… and she told me all about it. To which I just said “you’re here. That’s all that matters.” And after class, she came up to me after class with tears in her eyes, hugged me, and thanked me. And I squeezed her extra tight.
And all I have to say is Thank YOU! Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for coming to classes. Because having you there is exactly what I needed. Helping you connect deeper to you helps me connect deeper to me. Watching you grow and dive into your practice lights the fire of my own passion. Seeing you come to practice every week/day…. no matter if it’s hot and sweaty or sweet and gentle…. it deepens my personal dedication. You are the reason I do what I do. You are the reason I’m excited to wake up at 5 am. No matter how I feel coming into class, I leave feeling a gazillion times better. Even on 14 hour days when I wish I could just nap. I enter that studio, and I see you. And suddenly everything is exactly as it’s supposed to be.
I wake up every morning and go to bed every single night with the utmost gratitude. I love my job. It does not feel like a job. It feels like everything I’ve ever loved and everything I’ve ever dreamed of living right in front of me. No longer out of my reach. It’s as if I have my hands in many projects and visions. And to those of you that I work with, Thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your baby. Thank you for believing in me and my ability to deliver the high quality service that I have to offer. Thank you for never giving up on your own dreams. Thank you for choosing a life anything but ordinary. You all inspire me to keep striving to be the best version of me I can be.
What started as a passion for yoga developed into a passion for people. I never knew that what I always needed was community. Hell. For the longest time I wanted to do everything by myself. And then I quit trying to be everything and do everything. I flipped the perspective and let people in and allowed the help of others. And that is possibly my favorite lesson thus far. Power lies in togetherness. We can overcome anything when we come together.
Please don’t ever give up on your dreams. No matter how long it takes. No matter how many detours get tossed into your path. Keep your vision alive. Work hard. Play harder. Be open to everything and everyone around you. Many lessons are often disguised as challenges. You have all the power. Harness it. Spread kindness like glitter… so it gets attached to everyone, and then everyone they interact with. Do what you love. And keep doing it.
I love you.
Thank you so damn much for being you.
Thank you for all that you do.
I appreciate you.
You are so loved.
There are so many words in my heart for you… but for now…