It seems like just yesterday that I could not stop writing. I had so much to say about yoga and philosophy and daily life and living with purpose and how they all intersect. But that was actually some time ago. My book Radi8: Using the Practice of Yoga to Cultivate Your Inner Shine was published in March. I’ve been on a podcast tour talking about the book in the last couple of months, and that will continue through the end of the year. There will be some links on the website to some of my fave interviews soon. After the book came out, I felt like I had said all that I wanted to say, and I’m not a fan of uninspired blogging, so I took some time off. I’ve also been going through some major transitions in terms of my own yoga practice and study, so it was a good time to get a little quiet.
I was privileged to teach and practice at Yoga Roots in Cleveland Heights for a number of years. I’m now working at Citizen Yoga (we’re opening our doors in early November!) and it has been a whirlwind of a few months. I’ve been immersed in training, group and independent study, and so much fantastic learning that at times I thought my head might explode. It’s been incredible. And I cannot wait until the Citizen Yoga Cleveland journey really begins so I can share what I’ve been learning.
Citizen Yoga is all about community and connection. Its founder, who has become a dear friend and teacher, saw a void in the yoga community, one where yoga serves as the connection point to something much, much bigger than just asana. So she filled that void by creating a space where everyone is welcome, where everyone feels seen, where you belong simply by virtue of walking through the doors, no “fitting in” required. In this space we practice true alignment: not just of the body as we move through the physical practice, but of the mind, intellect, and spirit. We come together as diverse beings and find our interconnectedness. This sounds lofty, I realize, but I’ve seen it in practice. This is a tone and a vision and a mission and a way of being that is truly led from the top down. I’ve spent quite a but of time in Detroit these last few months and I’ve really never seen a community like the Citizen one. I’m beyond excited to spread this love in the 216.
True to the Citizen culture, I’ve also developed some really special friendships with fellow teachers, students, and staff. If you’re in the Cleveland area, come say hi. Same in Detroit. And if not, know that this journey of yoga is something that last a lifetime. Search for your people and your place. They are out there!